What is patient engagement?
What is "Patient Engagement", we see the term everywhere now and there are even people with the title of Patient Engagement Director or Manager. Well it's not surprisingly associated to revenue. So exactly what are they looking for the hospitals to prove to them??
Hospitals are trying to do their best to provide service and care that everyone needs. It continues to be a challenge and hopefully these surveys will help them make the improvements that will improve outcomes.
Rather then bore you with my interpretation here is the explanation of what it is straight from CMS (Center of Medicare/Medicaid Services)
Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) develop, implement and administer several different patient experience surveys. These surveys ask patients (or in some cases their families) about their experiences with, and ratings of, their health care providers and plans, including hospitals, home health care agencies, doctors, and health and drug plans, among others. The surveys focus on matters that patients themselves say are important to them and for which patients are the best and/or only source of information. CMS publicly reports the results of its patient experience surveys, and some surveys affect payments to providers.
Experience is not the same as SatisfactionPatient experience surveys sometimes are mistaken for customer satisfaction surveys. Patient experience surveys focus on how patients experienced or perceived key aspects of their care, not how satisfied they were with their care. Patient experience surveys focus on asking patients whether or how often they experienced critical aspects of health care, including communication with their doctors, understanding their medication instructions, and the coordination of their healthcare needs. They do not focus on amenities.
CAHPS® SurveysMany of the CMS patient experience surveys are in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) family of surveys. Others are developed following CAHPS principles and used by CMS but are not CAHPS surveys. All surveys officially designated as CAHPS surveys have been approved by the CAHPS Consortium, which is overseen by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). To learn more about CAHPS surveys click.
CAHPS surveys follow scientific principles in survey design and development. The surveys are designed to reliably assess the experiences of a large sample of patients. They use standardized questions and data collection protocols to ensure that information can be compared across healthcare settings. CAHPS surveys are developed with broad stakeholder input, including a public solicitation of measures and a technical expert panel, and the opportunity for anyone to comment on the survey through multiple public comments period through the Federal Register. Finally, many CAHPS measures are statistically adjusted to correct for differences in the mix of patients across providers and the use of different survey modes.
CAHPS surveys are an integral part of CMS’ efforts to improve healthcare in the U.S. Some CAHPS surveys are used in Value-Based Purchasing (Pay for Performance) initiatives. These initiatives represent a change in the way CMS pays for services. Instead of only paying for the number of services provided, CMS also pays for providing high quality services. The quality of services is measured clinically, administratively, and through the use of patient experience of care surveys.
Sharon Gauthier RN/MSN/CGM/CCM