What's New on the Medicare HOS
Summer 2015 Semi-annual HOS e-Newsletter Available. The Summer HOS e-Newsletter was released in
August 2015. 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 self-paced training programs. You may contact the HOS
Information and Technical Support email (hos@HCQIS.org) to sign up for the email distribution.
2014 HOS-Modified (HOS-M) Data Available. The HOS-M data and Data User’s Guide (DUG) were made available for plans to request following
the Health Plan Management System (HPMS) announcement on July 31, 2015. Participating plans may obtain their data by contacting the Medicare
HOS Information and Technical Support email (hos@HCQIS.org). The DUG may also be downloaded from the HOS Modified Overview page.
2012-2014 Cohort 15 Performance Measurement Reports Available. The HOS reports were made available to participating Medicare Advantage
Organizations (MAOs) via the HPMS on July 31, 2015. The contract-level summary data file distributed with each MAO report includes results for two
HOS functional health measures that are part of the Medicare Part C Star Ratings. MAOs may contact their CMS Quality Point of Contact to obtain access
to the HOS reports and the summary data. If assistance is required regarding HPMS access, MAOs may contact CMS at email@example.com. Sample
reports with actual national HOS data are available in the Overview section of the Publications page. The MAO Performance Measurement Contract List
specifies the participating MAOs. The list is also available from the Survey Results page.
New Office of Minority Health (OMH) Fact Sheet and Data Brief Available. The OMH has released a fact sheet
highlighting the race and ethnicity of respondents to the most recent HOS administrations. The OMH has also released a data brief
highlighting the distribution of chronic diseases, Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and HEDIS rates among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the HOS. Both documents are also available from
the Publications page.
2014 Cohort 17 Baseline Reports Available. The reports were made available to participating MAOs via the HPMS on May 19, 2015. The contract-level
summary data file distributed with each baseline MAO report contains two HOS HEDIS® Effectiveness of Care measures that are part of the Medicare
Part C Star Ratings. MAOs may contact their CMS Quality Point of Contact to obtain access to the HOS reports and the summary data. If assistance
is required regarding HPMS access, MAOs may contact CMS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sample reports with actual national HOS data may be found in
the Overview section of the Publications page.
2014 HOS-M Reports Available. The HOS-M Reports were made available to participating Program of All-Inclusive
Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations via the HPMS on May 19, 2015. Plans may contact their CMS Quality Point of Contact
to obtain access to the HOS-M reports. A sample PACE report with actual national HOS-M data may be found in the Overview
section of the Publications page.
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.
HEDIS® 2015, Volume 6: Specifications for the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) Available.
Additional information is available in the Methodology section of the
Medicare HOS 3.0 Available. In 2015, CMS implemented the Medicare HOS 3.0;
the latest version of the HOS questionnaire, which can be accessed from the
Survey Instrument 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 08/27/2015