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2014 Upcoming Events

March 27, 2015  1:00 - 4:00 - HAI Collaborating Partners Committee Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Maine CDC offices, 286 Water St, Augusta, Room 16

April 2, 2015  9:00 - 11:00 am - MHDO Board Meeting

The meeting will be held in the MHDO board room at 151 Capitol St., Augusta

April 29, 2015  1:00 - 2:30 am - Data User Group Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Muskie School in Portland

 

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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

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


New 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.

New June 2014 - Revised 2014 Annual Report of Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine
A correction has been made to the 2014 Annual HAI Report - Maine Coast Hospital's 2012-13 HAI-3 central-line catheter infection prevention best practices compliance rate was incorrectly stated at 73% when the correct rate is 78%.

New 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.

New 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!

New-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.

Latest Updates & Key Activities

Upcoming Data Releases:

New - March 2015 Hospital Quality Ratings via Monahrq: We plan to release an updated version (5.0) of MONAHRQ using our 2012 hospital encounter data by the end of March.

New - 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 Hospital Encounter and APCD Data Releases: These data releases will no longer be announced on this page. Please check the new Data Release Schedule page.

New - December 5, 2014 FY 2013 Hospital Financial Data Reports: Report 1 is now available as well as Reports 2 and 3. Researchers can view annual summaries of Maine hospitals' data elements and ratios for FY 2005 through FY 2013.

Rules and Policy Changes:

No updates at this time.

Transformation:

New-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.

New-November 2013 Data Warehouse Portal - the MHDO Data Warehouse Portal is now open to those entities that are required by State law to submit medical claims, pharmacy, dental and eligibility data to the MHDO. Stay tuned for future updates and functionality.

Resource Materials:

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

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

Reports, Studies & Information:

New - June 2014  See the Corrected 2014 Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine Annual Report.

New-April 2014   Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine, 2014 Annual Report prepared by the Maine Quality Forum in collaboration with the ME-CDC and Muskie.

Update ICD-10 Myths and Facts

New Report from the MHDO Subcommittee on Consumer Information

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