What's New in Massachusetts Health Care

  • The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) today announced the release of summary results from a statewide health insurance survey of Massachusetts employers. The Massachusetts Employer Survey provides a valuable lens on the employer health insurance market, including information on employer health insurance offerings, employee take-up rates, cost-sharing, plan characteristics, and employer decision making.

  • The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has released an updated edition of Enrollment Trends, including enrollment data from September 2014 through September 2016. This report offers insights into changes in health insurance coverage in Massachusetts.

  • The 2016 Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System includes a final calculation of the Commonwealth’s 2014 Total Health Care Expenditures (THCE) and an initial calculation for 2015 THCE. The report also includes information from public and private sources related to specific health care expenditures for Massachusetts residents, quality of care, enrollment and coverage trends, premiums and member cost-sharing.

  • The Special Commission on Provider Price Variation was established in May 2016 with the charge of identifying the acceptable and unacceptable factors contributing to price variation in physician, hospital, diagnostic testing, and ancillary services. CHIA was identified in statute as a supporting agency, along with the Health Policy Commission, to provide relevant data, analysis, and other support as needed. The Special Commission released its report on March 15, 2017.

  • CHIA provides summary level information on hospital organizations and their related health care entities, and further categorizes hospitals as components of parent organizations. This report highlights the importance of differentiating the financial health and status of acute care hospitals from the parent organizations as health systems evolve and expand.

  • Massachusetts Hospital Profiles provide descriptive and comparative information on acute and non-acute hospitals based on hospital characteristics, services, payer mix, utilization trends, cost trends, and financial performance through FY15.

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.