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MBQIP: Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

The intent of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) initiative is to provide a standardized survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients' perspectives on hospital care. While many hospitals have collected information on patient satisfaction, prior to HCAHPS there was no national standard for collecting or publicly reporting patients' perspectives of care information that would enable valid comparisons to be made across all hospitals. In order to make "apples to apples" comparisons to support consumer choice, it was necessary to introduce a standard measurement approach: the HCAHPS survey, which is also known as the CAHPS' Hospital Survey, or Hospital CAHPS. HCAHPS is a core set of questions that can be combined with a broader, customized set of hospital-specific items. HCAHPS survey items complement the data hospitals currently collect to support improvements in internal customer services and quality related activities.

About the Survey

The HCAHPS survey contains 21 patient perspectives on care and patient rating items that encompass nine key topics: communication with doctors, communication with nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, communication about medicines, discharge information, cleanliness of the hospital environment, quietness of the hospital environment, and transition of care. The survey also includes four screener questions and seven demographic items, which are used for adjusting the mix of patients across hospitals and for analytical purposes. The survey is 32 questions in length.

Webinar Series Offered

Please contact Julie Frankl at or (701) 777-6781 for the access code and links to the webinar series offered below.

HCAHPS Breakthrough Leadership Series™

The HCAHPS Breakthrough Leadership Series™ is free to each North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH), through sponsorship of the North Dakota CAH Quality Network. The content is designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive frontline behavioral change at every level.

All webinars are scheduled on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm Central.

If anyone misses a scheduled webinar, they can access the library any time after the webinar has aired.

View the schedule and information for the webinar series:

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