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About the Management and Organizational Practices Survey - Hospitals


The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals to better understand current and evolving management and organizational practices in hospitals and to assist in studying their relationship to clinical and financial performance. Census data are essential for business and government decision making. Information from hospitals also provides reliable data for the industry and the community.


The Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals provides information on the dimensions of organizational capital for hospital establishments classified under General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (NAICS 6221). Collected data include tenure, organizational characteristics, management practices, management training, management of team interactions, staffing and allocation of human resources, standardized clinical protocols, and documentation of patients’ medical records.


The MOPS-HP is currently a one-time survey.


The Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals (MOPS-HP) is a sample survey of approximately 3,200 establishments classified as a general medical or surgical hospital. The sample represents a universe of approximately 5,000 establishments, based on the Census Bureau’s Business Register and 2017 Economic Census data. Establishments were selected if they were classified as a general medical or surgical hospital and associated with an active firm included in the 2019 Service Annual Survey’s (SAS) sample.


The Census Bureau will produce a publicly-available press release to describe the survey and discuss the results. The Census Bureau will also write at least one research paper describing the MOPS-HP collection, processing, and data findings.  Conditional on quality, the Census Bureau will construct and publish, in a research paper, indices of management practices, which can be used in tabulations and empirical analyses for potential use by the public, clinicians, hospitals, and researchers.


The MOPS-HP will provide unique national-level estimates on management and organizational practices in hospitals that could improve understanding of the hospital industry. Examining factors that impact clinical and financial outcomes has the potential to provide greater insight into the wider health care industry, which makes up a large portion of the U.S. economy.

Contact Us

For more information about the survey, contact MOPS-HP staff by phone at 301-763-1862.

For assistance completing the survey, please sign into your Census Bureau account or call our customer help line at 1-866-208-4221, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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