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New HCAHPS Technical Assistance Email Address (hcahps@hsag.com)

Quick links:  Updated HCAHPS Patient-Mix Adjustment (PMA) Document Now Includes Self-Rated Mental Health | New Communication About Pain Composite Measure2016 Mode Experiment  |  2006 Mode ExperimentMode & Patient-Mix Adjustment Report | Mode Adjustment Table | Patient-Mix Adjustments and National Means for October 2020 Publicly Reported HCAHPS Results

Updated HCAHPS Patient-Mix Adjustment (PMA) Document Now Includes Self-Rated Mental Health (04/22/2019)

The HCAHPS PMA model was updated to add Question 28, patient’s self-reported overall mental or emotional health, beginning with July 1, 2018 (Quarter 3, 2018) discharges. The new PMA variable is called Self-Rated Mental Health. In addition, the label for overall health has been changed to “Self-Rated Overall Health.”

Self-Rated Mental Health follows the same linear parameterization as Self-Rated Overall Health: patient responses are coded as 1 (“Excellent”) through 5 (“Poor”). The patient-mix adjustment model will thus include both Self-Rated Overall Health and Self-Rated Mental Health.

The Patient-Mix Adjustment document for the July 2019 Public Report period can be found by clicking here.


New Communication About Pain Composite Measure (Updated 3/22/2019)

CMS has released new Pain Management items for the HCAHPS Survey (Questions 12, 13 and 14).  The Pain Management items, which focus on communication about pain during the hospital stay, were tested as part of the 2016 HCAHPS mode experiment.  A summary of key empirical results from this test, as well as discussion of the “Communication About Pain” measure, can be found here.

Note: The Communication About Pain measure was removed from public reporting in July 2018. The Communication About Pain items will be removed from the HCAHPS Survey beginning with patients discharged in October 2019.

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2016 Mode Experiment

The 2016 Mode Experiment was based on a nationwide random sample of short-term acute care hospitals. Hospitals from each of CMS' ten geographic regions participated in the Mode Experiment. A hospital's probability of being selected for the sample was proportional to its volume of discharges, which guaranteed that each patient would have an equal probability of being sampled for the experiment. The participating hospitals contributed patient discharges from a three-month period: January, February, and March 2016. Within each hospital, an equal number of patients were randomly assigned to each of the four modes of survey administration. A randomized mode experiment of 25,504 discharges from 51 hospitals was used to develop adjustments for the effects of survey mode (Mail Only, Telephone Only, Mixed mode, or Active Interactive Voice Response) on responses to the CAHPS® Hospital Survey (also known as Hospital CAHPS or HCAHPS).

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2006 Mode Experiment

The 2006 Mode Experiment was based on a nationwide random sample of short-term acute care hospitals. Hospitals from each of CMS' ten geographic regions participated in the Mode Experiment. A hospital's probability of being selected for the sample was proportional to its volume of discharges, which guaranteed that each patient would have an equal probability of being sampled for the experiment. The participating hospitals contributed patient discharges from a four-month period: February, March, April, and May 2006. Within each hospital, an equal number of patients were randomly assigned to each of the four modes of survey administration. A randomized mode experiment of 27,229 discharges from 45 hospitals was used to develop adjustments for the effects of survey mode (Mail Only, Telephone Only, Mixed mode, or Active Interactive Voice Response) on responses to the CAHPS® Hospital Survey (also known as Hospital CAHPS or HCAHPS).

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Mode & Patient-Mix Adjustment Report (revised 05/02/2008)

A report describing the Mode & Patient-Mix Adjustment of HCAHPS is available.

Click here to view the complete Mode & Patient-Mix Adjustment Report.

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Mode Adjustment Table

For your convenience, the Mode Adjustments of Top Box and Bottom Box Percentages (after PMA) table is now available. Click here to view the Mode Adjustment HCAHPS table.

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Patient-Mix Adjustments and National Means for October 2020 Publicly Reported HCAHPS Results

A document that provides the Patient-Mix Adjustments and National Means for the October 2020 public reporting of HCAHPS results has been posted. The October 2020 public report includes discharges from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

Current Table:

Click here to view the current complete Patient-Mix Adjustments and National Means for October 2020 Publicly Reported HCAHPS Results Document.

Previous Tables:

Please click here to view previous Patient-Mix Adj and National Means Publicly Reported HCAHPS Results Documents.    

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