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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

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.

June 20, 2017 - FY 2015 Hospital Financial Reports Now Available

Annual Summary Reports of hospital financial data over a five year period (FY 2011-2015) as reported by Maine hospitals including information on profitability, liquidity, capital structure and other common financial ratios.

June 20, 2017 Proposed Rule, Chapter 241: Uniform Reporting System for Hospital Inpatient Data Sets and Hospital Outpatient Data Sets

The proposed changes contain clarifications, additions and deletions that will improve the content and value of the MHDO hospital encounter data for authorized data users. Several of the proposed changes align with updates to the national standards and the MHDO’s new data submission process. A public hearing was held July 13th, and public comments are being accepted until the deadline of July 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

June 19, 2017 New Data Request Tool:

MHDO is pleased to announce the release of its new Data Request Portal. This online tool is the new way data applicants will request MHDO data. Data applicants will also be able to track the progress of their request through the approval process and data release. This new tool will streamline the process for all parties. All data applicants must register in the new portal.

Coming Soon - FY 2016 Hospital Financial Reports will be available October 2017.

March 13, 2017 Rule Chapter 243: Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets Adopted

The proposed rule was adopted and is effective March 13, 2017. Changes include the addition of language that provides for the voluntary submission of self-funded ERISA plans data for Maine residents. In addition, the minimum threshold for submission of adjusted premiums or claims processed, for premiums or claims subject to required reporting, is increased to $2,000,000. Other minor technical changes were made to conform to industry standards. See our Statutes and Rules page for details and documents.

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 28, 2016 NEW Chapter 120 Release of Data to the Public

The new MHDO Rule Chapter 120 specifies the permissible uses of the MHDO data; defines the different levels of data file types Level I, II, and III; the process for which data requests will be reviewed by MHDO; the data release process; public notice of data requests and opportunity for public comments; the method for an individual to opt out of Level III data releases; appeal rights for data providers; the MHDO Data Use Agreement (MHDO DUA); MHDO internal use of the data, and the security and protection of the MHDO data.
Be sure to see the new data request form.

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

April 11, 2016 Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine, 2016 Annual Report

The Maine Quality Forum releases its 2016 Annual Report on HealthCare Associated Infections in the State of Maine. See a copy of the executive summary and full report here.

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.

October 27, 2015 PRESS RELEASE -- The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) has launched www.CompareMaine.org, a new healthcare transparency website. Consumers can use the new website to compare the average cost of over 200 medical procedures at more than 170 healthcare facilities in the state. They can also use the site to compare quality ratings for many facilities. See the official press release.

Upcoming Data Releases:

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:

New June 20, 2017 Proposed Rule, Chapter 241: Uniform Reporting System for Hospital Inpatient Data Sets and Hospital Outpatient Data Sets

The proposed changes contain clarifications, additions and deletions that will improve the content and value of the MHDO hospital encounter data for authorized data users. Several of the proposed changes align with updates to the national standards and the MHDO’s new data submission process. See our Statutes and Rules page for the public hearing date and deadline for written public comments.

March 13, 2017 - Rule Chapter 243: Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets Adopted

The proposed rule was adopted and is effective March 13, 2017. Changes include the addition of language that provides for the voluntary submission of self-funded ERISA plans data for Maine residents. In addition, the minimum threshold for submission of adjusted premiums or claims processed, for premiums or claims subject to required reporting, is increased to $2,000,000. Other minor technical changes were made to conform to industry standards. See our Statutes and Rules page for details and documents.

Policy Impacting News

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company case for December 2, 2015. Note: NAHDO, joined by the APCD Council, CIVHC, WHIO, and the Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force submitted an amicus in support of Vermont. All amicus briefs have been compiled and made available by the State of Vermont at http://ago.vermont.gov/divisions/for-lawyers-and-businesses/vhcures-litigation.php

Resource Materials, Reports, Studies & Information:

August 2015 CMS to Make ICD-10 Transition Less Disruptive

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

Feasibility Study Matching Maine HIE Clinical and APCD Claims Data