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Monthly Enrollment Summaries - Through March 2021
(June 2021)

 

CHIA published an expanded version of its latest monthly enrollment data summaries by key market sector to provide more insight into the impact of COVID-19 on insurance coverage in the Commonwealth. This release covers enrollment figures through March 2021, including a full calendar year of health insurance enrollment data following Governor Baker's state of emergency declaration.

This monthly enrollment data summary through March 2021 includes a brief with data tables and technical notes, as well as a databook.

DataMatters, CHIA's Newsletter (May 2021)

Inside Looks - Findings from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey

Since the launch of the first DataMatters in March, CHIA has produced several reports and data assets including:

  • CHIA’s Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System;
  • A report on the financial impact of COVID-19 on Massachusetts hospitals;
  • Inpatient utilization during the pandemic; and
  • A series profiling health care affordability issues.


This issue of DataMatters
includes a look at Total Health Care Expenditures, out-of-pocket prescription drug spending research, and links to our recent publications.

An Inside Look Series: Affordability Findings from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey
(February, March, April 2021)

Inside Looks - Findings from the Massachusetts Health INsurance Survey

During the first four months of 2021, CHIA released six research notes covering health care affordability issues in Massachusetts. This series analyzes health care affordability issues that residents face despite the high rate of coverage in the Commonwealth.

Findings for "Inside Looks" series come from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey. The MHIS is a biennial population-based survey that provides information on health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. 


 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Other Recent CHIA Reports and Publications

Monthly Enrollment Summaries - Through February 2021
(April 2021)
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To give more rapid insight into the impact of COVID-19 on insurance coverage in the Commonwealth, CHIA has continued to publish monthly enrollment data summaries by key market sectors. This new report series is in addition to CHIA's regular biannual Enrollment Trends reports.

This latest publication includes enrollment information through February 2021 in both a summary report and a databook.

Massachusetts Acute Hospital and Health System Financial Performance Preliminary FY 2020 Annual Report
(April 2021)
pubs page preliminary hospital report april 2021

This preliminary update on hospital and health system financial performance for fiscal year 2020 provides a view of profitability, liquidity, and solvency for those hospitals with a fiscal year end date of June 30 or September 30. This report includes 49 of the 61 acute hospitals in Massachusetts as well as data for 22 of the 25 hospital health systems.

This publication incorporates the financial impact of COVID-19 on hospital health care operations during fiscal year 2020. Federal COVID-related funding was distributed in April, May, June and July to hospitals as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. State relief funds were also distributed to hospitals in this time period.   

Massachusetts Acute Hospital Case Mix Database Quarterly Report - October 2020 - December 2020 (April 2021)
Pubs page CMSR HIDD Quarterly

CHIA has developed a quarterly update series to complement its December 2020 Massachusetts Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (FFY 2016-2019) report. These quarterly updates rely on interim data to present analyses on a monthly basis. The primary purpose of this series is to provide timely patterns and trends on key inpatient utilization measures in the period leading up to and including the outbreak of COVID-19 (October 2019-December 2020).

The report includes a summary, technical appendix, databook and interactive dashboard.

Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System (March 2021)
Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System

CHIA's Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System includes a calculation of Total Health Care Expenditures (THCE) for 2019 and a final calculation for 2018. THCE is a measure of total statewide health care spending in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts experienced a 4.3% growth in Total Health Care Expenditures per capita between 2018 and 2019, exceeding the health care cost growth benchmark of 3.1% established in accordance with the state's 2012 health care cost containment law. Total Health Care Expenditures totaled $64.1 billion ($9,294 per capita) for insured health care services received by Massachusetts residents.

Massachusetts Hospital Profiles (March 2021)
Massachusetts Hospital Profiles

Hospital Profiles provide information on acute and non-acute hospitals based on hospital characteristics, services, payer mix, utilization trends, cost trends, financial performance, and quality. They are accompanied by an interactive dashboard allowing users to find results by individual hospital, hospital type, and hospital health system..

CHIA also released Massachusetts hospital health system profiles, which provide a summary of financial performance and relative size of component entities for the hospital health system and their affiliated acute hospitals, physician organizations, and health plans.

DataMatters, CHIA's Newsletter (March 2021)
Inside Looks - Findings from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey

CHIA’s newsletter, DataMatters, helps our stakeholders to find out more about our corner of the Massachusetts health data world. Features include “News You Can Use” from the Massachusetts Enrollment Monitoring and Enrollment Trends reports, a data user profile highlighting the Health Policy Commission, a major CHIA data user, and upcoming health care-related events.

In this newsletter, CHIA will share recent reporting highlights and put our data into a broader context. Our goal is to get this information to the many stakeholders working to improve the Massachusetts health care system.

Enrollment Trends and Enrollment Monitoring (March 2021)
Inside Looks - Findings from the Massachusetts Health INsurance Survey

On March 11th, CHIA published "Massachusetts Health Insurance Enrollment: September 2018 through September 2020." Enrollment Trends is produced every six months and includes quarterly data as well as data segmented by age, insurance company name, and market sector, among other factors.

The latest edition of the monthly Enrollment Monitoring series, with data through December 2020, provides an insurance enrollment data summary by market sector, offering insight into the impact of COVID-19 on health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (December 2020)
Massachusetts Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data Report - December 2020

Massachusetts Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data offers new insights into hospital inpatient utilization patterns in the period leading up to the outbreak of COVID-19.

This report presents key measures of inpatient utilization overall and by hospital, patient, and discharge characteristics. It marks the first in a new series providing analyses and trends from CHIA's Acute Hospital Case Mix Database, which is a database of stay-level encounters with acute care hospitals going back more than 20 years.

Quarterly Hospital Financial Performance Report - Data Through June 30, 2020
Quarterly Financial Report - Data through June 30 2020

CHIA's new hospital and health system financial performance report with data through June 30, 2020. provides a quarterly update on profitability, liquidity, and solvency for the fiscal year-to-date period. This report has additionally been expanded to include the financial impact of COVID-19 on hospitals.

Governor Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10; therefore this report includes the first four months of the financial impact of COVID-19 on hospital health care operations. Federal COVID-related funding was distributed in April, May, and June to hospitals as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Research Brief: Offering and Enrollment in High Deductible Health Plans in Massachusetts Firms (November 2020)
Research Brief: Offering and Enrollment in High Deductible Health Plans in Massachusetts Firms

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has published Offering and Enrollment in High Deductible Health Plans in Massachusetts Firms: Which Workers Can Offset Cost through a Savings Option?

With rising health care costs, employers that offer insurance coverage to employees have shifted toward HDHPs as a way to lower health insurance premiums, either including a HDHP as one choice in the set of plans offered to employees or as the only plan offered to employees. It is critical, therefore, to understanding the Commonwealth's health care system to have a full picture of HDHP access and enrollment among employees at Massachusetts firms.

Behavioral Health and Readmissions in Massachusetts Acute Care Hospitals - SFY 2018 (October 2020)
Behavioral Health and Readmissions in Massachusetts Acute Care Hospitals - SFY 2018 (October 2020)

Behavioral Health and Readmissions in Massachusetts Acute Care Hospitals is a statewide, all-payer examination of the prevalence of behavioral health comorbidities and readmissions among hospitalized adults in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.

Given the high hospital utilization and cost associated with comorbid behavioral health conditions, stakeholders share a growing awareness that patients with behavioral health comorbidities may have a higher than average risk of readmissions, thus any efforts to reduce readmissions should include identifying risk factors associated with these populations.