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HCAHPS Star Ratings added to HCAHPS On-Line: A new page has been added: HCAHPS Star Ratings Click on Left-hand maroon Navigation Button (09/16/2014)

Welcome to HCAHPS Star Ratings, a new feature on www.hcahpsonline.org, the official HCAHPS Web site.

As part of a new initiative to add five-star quality ratings to its Compare Web sites, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will add HCAHPS Star Ratings to the Hospital Compare Web site in April 2015. Star ratings will make it easier for consumers to use the information on the Compare Web sites and spotlight excellence in healthcare quality. Twelve HCAHPS Star Ratings will appear on Hospital Compare in April 2015: one for each of the 11 publicly reported HCAHPS measures, plus the new HCAHPS Summary Star Rating. HCAHPS Star Ratings will be the first star ratings to appear on Hospital Compare; star ratings for other measures are planned to follow.

HCAHPS Star Ratings are based on the same data that are used to create the HCAHPS measures publicly reported on the Hospital Compare Web site. The first public reporting of the HCAHPS Star Ratings in April 2015 will be based on patients discharged between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. HCAHPS Star Ratings, including the Star Ratings level thresholds, will be recalculated for each public reporting.

Hospitals will be able to “preview” their HCAHPS Star Ratings for December 2014 in their December 2014 Preview Reports. Please note that the HCAHPS Star Ratings previewed in the December 2014 Preview Report will NOT be publicly reported.

To learn more about the HCAHPS Star Ratings, which will be published on the CMS Hospital Compare Web site in April 2015, please click here.


Patient-Mix Coefficients for December 2014 Publicly Reported HCAHPS Results Have Been Posted (09/12/2014)

The Patient-Mix Coefficients for the December 2014 HCAHPS results are now available. Please click here. The December 2014 public reporting includes discharges from January 2013 to December 2013.

Follow-up: October 1, 2014 HCAHPS Data Submission Deadline (09/12/2014)

October 1, 2014 is the data submission deadline for patients discharged in April, May, and June 2014. June 2014 Dry Run data must also be submitted by this date.

A successful submission to My QualityNet is defined as a file that has been accepted by My QualityNet, as indicated on the Data Submission Report. After you have uploaded your files, you should receive an email confirmation within twenty-four hours with a batch number indicating that your batch has been processed. If you do not receive this email, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org, or by telephone at 866.288.8912.


NOTICE: Limited Hospital Compare Release for October 2014 (08/26/2014)

Due to required system upgrades, CMS has announced that the October 2014 HCAHPS Hospital Compare Refresh has been cancelled. The next scheduled release of the HCAHPS Hospital Compare Refresh is set for December 2014, with the 30-day preview period beginning September 15, 2014. The information posted in July 2014 will continue to display until the December update. The December update will include HCAHPS data collected from January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (Q1 2013 – Q4 2013) eligible discharges. In addition, the Care Transition Composite for this same time period will be displayed.

UPDATED: HCAHPS Quality Assurance Guidelines V9.0 Technical Corrections and Clarifications (08/13/2014)

Updated information for technical corrections to the HCAHPS Quality Assurance Guidelines V9.0 has been added to the Quality Assurance Page. The document may be accessed by clicking here, or clicking the Quality Assurance button on this web site.

Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) FY 2015 Final Rule has been Published (08/11/2014)

The FY 2015 IPPS final rule establishing the Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems is now available on the Federal Register.

To view the rule and related tables, please click on the link below: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/22/2014-18545/hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-for-acute-care-hospitals-and-the-long-term-care.



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