In downloading HEDIS® Volume 6 (the “Product”), I certify that my organization and/or I will use the Product solely for one of the following purposes as related to CMS’s HEDIS Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (“HOS”) and/or Medicare Health Outcomes Survey-Modified (“HOS-M”) (individually, a “Survey” and collectively, the “Surveys”):
Internal, non-commercial informational (reference) purposes
Participating in or fielding the official CMS Survey
Survey vendors, health plans, or their agents are prohibited from administering any Survey questions to Medicare beneficiaries eight weeks before and during HOS administration.
Risks of Off-Cycle Surveys:
Surveys of Medicare beneficiaries that overlap with official CMS surveys could have a negative effect on how Medicare beneficiaries respond to the non-CMS as well as the CMS survey. Some Medicare beneficiaries may be confused by the similarities between the surveys which could result in even stronger negative effects.
Medicare beneficiaries who receive requests to participate in multiple off-cycle or overlapping surveys are likely to ignore one or more of those requests, putting all official Survey response rates at risk.