Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO, a state agency that collects healthcare data from health insurance companies and hospitals in Maine, has released a new healthcare quality/price comparison Website (CompareMaine.org) MHDO is required by law to collaborate with another State Agency, the Maine Quality Forum on promoting the transparency of healthcare cost and quality information via a publicly accessible website. CompareMaine replaces the former MHDO HealthCost website.
The cost data on this site comes from the State of Maine’s all-payer claims database (APCD), reporting on over 25 million claims from 49 health insurance plans for services in Maine from January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. Information on over 200 healthcare procedures from more than 170 facilities is also provided. These facilities include hospitals, physician practices, specialty care centers, labs, and radiological and imaging centers. The health insurance claims do not include the public payers (MaineCare and Medicare). After these claims were excluded, a total of 10,064,227 claims from 47 payers remained in analysis. The MHDO board will decide if the public payers will be included in a future release of CompareMaine. The data about quality measures come from state and national sources.