Data User Group (DUG) - Established 11/25/13

Our largest data users (see the members below) were asked to take part in a workgroup. The purpose of the workgroup is to provide feedback on our current data infrastructure as we work to design and implement our new systems. The MHDO wants to improve the collection and release of data as well as communications with partners to ensure their needs are met.

6/23/16 Message Regarding Status of 2016 Claims Data from Executive Director, Karynlee Harrington

Unfortunately the United States Supreme Court decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual (March 1, 2016) has negatively impacted the submission of commercial claims data to MHDO. Several of our largest payers (who represent about 80% of our commercial claims data) notified the MHDO following the decision that they were suspending all data submissions to the MHDO until they worked out the technical and legal issues raised as a result of the decision.

In response to these concerns the MHDO sent a communication to the payers stating that the MHDO will suspend the enforcement of data submission requirements under Rule Chapter 243, Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets, for a five month (March – July 2016) period.

We hope after this five month period we will all gain some clarity regarding the direction of claims submissions post Gobeille decision. During this interim period we will not be releasing updated commercial claims data. We will however release our updated Medicare (Q1 and Q2 2015) and MaineCare (Q1 2016) data the week of July 4th.

There are questions about the future of the commercial ERISA data in our APCD. The MHDO is committed and actively working on a solution that will minimize disruption and allow us to maintain a comprehensive claims database. We will continue to communicate updates at our data user group meetings. In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

11/16/15 Message Re: Proposed Data Release Rule from Executive Director, Karynlee Harrington

The public hearing for Rule Chapter 120 was announced last week in the Kennebec Journal and has been scheduled for: 12/3/15 9:00 am in the MHDO conference room at 151 Capitol St., Augusta. Written comments must be received by 5:00 pm on December 14, 2015.

The proposed rule can be found on our Rules and Statutes Page.

Please note there are a number of working drafts of Chapter 120 on the MHDO website under Board Meetings.
Please be sure to access the final proposed draft which again can be found on our Rules and Statutes page.

Meeting Notifications

The following are scheduled from 1:00 - 3:30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month, every two months. Meetings will be held in room 415 at the USM Muskie Wishcamper Center, Portland unless notified otherwise. Documents will be made available as dates near.


  • November 28th

Next Meeting: November 28th 1:00 - 3:30

Prior Meeting Dates and Documents

September 26th July 25th

May 30th - cancelled

March 28th

January 31st - cancelled


November 29th September 27th July 26th March 29, 2017 January 12, 2017


November 9, 2016 October 19, 2016 - condensed due to low attendance

August 24, 2016 - postponed

June 29, 2016

From May 2016 through May 2017 there were two subcommittees: Hospital Subcommittee and APCD Subcommittee. For their meeting information, please go to their pages.

April 27, 2016 March 30, 2016


December 30, 2015 - Cancelled due to Holidays

November 25, 2015 - Cancelled due to holidays

October 21, 2015 September 30, 2015 - Cancelled

August 26, 2015 - Cancelled

July 29, 2015 June 24, 2015 May 27, 2015 - Cancelled

April 29, 2015 March 25, 2015 February 25, 2015 January 28, 2015 - cancelled


December 17, 2014 - cancelled

November 19, 2014 October 29, 2014 September 24, 2014 August 27, 2014 July 30, 2014

June 25, 2014 - cancelled

May 28, 2014 April 30, 2014 March 26, 2014 January 22, 2014


December 18, 2013 November 25, 2013

Data User Group Members

  • Caroline Bahler, SAS
  • Nancy Ban, Central Maine Health Care
  • Craig Benson, State of Vermont
  • Adam Black, Maine Medical Center
  • Philippe Bonneau, Maine Health Data Organization
  • Kimberly Bonsant, Maine Health Data Organization
  • Janice Bourgault, OnPoint
  • Kevin Brennan, Analysis Group
  • Gokhan Cakmakci, Maine Health
  • Leanne Candura, Human Services Research Institute
  • Rebecca Kingsbury, MaineGeneral Medical Center
  • Lina Clover, SAS
  • Amy Costello, University of New Hampshire
  • Sean Dugan, MaineHealth
  • Nicholas Fabricante, Muskie
  • Jose Alicea-Santiago, Eastern Maine Health Systems
  • Tina Gressani, University of Southern Maine
  • Tim Hannan, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
  • Karynlee Harrington, Maine Health Data Organization
  • Blake Hendrickson, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
  • Jayne Johann, Truven
  • Judy Loren, BerryDunn
  • Amy Marr, Dartmouth
  • Catherine Mcguire, University of Southern Maine
  • Cindy Mervis, Maine Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lisa Morton, SAS
  • Kate Mullins, Human Services Research Institute
  • Kim Murray, Maine Medical Center
  • Walter Ochs, State of Vermont
  • Lisa Parker, MeCDC
  • Hilary Perrey, Maine Medical Center
  • Anne Ponsor, Maine Medical Center
  • Kevin Rogers, Human Services Research Institute
  • Jeffrey Ross, State of Vermont
  • Erika Scott, Bassett Healthcare Network
  • Colin Smith, SAS
  • Deb Thayer, University of Southern Maine
  • Lori Travis, Maine Health
  • Nina Underman, Maine Health
  • David Vincent, Maine Health Data Organization
  • Alan West, State of Vermont