Current Data Requests

The Maine Health Data Organization has, in accordance with Rule Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public, instituted a process for the purpose of notifying users and providers of health care data when the MHDO receives a request for health data and accepts that request. In addition to sending electronic notification to interested parties and to providers that are responsible for the submission of the data, we provide the summary page of data requests below.

For all data requests, the data providers or other interested parties may submit comments related to the data request to the Executive Director. To be considered, comments must be received by the Executive Director in writing or by electronic notification no later than thirty business days after the initial posting of the data request on the MHDO web site. If the Executive Director determines that (a.) the comments received are of significant enough importance to delay the release of data and/or (b.) additional information is required from the requesting party to address the comments; then the data shall not be released until the additional information has been received from the requesting party and an additional review is conducted by the Executive Director or the MHDO Data Release Subcommittee, as applicable, to ensure that the requesting party conforms to all applicable requirements of this chapter.

The Executive Director will bring all comments received from the data providers and or other interested parties for the release of Level III Data to the MHDO Data Release Subcommittee for consideration.

Individuals who want to opt out of a specific Level III data request may do so by completing this MHDO Choice Disclosure Form no later than 30 business days after the initial posting of the data request. If you opt out of Level III data requests, you will remain opted out unless you choose to opt back in via completion of the MHDO Choice Disclosure Form.

NOTE: If you would like to be notified when new data requests are posted, please email your request.

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Request NumberRequesting PartyAffiliationDate Posted Comment Close DateSpecific Data RequestPurpose of Request/Benefits to the Citizens of Maine/Public Reporting PlansDate of Data Release
2017081603Chawla, Chiahui, Bur. Chief, PH Statistics and InformaticsNH DHHS12-10-20211-26-2022Level II Q1 - Q4 2021 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounter data released at the City/Zip, and DOB level.Level II Data Request: On-going surveillance of hospital encounters plays in important role in understanding and reacting to disease and injury. NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has several programs that address acute disease, chronic disease, and injury. NH DPHS is the lead agency responsible for detecting and responding to health emergencies such as infection disease outbreaks and exposures to health hazards. Discharge and outpatient visits data on NH residents from hospitals in Maine are important, especially for border towns. Without out-of-state hospital data, public health analysis will not be reliable. This request is to obtain hospital encounters for both inpatient and outpatient on NH residents treated in hospitals in Maine. The purpose for the collection of such data is to assess the health of the citizens of NH, to identify specific health threats in NH, to support research into the cause of disease or injury, and to generally improve the public health of the State. NH state laws also provide for the protection of the confidentiality of information and data relative to specific individuals, while assuring appropriate accessibility of this data for legitimate public health activities. To accomplish its statutory mission, DPHS must analyze selected data from MHDO. Several NH DPHS programs have collaboration projects with state/local agencies or programs in Maine. For example, the NH Environmental Public Health Tracking (NH EPHT) Program has been working with ME Environmental Public Health Tracking (ME EPHT) Program for years on climate change, heat stress, Lyme disease and social vulnerability index projects using hospital discharge and outpatient encounter data. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Because of the data sharing and collaboration, people of ME are benefiting from the project results in terms of determining vulnerable areas and impacts on public health. 
2021061501King, Nicholas,Senior Decision Support AnalystMaine General11-24-20211-11-2022Level II Q1 2021 - Q4 2021 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility, Dental Claims, Dental Eligibility, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounter data including Practitioner Identifiers released at the City/Zip and Age level.Level II Data Request: As the third largest healthcare system in the state, MaineGeneral Health is entrusted with the responsibilities of both safeguarding the health of residents in 86 communities in central Maine, and for providing them with the healthcare services they need. Decisions on optimal allocation of our resources to best serve this population can be informed by access to MHDO data leading to improved care for those communities. This data would enable us in achieving our goals of improving health and wellbeing, enhancing treatment outcomes, offering timely access to quality care, and providing seamless care coordination to those within the state we serve. It would also enable reporting of market share data with our member organizations or prospective affiliates with the goal of improving care for all Maine residents. Data will also assist us in supporting member organizations taking on the responsibilities and risks of Accountable Care Organizations and Medicare Share Savings Program participation, as well as commercial payer contracts. Supporting MaineGeneral Health and its members' Certificate of Need applications, and Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment, as well as strategic and service line work medical staff development, and facility planning are all additional important uses of this data which ultimately allow us to provide excellent care to the residents of Maine. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Specifically, MHDO data will be used to affect improvements in the quality and safety of our services and identify cost-saving opportunities, providing tangible benefits to the people of Maine. 
