What's New in Massachusetts Health Care

  • The 2017 Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System presents a calculation of the Commonwealth's Total Health Care Expenditures as well as additional indicators used to assess the performance of the state's health care system.

  • CHIA reports annually and quarterly on the financial performance of Massachusetts acute care hospitals.  As hospitals and their respective health systems evolve, CHIA has added financial information on hospital health systems, affiliated physician organizations, and affiliated health plan in its publications.

  • CHIA continues its research into employer-sponsored health insurance in the Commonwealth with The Benefits Divide: Workers at Lower-Wage Firms and Employer-Sponsored Insurance in Massachusetts research brief. As the low-wage workforce is growing, CHIA examines and contrasts employer health insurance offerings, employee take-up rates, and cost-sharing.

  • Providers, payers, and policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to whether a patient returns to the acute care setting (emergency department, observation, or inpatient) within 30 days of inpatient discharge. CHIA's report on ED visits after inpatient discharge is intended to help expand efforts to address unplanned readmissions to the hospital by diving into this largely unstudied population.

  • Commercial payers’ prices for similar services vary considerably among providers. Relative price is a calculated metric that measures provider price variation in the Massachusetts health care market. The study of provider price variation can be helpful both for policymakers addressing the implications of price variation in the health care market and for consumers in making cost-conscious decisions on where to go for care.

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.