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October 01, 2012

The Foundation Acute care hospitals have used standardized core measure sets developed consistently under the guidance of The Joint Commission, while psychiatric hospitals remained with measures developed by independent vendors. Before the HBIPS set, these vendor-driven measures served only the needs of their individual clients which created hundreds of measures for psychiatric providers; however, there was no consistency across vendors. This lack of common measures resulted in the lack of national learning and the inability to benchmark quality of care for psychiatric hospitalization. Through its Behavioral Healthcare Performance Measurement System (BHPMS) NRI convened a workgroup in 2001 comprised of technical, clinical, and administrative leadership to develop core measure sets for behavioral healthcare organizations. In 2002, NRI approached the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems (NAPHS) to engage in the first public-private test of a common set of performance measures. The successful pilot test led these organizations, along with the American Psychiatric Association (APA), to engage The Joint Commission to begin development of a core measure set for psychiatric hospitals.