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By host on 9/12/2019 11:30 AM
The data submission deadline for submitting Quarter 2 of calendar year 2019 data (CY19, Q2) to the OAS CAHPS Data Center is Wednesday, October 9, 2019. We thank those OAS CAHPS vendors who have already begun submitting CY19, Q2 data for their client facilities. If you have not submitted any data for Quarter 2, we encourage you to begin submitting your files as soon as possible.

As we approach the next data submission deadline, please note the important points provided below.

Check your Vendor Authorization Report to make sure that all client facilities have authorized your organization to submit data on their behalf. CMS will not accept any data files for the April, May and/or June 2019 sample months after 8:00 PM Eastern Time on October 9, 2019. Survey vendors should start submitting their data files as soon as possible to allow adequate time to re-submit data, if needed. You may submit files as many...
By host on 8/28/2019 9:06 AM

RTI International will be closed on September 2, 2019. The OAS CAHPS Survey Coordination Team will respond to email and telephone inquiries that are received on that date after RTI re-opens (on September 3, 2019).

Please contact the Coordination Team via e-mail at oascahps@rti.org or call toll-free (866) 590-7468, if you have any questions.

By host on 8/9/2019 11:01 AM
The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs CY 2020 Proposed Rule has been published in the Federal Register today, August 9, 2019. The Proposed Rule is available on the OAS CAHPS website at the link provided here.

In this Proposed Rule, CMS proposes to continue voluntary participation in the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey Based Measures OP-37a-e/ASC-15a-e, until further action in future rulemaking. If approved in the Final Rule (to be published in November 2019), this means that OAS CAHPS would continue with the voluntary reporting throughout 2020.

The OPPS and ASC Rules are updated annually. The next update (CY 2021 Rule) will be proposed in July or August 2020 and finalized in November 2020. The CY 2021 Rule will reflect any planned changes that would impact the 2021...
By host on 8/1/2019 9:25 AM
The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs Proposed Rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 8. 2019. A preview (or “unpublished” version) of the Proposed Rule is available through the link provided here.

In this Proposed Rule, CMS proposes to continue voluntary participation in the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey Based Measures OP-37a-e/ASC-15a-e, until further action in future rulemaking. CMS will continue to analyze the national implementation data and consider any necessary modifications to the survey tool and/or CMS systems.

CMS continues to believe that these measures address an area of care that is not adequately addressed in the current measure set and will be useful to assess aspects of care where the patient is the best or only source of information. These measures will enable objective and meaningful comparisons...
By host on 7/30/2019 10:48 AM

During voluntary implementation, CMS will allow participating hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to have their data suppressed, that is, not displayed on data.medicare.gov.

For the October 2019 public reporting refresh (which includes data from Quarter 2, 2018 to Quarter 1, 2019), vendors must notify the OAS CAHPS Survey Coordination Team (via email at oascahps@rti.org) by August 15, 2019 of any CCNs that choose to exclude their data from public reporting. Please note that the deadline for suppression is earlier than the date by which the preview reports are posted on oascahps.org.

The e-mail message to the Coordination Team should include the HOPD’s or ASC’s name and CMS Certification Number (CCN).

Please contact the Coordination Team via e-mail at oascahps@rti.org or call toll-free (866) 590-7468, if you have any questions.

By host on 7/30/2019 10:37 AM
Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery CAHPS (OAS CAHPS) Survey results based on responses from patients who received an outpatient surgery or procedure between January 2018 and December 2018 are now publicly available in three locations:

on data.medicare.gov (by clicking on “Hospital Compare data” box [under “Explore & download data” header] and then searching the term “OAS CAHPS”); through Hospital Compare (direct link to OAS CAHPS data: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/OASCAHPS-measures.html); and via downloadable databases on data.medicare.gov. You can access OAS CAHPS Survey results at the facility, state and national levels on any of the locations provided above.

As a reminder, OAS CAHPS Survey results are updated each calendar year quarter, as shown in Table 14.2 of the OAS CAHPS Survey Protocols and Guidelines Manual, Version 3.0, available here.

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By host on 7/3/2019 11:08 AM
The purpose of this announcement is to alert hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that Preview Reports reflecting results from the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery CAHPS (OAS CAHPS) Survey from January 2018 through December 2018 (2018, Q1 - 2018, Q4) are now available on the OAS CAHPS website (https://oascahps.org/).

The following are some questions and answers about the Preview Reports. More information about the OAS CAHPS Survey Preview Reports, can be found in the Understanding the Preview Reports link under the "For Facilities" menu.

Who has access to a facility's Preview Report? Hospitals and ASCs participating in the OAS CAHPS Survey have access to their own reports. The Preview Report is not available to the OAS CAHPS Survey vendor or to anyone other than the facility staff registered through the https://oascahps.org website. If facility staff want to share the Preview Report with their...
By host on 7/3/2019 8:51 AM
This announcement serves as the final reminder that the deadline for submitting data for Quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 (CY19, Q1) to the OAS CAHPS Data Center is Wednesday, July 10, 2019. We thank those OAS CAHPS vendors who have already begun submitting CY19, Q1 data for their client facilities. If you have not submitted any data for Quarter 1, we encourage you to begin submitting your files as soon as possible.

As we approach the next data submission deadline, please note the important points provided below.

Check your Vendor Authorization Report to make sure that all your client facilities have authorized your organization to submit data on their behalf. CMS will not accept any data files for the January, February, and/or March 2019 sample months after 8:00 PM Eastern Time on July 10, 2019. Survey vendors should start submitting their data files as soon as possible to allow adequate time to re-submit...
By host on 7/1/2019 2:21 PM

RTI International will be closed on July 4, 2019. The OAS CAHPS Survey Coordination Team will respond to email and telephone inquiries that are received on that date after RTI re-opens.

Please contact the Coordination Team via e-mail at oascahps@rti.org or call toll-free (866) 590-7468, if you have any questions.

By host on 6/26/2019 8:05 AM
The deadline for submitting data for Quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 (CY19, Q1) to the OAS CAHPS Data Center is Wednesday, July 10, 2019. We thank those OAS CAHPS vendors who have already begun submitting CY19, Q1 data for their client facilities. If you have not submitted any data for Quarter 1, we encourage you to begin submitting your files as soon as possible.

As we approach the next data submission deadline, please note the important points provided below.

Check your Vendor Authorization Report to make sure that all your client facilities have authorized your organization to submit data on their behalf. CMS will not accept any data files for the January, February, and/or March 2019 sample months after 8:00 PM Eastern Time on July 10, 2019. Survey vendors should start submitting their data files as soon as possible to allow adequate time to re-submit data, if needed. You may submit files as...