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
2018051801Wilson, Douglas, Agewell Prog. Spec.Southern Maine Agency on Aging6-15-20187-30-2018Level II CY2017 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient DataLevel II Data Request: The purpose of this analysis is to measure the annual utilization of emergency departments for unintentional injuries related to falls for older adults. Project Objectives: The primary objective of this study is to understand how many ER visits are related to falls, specifically for older adults. The secondary objective is to use this information to help educate providers, payers, and consumers on falls prevention programs that have proven to be effective in reducing the number of falls and fall-related injuries. The CDC estimates that every 13 seconds in the country, an older adult visits an emergency room with a fall related injury. These unintentional injuries are the leading cause of injury for adults over the age of 65 and the leading cause of death for persons over the age of 85. This data request is intended to measure the impact of falls for older adults in Maine. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: The Southern Maine Agency on Aging has the lead on the efforts of the Know Falls for ME/Statewide Falls Prevention Coalition in increasing the awareness of falls prevention programs in order to help reduce the number of falls-related injuries across the State.
2018032001Kilbreth, Will, CIO.Community Health Options5-23-20187-5-2018Level II CY2016 - CY2017 Medical Claims, Pharmacy Claims, and Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Data Request: Community Health Options intends to use the MHDO CompareMaine site (comparemaine.org) to comply with 24-A MRSA Section 4318-A (Comparable Health Care Service Incentive Program). In order to validate and ensure the incentives we provide based on that tool align with potential member responsibilities under our contracts with providers, we need to perform an analysis on MHDO comparative data. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Community Health Options intends to use the MHDO CompareMaine site (comparemaine.org) to comply with 24-A MRSA Section 4318-A (Comparable Health Care Service Incentive Program).
2018031601Hawkins, Summer, Associate ProfessorBoston College5-21-20187-2-2018Level II CY2012 – CY2014 Medical EligibilityLevel II Data Request: The ACA's preventive health services with no cost sharing provision applies only to adults with private health insurance. While the ACA has the potential to improve preventive care there are gaps in this current coverage which may ultimately increase disparities. Health insurance claims for preventive health services can be used to evaluate the success of the ACA as well as identify gaps. APCD's are available in MA, NH, & ME. While MA & NH expanded their Medicaid programs, ME chose not to adopt the expansion. Differences in Medicaid expansion across states creates a natural experiment which we can evaluate using the APCD data. The overarching goal of this study is to examine impact of the ACA preventive health services and Medicaid expansion on screening tests, vaccines, and health-related behaviors and outcomes among adolescents and adults. The Specific Aims are 1: Evaluate overall impact of the ACA preventive health services on the uptake of preventive care and screening. 2: Evaluate impact of the ACA preventive health services across social determinants. 3: Evaluate impact of the ACA preventive health services across states. We received ME APCD 2012-2014 medical claims data to examine the impact of the ACA on breast pumps. We are now requesting eligibility files for our original request years 2012-2014, which would allow us to link with our medical claims data for the current project. The study aims are the same, but we now realize that we need the member eligibility file to help create a denominator for monthly claims, enrollment dates, member relationship to subscriber, and information on primary or secondary coverage. Benefits to citizens of Maine: Through this project we intend to identify gaps in the coverage of preventive health service provisions between the ACA and Medicaid as well as help close those gaps through policy recommendations. While we intend to publish our findings in peer-reviewed journals, we will also prepare a summary of the project and results, which can be posted online. We also plan to send copies of the journal article and summary to the Office of MaineCare Services and other relevant government programs. Our results based on the APCD will be directly applicable to current policies and practices in ME, which we hope will contribute to the discussion about health insurance and Medicaid coverage of preventive items and services.
2018051001Dugan, Sean, Dir. of Contracting & Network Dvlp.MaineHealth5-21-20187-2-2018All current FY17 and forward Audited Financial Statements for non-MaineHealth Maine hospitals.Audited Financial Data Reports Request: The requested audited financials will be used to provide certain data elements (operating margin, total margin, long term debt, etc.) that at times may be used as components for internal comparative data sets that involve select hospitals, systems and/or geographical areas within Maine.
