logo for CompareMaine Health Cost Website coming in September of 2015

CompareMaine Is Now Live

See the new site at www.comparemaine.org

The soft launch was October 1, 2015 and on October 27, 2015 the Governor's office issued a press release announcing CompareMaine is now available to the public.
This page remains for those who are curious about the communications and processes involved in creating the site. See Below:

Come Back Often to Follow Our Progress and Learn More About the Upcoming Site!

September 18, 2015 Webinar Recording and Presentation Now Available

The PowerPoint presentation and recording with captions (on YouTube) of the September 9th webinar are now available.

September 2, 2015: Webinar Scheduled for September 9th at 3:00 pm

Email from Karynlee Harrington August 31st:
I would like to take this opportunity to brief you on several items.

  1. The MHDO Board of Directors has selected 10 surgical procedures for inclusion in the September launch of CompareMaine (our new healthcare cost and quality website).
  2. We used the Medical Episode Grouper© (MEG) by Truven Analytics, to determine the grouping of claims and the median cost for these 10 surgical procedures.
  3. We will be holding a webinar on Wednesday, September 9th at 3pm where we will provide an overview of the Medical Episode Grouper methodology as well as an update on several other issues that we have addressed as a result of your feedback. We ask that you register for the webinar. (Note: a recording of the webinar will be available online for future reference). Any questions about the webinar or your data can be directed to CompareMaineData@hsri.org
  4. We plan to e-mail to you updated cost data spreadsheets the week of August 31. The updated spreadsheets reflect the addition of Maine Community Health Options (new payer) and the 10 surgical procedures (if applicable to your facility). This email will be coming from an “hsri.org” email address.

Lastly, I want to thank those of you that have provided feedback to us. I appreciate the time that you put into the review of our cost data spreadsheets especially given all the other priorities that you are faced with. The information that has been provided has helped us better understand some of the practices that occur in the field and has helped us refine our methodology. If you have questions about your data, please email CompareMaineData@hsri.org. Look forward to talking with you in September.

August 10, 2015: Extension to Feedback Deadline

The following was sent to healthcare facilities and health plans via email.

(If you have already provided written feedback please ignore this message and thank you!)

Below is a summary of some of the feedback and issues identified thus far as well as information that might be useful in your review.

  • Counts/Volume: We understand that our volume numbers are not going to match yours considering the exclusion criteria we use reduces the number of encounters we can report on for any given procedure. Based on your feedback we have decided to remove the specific volume numbers by procedure on CompareMaine and instead we will indicate if the facility has low, medium or high volume compared to other facilities who offer that procedure.
  • Imaging: We understand that some facilities provide both the technical and professional components of an imaging procedure while other facilities only provide one component. To facilitate comparison for consumers we include both components in the cost estimate. For example, if a facility only provides the technical component we find the matching claim for the professional component in the data to derive the total payment.
  • Labs: The median cost estimate for labs includes the costs to take (for example, blood draw codes) and transport the sample, when applicable.

Below is a reminder of the cost data that we are asking you to review and a description of the spreadsheet that was distributed at the end of June:

  • As required by Statute MHDO’s CompareMaine will display the median cost of common, shoppable medical procedures at a variety of facilities in Maine.
  • MHDO e-mailed all impacted facilities and health plans an individualized spreadsheet containing the cost information that will be displayed on CompareMaine- pending additional quality review and feedback.
  • Please review the “Cover Page” tab for information on each tab of the spreadsheet.
  • Of particular importance is the “NPI_FacilityName” tab; this contains information on all of the NPIs that we are attributing to your facility.
  • It is also important to note that because of our analysis criteria (see the information listed under Payer1-4 Data on the Cover Page) our procedure cost and count calculations might be different than yours.
  • Once you have reviewed the spreadsheet please answer the questions on the “Feedback” tab.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly (e-mail is best at Karynlee.harrington@maine.gov) if you would like to arrange a call to discuss your spreadsheet. Thank you. Karynlee

July 31, 2015: REMINDER RE: Cost Data For CompareMaine

The following reminder was sent to healthcare facilities and health plans via email.

(If you have already provided written feedback please ignore this message and thank you!)

Below is summary of the cost data that we are asking you to review and a description of the spreadsheet that was distributed at the time of the webinar:

  • As required by Statute MHDO’s CompareMaine will display the median cost of common, shoppable medical procedures at a variety of facilities in Maine.
  • MHDO e-mailed all impacted facilities and health plans an individualized spreadsheet containing the cost information that will be displayed on CompareMaine- pending additional quality review and feedback.
  • Please review the “Cover Page” tab for information on each tab of the spreadsheet.
  • Of particular importance is the “NPI_FacilityName” tab; this contains information on all of the NPIs that we are attributing to your facility.
  • It is also important to note that because of our analysis criteria (see the information listed under Payer1-4 Data on the Cover Page) our procedure cost and count calculations might be different than yours.
  • Once you have reviewed the spreadsheet please answer the questions on the “Feedback” tab.

On behalf of the MHDO I thank you for your feedback. Karynlee

July 8, 2015: Recording and Deck from June 30th Webinar with healthcare facilities and health plans is NOW Available

 

June 23, 2015 Email from Karynlee Harrington to healthcare facilities and health plans:

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO), in collaboration with the Maine Quality Forum (MQF), is required by statute to publicly report healthcare cost and quality information. In an effort to enhance the existing websites, a new integrated website, CompareMaine, will be launched in September 2015. This site will provide information about the average cost (based on commercial claims data only) for approximately 300 procedures at approximately 200 health care facilities/practices. Note: the average cost is the amount paid by the insurance company to the provider which includes the patient’s out-of-pocket costs. The site will also provide information on select quality measures. See the overview of the key features of the new website.

We will be holding a webinar June 30th from 2:00-3:00pm to:

  • Provide an overview of the new CompareMaine website and timelines;
  • Review the payment data spreadsheet template; See note below
  • Review the process and timeline for providing the MHDO with feedback after reviewing the payment data spreadsheet.

Please register for the webinar.

Note: The day of the webinar, we will e-mail the individualized cost spreadsheets for each facility/practice that we are reporting on.

On behalf of the MHDO I look forward to your participation in the webinar and your feedback as you review our cost data.