2021020301Merchant, Gary, RepresentativeNew Hampshire House of Representatives11-19-20211-6-2022The names of the pharmaceutical entities registered in the MHDO Prescription Drug Price Data Portal and company information limited to entity type (manufacturer, wholesale distributor or pharmacy benefits manager), federal tax ID, address, city, state, zip code and country.Data Request: The New Hampshire Prescription Drug Affordability Board requests the following information to understand the landscape of pharmaceutical entities that may manufacture products distributed in new Hampshire and other states. This information will assist the board to meet its' statutory obligations and requirements outlined in New Hampshire RSA 126-BB. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: N/A 
2021020303York, Andrew, Pharm.D., J.D. Executive DirectorMaryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board11-19-20211-6-2022The names of the pharmaceutical entities registered in the MHDO Prescription Drug Price Data Portal and company information limited to entity type (manufacturer, wholesale distributor or pharmacy benefits manager), federal tax ID, address, city, state, zip code and country.Maryland requests the following information to understand the landscape of pharmaceutical entities that may manufacture products that are distributed in Maryland and other states. This information will help the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board on their work to catalogue and collect data on manufacturers in the drug supply chain. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: N/A 
2021101301Jorgeson, David, Dir. of Data AnalyticsME Dept. of Health & Human Services, MaineCare11-10-202112-28-2021Level II Q3 2020 - Q2 2021 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Dental Claims, Dental Eligibility including Group Name and Payer Name/ID released at the County and Age level.Level II Data Request: MaineCare's Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation recommended that MaineCare establish rate benchmarks from commercial payers for dental services to establish MaineCare's rates of reimbursement for those services. MHDO's data will be used to establish those benchmarks. Many of MaineCare's dental rates have not been updated in many years, and many rates do not have a clear, consistent methodology documented for creating the rate. Rationalizing MaineCare rates and using consistent benchmarks will result in improved rates. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project is intended to improve reimbursement for MaineCare dental providers and increase access to dental services for MaineCare members. Public Reporting Plans: MaineCare will update Section 25 of its dental fee schedule with the benchmarks calculated from the MHDO data provided. The updates to the fee schedule will be the updated MaineCare reimbursement rates set off of the commercial benchmarks. No MHDO data will be included in the fee schedule, but the commercial median rates in MHDO's data could be determined from the fee schedule rates. MaineCare will also update Table 5 that was included in MaineCare's Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation Interim Report. 
2021101801Taylor, Rebecca, Deputy Dir. Research and EvaluationMaine DHHS, Office of Behavioral Health10-27-202112-13-2021Level II Q1 2016 - Q1 2021 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounters data released at the City/Zip and DOB level including Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Data Request: The purpose of this project is to investigate and quantify the impact of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have had on access to and utilization of behavioral health care services in Maine. The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), a division of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is the state authority responsible for ensuring timely access to quality behavioral health care for Maine residents. As part of this mandate, OBH engages in research to identify trends in behavioral health service utilization to inform state resource planning and policy development. This particular project will inform allocation of COVID-19 relief grant funding from the federal government directed towards mitigating the behavioral health impact that the pandemic has had on residents of Maine. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The direct benefit to Mainers will be evidence-based policy and resource allocation decision making that will direct help to those communities and individuals who have been the most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
2019100804Mellett, Jean, Associate VP, Planning & StrategyNorthern Light Health10-27-202112-13-2021Level II CY 2021 - CY 2022 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounters including Practitioner Identifiers and City/Zip data elements.Level II Data Request: MHDO data will be used to appropriately optimize resource allocations. Zip code level data will allow planners to understand important care delivery factors like distances traveled by patients to receive services. Provider identification data will inform decision-making regarding future placement of services and/or collaborative efforts to improve access to health care services. Additionally, MHDO data will be used to better understand the impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic; specifically, how resources are used and allocated to provide proper care to patients with this illness, while simultaneously meeting the needs of non-COVID patients. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: MHDO data will allow planners to keep abreast of the pandemic's effect on healthcare patterns. Northern Light Health planning staff will conduct these analyses and others as needed to support individual projects and help provide a strategic framework with the ultimate goal of providing the people of Maine with the right care, at the right time, in the right place. 