2018011801Kikut, Sara, Senior AnalystDecision Resources Group5-21-20187-2-2018Level I CY2015 – CY2017 Medical Claims, Medical Eligibility, Pharmacy Claims, Pharmacy Eligibility, Hospital Inpatient, and Hospital Outpatient data.Level I Data Request: DRG's mission is to improve health outcomes for patients accross the country, including Maine. We achieve this by delivering quality health market reports for consumers, to support their needs as they strategize marketing and operational planning. We work with several providers and market research actors that are using our products to improve the efficiency of their operations and understand the best practices for certain drugs and procedures according to specific cohorts and identify trends from a population health perspective. Our use of APCD will better inform us on the quality of the products we are delivering. We are investigating how our product compares to benchmark data so that we can understand if we are feeding our consumers biases we are unaware of. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: The data will ultimately help us improve the value we are bringing to providers in Maine who can return that value to the people of Maine.
2018041901Morrissey, Joanna, Program Mgr.Maine Shared CHNA5-8-20186-20-2018Level II CY2010 – CY2014, and CY2016 Inpatient and Outpatient data with City/Zip detail.Level II Data Request: 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 - Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), 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 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.
2018020501Tripp, Merica, Planning & Research Associate IIME DHHS/Rural Health & Primary Care3-28-20185-9-2018Level II Q4 2016 – Q3 2017 Medical Claims, Eligibility, and Dental data with Practitioner Identifiers and City/Zip/DOB detailLevel II Data Request: This data will be used solely in support of the ME DHHS objectives related to their contracted work with JSI to provide "Health Professional Shortage Area Designation Assistance and Primary Care Workforce Data Management and Analysis". This work involves two separate but related components. 1) The evaluation, submission, & maintenance of federal Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations to the federal Health Resources and Services Admin, Bureau of Health Workforce. These designations, which cover medical, dental, & mental health professions, are dictated by federal regulations that govern how areas of need are identified and defined. HPSA designation provides access to a range of federal resources to support primary care access and provider workforce recruitment and retention in the designated areas. 2) To conduct a broad based and inclusive analysis of primary care workforce capacity and accessibility, and to examine the patient access patterns in support of service area definition. The claims data can be used in support of both of these objectives. For federal HPSA designation, the regulations establish that a certain number of Medicaid claims provided can be equated to a provider Full Time Equivalent(FTE) for use in the Population-to-Provider FTE ratio which determines eligibility. Beyond Medicaid, the other claims data classifications will help to validate the location of providers in the state overall-another federal requirement and a useful process for analysis overall. We will further use the analysis of patient origin town/zip, in combination with the destination (provider) town/zip to examine accessibility to primary care services in terms of drive time minutes for the population in the area, as well as the frequency of service utilization. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Use of this data will result in more accurate and comprehensive analysis of HPSA eligibility and the definition of more representative service areas. The likelihood of obtaining or retaining HPSA designations will be increased, while the level of effort and accuracy of the data will be greatly decreased compared to the traditional process of surveying providers to obtain their estimated of hours and service to the Medicaid population.
2018012201Brannigan, Michael, Healthcare Cost Outcome DirectorAnthem BCBS3-26-20185-4-2018Level II CY2017 – 2019 Medical Claims, Eligibility, and Pharmacy data with Practitioner Identifiers with City/Zip.Level II Data Request: The data will be used to support analysis and benchmarking of hospital and professional utilization and cost patterns with respect to diagnosis and procedures by geographic region and care setting. In addition, this data will be used to inform product designs to optimize quality of care and affordability for our members. Finally, the data are used to validate public uses of the MHDO dataset that impact Anthem. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Lower cost product options, improved access to quality care, and informed engagement in service distribution throughout the state.
2017111402Young, Evan, Head of Data AnalyticsMy Medical Shopper1-19-20182-2-2018Level II - Q3 CY 2016 to Q2 CY 2017 Medical Claims data with Practitioner IdentifiersLevel II Data Request: Purpose of this request is to amend the original Data Request #2017111401 posted on 12/5/17 to include Level II data fields. My Medical Shopper will use MDHO data to augment the MyMedicalShopper Comparison Shopping Platform in the state of Maine, enabling consumers statewide to shop for their care on the merits of cost, quality, and convenience. Information on over 9,000 procedures will be aggregated to display the total estimated cost for the incident of care, including all applicable facility fees, professional fees, and commonly bundled procedures. Transparency in the delivery of healthcare services is integral to transforming the market into an efficient, modern marketplace where consumerism can thrive. The current state of the healthcare market is unparalleled in complexity and inefficiency. No other market has such wild variation in price for substantially the same product or service, requires the consumer to make a purchase without knowing the price, or charges a different price based on negotiated rates with third parties. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: By making shopping for medical tests and procedures as easy as a Google search, we fully expect to be a major influence in reversing the trend of rising healthcare costs in Maine.
