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CAHPS® Health Plan Surveys

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The CAHPS Health Plan Surveys ask enrollees about their recent experiences with health plans and their services. This standardized survey was designed to support consumers in assessing the performance of health plans and choosing the plans that best meet their needs. Health plans can also use the survey results to identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas for improvement.

To ensure that survey results are comparable across users, every CAHPS Health Plan Survey starts with a set of "core" items that everyone uses. Users can then customize their survey by adding supplemental items. All core and supplemental items are available in English.

The list below groups the survey documents as follows:

  • Health Plan Surveys 5.0 (core questionnaires only released in June 2012)
  • Health Plan Surveys 4.0
  • Instructions for implementing the survey

To find out what documents are available to support use of the Health Plan Surveys, read:

  • What's Available for the Health Plan Surveys (PDF, 197 KB)

Health Plan Surveys 5.0

Only the core questionnaires are available in version 5.0 at this time.

  • Adult Commercial Survey 5.0 -- Core Questionnaire
    • English (PDF, 238 KB)
    • Spanish (PDF, 239 KB)
  • Child Commercial Survey 5.0 -- Core Questionnaire
    • English (PDF, 230 KB)
    • Spanish (PDF, 249 KB)
  • Adult Medicaid Survey 5.0 -- Core Questionnaire
    • English (PDF, 238 KB)
    • Spanish (PDF, 246 KB)
  • Child Medicaid Survey 5.0 -- Core Questionnaire
    • English (PDF, 230 KB)
    • Spanish (PDF, 261 KB)

Health Plan Surveys 4.0

  • Overview of Questionnaires (PDF, 453 KB)
  • Adult Commercial Survey 4.0 -- Core Questionnaire (English - PDF, 157 KB)
  • Child Commercial Survey 4.0 -- Core Questionnaire (English - PDF, 164 KB)
  • Adult Medicaid Survey 4.0 -- Core Questionnaire (English – PDF, 155 KB)
  • Child Medicaid Survey 4.0 -- Core Questionnaire (English - PDF, 204 KB)

Supplemental Items for the Commercial and Medicaid Surveys

  • Supplemental Items for Adult Questionnaires (English - PDF, 317 KB)
  • Supplemental Items for Child Questionnaires (English - PDF, 256 KB)

Descriptions of Supplemental Item Sets for the Health Plan Survey

  • About the Item Set for People With Mobility Impairments (English - PDF, 206 KB)
  • About the Item Set for Children with Chronic Conditions (English - PDF, 372 KB)

Instructions for Implementing the Health Plan Surveys

Preparing a Questionnaire Using the CAHPS Health Plan Survey 4.0 (PDF, 240 KB): Includes guidelines for incorporating supplemental items, formatting the questionnaire, and translating the questionnaire into other languages.

Fielding the CAHPS Health Plan Survey (Commercial Version: PDF, 338 KB) (Medicaid Version: PDF, 332 KB) Includes separate guidelines for commercial and Medicaid plans. Guidelines cover constructing a sample of adults or children, collecting data, determining whether a questionnaire is complete, and calculating response rates.

Sample Notification Letters for the CAHPS Health Plan Survey (PDF, 233 KB): Contains examples of letters and postcards in both English and Spanish for notifying and reminding potential respondents about the survey.

Sample Telephone Script for the CAHPS Health Plan Survey (PDF, 107 KB): Provides guidelines for administering the survey by telephone and a sample script based on the Adult Commercial Survey.

Analysis Guidance: Includes detailed instructions for using the CAHPS analysis program (known as the CAHPS macro).

  • Survey-Specific Analysis Instructions for the CAHPS Health Plan Survey 4.0 (English - PDF, 183 KB)
  • Instructions for Analyzing Data from CAHPS Surveys (English - PDF, 1,105 KB)

CAHPS Analysis Program (SAS, 170 KB): Includes SAS@ files needed for the CAHPS analysis program. If you cannot link to the SAS files, then add sentence: Contact CAHPS Technical Assistance, CAHPSDatabase@westat.com to get the SAS files.

Reporting Measures for the CAHPS Health Plan Survey 4.0 (PDF, 245 KB): Provides a list of the composite and rating measures that can be used for internal and public reports of survey results; tables indicate which survey items are included in each measure.

Spotlight

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