Introduction: JCAHO is an accrediting body for hospitals in the United States. As part of the accreditation process, the JCAHO is initiating a new program called ORYX. The goal of the program is to integrate routinely collected performance measures into the accreditation process. ORYX PLUS is a voluntary accelerated option to the ORYX initiative being undertaken by the Joint Commission and is currently being offered to hospitals. The goal of this program is to support standardization of outcomes measurement across hospitals for comparative purposes. Risk adjustment models will be provided by the JCAHO to insure comparability of data collected by different hospitals and different performance measurement systems. Two perioperative performance measures identified in ORYX PLUS were evaluated.
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), Los Angeles, CA, March 1999
By D Bacon, R Skomra, Cynthia A. Walawander, P Knight