HCAHPS

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

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What is HCAHPS?

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a standardized survey used to collect data and measure the patient experience in hospitals. HCAHPS scores were the first national standard for measuring patients’ perspective of care across all hospitals. HCAHPS was implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to introduce a system of measurement to help consumers make well-informed healthcare decisions.

CMS’ three goals of the HCAHPS survey are:
  • To produce comparable data on topics that are important to patients in order to allow objective and meaningful comparisons between hospitals.
  • To add new incentives for hospitals to improve quality of care.
  • To enhance accountability in healthcare by increasing transparency of the quality of care provided in return for the public investment.
What does the survey assess?
There are 29 HCAHPS survey questions that cover nine question areas.
  • Communication with doctors
  • Communication with nurses
  • Responsiveness of hospital staff
  • Communication about medicines
  • Discharge information
  • Cleanliness of the hospital environment
  • Quietness of the hospital environment
  • Transition of care

Patients are also asked to answer screening questions and questions about demographics.

Who participates?

Any hospital that falls under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) payment system is required to complete HCAHPS in order to receive full reimbursement via the Annual Payment Update.

How is the HCAHPS survey administered?

The HCAHPS survey is administered to a random sample of adult inpatients between 48 hours and six weeks after discharge. Sampling may be conducted continuously or once a month, but must be randomly generated from the entire month’s worth of patients.

Hospitals must be approved by CMS to collect their own HCAHPS data, or they may use an approved survey vendor. SurveyVitals is certified by CMS to administer the HCAHPS survey. Please fill out the form on this page to schedule a demo to learn more about using the SurveyVitals solution to meet HCAHPS requirements.

What is an eligible patient for HCAHPS?
An eligible patient for the HCAHPS survey must meet the following requirements:
  • 18 years or older at the time of admission
  • At least one overnight stay in the hospital as an inpatient
  • Non-psychiatric MS-DRG/principal diagnosis at discharge
  • Alive at the time of discharge
How many patients are surveyed?

Hospitals must receive a minimum of 300 completed HCAHPS surveys during the annual reporting period.

What is the HCAHPS reporting period?

Administration of the HCAHPS survey occurs throughout the year, with a data submission deadline every three months. The data submission deadlines for the 2018 performance year are as follows.

  • October 2, 2019 is the data submission deadline for the patients discharged in April, May, and June 2019 (2Q19). June 2019 Dry Run data must also be submitted by this date.
    • October 3 – 9, 2019 Review and Correct Period
  • January 2, 2020 is the data submission deadline for the patients discharged in July, August, and September 2019 (3Q19). September 2019 Dry Run data must also be submitted by this date.
    • January 3 – 9, 2020 Review and Correct Period
  • April 1, 2020 is the data submission deadline for the patients discharged in October, November, and December 2019 (4Q19). December 2019 Dry Run data must also be submitted by this date.
    • April 2 – 8, 2020 Review and Correct Period
What modes of administration are offered?

SurveyVitals offers mail-mode administration for the HCAHPS survey, as we have found it to be most cost-effective solution for clients.

What languages are available for HCAHPS administration?

The mail version of the HCAHPS survey is offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese. The interactive voice response version is offered in English and Spanish.

Will my organization’s HCAHPS data be publicly reported?

Yes, hospitals participating in HCAHPS are subject to public reporting. CMS releases HCAHPS results four times a year, using a rolling quarter system where the oldest quarter rolls off as the newest is added. HCAHPS results are viewable to the public on the HCAHPS Hospital Compare website at https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html?

What other CAHPS surveys do you provide?

In addition to HCAHPS, SurveyVitals is approved to administer CAHPS for MIPS, OAS CAHPS, Hospice CAHPS, CG-CAHPS, ACO CAHPS, HHCAHPS, and ICH-CAHPS. If you are interested in other CAHPS surveys not listed, let us know at info@surveyvitals.com.

Does SurveyVitals have supplemental surveys?

Yes! SurveyVitals’ 360° solutions provide insight at every level of your organization. Contact us today to to learn more about our digital solution with patient feedback year-round for improvement between CAHPS survey cycles.

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