CHIA monitors and reports on a wide variety of health care indicators in Massachusetts to help legislators, policymakers, payers, and providers improve quality, affordability, access, and outcomes in the health care system.
Standard Statistics is a set of health care metrics that measure the performance of the Massachusetts health care system. Taken from its unique data sets and other reliable sources, CHIA presents statistics on health care spending, insurance coverage, and acute hospital financial performance and utilization. These measures were chosen for their ability to help track cost and quality trends over time and their well-defined methodology. For each Standard Statistic, CHIA offers the most recently available findings along with the underlying data and information on the methodology used.
The 2017 Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System, released in September 2017, serves as the basis for ongoing review of the health care market and for measuring the progress of the state’s cost containment efforts. It includes the Commonwealth’s Total Health Care Expenditures calculation along with several other key indicators.
CHIA published Massachusetts Hospital Profiles that contain financial health metrics and introduced quality metrics for individual hospitals. This publication also includes financial information for each of the multi-acute hospital systems in Massachusetts.
Hospital readmissions are a central issue in efforts to improve health care quality and reduce costs, due to readmissions being a costly and potentially preventable problem that impacts patient health and experience of care both nationally and in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Commercial Medical Care Spending: Findings from the All-Payer Claims Database, a joint publication of CHIA and the Health Policy Commission, examines trends in commercial medical spending including overall spending and spending by category of service, type of episode, and region using data from the Massachusetts All-Payer Claims Database (MA APCD) for the three largest commercial payers in Massachusetts.
The 2017 Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System includes a final calculation of the Commonwealth’s 2015 Total Health Care Expenditures (THCE) and an initial calculation of 2016 THCE. THCE is a measure of total statewide health care spending in the Commonwealth. In May 2018, CHIA published a brief that explored trends in unsubsidized and ConnectorCare plans that were touched upon in the 2017 Annual Report. Read more....
CHIA identifies, calculates, disseminates, and maintains a specific set of standard statistics that measure the performance of the Massachusetts health care system. This information is derived from CHIA's unique data sets or other reliable sources. Read More
Hospital readmissions are a central issue in efforts to improve health care quality and reduce costs, due to readmissions being a costly and potentially preventable problem that impacts patient health and experience of care both nationally and in Massachusetts. CHIA's latest effort in this area has been the release of hospital-specific readmissions profiles. These profiles offer key insights into the performance of each of the 59 acute care hospitals in Massachusetts. Read more concerning both readmissions and revisits...
In partnership, CHIA and the Health Policy Commission examined trends in commercial medical spending using data from the MA APCD for the three largest commercial payers in Massachusetts: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Health Plan. The Chartbook highlights the most important trends in a graphical manner, while the Databook offers additional results in a machine-readable format, enabling others to re-analyze this data for their own purposes. Read more
Hospital Systems and Parent Organizations provide a more robust view of the environment in which hospitals operate, and facilitate a better understanding of acute hospitals in the Commonwealth, in the context of the broader organizations within which many operate. Read more
MassHealth Baseline Statistics from the MA APCD provides an overview of the MassHealth population, with a focus on spending for members with Standard coverage in the Fee-For-Service (FFS) and the Primary Care Clinician (PCC) plan delivery systems between state fiscal years 2013-2014, based on enhanced eligibility data that MassHealth began submitting to the MA APCD in 2015. Read More.....