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MONAHRQ® 7 Build 4 (May 2017)

AHRQ is pleased to announce that the MONAHRQ 7 build 4 software is available for download. Building on MONAHRQ 7, the build 4 update includes data refreshes for the Hospital Compare, Nursing Home Compare, and Physician Compare databases based on April 2017.

MONAHRQ® 7 build 4 is a new version that replaces all previous versions of MONAHRQ®.

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.

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).

Step 3
Install the 64-bit MONAHRQ® software. After MONAHRQ® 7 build 3 has installed, save and run the file.

If you are running a 32-bit Windows operating system, select to download a 32-bit version of MONAHRQ 7 build 4 (Zipped .exe file, 209 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® 7 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 beginning with the MONAHRQ 6.0 release, Users can download and import the Hospital Compare database into MONAHRQ directly from the Medicare.gov Web site. Database versions prior to January 2015 must be downloaded from the Data page and not from the Hospital Compare Web site. 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. reference 6.0 and dates of data available may be old.

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 beginning with the MONAHRQ 6.0 release, Users can download and import the Nursing Home Compare database directly into MONAHRQ from the Medicare.gov Web site. 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® 7. 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® 7 Build 4 Software Patch (May 2017)

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 August 2017 (updated with July 2017 release of CMS datasets)

This release includes:

  • The support for CMS Hospital Compare databases for:
    • July 2017 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website or the Data page on the MONAHRQ website).
    • April 2017 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • January 2017 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website.)
    • December 2016 (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Archived page, or the Data page on MONAHRQ website. This release refreshes measure data.)
    • October 2016 (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Data Archive page, or the Data page on MONAHRQ website.)
    • August 2016 (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website.)
    • May 2016 (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Hospital Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website.)
  • The support for CMS Nursing Home Compare databases for:
    • July 2017 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • April 2017 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archived page, or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • December 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archived page, or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • October 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archive page, or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • August 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • May 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).
    • April 2016 database release (database can be downloaded from CMS website, Nursing Home Compare Data Archive page or the Data page on MONAHRQ website).

How to apply the patch

Step 1

Download MONAHRQ 7 build 5 software patch (zipped file – 178 KB) and save the file on your computer or network.

Step 2

Unzip the downloaded file and right click on the uncompressed .exe file. Select the option, "Run as administrator". This will start the installation of the patch. After the patch finishes running, close the window and open MONAHRQ. 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 August 2017
Page originally created July 2014
Internet Citation: MONAHRQ® Software. Content last reviewed August 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/monahrq/software/index.html