The Assessment of Health Plans and Providers by People with Activity Limitations is a modified version of the Medicaid Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey that was revised to address the needs of adults with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities. Available in English and Spanish, the AHPPPAL Survey (pronounced “apple”) can be administered to anyone, including people without disabilities, and allows for proxy respondents. The survey data are compiled into the AHPPPAL Dashboard. Responses to the survey are used to case-mix adjust the beneficiary responses and to create a disability profile for each medical group or health plan. The AHPPPAL Survey and Dashboard were field-tested with three Medicaid plans in California.
The following resource includes a copy of the AHPPPAL Survey in English and Spanish as well as a copy of the AHPPPAL Dashboard. For complete background on how the modified survey was developed, tested and translated, and information on how to generate the AHPPPAL Dashboard with case-mix adjustment, see:
- Palsbo SE, Hurtado MP, Levine RE, Barrett KA, Mastal MF. “Enabling a Survey of Primary Care to Measure the Health Care Experiences of Adults with Disabilities.” Disability and Rehabilitation; Volume 33, Number 1, April 2011 , pp. 73-85(13).
- Palsbo SE, Diao G, Palsbo GA, Tang L, Rosenberger WF, Mastal MF. 2010. “Case-Mix Adjustment and Enabled Reporting of CAHPS Surveys – The AHPPPAL Dashboard.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91:1339-46; September 2010.
For further information, contact: Susan Palsbo, PhD, Affiliate Research Professor, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness & Disability College of Health and Human Services George Mason University, at InnovAbility@comcast.net.