Joint Commission to suspend hospital Top Performer Program

Joint Commission’s highly regarded Top Performer list will be suspended until 2017. This news comes as the conversation on how to measure performance in hospitals has evolved over the last two years.

The program was launched in September 2011 to recognize accredited hospitals that “attain excellence on accountability measure performance.” Hospitals are recognized every fall in conjunction with the release of their annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.

The reason for the suspension of the popular program was explained by Joint Commission CEO Mark Chassin, MD:

“…due to the evolving national performance measure environment – particularly within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – we have decided to place the current Top Performer program in hiatus for a year to be reevaluated…and will return with a refreshed program that will better fit the evolving national measure environment….”

In the most recent report, 1,043 hospitals were recognized as Top Performers. Of the Top Performers, 23 hospitals received special recognition for exceeding expectations on achievement on seven or more core measure sets. A complete list of this year’s Top Performers can be found here.