Perinatal Care Core Measures added for Joint Commission hospitals

Joint Commission accredited hospitals will now be able to report on a set of perinatal care core measures to meet Joint Commission accreditation requirements, according to an announcement on its official Web site. Replacing the existing pregnancy and related conditions measure set, data collection for the perinatal care measure set will begin in April 2010.

According to the Joint Commission release, The five measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and represent three domains of care: assessment/screening, prematurity care and infant feeding. Hospitals that voluntarily choose to use this set of measures will collect and report data on the following measures:

  • Elective Delivery
  • Cesarean Section
  • Use of Antenatal Steroids
  • Health Care-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Newborns
  • Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding

(SOURCES: HCPro Accreditation Connection, http://hcpro.com, November 23, 2009; The Joint Commission, http://jointcommission.org, accessed November 24, 2009)