December 16, 2021

The Joint Commission updates 2022 ORYX performance measure requirements

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on December 15, announced that it had updated its 2022 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements for accredited critical access hospitals and hospitals, effective January 1, 2022.

Among the updates:


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  • The Joint Commission’s new Direct Data Submission Platform (DDSP) will be available for hospitals to submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) and chart-abstracted data in the second half of 2022.
  • Hospitals that are required or elect to submit eCQM data must submit it for a minimum of three self-selected quarters, an increase from previously required two self-selected quarters.
  • Hospitals that are unable to submit eCQM data will be required to submit an extenuating circumstance request (ECR) form. A new ECR form must be submitted each year, but no hospital will be granted exception for more than five consecutive years.

While the new DDSP is being built, ORYX performance measurement requirements will not be suspended. Hospitals will continue to collect, aggregate, and trend ORYX performance measurement data and be prepared to provide data during a survey, The Joint Commission says.

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