2021081201Weiss, Diane, Director, Business IntelligenceInterMed, P.A.10-21-202112-7-2021Level II Q1 2018 - Q3 2021 Medical Claims, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient data released at the City/Zip and Age level including Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Request: InterMed plans on using MHDO's claims and hospital encounter data to identify opportunities to improve access, quality, and cost of care. For example, analysis will include identifying where patients are driving long distances to receive regular care for chronic conditions like diabetes. Identify potential locations to expand services including community based ambulatory care, partnerships with employers and regional health systems that will improve access. InterMed also plans on using claims data to better understand the uptake of telehealth and opportunities to enhance those services and potentially integrate remote monitoring for hard to control conditions like hypertension. InterMed will use MHDO data to develop strategies to address clinical and social determinants of health. For example, using diagnosis to risk stratify populations and inform personalized healthcare services like care coordinators and dietitians for the highest risk populations. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: InterMed's use of the MHDO data will directly impact quality and operational improvement activities in our organization and thus benefit our patients. This data will help inform our decisions regarding the allocation of primary care and specialty services and enable us to develop targeted new programs. 
2021080901Ahrens, Katherine, Assistant Research Prof.University of Southern Maine10-1-202111-6-2021Level II CY 2009 - CY 2021 Hospital Inpatient Encounter data released at the City/Zip, Date of Birth level.Level II Data Request: A team from the USM Health Data Analytics Research Cluster at USM will analyze the Maine state-specific hospital inpatient discharge data available through the Maine Health Data Organization to explore characteristics and trends in hospitalizations in Maine affected by substance use disorder from 2009 through 2021. The specific research questions are: 1. What are the trends in substance use-related delivery and newborn hospitalizations in the state of Maine? 2. Do these trends vary by level of rurality of patient's residence or other patient characteristics? 3. What are the co-morbidities associated with substance use-related delivery and newborn hospitalizations in Maine? The team will estimate the trends and characteristics that make up substance use-related delivery and newborn hospitalizations in the state of Maine. This information can lead to the development of interventions to prevent these types of hospitalizations, thereby benefitting the people of Maine. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This information can lead to the development of interventions to prevent these types of hospitlizations, thereby benefitting the people of Maine. 
2019062503Harrington, Karynlee, DirectorMaine Quality Forum9-3-202110-22-2021Level II Q1 2016 - Q4 2020 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility released at the City/Zip and Date of Birth level including Practitioner Identifiers, Payer Group ID, Payer Name/ID and Anonymous Payer Name/ID.Level II Data Request: Public Law 244, An Act to Establish Transparency in Primary Care Spending, requires the Maine Quality Forum to produce an annual report beginning January 15, 2020, to submit to the Department of Health and Human Services and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and health insurance matters on primary care spending in Maine using claims data from the Maine Health Data Organization. The report will include the percentage paid as a percentage of the respective total medical expenditures for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, and the State Employee Plan and the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust; as well as the average percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care across all payors. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: N/A. 
