HCAHPS Implementation Timeline – Upcoming Dates and History

Added on Jul 25, 2015

Below is a timeline of major HCAHPS milestones to date, and a schedule of future preview periods and public reporting. Please note that, according to CMS, the future dates are estimates based on current timetables and are subject to change.

2016

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: July 2016
    Results for 3rd Quarter 2014 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2015 added.
    Includes October 2014 – September 2015 discharges.
  • Preview Report for July 2016 Hospital Compare update:
    May 6, 2016 – June 4, 2016
    Quarters included: 4Q14, 1Q15, 2Q15, 3Q15

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: April 2016 delayed to May 2016
    Results for 2nd Quarter 2014 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2015 added.
    Includes July 2014 – June 2015 discharges.
  • Preview Report for April 2016 Hospital Compare update:
    January 12, 2016 – February 10, 2016
    Quarters included: 3Q14, 4Q14, 1Q16, 2Q15 

2015

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: December 2015
    Results for 1st Quarter 2014 removed and results for 1st Quarter 2015 added. 
    Includes April 2014 – March 2015 discharges.
  • Preview Report for December 2015 Hospital Compare update: 
    September 2015
    Quarters included: 2Q14, 3Q14, 4Q14, 1Q15 

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: October 2015
    Results for 4th Quarter 2013 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2014 added. 
    Includes January 2014 – December 2014 discharges.
  • Preview Report for October 2015 Hospital Compare update: 
    July 2015
    Quarters included: 1Q14, 2Q14, 3Q14, 4Q14 

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: July 2015
    Results for 3rd Quarter 2013 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2014 added. 
    Includes October 2013 – September 2014 discharges.
  • Preview Report for July 2015 Hospital Compare update: 
    April 3 – May 2, 2015
    Quarters included: 4Q13, 1Q14, 2Q14, 3Q14 

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: April 16, 2015
    Results for 2nd Quarter 2013 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2014 added. 
    Includes July 2013 – June 2014 discharges. 
    Star Ratings introduced
  • Preview Report for April 2015 Hospital Compare update: 
    Dec. 31, 2014 - Jan. 29, 2015
    Quarters included: 3Q13, 4Q13, 1Q14, 2Q14 

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: January 2015 

    Update skipped

2014

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: December 18, 2014
    Results for 4th Quarter 2013 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2014 added. 
    Includes January 2013 – December  2013 discharges.

    Care Transition composite measure introduced
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: October 2014
    Update delayed – continues to include October 2012 – September 2013 discharges 

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: July 17, 2014
    Results for 3rd Quarter 2012 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2013 added. 
    Includes October 2012 – September 2013 discharges.
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: April 17, 2014
    Results for 2nd Quarter 2012 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2013 added. 
    Includes July 2012 – June 2013 discharges.
2013
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: December 12, 2013
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2011 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2012 added. Includes January 2012 – December 2012 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: July 18, 2013
    Hospital results for 3rd Quarter 2011 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2012 added. Includes October 2011 – September 2012 discharges.
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: April 18, 2013
    Hospital results for 2nd Quarter 2011 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2012 added. Includes July 2011 – June 2012 discharges. 
     

2012

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Dec. 13, 2012
    Hospital results for 1st Quarter 2011 removed and results for 1st Quarter 2012 added. Includes April 2011 – March 2012 discharges.
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Oct. 12, 2012
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2010 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2011 added. Includes January 2011 – December 2011 discharges
     

2011

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Oct. 13, 2011
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2009 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2010 added. Includes January 2010 – December 2010 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Aug. 5, 2011
    Hospital results for 3rd Quarter 2009 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2010 added. Includes October 2009 – September 2010 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: April 21, 2011
    Hospital results for 2nd Quarter 2009 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2010 added. Includes July 2009 – June 2010 discharges. 
     

2010

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Dec. 11, 2010
    Hospital results for 1st Quarter 2009 removed and results for 1st Quarter 2010 added. Includes April 2009 – March 2010 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Sept. 16, 2010
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2008 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2009 added. Includes January 2009 – December 2009 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: June 17, 2010
    Hospital results for 3rd Quarter 2008 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2009 added. Includes October 2008 – September 2009 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: March 18, 2010
    Hospital results for 2nd Quarter 2008 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2009 added. Includes July 2008 – June 2009 discharges. 
     

2009

  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Dec. 17, 2009
    Hospital results for 1st Quarter 2008 removed and results for 1st Quarter 2009 added. Includes April 2008 – March 2009 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Sept. 17, 2009
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2007 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2008 added. Includes January 2008 – December 2008 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: July 9, 2009
    Hospital results for 3rd Quarter 2007 removed and results for 3rd Quarter 2008 added. Includes October 2007 – September 2008 discharges. 
     
  • Public Reporting of HCAHPS: March 26, 2009
    Hospital results for 2nd Quarter 2007 removed and results for 2nd Quarter 2008 added. Includes July 2007 – June 2008 discharges. This is the first public reporting of HCAHPS results for hospitals that joined HCAHPS in July 2007. Participation is linked to payment. 
     

2008

  • Release of Fourth Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Dec. 18, 2008
    Hospital results for 1st Quarter 2007 removed and results for 1st Quarter 2008 added. Includes April 2007 – March 2008 discharges. 
     
  • Third Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Sept. 18, 2008
    Hospital results for 4th Quarter 2006 removed and results for 4th Quarter 2007 added. Includes January 2007 – December 2007 discharges. 
     
  • Second Public Reporting of HCAHPS: Aug. 19, 2008
    Originally scheduled to be released on July 17. Hospital results for 3rd Quarter 2007 are added to the nine months of HCAHPS results included in the initial round of public reporting. Includes October 2006 – September 2007 discharges. Going forward, HCAHPS public reporting will be refreshed quarterly on the Hospital Compare web site with a new quarter rolled in and the oldest quarter rolled out. 
     
  • First Public Report of HCAHPS: March 28, 2008
    Public reporting of HCAHPS results on Hospital Compare website for hospitals that participated in the voluntary data collection period. Includes October 2006 – June 2007 discharges. 
     

2007

  • National Implementation Linked to Payment: July 2007 Discharges
    HCAHPS data collection begins for annual payment update for FY 2008. 
     

2006

  • Voluntary National Implementation: October 2006 Discharges
    Data collection for voluntary national implementation of HCAHPS begins. For initial phase, nine months of data are collected.