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MHDO is a state agency that collects health care data and makes those data available to researchers, policy makers, and the public while protecting individual privacy.

The purpose of the organization is to create and maintain a useful, objective, reliable and comprehensive health information database that is used to improve the health of Maine citizens.   Learn More

Recent Announcements

November 17, 2021 - Proposed Rule Chapter 241: Uniform Reporting System for Hospital Inpatient Data Sets and Hospital Outpatient Data Sets

Adopted - This rule was adopted and is effective as of November 15, 2021.

November 17, 2021 - Proposed Rule Chapter 243 - Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets

Adopted - This rule was adopted and is effective as of November 15, 2021.

November 17, 2021 - Rule Chapter 570 - Uniform Reporting System for Prescription Drug Price Data Sets

Adopted - This rule was adopted and is effective as of December 10, 2021.

October 15, 2021 - Public Hearing Information for Proposed Rule Chapter 120 and Rule Chapter 730

The public hearing for the two rules described below was held virtually on 11/4/21 at 9:00 a.m.

October 12, 2021 - Two Proposed Rules, Public Hearing Date & Public Comments Deadline

Proposed Rule Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public

These proposed changes update definitions and several data elements allowable for release to authorized data recipients based on how our data user’s needs have changed; and due to new and existing laws that allow for the collection of certain data elements as well as the release of these data, including PL 2021, Chapter 423 and PL 2017, Chapter 218.
It is anticipated that these updates will align the data collection rules and requirements with the release of these data; as well as respond to the needs of our data users as it relates to their use of the MHDO data, including the study of healthcare disparities and inequities.

Chapter 730: Interagency Reporting of Cancer-Incidence Registry and Vital Statistics Data (New Rule)

This new rule is a joint rule between Maine Health Data Organization and the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires the reporting to the MHDO of data from the cancer-incidence registry established pursuant to 22 MRS §1404 and data related to the registration of vital statistics pursuant to 22 MRS §2701.
The integration of the cancer registry and vital statistics data information into the MHDO data sets will enhance the data analysis in the State of Maine, specific to cancer research. The provisions of this new rule include: Identification of the agencies involved and the reporting requirements; establishment of requirements for the content, format, method, and reporting periods for the data; data integration; and confidentiality.

The public hearing for both rules was held virtually November 4th at 9:00 a.m. and the deadline for public comments is November 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. for each of the rules.

August 31, 2021 - Three Proposed Rules, Public Hearing & Public Comments Deadline

Proposed Rule Chapter 241: Uniform Reporting System for Hospital Inpatient Data Sets and Hospital Outpatient Data Sets

This proposed rule updates links to several source code resources, clarifies the description of valid codes for race and ethnicity data elements, and modifies descriptions for several other data elements to more accurately reflect the requirement.

Proposed Rule Chapter 243 - Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets

This proposed rule change will provide for a change to the claims filing requirement, add new fields for payment arrangement type, remove obsoleted data elements and clarify the requirements for others.

Rule Chapter 247 - Uniform Reporting System for Non-Claims Based Primary Care Payments

The reason for proposing this new rule is so that MHDO’s data for Primary Care payments is accurate and comprehensive in that it reflects both payments made under the traditional fee for service model (governed under Chapter 243) and alternative payment models, which are non-claims based payments (governed under this proposed rule).

The deadline for public comments was October 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm. for each of the three rules.

Note: The 9:00 a.m. public hearing for the three proposed rules above was held virtually on 9/23/21.

August 24, 2021 - 2019 Hospital Financial Reports Are Now Available

The Annual Summary Reports of hospital financial data over a five year period (FY 2015-2019) as reported by Maine hospitals is now available. Included are information on profitability, liquidity, capital structure and other common financial ratios. The updated reports can be found on our Hospital Financials web page.

February 2021 - New Report Public Law, Chapter 244, requires the Maine Quality Forum to develop an annual report beginning January 15, 2020 on primary care spending using claims data from the Maine Health Data Organization. Here is the second annual report: 2021 Annual Report: Primary Care Spending

New Report - February 2021 2020 Annual Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency Report

Public Law, Chapter 470, An Act to Further Expand Drug Price Transparency, requires the Maine Health Data Organization to submit an annual report on prescription drug pricing to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services. The findings of our first annual report are now available.