2021061001Bryer, Pamela, Ph.D. Pesticides ToxicologistDACF Board of Pesticides Control8-25-202110-6-2021Ad-Hoc report for the Maine Board of Presticide Control for an analysis on the impact of pesticide incidents in Maine. MHDO data sources will include Level II CY 2015-2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient encounters released at the City/ZIP and Age level.Level II Data Request: Maine Board of Pesticide Control plans to create a report that summarizes the numbers and effects of pesticide incidents in the State of Maine. Pesticides following the federal definition include products like disinfectants, insect repellants, pet flea products, in addition to the typical insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Specifically, we are looking for data that involve exposures to pesticides in Maine including accidental exposures, intentional misuse, occupational, and residential exposure to help us better understand where to place our priorities for education and potentially rule making. We need to understand who is being exposed and why, what circumstances, what chemicals are involved, where are exposures occurring, when are exposures likely, how are current protections failing. Are exposures causing serious outcomes? Are people being hospitalized because of exposures? We plan to create an annual summary of the previous year's pesticide exposure data to maintain an up-to-date report for better decision making and analysis. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Our goal is to eliminate harmful pesticide exposures to individuals living in Maine and MHDO data is key to understanding the current patterns of exposure in the state. Maine residents are concerned about the effects pesticides are having on our health. These data will greatly benefit the citizens of Maine by adding to our understanding of where people are being exposed, to what chemicals people are being exposed, and how severe the incidents are. Our goal is to eliminate harmful pesticide exposures in Maine and these data are key to understanding the current patterns of exposure in the state. 
2018162602Ponsor, Anne, Mgr., Data & AnalyticsMaineHealth8-6-20219-20-2021Level II CY 2015 - CY 2021 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient data released at the City/Zip and Age level including Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Data Request: The MHDO data will be used to support MaineHealth and its members' strategic, service line, medical staff development and facility plans, Certificate of Need applications, and Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment. The Maine Shared CHNA is intended to improve the health status of Maine residents and track results. The Maine Shared CHNA collaboration consists of a unique public/private partnership among the four largest health systems in Maine - Northern Light Health (NLH), MaineGeneral Health (MGH), Central Maine Healthcare (CMHC), and MaineHealth (MH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) which is part of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The end product consists of a comprehensive written profile of Maine's health status, including assessments for the state, 16 counties, 5 multi-county public health districts and urban areas (Portland, Bangor and Lewiston/Auburn) based on analysis of multiple sets of secondary data as well as community feedback collected as part of the process. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The MHDO data will be used to support MaineHealth and its members' strategic, service lines, medical staff development and facility plans, Certificate of Needs applications, and Maine Shared CHNA. The CHNA is a unique collaboration among public and private organizations: the four largest healthcare organizations in the State (NLH, CMH, MGH, AND MH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and community institutions. The final product consists of a comprehensive written profile of Maine's health status including assessments of the state, 16 counties, 5 multi-county public health districts. MHDO data may also be used in the reporting of market share; to inform the MaineHealth system's effort to improve the quality and safety of services provided; identify opportunities to lower costs; and assume the responsibilities and risks of the Accountable Care Organization. MaineHealth is the largest healthcare organization in Maine and has a direct impact on the health, healthcare services, and cost of care for a large majority of Maine people. 
2021051901Petty, Michael, Senior AdvisorCigna Healthcare8-4-20219-16-2021Level I CY 2019 - CY 2020 Medical Claims released at the County and Age level.Level I Data Request: First we are interested in improving transparency around affordability of health care services for the employers who are our clients. One part of our data analysis will focus on the reasonableness of medical costs in the commercial market. The data will provide us the ability to assess health care costs for the Cigna network vis-a-vis other major carriers in the Maine commercial market. As shared, one goal we have is to assess these rates to ensure that they are reasonable given the market. Second, we intend to look at a number of other areas of interest to assess patterns of care that may be a concern in terms of appropriateness (e.g. over-use/under-use) or perhaps from a geographic availability/coverage perspective, for example. The broad areas of interest for this additional research and evaluation will likely include: -Emergency Department Use -Hospital Admission Rates -Use of High Technology Services (e.g. MRI, Pet Scans, CAT Scans) -Use of High Cost Therapies/Drugs -High Volume Implants (e.g. hips and knees). Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will increase transparency around the affordability of medical care and the ability to better understand where Mainers aligned with Cigna can obtain services at rates that reasonably compared to market norms. This should lead to improved decisions around where to obtain care and allow Cigna to better deal with rates that are dramatically above standard market pricing. In addition, the quality reviews mentioned above will allow our Medical Quality teams to assess patterns of care and compare those patterns to internal patterns to better understand where opportunities for improvement might exist. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality and affordability of care for our members living in the state of Maine. 
