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Question: What version of the Joint Commision manuel will be used starting with January 1, 2010?

Answer:

The stroke measure set has been added to the national specification manual shared with CMS. The current version of the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures is 3.0c, which can be accessed at: http://www.jointcommission.org/PerformanceMeasurement/PerformanceMeasurement/Current+NHQM+Manual.htm

The national specification manual is updated every 6 months(October 1 and April 1). Future versions are posted 6 months prior to the effective date. The future version of the manual, 3.1a (effective with discharges on and after April 1, 2010) is also available via the link above.

Versions are numerically numbered. Any changes to a version after posting is published in a Release Note and an alphabetical subscript added to the version number to represent the change. There have been three sets of Release Notes for version 3.0 since its posting; therefore, the current version is 3.0c.

More information about the stroke core measure set is available on the Joint Commission website under the "Performance Measurement" tab: http://www.jointcommission.org/PerformanceMeasurement/PerformanceMeasurement/STK+Core+Measures.htm

Question Details
Focus area(s): Chart Abstracted Measure Specifications – Clinical, Related Manual - Data Quality Manual
Related documents: STK-01, STK-02, STK-03, STK-04, STK-05, STK-06, STK-07, STK-08, STK-09, STK-10, VTE, Transmission
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