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National Data Set (NDS)

The 2015 NDS is now open!   The PDF survey is also available to help you prepare (see below).

The National Data Set represents a comprehensive compilation of information on hospice operations, including:

  • Who provides care;
  • Who receives care;
  • The range, cost and quality of hospice services.


NDS summary results provide useful information to hospices for defining strategic goals, setting operational targets, and improving care delivery.

NDS Manual

Step 1 - Data Collection

Step 2 - Data Submission
Hospices that are not current members of NHPCO can also submit data.  While there is no fee to participate, membership is required to access summary reports.  For more information about submitting data as a non-member hospice, please send an email to NDS@nhpco.org.

To begin submitting NDS data, login to the NHPCO DART System using your hospice's NHPCO DART ID and DART Password . If you do not know the DART ID and Password for your hospice, please contact NHPCO Member Services at 1-800-646-6460.

Data submission is open annually in the spring (dates vary).  Once open, you will be able to click on "Enter Data Here" to access online data submission. 

Enter Data Here (If you're coming back to edit your responses, you must email nds@nhpco.org.  Editing cannot be done through DART)

Step 3 - Reports
To access the NDS National Reports, login into the link below using your email address and NHPCO password. If you have difficulty with your email address and NHPCO password, please contact NHPCO Solutions Center at 1-800-646-6460.

To access the National Summary Reports click the National Summary Reports link. 2014 National Summary Report now available!

National Summary Reports 

National Summary Peer Reports - new tools offering NDS data broken out by hospice size and type.  View a  Sample Report. Cost to NDS participants is $150.00; non-participants $300. To purchase the Peer Reports send a request to NDS@nhpco.org.  

Questions regarding the NDS survey, data collection, or data submission can be sent to: NDS@nhpco.org.

NOTE: The National Summary reports and supplemental reports are accessible to NHPCO provider members only.