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2018 Upcoming Events

September 26th - Data User Group Meeting 1:00 - 3:30



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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 14, 2018 - Proposed Rule Chapter 270 - Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Quality Data Sets

This proposed rule amendment contains changes that will eliminate duplicative reporting by Maine hospitals; improve access to Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) outcome measures and all other Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated reporting requirements to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); and update/clarify provisions in the rule as needed. These changes support the goal to harmonize with national measures and streamlines hospitals reporting. In addition, the proposed changes update/clarify specific provisions as needed.

July 18, 2018 - RFP Questions and Answers and New Proposal Due Date

Due to the high volume of questions received regarding the Maine Health Data Organizations (MHDO) Request For Proposal # 201804087, MHDO needs more time to issue responses to the questions and therefore will establish a new proposal due date. An official update will be made here at: www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml. In the interim, we wanted to alert you to this change ASAP for planning purposes.

July 18, 2018 - Coming Soon 2017 Hospital Financial Reports

MHDO plans to post 2017 Hospital Financial Reports the first week of October 2018.

July 17, 2018 - The New MHDO Hospital Data Dictionary is now available.

The data dictionary is an interactive tool designed to assist data users with understanding the content, format and structure of the MHDO Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Data Sets. The Hospital Data Dictionary is integrated with the APCD Data Dictionary and available here: https://mhdo.maine.gov/mhdo-data-dictionary/search. The data dictionary is designed to support users in:

  • Improved navigation of the data elements
  • Understanding relationships between data elements and which elements are included with each type of data release
  • Access to underlying code sets
June 28, 2018 - Rule Chapter 243 - Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets - Adopted

The proposed rule was adopted and is effective as of June 27, 2018. Changes include adding subscriber and member fields in order to improve the MHDO’s patient index and to prepare for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) transition from Heath Insurance Claim Number (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Other minor technical changes were also made to conform to industry standards. See our Statutes and Rules page for details and documents.

June 15, 2018 - MHDO is Seeking Proposals For Web Design

The Maine Health Data Organization is seeking proposals from a qualified web designer and developer to assist us in all aspects of our website redesign.

A copy of RFP# 201804087 Maine Health Data Organization Website Redesign can be obtained at the following website: www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml. The Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP will be posted there as well.

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 21, 2017 - The new and improved MHDO APCD data dictionary is an interactive tool designed to assist data users with understanding the content, format and structure of the MHDO All Payer Claims Data (APCD) sets. The data dictionary is designed to support users in:
  • Improved navigation of the data elements
  • Understanding relationships between data elements and which elements are included with each type of data release
  • Access to underlying code sets
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."

November 1, 2017 - FY 2016 Hospital Financial Reports Now Available

Annual Summary Reports of hospital financial data over a five year period (FY 2012-2016) as reported by Maine hospitals including information on profitability, liquidity, capital structure and other common financial ratios.

October 31, 2017 - Rule Chapter 241: Uniform Reporting System for Hospital Inpatient Data Sets and Hospital Outpatient Data Sets Adopted

The proposed rule was adopted and is effective October 31, 2017. 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 details and documents.

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 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.

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 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