October 22, 2020 - Proposed Rule Chapter 570 - Uniform Reporting System for Prescription Drug Price Data Sets (Major Substantive)

Provisionally Adopted - This rule was provisionally adopted 10/12/20, but will not be final until the legislature reviews and approves this rule for final adoption.

New: Report Card On State Price Transparency Laws. Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition, at the University of California Hastings College of Law, released their 2020 Report highlighting the efforts of states across the country in making health care price information available to consumers. States that scored high in this year’s report are those with robust price transparency laws and useful resources for consumers, such as mandatory websites that display price information at no charge and in a consumer-friendly format. Maine and New Hampshire are the only two states that received a grade of an A. Copy of full Report can be found here: Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws May 2020.

August 12, 2020 - Proposed Rule Chapter 570 - Uniform Reporting System for Prescription Drug Price Data Sets (Major Substantive)

The proposed revisions clarify the requirements for the reporting entities defined in Rule Chapter 570, which will ensure more uniform data submission, and streamline the data collection and validation process.

A virtual public hearing was held at 9:00 A.M. on 9/3/20. The deadline for public comments was September 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

February 6, 2020 - Rule Chapter 570 - Uniform Reporting System for Prescription Drug Price Data Sets Has Been Adopted

This rule was adopted and is effective as of February 4, 2020.

January 2020 - New Report Public Law, Chapter 244, requires the Maine Quality Forum to develop an annual report beginning January 15, 2020 on primary care spending using claims data from the Maine Health Data Organization. The report must also include information on the methods used to reimburse primary care providers from payers. Here is the first annual report.

October 30, 2019 - Proposed Rule Chapter 570 - Uniform Reporting System for Prescription Drug Price Data Sets

PL 2019, c 470, “An Act to Further Expand Drug Price Transparency” requires prescription drug manufacturers to report to the Maine Health Data Organization no later than January 30, 2020 and annually thereafter, on prescription drug prices when the manufacturer has during the prior calendar year increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a brand-name drug by more than 20% per pricing unit, increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a generic drug that costs at least $10 per pricing unit by more than 20 % per pricing unit or introduced a new drug for distribution in this State when the wholesale acquisition cost is greater than the amount that would cause the drug to be considered a specialty drug under the Medicare Part D program.
Prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers are also required to provide pricing component data per pricing unit of a drug within 60 days of a request by the Maine Health Data Organization. This rule defines “pricing component data” as data unique to each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefit manager that evidences the cost to make a prescription drug available to consumers and the payments received by each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefit manager to make a prescription drug available to consumers, taking into account any price concessions, that is measured uniformly among and between the entities.

A public hearing was held 11/21/19 at 9:00am at the MHDO and the deadline for public comments was 12/2/19 at 5:00 pm.

July 2, 2019 - NEW – MHDO All-Payer Claims Database On-line Training Program

To support interested and or new MHDO data users, the Maine Health Data Organization is pleased to release an online training program for Maine’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The training is designed in a modular format so that users can review sections most relevant to their needs. New modules will be added over time. For more information go to MHDO's All-Payer Claims Database On-line Training Program.

March 2019 - New Report Public Law, Chapter 406, Section 2, requires the Maine Health Data Organization to develop a plan to collect data from manufacturers related to the cost and pricing of prescription drugs to provide transparency in and accountability for prescription drug pricing. The findings and recommendations of the Maine Health Data Organization are now available.

February 2019 - The External Validation Report of CY 2017 Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Maine Hospitals conducted on behalf of the Maine Quality Forum is now available

January 24, 2019 - MHDO Briefed the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services January 22, 2019

Here are the MQF and MHDO briefing documents.

January 17, 2019 - MHDO Briefing to the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee

Here are the MQF and MHDO briefing documents.

December 27, 2017 - AHRQ Announces Release of a New HCUP Database - the 2015 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) just released a new Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) database the 2015 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). The MHDO is one of HCUP’s partners and it is the MHDO hospital data that is sent to HCUP that is then integrated into the national ED database. The NEDS was created to enable analyses of emergency department (ED) utilization patterns. Note as reported by AHRQ the ED serves a dual role in the U.S. healthcare system infrastructure, as a point of entry for approximately 50 percent of inpatient hospital admissions and as a setting for treat-and-release outpatient visits. The NEDS contains information about geographic, hospital, and patient characteristics as well as descriptions of the nature of the visits (i.e., common reasons for ED visits, including injuries). The NEDS is the largest all-payer ED database that is publicly available in the United States, containing information from 30.5 million ED visits at 953 hospitals that approximate a 20-percent stratified sample of U.S. hospital-owned EDs. Weights are provided to calculate national estimates representative of 143 million ED visits in the U.S. for calendar year 2015.

