What's New on the Medicare HOS
New Veterans RAND 12-Item Health Survey (VR-12) Website Available.
The VR-12 is a generic patient reported outcome measure (PROM) used to measure health related quality of life, and is one of the components of the
Medicare HOS. Other VR assessments include the VR-36 longer form counterpart and the VR-6D derived from the VR-12. The VR-36, VR-12 and VR-6D
questionnaires, scoring algorithms, and documentation are available on request. For detailed information and to request permission to use, see the
measure developer’s website.
Winter 2014-2015 Semi-annual HOS e-Newsletter Available on the HOS Website.
The e-Newsletter is distributed to users of HOS data each summer and winter and is posted on the HOS website. The e-Newsletter contains
information about HOS products, services and timelines; program updates; and availability of any self-paced training programs. You may
contact the HOS Information and Technical Support email
to sign up for the email distribution.
HEDIS® 2015, Volume 6: Specifications for the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) is Now Available.
Additional information is available in the Methodology section of the
Medicare HOS 3.0,
the latest version of the HOS questionnaire, is now available from the
Survey Instrument section.
2011-2013 Cohort 14 Analytic Public Use File (PUF) Available. The PUF may be downloaded from the
Research Data Files
section. The Data User’s Guide (DUG) may be downloaded from the
Data User’s Guide section.
2011-2013 Cohort 14 Performance Measurement Data Distributed.
The Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) data and DUG are available for MAOs to request following the CMS email notification to Health
Plan Management System (HPMS) users on November 5, 2014. Participating MAOs may obtain their data by contacting the Medicare HOS Information
and Technical Support email
The DUG may also be downloaded from the Data User’s Guide section.
2013 Cohort 16 Baseline Public Use File (PUF) Available.
The PUF may be downloaded from the
Research Data Files
section. The corresponding DUG may be downloaded from the
Data User's Guide section.
Flag Available in National Cancer Institute (NCI) SEER*Stat Software.
The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) and the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) data sets are a data linkage available to cancer
researchers. These data sets link data on cancer patients to patient-reported outcome measures and provide
researchers with the potential to investigate the health status and health related quality of life of older
adults enrolled in Medicare Advantage Organizations with and without a cancer diagnosis. There is now a
flag available in NCI’s SEER*Stat statistical software that identifies SEER cancer patients that
responded to the MHOS surveys, as well as the number of surveys before and after diagnosis. For more
information please go to the
NCI SEER-MHOS web page.
This page was last modified on 4/15/2015