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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

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.

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.

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:

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: 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.