Medicare Health Outcomes Survey



4/1/2015

What's New on the Medicare HOS

General Updates

  • New Winter 2014-2015 Semi-annual HOS (e)-Newsletter Now 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 (hos@HCQIS.org) 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 Publications page.
  • 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 (hos@HCQIS.org). 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.
  • 2013 HOS-Modified (HOS-M) Data Available. The HOS-M data and DUG were made available for plans to request following the HPMS announcement on August 1, 2014. 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 section.
  • 2011-2013 Cohort 14 Performance Measurement Reports Available. The HOS reports were made available to participating MAOs via the HPMS on August 1, 2014. New in 2014, the contract-level summary data file distributed with each performance measurement MAO report contains 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. If assistance is required regarding HPMS access, MAOs may contact CMS at hpms_access@cms.hhs.gov. Sample reports with actual national HOS data may be found in the Overview portion of the Publications section.
  • 2015 HOS Star Ratings Validation and HOS Aggregate Score Analysis Results Available. The HOS results were made available to participating MAOs via the HPMS on August 1, 2014. The tables contain results based on the 2013 Cohort 16 Baseline and 2011-2013 Cohort 14 Performance Measurement Reports. MAOs may contact their CMS Quality Point of Contact to obtain access to the HOS results. For information about changes to the HOS module in HPMS, go to the HOS and the Star Ratings page.

This page was last modified on 3/4/2015
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