What's New in Massachusetts Health Care

  • 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.

  • Enrollment Trends monitors health insurance coverage in Massachusetts, where coverage is defined by unique residents with primary medical membership in the 13 largest commercial payers, MassHealth (Medicaid), and Medicare.  The August 2017 edition of Enrollment Trends offers insights into changes in health insurance coverage in Massachusetts from March 2015 through March 2017.

  • 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.

  • The majority of Massachusetts residents obtain health insurance through their own or a family member’s employer. Employer-sponsored insurance shapes the health insurance market and impacts the demand for the state’s public insurance programs, including MassHealth. CHIA's Massachusetts Employer Survey tracks and monitors employer health insurance offerings, employee take-up rates, cost-sharing, plan characteristics, and employer decision making.

  • 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.