HCAPHS and Hospital Compare
Hospitals’ HCAHPS results will be posted on the Hospital Compare website, found at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.
HCAHPS (pronounced “H-caps”) is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems; also known as the CAHPS® Hospital Survey) is a standardized survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ perceptions of their hospital experience. While many hospitals already collect information on patient satisfaction for their own use, until HCAHPS there was no national standard for collecting and publicly reporting information about patients’ experiences that allowed valid comparisons to be made across hospitals locally, regionally or nationally.
Three broad goals have shaped HCAHPS. First, the survey is designed to produce data about patients’ perspectives of care that allow objective and meaningful comparisons of hospitals on topics that are important to consumers. Second, public reporting of the survey results creates new incentives for hospitals to improve quality of care. Third, public reporting serves to enhance public accountability in health care by increasing the transparency of the quality of hospital care provided in return for the public investment. With these goals in mind, the HCAHPS project has taken substantial steps to assure that the survey will be credible, useful, and practical.
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