2021060101Carucci, Dean, CEOHCA Health Services of New Hampshire, Inc.6-25-20218-9-2021Level II Q1 2016 - Q4 2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounter Data released at the City/Zip, Age and Practitioner Identifiable level.Level II Data Request: HCA has three hospitals in New Hampshire (Portsmouth, Derry and Rochester) that are close to the border with Maine and serve many Maine residents. HCA wants to determine how best to serve needs of residents and communities that border the New Hampshire service area. For instance: -Identify areas where quality of care should be addressed including issues such as high lengths of stay and readmits for like health issues within a short time period. -Identify pockets of unique needs of the Maine population that HCA might meet, for instance where patients are driving too far to find speciality care at additional cost and inconvenience (e.g.Chemo or Radiation, Wound care treatment, Behavioral PHP/IOP programs, etc.). -Identify gluts of service where adding another unnecessary technology (e.g. CT, MRI) or health specialty, will only increase community costs of care. -Identify how we can better serve the emergent or urgent needs of our full geographic area which includes Maine areas that border New Hampshire, including trauma and those in mental crisis. HCA Healthcare regularly requests and receives hospital discharge data from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As a healthcare organization that strives to provide the best possible care to patients, irrespective of their residency, HCA healthcare is trying to source Maine hospital discharge data with the sole objectives of improving quality of care and outcomes. The only way that HCA Healthcare can develop action plans for better care of Maine residents is by obtaining Maine hospital discharge data. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will benefit the people of Maine as our analysis will help us understand how we can better serve the emergent or urgent needs of our full geographic area which includes Maine areas that border New Hampshire, including trauma and those in mental crisis. 
2021052101Taylor, Rebecca, Deputy Dir. of Research and EvaluationMaine DHHS, Office of Behavioral Health6-9-20217-22-2021Ad-hoc report for the Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for analysis the office is conducting on how COVID-19 has impacted behavioral health care services in Maine. MHDO Data sources will include Level II CY2020 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility, Hospital Inpatient and Hospital Outpatient data; including City/Zip and DOB level.Level II Data Request: This data will be used as part of a three-part project to understand the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health care service utilization by Maine residents. OBH, as part of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is responsible for ensuring timely access to appropriate, high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care for all people in Maine. The overall goals of this project are to quantify and compare mental health and substance use disorder care utilization prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and compare this to patterns of utilizations since the pandemic state of emergency was declared on March 16, 2020. Three types of behavioral health care utilization will be examined: outpatient/ambulatory care visits, emergency department/acute care hospital visits, and pharmaceutical utilization. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The data being requested will be utilized to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Mainers with behavioral health care needs. As the single state authority (SSA) responsible for mental health and substance use disorder care provision in the state, OBH will use this data to identify vulnerable subpopulations whose ability to access behavioral health care has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, which in turn will allow evidence-based policy and program investment decisions. This data will also allow OBH to investigate the "health" of the behavioral health care system in Maine - where demand outpaces supply for particular types of behavioral health care, for example - which will help to inform how the state allocates funding to ensure care is available for all Mainers. 
2021041301Matusovich, Becca, Executive Dir.Partnership for Children's Oral Health5-25-20217-8-2021Level II Q1 2016 - Q2 2021 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Dental Claims, Dental Eligibility released at the City/Zip, Date of Birth and Practitioner Identifiable level.Level II Data Request: This request is a modification of a previously approved request (#2020011601) to include the following additional years of data - CY 2016, 2017, 2020 and Q1-Q2 2021. The Partnership for Children's Oral Health is a broad network of oral health stakeholders who are collaborating toward a shared mission: eradicating dental disease among Maine children. A key piece of this work is to strengthen the capacity of Maine's oral health service delivery systems to reach all children in Maine with effective preventive and restorative dental care. In order to create a shared understanding of the strengths and challenges of the current delivery system, we propose an analysis of all-payer claims data that will provide a snapshot of current patterns in utilization of preventive and restorative dental services and look at variations in utilization and cost across payer/insurer type, age group, location/geography, provider type, and setting of care. Additionally summary data will be reported on children's dental health use to the Kids Count Project. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will benefit the people of Maine because it will help to build shared understanding of ways in which the current delivery system is able to meet the needs of Maine children, and what gaps remain. This will allow for collaborative planning to align resources and coordinate efforts to fill the gaps and increase children's access to recommended oral health care. 
