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Aug 19 -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites comments on the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Survey Database by October 18, 2022.

The CAHPS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Survey Database consists of data from the HCBS CAHPS Survey, which is the first cross-disability survey of home and community-based service beneficiaries' experience receiving long-term services and supports. It is designed to facilitate comparisons across state Medicaid HCBS programs throughout the country that target adults with disabilities, e.g., including older adults, individuals with physical disabilities, persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities, those with acquired brain injury and persons with severe mental illness.

The HCBS CAHPS Survey was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for voluntary use by state Medicaid programs, including both fee-for-service HCBS programs as well as managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs. States with adequate sample sizes may consider using survey metrics in value-based purchasing initiatives.

The HCBS CAHPS Database serves as a primary source of data available to states, agency programs and researchers to help answer important questions related to beneficiary experiences. AHRQ, through its contractor, collects and makes available de-identified survey data, enabling HCBS programs to identify areas where quality can be improved.

Aggregated HCBS Database results are made publicly available on AHRQ's CAHPS website. Technical assistance is provided by AHRQ, through its contractor, at no charge to programs, to facilitate the access and use of these materials for quality improvement and research. Technical assistance is also provided to support HCBS CAHPS data submission.

The HCBS CAHPS Database supports AHRQ's goals of promoting improvements in the quality and patient-centeredness of health care in home or community-based care settings. This research has the following goals:

1. Improve care provided by individual providers and state programs.
2. Offer several products and services, including providing survey results presented through the AHRQ Data Tools website, summary chartbooks, custom analyses, private reports and data for research purposes.
3. Provide information to help identify strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient care.

This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, Westat.
HBCS CAHPS website: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/quality-of-care-performance-measurement/cahps-home-and-community-based-services-survey/index.html
2022 HBCS CAHPS draft supporting statement https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g8lbqelse366sdj/AACAw-fSgRNdyX1h8-cDcK_pa?dl=0
2019 HBCS CAHPS submission: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201907-0935-001
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-17848

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