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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Joint Commission to Suspend Hospital Ratings in 2016


Last week, the JC published its list of 1043 hospitals that attained Top Performer status because of their performance in 2014. At the same time, it announced it would not issue such a list in 2016 regarding 2015 performance. It intends to use the hiatus to rethink how it should evaluate hospitals in the "evolving national measuring environment."

The problem is, the JC does not like how hospital quality metrics are evolving, especially on the federal side. There was a time, however, when the JC and the federal government were in sync, said Mark Chassin, MD, MPH, the group's president and chief executive officer, in an interview with Medscape Medical News.

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