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2015 Upcoming Events

Office Closed July 3rd

In observance of the July 4th holiday, state offices will be closed Friday July 3rd.

July 10, 2015 Consumer Advisory Group Meeting 9:00 - 12:00 pm, Board Room, MHDO, 151 Capitol Street, Augusta

July 16, 2015 MHDO Board Retreat 9:00 - 3:00 pm, Conference Room, Maine Medical Association, 30 Association Drive, Manchester

 

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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

New - June 24, 2015 The MHDO, in collaboration with the Maine Quality Forum (MQF), will launch the new website, CompareMaine in September 2015. The site will provide information about the average payment (based on commercial claims data only) for approximately 300 procedures and select quality measures at approximately 150 Maine health care facilities/practices. A webinar will be held June 30, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm for those healthcare facilities, practices and health plans impacted by the launch of this new website.

April 9, 2015 Information Regarding the Transition to ICD 10: A period to test the hospital data new ICD-10 fields has been designated. For more details see our Hospital Data Submitters Page

Upcoming Data Releases:

April 2015 Hospital Quality Ratings via Monahrq: The release utilizing MONAHRQ version 5.0 and Maine's 2012 hospital encounter data has been revised to July 2015 due to efforts to ensure ADA accessibility standards are met.

March 2015 Data Release Schedule: Releases of hospital encounter data as well as APCD data can now be followed via our Data Release Schedule Page.

Data Set Updates:

March 2015 Data Release Schedule: Releases of hospital encounter data as well as APCD data can now be followed via our Data Release Schedule Page.

Rules and Policy Changes:

The following rules have been scheduled for public hearing or are under consideration for proposed revision by the MHDO Board.

Agency Transformation:

We are currently undergoing an operational transformation to improve the ways we collect and release data and work with our partners. Check back often for updates to data releases, rule changes, and pertinent studies

October 2014 - MHDO is Awarded $1,179,000 in Grant Funds
MHDO applied for the Cycle IV Grant of the Health Insurance Rate Review Grant Program, and recently received notification from the Department of Health and Human Services-Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight of the $1,179,000 award. See the project abstract for more information.

May 2014 - The DHA-Maine Quality Forum (MQF) is delighted to announce that it will support the administration of another round of CG-CAHPS surveys to patients served by primary and specialty practices in Maine. As in 2012, MQF will pay subsidies of up to 90 percent of survey costs to practices that contract with a MQF-qualified vendor, use an allowable version of CAHPS, and agree to have their survey results publicly reported. More information about the program can be found in this announcement.

April 2014 - MHDO HealthCost 2014 Public website with average cost information for just under 200 common medical procedures by healthcare facility. The website includes a link to GoodRx which provides drug pricing information from pharmacies nationwide so that consumers can search to find the lowest price for their medication. The site also includes the recently released 2014 annual report on Healthcare associated infections in Maine. Go visit HealthCost and let us know what you think by completing the on line survey. More enhancements are coming to the website over the next 18 months so stay tuned!

March 2014 Public website of Patient Experience Survey data (CAHPS-PCMH survey tool). Review results of the Maine Quality Forum's survey initiative on how Maine patients rate their experience at their primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the State.

March 2014 MHDO HealthCost 2014 Feedback - Help us to Improve!
Visit MHDO HealthCost 2014, then take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your Opinions Matter.

Resource Materials:

December 2013 Chp. 270 Resource Materials - for the Submission and Administration of Data Submittals

Updated FAQ's Updated FAQ's - Now Available on the MHDO Data Warehouse Portal under the Help Tab

Reports, Studies & Information:

New - June 2015 Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine, 2015 Annual Report prepared by the Maine Quality Forum in collaboration with the ME-CDC and Muskie.

Update ICD-10 Myths and Facts

See New Study Feasibility Study of Matching Maine HIE Clinical and APCD Claims Data