2018011201Regan, David, Strategy & Financial LeadHarvard Pilgrim Healthcare1-16-20182-6-2018Level II CY2015 Medical Claims and Eligibility data with Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Data Request: Purpose of this request is to amend the original Data Request #807176 posted on 6/22/17 to include Level II data fields. The data will be used to support corporate planning by analyzing hospital and professional utilization and reimbursement patterns with respect to identified diagnosis and/or procedure codes by geographic region. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The examination of Statewide medical cost structure, distribution of services, and utilization patterns provides additional information that can be used to guide product and benefit design. The goal of this work is to directly benefit Maine consumers through either reduced premiums or plan designs better suited to their needs, both in-network and out-of-network.
2017072702Feldvebel, AlexNew Hampshire Insurance Dept.1-9-20181-31-2018CY2015 to CY2016 Level I Medical Claims, Eligibility, and Pharmacy data with Practitioner Identifiers.Purpose of the request is to amend the original data request, number 2017072701, posted on 8/7/17 to include an additional data field of Practitioner Identifiers.
2017092701Chin-Fatt, Tanya, Vendor Data ManagementSg212-19-20172-2-2018Level II - CY 2017 thru CY 2022 Hospital Inpatient Encounter Data with City/Zip.Level II data request - Maine hospital discharge data will be used in Sg2's online analytics tools to explore historical trends and develop 10-year health services demand forecasts by clinical area and geography; allowing Sg2's hospital clients to project and meet future demands by determining the appropriate allocation of resources to improve both the quality and availability of health care in the communities they serve. Some Sg2 software tools allow users to format and export the discharge data for offline analysis which requires access to the complete data set. Some data may be presented in an aggregated format.
2017111401Young, Evan, Head of Data AnalyticsMy Medical Shopper12-5-20171-19-2018Level 1 - Q3 CY 2016 to Q2 CY 2017 Medical Claims data with Practitioner IdentifiersLevel 1 Data Request: My Medical Shopper will use MDHO data to augment the MyMedicalShopper Comparison Shopping Platform in the state of Maine, enabling consumers statewide to shop for their care on the merits of cost, quality, and convenience. Information on over 9,000 procedures will be aggregated to display the total estimated cost for the incident of care, including all applicable facility fees, professional fees, and commonly bundled procedures. Transparency in the delivery of healthcare services is integral to transforming the market into an efficient, modern marketplace where consumerism can thrive. The current state of the healthcare market is unparalleled in complexity and inefficiency. No other market has such wild variation in price for substantially the same product or service, requires the consumer to make a purchase without knowing the price, or charges a different price based on negotiated rates with third parties. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: By making shopping for medical tests and procedures as easy as a Google search, we fully expect to be a major influence in reversing the trend of rising healthcare costs in Maine.
2017112801Knox, Jud, PresidentYork Hospital12-5-20171-19-2018Level II - 2014 thru 2016 Hospital Inpatient dataLevel II Data Request: Stroudwater Associates, data consultant working for York Hospital, helps Maine hospital clients with strategic and operational planning. Each project requires a thorough review of all available data relevant to the client and their market area. The MHDO data will help us to study the client's year-by-year changes and trends in measures such as patient origin, market share, and overall utilization. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This benefits the people of Maine by keeping their local hospital leadership well attuned to changes and challenges within their market, which enables the leadership to develop proper strategic responses and initiatives to ensure the healthcare needs of the community are being met.
2017103001Price, Nicole, Relationship ManagerMaine Vaccine Board11-8-201712-21-20172014 – 2016 MHDO Produced Ad Hoc Data AnalysisMHDO Produced Ad Hoc Data Analysis: Both Maine and New Hampshire have universal vaccine programs that facilitate the immunizations of all children between the ages of 0 and 18 in one single cost efficient program. This project is intended to gain a better understanding of cross boarder vaccination activity between the two states and the impact on the two programs. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Maine residents will benefit through the enhanced equity of the state run programs that significantly improve vaccination rates and public health.
