1. Amendments to the HCAHPS survey related to preventing readmissions.
On Jan. 1, 2013, three questions measuring how well hospitals informed patients on how to manage their conditions after their discharge, a high CMS priority to prevent costly readmissions, would be added to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey list for payments as of Oct. 1, 2014 or FY 2015.
To all these discharge planning questions, patients can answer that they strongly disagree, disagree, agree, or strongly agree.
Two new questions would ask how the patient came to the hospital, and about the patient's mental or emotional health status. The answers would not be publicly reported, but could help CMS risk adjust the responses for validity.