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New hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services measure set available to meet Joint Commission's requirements

HealthLeaders News Brief, June 9, 2008

Beginning on October 1, accredited hospitals that provide acute inpatient psychiatric services will be able to use The Joint Commission's Hospital-Based Psychiatric Services measure set to meet current Joint Commission ORYX performance measurement requirements.

In addition, general medical/surgical hospitals that provide acute inpatient psychiatric services will be able to select the Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services measure set as one of their four sets of core measures needed to meet 2008 ORYX requirements, according to a release from The Joint Commission.

The final measure set includes:

  • Admission screening for violence risk, substance use, psychological trauma history and patient strengths completed
  • Hours of physical restraint use
  • Hours of seclusion use
  • Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications
  • Patients discharged on multiple antipsychotic medications with appropriate justification
  • Post discharge continuing plan created
  • Post discharge continuing care plan transmitted to next level of care provider upon discharge.

The Joint Commission will publicly report hospital performance on the measure set once it has received National Quality Forum endorsement and Hospital Quality Alliance approval, according to the release. For more information, visit The Joint Commission Web site.

Ben Cole