2017102701Harrington, Karynlee, DirectorMaine Quality Forum11-6-201712-19-2017Level II - CY 2014 thru CY 2016 Medical Claims, Eligibility, Pharmacy with Practitioner Identifiers and Level II Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient data with Practitioner Identifiers.Level II Data Request: The Maine Quality Forum is required by law to work collaboratively with the Maine Health Data Organization in promoting the transparency of healthcare costs and quality information on a publicly accessible website; CompareMaine is the website that has been created. Specifically, in the law the Maine Quality Forum is responsible for reporting health care quality information on its publicly accessible website. The Maine Quality Forum plans to use MHDO claims and hospital data to produce quality measures for public reporting on the CompareMaine website. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Adding additional healthcare quality measures to CompareMaine will improve the utility of the website and responds to the request from consumers and the Maine Legislature that we add more healthcare quality information to CompareMaine.
2017080401Prager, Elena, Asst. Prof.Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas at Austin10-25-201712-7-2017Level II – CY 2005, CY 2007, CY 2009, & CY 2011 Medical Claims with Practitioner Identifiers at City/Zip, DOB levelLevel II Data Request: The data will be used in a study to provide direct evidence on the impact of introduction of price transparency efforts to answer the following research questions: 1. Examine differences between elective, urgent, and emergency admissions to measure price sensitivity of consumers. 2. The effect of price transparency on the hospital choice of patients allowing these effects to differ by generosity of hospital insurance, and the urgency of the visit. 3. The effect of increased price transparency when quality measures are provided. 4. The impact of increased price transparency on the pricing behavior of hospitals. (These study goals are unchanged from our previous approved proposal in 2015.) Policy-makers have passed price transparency legislation in the hope that it will lead to lower health care prices for patients. However, the evidence on whether the price transparency initiatives like Compare Maine are effective at reaching patients and actually driving down prices paid is sparse. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The results of this study will inform policy-makers, health care providers, and insurers about whether existing price transparency tools are effective, and about how to best design such tools to deliver high-quality, affordable health care to patients in Maine. Many of the results are also expected to yield generalizable insights for other states.
2017081601Dupee, BrookNew Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services10-23-201712-5-2017Level II – CY2012-CY2027 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient with City/Zip, DOB, Race, and Ethnicity.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 New Hampshire, to identify specific health threats in New Hampshire, to support research into the cause of disease or injury and to generally improve the public health of the State. New Hampshire 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. 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. 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 visits data. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: Because of the data sharing and collaboration, people of ME are benefited from the project results in terms of determining vulnerable areas and impacts on public health.
2017091901Berkowitz, ClaireMaine Children's Alliance10-17-201711-29-20172015 – 2016 Hospital Outpatient Encounter Data.The purpose of the request: Outpatient attempted suicide/self-inflicted injuries for ages 10-19 and hospital visits for mental/substance abuse diagnoses for ages 0-19. The data will be used in the annual publishing of Maine Children's Alliance KIDS COUNT book. The data published in the annual Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book is used by MCA and our partners to advocate for sound public policies that improve the lives of children, youth and families. In addition, grant writers and direct service providers use the KIDS COUNT data to make the case for program funding/expansion. Benefit to citizens of Maine: The MHDO information provides interested parties with information regarding the number of Maine youth in need of treatment for mental health/substance abuse issues. In addition, while MCA reports Maine's teen suicide rate in the Data Book (actual deaths from suicide), that figure only tells a small part of the story regarding the number of Maine youth who attempt suicide. The data regarding the number of attempted suicides provided by MHDO helps advocates, service providers, educators and parents better understand the number of Maine youth who are struggling and in need of mental/behavioral health services.
508176Goodwin, Kathleen, Dir. Decision Support ServicesHCA Capital Division8-11-20179-22-2017Level II - CY 2014 and CY 2015 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounter data, including Practitioner IdentifiersHCA Capital Division is the owner of two hospitals in New Hampshire (Portsmouth and Derry) 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 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 specialty care at additional cost and inconvenience (e.g. Chemo, 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. Also 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. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: 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.
2017072701Feldvebel, AlexNew Hampshire Insurance Dept.8-7-20179-18-2017Level I - CY 2015 to CY 2016 Medical Claims, Eligibility, and Pharmacy dataThe New Hampshire Insurance Department is required by statute to complete an annual report and hold an annual hearing on medical cost drivers and their impact on premiums in the state. Previous reports can be found on our website but do not include the required comparison and analysis of NH claims data to insurance claim data collected by other states. We hope to use Maine and other states' data to accomplish that requirement. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: This project may help Maine residents understand how their medical costs compare with other states, this comparison may help identify ways to lower costs in your state.
