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The Joint Commission Suspends Top Performer Quality Measures Program

The Joint Commission has placed its Top Performer Program (TPP) on a one-year hiatus for 2016 to reevaluate the program in response to ongoing change in quality measurement. In a letter to participating hospitals, The Joint Commission explained that changes to quality measures, including the transition to electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and movement away from chart-based measures, has made it difficult to compare hospitals and identify hospitals that are the highest performers. This hiatus does not affect the announcement of the 2015 top performers, scheduled for Nov. 17.

The TPP currently recognizes hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission that attain excellence on accountability-based quality measures for evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to best treat certain conditions. The Joint Commission will continue to support its previously identified top performers through educational opportunities and partnerships so they can continue to provide the highest level of care.

Contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111 with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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