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2016 Upcoming Events

August 24, 2016 - Data User Group (DUG) Full Group Meeting – postponed. Next Full Group Meeting: October 19th.

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MHDO is a state agency that collects health care data and makes those data available to researchers, policy makers, and the public while protecting individual privacy.

The purpose of the organization is to create and maintain a useful, objective, reliable and comprehensive health information database that is used to improve the health of Maine citizens.   Learn More

Recent Announcements

New July 28, 2016 NEW Chapter 120 Release of Data to the Public

The new MHDO Rule Chapter 120 specifies the permissible uses of the MHDO data; defines the different levels of data file types Level I, II, and III; the process for which data requests will be reviewed by MHDO; the data release process; public notice of data requests and opportunity for public comments; the method for an individual to opt out of Level III data releases; appeal rights for data providers; the MHDO Data Use Agreement (MHDO DUA); MHDO internal use of the data, and the security and protection of the MHDO data.
Be sure to see the new data request form.

New July 26, 2016 2016 Report Card - Maine One of Three States to Recieve an A

The 2016 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws developed by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), gave 43 states an F for failing to meet even minimum standards. Only three states – Maine, New Hampshire, and Colorado– received an A for providing detailed pricing on a variety of procedures through easy-to-use public websites, backed by rich data sources. See the full report.

June 20, 2016 Maine Quality Forum releases On-Line training tool on infection prevention

The new training tool is an on-line, eight-hour curriculum designed for infection preventionists working in Maine’s extended care facilities. The curriculum is divided into five stand-alone modules including: general infection control and prevention practices; common infectious diseases; isolation/transmission precautions, surveillance and data collection; performance Improvement, and antibiotic stewardship. A certificate is issued upon completion of all modules. The training can be accessed at: http://maineinfectionpreventionforum.org. The MQF will use feedback from users and emerging trends to update the training periodically. The MQF is also investigating the future possibility of providing continuing education credits (CEUs) to those who successfully complete the training

May 9, 2016 2014 Hospital Financial Data Reports Now Available

Annual Summary Reports of hospital financial data over a five year period (FY 2010-2014) as reported by Maine hospitals including information on profitability, liquidity, capital structure and other common financial ratios.

April 20, 2016 MHDO Claims Data Submissions

Important communication from MHDO to payors regarding Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual.

April 11, 2016 Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine, 2016 Annual Report

The Maine Quality Forum releases its 2016 Annual Report on HealthCare Associated Infections in the State of Maine. See a copy of the executive summary and full report here.

December 14, 2015 DHHS Newly Created SIM Core Measures Dashboard

After two years of ambitious work led by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to improve health, enhance patient experience and reduce healthcare costs, the public can now review trend data on a number of important measures to evaluate progress made toward meeting these goals. The newly created SIM Core Measures dashboard shows trends on core healthcare measures selected by a statewide group of healthcare leaders working on the SIM initiative. The dashboard report compares information from patients whose services are paid for by MaineCare, Medicare, or Commercial insurance. Measures include emergency department use, 30 day hospital readmissions, use of imaging studies for low back pain, developmental screenings for children in the first three years of life, and use of diabetic screenings. See the dashboard report today.

October 27, 2015 PRESS RELEASE -- The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) has launched www.CompareMaine.org, a new healthcare transparency website. Consumers can use the new website to compare the average cost of over 200 medical procedures at more than 170 healthcare facilities in the state. They can also use the site to compare quality ratings for many facilities. See the official press release.

Upcoming Data Releases:

March 2015 Data Release Schedule: Releases of hospital encounter data as well as APCD data can now be followed via our Data Release Schedule Page.

Rules and Policy Changes:

New 12/16/15 Deadline for written public comments for the following rules expired 12/14/15 at 5:00 pm. The comments will be available soon. New 12/01/15 Chapter 241 - was adopted 11/22/15

Chapter 243 - Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Claims Data Sets - was adopted 10/6/15.

Policy Impacting News

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company case for December 2, 2015. Note: NAHDO, joined by the APCD Council, CIVHC, WHIO, and the Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force submitted an amicus in support of Vermont. All amicus briefs have been compiled and made available by the State of Vermont at http://ago.vermont.gov/divisions/for-lawyers-and-businesses/vhcures-litigation.php

Agency Transformation:

We are currently undergoing an operational transformation to improve the ways we collect and release data and work with our partners. Check back often for updates to data releases, rule changes, and pertinent studies

October 2014 - MHDO is Awarded $1,179,000 in Grant Funds
MHDO applied for the Cycle IV Grant of the Health Insurance Rate Review Grant Program, and recently received notification from the Department of Health and Human Services-Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight of the $1,179,000 award. See the project abstract for more information.

May 2014 - The DHA-Maine Quality Forum (MQF) is delighted to announce that it will support the administration of another round of CG-CAHPS surveys to patients served by primary and specialty practices in Maine. As in 2012, MQF will pay subsidies of up to 90 percent of survey costs to practices that contract with a MQF-qualified vendor, use an allowable version of CAHPS, and agree to have their survey results publicly reported. More information about the program can be found in this announcement.

April 2014 - MHDO HealthCost 2014 Public website with average cost information for just under 200 common medical procedures by healthcare facility. The website includes a link to GoodRx which provides drug pricing information from pharmacies nationwide so that consumers can search to find the lowest price for their medication. The site also includes the recently released 2014 annual report on Healthcare associated infections in Maine. Go visit HealthCost and let us know what you think by completing the on line survey. More enhancements are coming to the website over the next 18 months so stay tuned!

March 2014 Public website of Patient Experience Survey data (CAHPS-PCMH survey tool). Review results of the Maine Quality Forum's survey initiative on how Maine patients rate their experience at their primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the State.

Resource Materials, Reports, Studies & Information:

New - August 2015 CMS to Make ICD-10 Transition Less Disruptive

New - June 2015 Healthcare Associated Infections in Maine, 2015 Annual Report prepared by the Maine Quality Forum in collaboration with the ME-CDC and Muskie.

Update ICD-10 Myths and Facts

Feasibility Study Matching Maine HIE Clinical and APCD Claims Data