2017072401Coopersmith, ErinKaufmann, Hall and Assoc, LLC7-31-20179-11-2017Level I - CY 2015 to CY 2019 Hospital Inpatient EncountersThe data will be used with other states' public health data to help health-care providers increase the quality of care they provide to their patients by effectively benchmarking their quality, safety, satisfaction, cost and utilization to their peers. The data is used to create benchmarks at the APR-DRG level and the MS-DRG Level using the “Rule of 11”. The data is aggregated at two different levels, pursuant to the rule. The benchmarks are communicated through benchmark files that are used in conjunction with hospital client decision support systems so that they can compare their performance to the benchmark file to hone in on where there is a care variation between their performance and the benchmark file. The second way the data is communicated is through our PEAK tool, which is a web-based tool that our clients subscribe to. In this tool, a limited benchmark file derived from the data provided is loaded. In this service, our Client hospitals provide us their most up-to-date data at the encounter/ detail data, pursuant to a Business Associate Agreement between Peak Software and the client. We then take that hospital data, tag the data with additional measures we calculate (for example HACs), and compare the data (at the APR-DRG level and the MS-DRG Level) to the benchmark file (created from the data supplied to us by you, subject to the “Rule of 11, and embedded in the application) to hone in on where there is a care variation between values in the hospital performance and values in the benchmark file. The data usage rules will be followed in order to achieve this end. Benefits to Citizens of Maine: The benchmarks calculated by Peak Software are used by consulting firms like Huron Consulting and Kaufman Hall, who, when they get a client with hospitals in Maine, will be able to provide feedback using benchmarks created from the data received from the state. This feedback will allow the hospitals to improve the quality of healthcare provided by their facilities. McKesson is another client who resells the benchmarks calculated by Peak Software to their 1000 clients, who will also use the benchmarks to help their clients improve healthcare in the state of Maine. Through the use of these benchmarks, hospitals will be able to improve the quality of the services provided to their patients.
807176Regan, David, Strategic Business LeadHarvard Pilgrim Healthcare6-22-20178-4-2017Level I - CY 2015 Medical Claims and Eligibility data with Practitioner Identifiable level detailThe data will be used to support corporate planning by analyzing hospital and professional utilization and reimbursement patterns with respect to identified diagnosis and/or procedure codes by geographic region. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: The examination of Statewide medical cost structure, distribution of services, and utilization patterns provides additional information that can be used to guide product and benefit design. The goal of this work is to directly benefit Maine consumers through either reduced premiums or plan designs better suited to their needs, both in-network and out-of-network.
504175Mellett, Jean, Sys Dir Strategy & PlanningEastern Maine Healthcare Systems5-16-20176-28-2017Level II - CY 2016, 2017, & 2018 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounters data with Practitioner Identifiable, City/Zip, & Date of Birth level detailData will be used to conduct ongoing market research in support of EMHS members' strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts, such as community needs assessments, as well as to provide guidance for program planning in the communities served. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Analyses, including utilization, volume, provider supply, patient origin and service line studies, will help EMHS to provide the people of Maine with the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
503175Madden, PatrickMarket Decision Research4-10-20175-19-2017Level II - CY 2015 Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Encounters data with City/Zip level detailPurpose of Request: The Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) is interested in understanding the need for transportation services for cancer patients throughout the state of Maine. The Foundation contracted Market Decisions Research (MDR) to assist in an analysis of Maine Hospital Encounter Data. This analysis will provide information on the distance that cancer patients travel to receive services and complement additional information collected on provider availability, cancer incidence, and current transportation services offered in the state. MDR will analyze zip code information for providers and patients receiving cancer care to calculate the distance between patient’s home zip codes and the providers used. Average distance traveled will be aggregated to the county and public health district level to measure how far, on average, patients travel to receive care in different regions of the state. This analysis will help answer the following questions: How far do patients travel to receive cancer treatment services in the state? How does transportation burden differ by county? How do the available transportation services meet the current needs of those around the state and what gaps exist by county? MCF currently provides grant funding to support various transportation programs for cancer patients in Maine. Using this information, MCF can better understand the burden of travel and gaps in current transportations services. This will improve how MCF allocates their transportation grant funding in the state. Benefit to Citizens of Maine: Maine residents will benefit through improved access to cancer care, improved transportation options and better health equity for those receiving cancer services.
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