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Comment & Response
June 28, 2016

Measuring and Improving Quality

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
JAMA. 2016;315(24):2733. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4613

To the Editor In the Viewpoint by Drs McGlynn and Kerr,1 they stated that “The Joint Commission focuses on 3 major types of admission: myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and heart failure,” leaving most other conditions “largely unmeasured.” In fact, the Joint Commission’s measure sets have also addressed surgical care, perinatal care (the most common reason for hospital admission in the United States), children’s asthma, psychiatric care, venous thromboembolism, stroke, immunization, and tobacco and substance use.2 The Joint Commission is currently developing new performance measures for blood management and total hip and knee replacement certification programs.

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