The overall goals of Core measures programs are as follows:

A. To make sure that the right patient receives the right care in a timely manner. It is designed to remove variation from care processes.

B. To increase collaboration across the continuum of care,and enhance the quality of patient care.

The Joint commission core measures:

Cardiac care.

Emergency Departments.

Health care Staff Services.

Hospitals Outpatient Departments.

Hospitals- Based Inpatient Psychiatric.


Palliative Care.

Perinatal Care.


Substance Use.

Tobacco Treatment.

Total Hip and Knee replacement.

Venous Thromboembolism

The core measures for Total hip and knee replacement focuses on transition of care from:

Pre- Surgical Orthopedic Consultation to the


Intraoperative care.


Hospitalization to ambulatory surgical centers – Admission.




Follow up appointment with the Orthopedic surgeon.

Joint Commission and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)have combined core measures on AMI and HF.

The goal is to achieve high standards, Accreditation, Public reporting and or pay for performance. The Joint commission started the core measure initiative in 1999.Since then there core measures updated and improved every year.


Controlling High blood pressure.

Use of High -Risk medication in the elderly.

Prevention care and Screening: Tobacco use: Screening and Cessation intervention.

Use of imaging studies for low back pain.

Prevention care and Screening:Screening for Clinical Depression and follow up.


Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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