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Additional Documentation
Risk Adjustment The Joint Commission Risk Adjustment Guide and Documents
Data Entry Guide for Chart-Abstracted Measures: This guide describes the aggregate data requirements for hospitals submitting chart-abstracted measure data using the Direct Data Submission Platform. The guide is available under 'Data Entry Guide' on this page on The Joint Commission Website.
Hospital Outpatient Specifications Manuals (CMS) The Joint Commission also uses chart-based hospital outpatient measures: OP-18 and OP-23. The specifications are available here.

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Health Care Staffing Services (HCSS) Certification Program Performance Measure Implementation Guide:
This guide describes the specifications for HCSS measures and is effective until 12/31/2021. The guide is available at the link below.

HCSS Implementation Guide

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