Medicare Health Outcomes Survey


What's New on the Medicare HOS

General Updates

  • 2014 Cohort 17 Baseline Reports Available. The reports were made available to participating Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) via the Health Plan Management System (HPMS) on May 15, 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 Sample reports with actual national HOS data may be found in the Overview portion of the Publications section.
  • 2014 HOS-Modified (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 15, 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 portion of the Publications section.
  • 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) Available. Additional information is available in the Methodology section of the Publications page.
  • 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 06/15/2015
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