Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals (MOPS-HP)

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 29 (Wednesday, February 12, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 29 (Wednesday, February 12, 2020)]
[Pages 7918-7919]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-02758]
Bureau of the Census
[Docket Number 200127-0030]
Management and Organizational Practices Survey--Hospitals (MOPS-
AGENCY: Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of consideration and request for comments.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of the Census (Census
Bureau) is considering a proposal to conduct a Management and
Organizational Practices Survey--Hospitals (MOPS-HP) as a joint project
with Harvard Business School. Based on information and recommendations
received by the Census Bureau, we understand that the data have
significant application to the needs of other government agencies and
the public. The MOPS-HP will collect data on management practices from
Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) at general, medical, and surgical
hospitals to assist in identifying determinants of clinical and
financial performance. These data are not publicly available from
nongovernment or other governmental sources.
DATES: Written comments on this notice must be submitted on or before
March 13, 2020.
ADDRESSES: Please direct all written comments to Edward Watkins, U.S.
Census Bureau, Economy-Wide Statistics Division, 8K151, Washington, DC
20233-6600, or at [email protected].
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Edward Watkins at [email protected]
or 301-763-4750.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Census Bureau is considering a proposal
to conduct the MOPS-HP for survey year 2019 as a joint project with
Harvard Business School. The MOPS-HP will utilize the Service Annual
Survey (SAS) mail-out sample and will collect data on management
practices from CNOs at general, medical, and surgical hospitals to
assist in identifying determinants of clinical and financial
    Currently, no official statistics on management practices in
hospitals exist. Past research shows these practices are related to
health care providers' clinical and financial outcomes. This suggests
that providing measures on management practices may potentially help
the United States health care system, which is challenged by rising
health care costs, increased demand from an aging society, and quality
objectives. These data would permit users, such as Harvard Business
School, to examine relationships between management practices and
financial outcomes using Census Bureau data (e.g., revenues) and
relationships with clinical outcomes using external data sources.
Additionally, these data would provide hospital administrators and
managers information to evaluate their practices in comparison to other
hospitals at an aggregate level.
    The MOPS-HP content was proposed by external researchers with past
experience in surveying hospitals on management practices. Some
questions are adapted from the Management and Organizational Practices
Survey (MOPS), conducted in the manufacturing sector, allowing for
inter-sectoral comparisons. Content for the MOPS-HP includes
performance monitoring, financial and clinical targets, and incentives.
The 39 questions are grouped into the following sections: Tenure,
Management Practices, Management Training, Management of Team
Interactions, Staffing and Allocation of Human Resources, Standardized
Clinical Protocols, Documentation of Patients' Medical Records, and
Organizational Characteristics.
    The MOPS-HP sample will consist of approximately 4,500 hospital
locations for enterprises classified under General Medical and Surgical
Hospitals (NAICS 6221) and sampled in the SAS. The survey will be
mailed separately from
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the 2019 SAS and collected electronically through the Census Bureau's
Centurion online reporting system. Respondents will be sent an initial
letter with instructions detailing how to log into the instrument and
report their information. These letters will be addressed to the
location's CNO. Before mailing, the Census Bureau will attempt to
identify the CNO at each location. In instances where the CNO is not
identifiable, the letter will be addressed to the hospital's
administrative office with attention to the CNO. Collection is
scheduled to begin in September 2020 and end in April 2021.
Paperwork Reduction Act
    Notwithstanding, any other provision of law, no person is required
to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure
to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements
of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) unless that collection of
information displays a currently valid OMB control number. In
accordance with the PRA, 44 United States Code, Chapter 45, the Census
Bureau will submit a request for approval to the OMB for approval of
the MOPS-HP.
    Dated: February 5, 2020.
Steven D. Dillingham,
Director, Bureau of the Census.
[FR Doc. 2020-02758 Filed 2-11-20; 8:45 am]