2021031601Gilbert, Joel, Data & CQI ManagerMaine Department of Corrections4-16-20216-1-2021Ad-Hoc report for the Maine Department of Corrections in collaboration with Yale University for an analysis on improving Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment and the prevention and treatment of HIV. Data sources will include Level II Q1 2018-Q4 2020 Pharmacy Claims released at the City/ZIP and DOB level.Level II Data Request: This data will be used as part of a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) funded project led by Yale University. HRSA is a federal agency that aims to improve access to care and enhance health systems for vulnerable populations. This study is a multisite study including the states: Connecticut, Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maine. The overall goals of this project are (1) to scale up medications for opioid use disorder to reduce the harmful consequences of OUD and to prevent new HIV (and HCV) infections and to improve engagement in HIV (and HCV) care in those already infected, (2) to integrate HIV prevention and treatment services into OUD services, and (3) to guide policies associated with improving access to medications to treat opioid use disorders. This will be done through learning collaborations with sites from each state, where small change projects will be implemented to reach these goals. Lessons learned from HIV provide a blueprint for addressing the dual opioid and HIV epidemics, since considerable improvements in the HIV continuum of care have remarkably reduced HIV incidence and mortality. We propose to strengthen system-level coordination and build networks of care between the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and other federal, state and local entities funded to respond to the opioid epidemic to ensure people with HIV (PWH) and opioid use disorders (OUD) have access to behavioral health, treatment and recovery services. Scaling up evidence-based treatments for OUD using medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is the most cost-effective primary prevention strategy, but when on treatment, PWH are significantly more likely to engage in the HIV continuum of care. Multi-level factors involving legal policies, structural factors for healthcare delivery and funding, clinic-level and patient-level factors all undermine successful coordination of HIV and OUD services. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The particular prescription-level data being requested will be utilized to construct a cascade of care for OUD that will guide the implementation and scale-up of MOUD services across various settings in Maine. Plans to overlay this data with HIV, and HCV cascade data will help to effectively braid these interrelated services and reduce the overall burden of disease among these burgeoning epidemics. Post grant funding, the cascades can serve as a tool to monitor and improve access to care. 
2021040501Ahrens, Katherine, Asst. Research Prof.University of Southern Maine4-16-20216-1-2021Level II Q1 2006- Q4 2020 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility released at the City/ZIP DOB level.Level II Data Request: The proposed study seeks to assess maternal health care utilization and morbidity in the first 24 months' postpartum among women in Maine during 2006-2020, focusing on women with medical conditions commonly diagnosed during pregnancy. We will assess if rural versus urban residence modifies postpartum health care utilization and morbidity, and how delayed contraception initiation affects short interpregnancy intervals. The findings from our analysis may be used to decrease the risk of future adverse health outcomes for women with common pregnancy conditions, thereby contributing to lowering maternal morbidity and mortality in the US. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will benefit the people of Maine by identifying opportunities for healthcare interventions postpartum to improve reproductive women's health. 
2021011101Doran, Heather, Planning and Research Associate IIME Office of Marijuana Policy4-16-20216-1-2021AD-Hoc report for the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy for an assessment on estimating trends and characteristics of cannabis-involved emergency room visits in Maine. Data sources will include Level II Q1 2017-Q4 2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient data released at the Age and County level.Level II Data Request: The purpose of this request is to estimate trends in and characteristics of cannabis-involved emergency room visits in Maine, 2017 through the most recent data year. Cannabis-involved emergency room visit is defined as emergency room visit that include an ICD-10 code related to cannabis. This project will be conducted by the Data Analytics team within the Office of Marijuana Policy. We are requesting patient residence county, patient age, and patient sex/gender to understand the demographic trends of these emergency rooms visits. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This data will inform future policy development and refine public health and public safety prevention programming to ensure the health and safety of all Mainers. 
