2021 Joint Commission ORYX eCQM Requirements

Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, let's take a look at the TJC ORYX 2021 timeline for Healthcare Organizations (HCOs):

We've already blogged about eCQM IQR requirements so here's a quick overview of Joint Commission ORYX requirements. As a data submission vendor and a previous ORYX vendor, we are known as the quality measure experts. Here are the key takeaways for 2021:

  • Critical Access Hospitals must report data

  • You must submit the same measures for 2 quarters of data (changed from 1 quarter)

  • Additional eCQMs are available

  • eCQMs (equivalents) may be submitted instead of the Perinatal Care chart-abstract measures

  • Deadline is March 15, 2022, using the DDS platform


Similar to IQR requirements, you must submit two-quarters of data and quarters do not have to be consecutive. You must submit the same measures in each quarter, so make sure you are monitoring measure scores and choosing wisely. No measures have been removed or retired for CY2021 but there are 2 new measures:

  • Unexpected Complications in Term Newborns (ePC-06) (Joint Commission Only Measure)

  • Safe Use of Opioids - Concurrent Prescribing (eOPI-1) (IQR & Joint Commission)

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