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JCAHO Defers Oryx Reporting Requirements

Kate Traynor

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) recently deferred the date by which long-term care facilities must report Oryx performance-measurement data to the accrediting group.

According to an Oct. 21 press release, JCAHO will not require the reporting of Oryx data until the accrediting group has identified so-called core measures for long-term care, a process that JCAHO expects to complete by mid-2003. Until then, the accrediting group will continue to accept voluntarily reported Oryx data that are sent in accordance with approved performance-measurement systems.

JCAHO stated that the delay in required reporting acknowledges "the slow pace at which national consensus is being reached on appropriate performance measures for non-hospital settings of care." The Oryx reporting deferment also applies to home care and behavioral health care organizations, although the duration of this delay was not announced.

To simplify Oryx implementation, JCAHO said it will allow long-term care organizations to submit data from the federally mandated Minimum Data Set (MDS) resident assessment instrument in place of Oryx data. Home care organizations will likewise be able to substitute for their Oryx performance data the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data collected for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. JCAHO expects to have an "extranet" mechanism in place by the middle of next year for the reporting of MDS and OASIS data.

JCAHO emphasized that accredited organizations, although not required to submit Oryx data, must still demonstrate during onsite surveys that relevant performance data have been collected and used to improve the quality of care.