2019100803Mellett, JeanNorthern Light Health3-11-20214-23-2021Level II CY 2018 - CY 2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounter Data released at the City/Zip, Date of Birth, Practitioner Identifiable level.Level II Data Request: The update to this approved data request is the addition of a data consultant, Advisory Board. The Advisory Board Co. has extensive experience working with claims and encounter datasets since 2005 and partners with many state hospital associations and state issuing authorities for the purposes of providing the State Claims Analyzer platform to numerous health systems. Purpose of the approved data request: Northern Light Health (NLH) will use the inpatient and outpatient hospital encounter data to support its members' planning efforts around the State, as well as to advance initiatives that are important to the System and to the State as a whole. The mission of NLH is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. Our brand promise is "we make healthcare work for you." In order to fulfill the mission, we must have access to data regarding: -Patient origin and demographics (zip code and birth date included). -Locations of healthcare services and providers around the state. -Healthcare utilization rates and volumes. -Healthcare services provided, including diagnoses and procedures. It is important to have zip code level data so that we may fully understand what distances patients are traveling to receive services. Birth date data enables us to refine program planning to meet the needs of patients in specific age groups, e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, etc. Provider identification data rounds out these data points to inform decision-making regarding future placement of services and/or collaborative efforts to improve access to health care services. This is becoming ever more important as we recognize that the population age 65 and over is increasing in Maine. This population segment is projected to make up almost a third of the State's total population and typically exhibits a higher utilization rate for healthcare services in general. Benefit to Citizens of ME: MHDO data is used to appropriately optimize resource allocations. NLH planning staff will conduct these analyses and others as needed to support individual projects and help provide a strategic framework with the ultimate goal of providing the people of ME with the right care, at the right time, in the right place. 
2019071702Whaley, Chris, Policy ResearcherRAND Corporation2-9-20213-24-2021Level II CY 2016 - CY 2020 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, including Practitioner Identifiable data released at the City/Zip and Date of Birth level.Level II Data Request: Researchers at the RAND Corporation will reprice commercial medical claims from MHDO using Medicare's groupers and pricing algorithms and will release a public research report that includes commercial prices as a percent of Medicare prices for hospitals and hospital systems identified by name. This research report will update and expand on the findings in RAND reports released in May 2019. The public research report will also include hospitals from around the country and will be created using claims data from three sources: self-insured employers, state-based all payer claims databases (APCD), and health plans. In addition, Rand will be producing employer specific reports for Maine employers who have at least 500 covered employees on their health plan; and who have fulfilled the requirements in 90-590 Rule Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public, Section 3.(3)(D). Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will benefit the people of Maine by providing them with a detailed hospital price report for hospitals in Maine, as well as comparisons among hospitals in Maine versus hospitals in other states. Key audiences for the report will be 1. self-insured employers that participate in the study and that are assessing the reasonableness of the prices they are paying for hospital care, 2. other employers that are struggling with high and rising health care costs and that want to better understand patterns and trends in hospital prices, and 3. policymakers and researchers who are concerned with hospital pricing and price transparency. 
