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MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 (August 2015)

AHRQ is excited to announce the release of MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2, which adds to the 6.0 version. MONAHRQ host users can produce a website specifically for use by consumers. Based on testing with consumers, the website presents data in ways that consumers are likely to interpret correctly, using plain language and clear navigation. New CMS Hospital Compare measures are available for reporting. Based on feedback from MONAHRQ® Host Users, the data import, export and editing processes have been improved to create a more intuitive and efficient experience.

The MONAHRQ® Host User Guide, Release Notes, and other helpful documentation can be found on the Resources page.  It is recommended users save and review copies of these useful resources prior to installing MONAHRQ.

To Install MONAHRQ® complete the following steps:

Step 1
Install Microsoft.NET 4.5 Framework if it is not currently installed. Unlike previous versions of the Microsoft.NET Framework, this version can be used on both 32- or 64-bit systems.
Microsoft.NET 4.5 Framework [ - 982 KB]

Step 2
Step 2 Install Microsoft SQL Server R2 2008 Express or above if it is not currently installed and you do not have access to a networked SQL database server. Save and run the correct version based on your system (32 or 64 bit).
32-bit Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe, 241 MB)
64-bit Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (sqlexprw_x64_ENU.exe, 253 MB)

Step 3
Step 3 Install MONAHRQ® 6.0. After MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 has installed, please save and run the file.
MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 (MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 installation file, 197 MB)

Please note you will not be required to uninstall previous versions of the MONAHRQ software. If you are new to MONAHRQ 6.0 and higher, you will be prompted to complete the initial installation process as a first time Host User. After your first installation of MONAHRQ 5.0 build 2 or higher, you will be prompted to upgrade to the latest version in future installation processes.

If you are using MONAHRQ 4.1 or lower, you will not be required to uninstall the MONAHRQ software. To proceed with installing the MONAHRQ 6.0 Build 2 software, download the installer from this page and proceed with completing the steps defined by the installer.

Step 4 (Optional)
MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 can import and report sets of pre-calculated quality measures.

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ (QI): Use the AHRQ Quality Indicators™ software for SAS or Windows to calculate the AHRQ QI™ directly from inpatient discharge data. If you use the AHRQ Quality Indicators™ software for SAS, reformat the measure results for MONAHRQ® using these SAS formatting utilities. If you have used the AHRQ Quality Indicators™ software for Windows, no additional formatting is needed.

CMS Hospital Compare measures: Visit the Data page to download CMS Hospital Compare quality measures that are formatted to use with MONAHRQ®. Available in the MONAHRQ 6.0 release, users can download and import the Hospital Compare database into MONAHRQ directly from the Medicare.gov website (https://data.medicare.gov/data/hospital-compare). If you are using MONAHRQ 6.0, there are two CMS files that can be used, May 2014 and January 2015.  Both of these files are available here.  Database versions prior to January 2015 must be downloaded from the Data page and not from the Hospital Compare website. Updated files are available (approximately) on a quarterly basis.  If you would like an older version of the Hospital Compare data, please visit the Archives page or contact MONAHRQ® Technical Support.

CMS Nursing Home Compare measures: Visit the Data page to download CMS Nursing Home Compare quality measures that are formatted to use with MONAHRQ®. Available in the MONAHRQ 6.0 release, Users can download and import the Nursing Home Compare database directly into MONAHRQ from the Medicare.gov website (http://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/Resources/Downloadable-Databa...). Updated files are available (approximately) on a quarterly basis.

Medicare Provider Charge data: Visit the Data page to download the Medicare Provider Charge data file that is compatible with  MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2. Updated files are available on an annual basis. The most recent file with a collection year for the full year of 2012 can be used.

Visit the Resources page for detailed information on MONAHRQ® installation.

For earlier software versions go to the MONAHRQ® Archives page.

MONAHRQ® 6.0 Build 2 Software Patch  

The software patch is a piece of software designed to update MONAHRQ when it is already installed on your computer. After the patch is applied, MONAHRQ will be able to import the latest CMS Hospital Compare Database and Nursing Home Compare Database. Both these databases can be downloaded directly from their respective Web sites and directly imported into MONAHRQ.

Patch Release May 2016

This release includes:

  • The support for CMS Hospital Compare databases for:
    • December 2015 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS Web site, Hospital Compare data archive page)
    • May 2016 (database can be downloaded from CMS Web site, Hospital Compare datasets page. This release refreshes measure data.)
  • The support for CMS Nursing Home Compare databases for:
    • April 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS Web site, Nursing Home Compare data archive page)
    • May 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS Web site, Nursing Home Compare datasets page)

How to apply the patch

Step 1

Download MONAHRQ 6.0 build 2 software patch (.exe file – 372 KB)  and save the file on your computer or network.

Step 2

Open or double-click the .exe file to apply the patch. After the patch finishes running, click “Done” to exit. If you want to start MONAHRQ once the patch is installed, click “Ok.” Although you do not need to close MONAHRQ to apply the patch, it is recommended that you do so before installing the patch.

 

Page last reviewed June 2016
Internet Citation: Download MONAHRQ® Software. June 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/monahrq/software/index.html