The 2015 NEDS is a publicly available database that can be purchased through the HCUP Central Distributor.

December 7, 2017 - The MHDO Board of Directors suspends the enforcement of Rule Chapter 630: Uniform System for Reporting Baseline Information and Restructuring Occurrences for Maine Hospitals and Parent Entities, effective with the January 1, 2018 submission, until further action of the board.

November 2017 - Maine is one of two states that earned an A in price transparency.

The Price Transparency & Physician Quality Report Card 2017 by Altarum and Catalyst was released in early November. The report provides information on how readily consumers can find health care price and quality information in every state across the country. Maine is one of two states that earned an A in price transparency. The report states, "Maine also continues to set a high standard by collecting data in an APCD that includes a full scope of providers and paid amounts. The state’s price transparency website-CompareMaine has clear and easy to understand information on health care costs, and also allows consumers to select facilities for comparison purposes, earning Maine an A again this year."

August 29, 2017 - Patient Experience Matters' Report, "Analysis of Patient Experience Over Time, 2012-2014" is available

This report compares the results from Maine's 2012 and 2014 patient experience surveys and shows changes over time from practices across the state, as well as comparisons with national trends. A summary of the key findings are described in the first couple of pages of the executive summary.

July 19, 2017 - AHRQ'S HCUP Fast Stats on Opioid-Related Hospital Use Topic Updated

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has updated the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Fast Stats on Opioid-Related Hospital Use topic to include trends in the number of inpatient stays and emergency department (ED) visits by expected primary payer (Medicare, Medicaid, privately insured, and uninsured). MHDO is a partner with HCUP and sends to HCUP the MHDO hospital inpatient data set in order for Maine to be included in these analyses.

November 2016 - Consumer Reports ranked MHDO’s website CompareMaine #2 in the country for stand-alone health care transparency websites.

Consumer Reports released a report in November titled Save Money and Get the Best Care from Your Health Plan-New Ratings Help Consumers Navigate Tools, Compare Cost and Quality of Doctors, Hospitals, and Services. Consumer Reports ranked MHDO’s website CompareMaine #2 in the country for stand-alone health care transparency websites. The websites were ranked in the following categories: Ease of use; functionality; content and scope and Reliability. A summary of the report can be found here: http://www.consumerreports.org/media-room/press-releases/2016/11/save_money_and_get_the_best_care_from_your_health_plan/

November 2016 - Copy of the final evaluation report of the Maine Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot 2010-2012 is now available.

The MHDO’s all payer claims data (APCD) was used to support the findings. A summary of findings are listed in the first couple of pages of the executive summary.

July 26, 2016 2016 Report Card - Maine One of Three States to Recieve an A

The 2016 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws developed by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), gave 43 states an F for failing to meet even minimum standards. Only three states – Maine, New Hampshire, and Colorado– received an A for providing detailed pricing on a variety of procedures through easy-to-use public websites, backed by rich data sources. See the full report.

June 20, 2016 Maine Quality Forum releases On-Line training tool on infection prevention

The new training tool is an on-line, eight-hour curriculum designed for infection preventionists working in Maine’s extended care facilities. The curriculum is divided into five stand-alone modules including: general infection control and prevention practices; common infectious diseases; isolation/transmission precautions, surveillance and data collection; performance Improvement, and antibiotic stewardship. A certificate is issued upon completion of all modules. The training can be accessed at: http://maineinfectionpreventionforum.org. The MQF will use feedback from users and emerging trends to update the training periodically. The MQF is also investigating the future possibility of providing continuing education credits (CEUs) to those who successfully complete the training

December 14, 2015 DHHS Newly Created SIM Core Measures Dashboard

After two years of ambitious work led by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to improve health, enhance patient experience and reduce healthcare costs, the public can now review trend data on a number of important measures to evaluate progress made toward meeting these goals. The newly created SIM Core Measures dashboard shows trends on core healthcare measures selected by a statewide group of healthcare leaders working on the SIM initiative. The dashboard report compares information from patients whose services are paid for by MaineCare, Medicare, or Commercial insurance. Measures include emergency department use, 30 day hospital readmissions, use of imaging studies for low back pain, developmental screenings for children in the first three years of life, and use of diabetic screenings. See the dashboard report today.