2020122101Blackburn, Jamie, Program ManagerCorporation for Supportive Housing1-4-20212-17-2021AD-Hoc report for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Maine Housing Authority for an assessment on housing needs in the aggregate for those with Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness. Data sources will include Level II CY 2019 Hospital Inpatient Encounters, Hospital Outpatient Encounters data released at the City/Zip, Age, Practitioner Identifiable level.Level II Data Request: Maine Housing has contracted with Corporation for Supportive Housing to conduct a year-long Homeless System Re-Design Initiative. Part of this initiative is to undertake a statewide needs assessment on the need for permanent supportive housing and the projected number of units required to meet this need. CSH is requesting a report of the number of individuals in residential or institutional settings with Substance Use Disorder or Mental Illness over the last year. This aggregate data will be used in a model alongside other metrics such as jail and prison population counts, number of homeless individuals and number of transition-age youth in Maine. Together this model will project an analysis of the number of PSH units and the associated development costs over the next 10 years. The intended use of this data is to conduct a statewide assessment on the need for permanent supportive housing per our contract with Maine Housing. Target populations for PSH often include individuals with Substance Use Disorder or Mental Illness. Therefore, aggregate data regarding the number of individuals served in either residential or institutional settings is incorporated into our modeling alongside other measures such as the number of homeless individuals statewide or the number of transition-age youth in foster care. This model then forecasts the need and associated costs for the production of new housing. The Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project will greatly benefit the people of Maine by addressing the persistent issue of rising homelessness and lack of affordable housing by strengthening the homeless prevention and response system in Maine and creating new housing. 
2019040903Ahrens, Katherine, Asst. Research Prof.University of Southern Maine12-9-20201-26-2021Level II CY2009 thru CY2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient released at the City/Zip and County Level.Level II data request: The purpose of this request is to estimate trends in and characteristics of injury-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits in Maine, 2009 through most recent data year. Injury-related visits include those related to external causes, such as poisoning and adverse effects (alcohol, cannabis, and other substances), motor vehicle crashes, falls, suicides, homicides, and other external causes. This project will be conducted by students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine. We are requesting patient residence zip code and county in order to perform analyses by county and zip-code determined level of rurality. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: This project will benefit the people of Maine by informing them of the trends in and characteristics of injury-related urgent health care utilization in Maine, which can be used to develop and refine injury prevention efforts. 
2017081602Chawla, ChiahuiNH DHHS11-25-20201-12-2021Level II CY2012 thru CY2020 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient with City/Zip and DOB.Level II data request: On-going surveillance of hospital encounters plays an important role in understanding and reacting to disease and injury. NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has several programs that address: acute disease, chronic disease, and injury. NH DPHS is the lead agency responsible for detecting and responding to health emergencies such as infectious disease out breaks and exposure to health hazards. Discharge and outpatient visits data on NH residents from hospitals in Maine are important especially for the border towns. Without out of state hospital data, public health analysis will not be reliable. This request is to obtain hospital encounters for both inpatient and outpatient on NH residents treated in hospitals in Maine. The purpose for the collection of such data is to assess the health of the citizens of NH, to identify specific health threats in NH, to support research into the cause of disease or injury and to generally improve the public health of the State. In order to accomplish its statutory mission, DPHS must analyze selected data from MHDO. Several NH DPHS programs have collaboration projects with state/local agencies or programs in Maine. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Having prior years of MHDO hospital discharge data has allowed us to better understand incidence of inpatient admissions and emergency department visits for many health outcomes including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, as well as drug and alcohol related visits. When NH has a clear understanding of health burdens or trends, that information can be also used to help neighboring states - including Maine - understand what burdens or trends they may be facing as well. Many NH communities that border Maine have similar demographics and socio-economic statuses of their neighbor communities across the state line. From what we know of social determinants of health, it is likely that the health status of the NH community is similar to the health status of the Maine neighbor. NH can and does help inform Maine of those concerns using the hospital discharge data. Because of the data sharing and collaboration, people of Maine are benefited from the project results in terms of determining vulnerabe areas and impacts on public health. 
20190620012Kraut, Peter, Manager of Rate SettingOffice of MaineCare Services, State of Maine10-9-202011-20-2020Level I CY 2019 Medical Claims and Dental Claims data including Payer Name/ID released at the County and Age level.Level I Data Request: MaineCare is engaged in a study of its rate methodologies for health care services. This work includes comparing existing MaineCare rates to Medicare and other commercial payers for the purposes of establishing comparative benchmarks. All commercial payments would be shown in aggregate -- e.g., an average payment or weighted average payments across all commercial payers - so no individual payers' payments will be shown. Benefits to the citizens of Maine: The project will benefit the people of Maine by contributing to a more rationale and effective MaineCare rate setting system. 
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