What's New in Massachusetts Health Care

  • Individual Purchasers in the Massachusetts Health Care System: Trends for Unsubsidized and ConnectorCare Plans explores trends in premiums and cost-sharing related to individuals purchasing commercial health plans outside the employer-sponsored insurance system. The brief also researches the role of cost-sharing reduction subsidies. 

  • In this year’s report, CHIA found that the Commonwealth's hospital readmission rate remained steady from SFY 2015 to  SFY 2016. However, hospital readmissions continued to vary greatly, depending on patient age, payer type, and discharge setting.

  • The 2018 edition of A Focus on Provider Quality includes, for the first time, a series of interactive graphics. The report is also accompanied by an executive summary, a databook, which includes all available performance data on SQMS measures by medical group or hospital, and a technical appendix.

  • CHIA examines provider price variation in the commercial health insurance market by illustrating differences in prices paid to providers for the same set of services. CHIA also compares provider payments across commercial payers, while standardizing for differences in patient acuity, the types of services providers deliver to patients, and the different product types that payers offer their members.

  • The Commonwealth recently launched a new user-friendly health care transparency website that offers information to help Massachusetts residents be more actively engaged in, and make better decisions about their health care.  

    Visit masscomparecare.gov to learn more.

Link to geographical analysis page

CHIA has produced several interactive maps of Massachusetts health care data. These maps allow researchers to better understand variations in health care spending and utilization by displaying recent data on a town-by-town or regional basis.