This page consists of older reports and some of the publications previously issued by DHCFP. For the Center for Health Information and Analysis' more recent publications, please visit www.mass.gov/chia/pubs

  Annual Report

This publication provides a historic overview of DHCFP and its key responsibilities, initiatives, and programs.
 

  Bundled Payments

In fulfillment of Section 64 of Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and the Center have released two technical assistance reports on bundled payment methods. The second in this series, Bundled Payments, Volume 2, is intended to examine if the use of bundled payments in Massachusetts would result in health care cost savings.
 

Emergency Department Utilization

The following publications analyze the use of emergency departments in Massachusetts.

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Employers Who Have 50 or More Employees Using Public Assistance

DHCFP annually produced a report identifying employers with 50 or more employees receiving health services through publicly subsidized programs, including MassHealth (Medicaid), Commonwealth Care, and the Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP)/Health Safety Net (HSN). (Cite: Section 304 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004)
 


2008

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2004

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The Employer Free Rider Surcharge

This report reviews the key objectives of the Free Rider Surcharge in the context of Massachusetts health reform and provides results for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
 

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End-of-Life Care

DHCFP used statewide hospital discharge data to explore inpatient resource use during hospitalizations that culminated in patient death (terminal hospitalizations). With the goal of providing useful information to patients, providers, and health care payers, DHCFP looked at various factors that could affect variation in resource use among Massachusetts hospitals during these terminal hospitalizations.

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Fair Share Contribution

This report provides an overview of the results from employer Fair Share Contribution filings, which are used to determine whether employers with 11 or more full-time equivalent employees made a "fair and reasonable" contribution toward the health costs of their workers.
 

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Health Care Expenditures, Premium Trends, and Related Analyses


2009 and Prior

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Health Care Trends

These reports provide a broad overview of the Massachusetts health care system and comparative view of hospitals based on performance measures adopted by the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council.

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  Hospital Financial Performance

The Center collects financial information from health care providers pursuant to M.G.L. c. 12C, section 8.


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Hospital Reserves

DHCFP, in conjunction with the Division of Insurance (DOI), conducted a study of the reserves, endowments, and surpluses of hospitals. (Cite: Section 35 of Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008)

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  Insurance Surveys  

CHIA continues to conduct various surveys to determine how residents of the Commonwealth are accessing and using care, including information on employer health insurance offer rates, health insurance premiums, employer contribution amounts.

Employers Health Insurance Survey

The Massachusetts Employer Survey (MES) provides information on employer health insurance offer rates, employee take-up rates, health insurance premiums, employer contribution amounts, and employee cost sharing requirements.

Household Health Insurance Survey

The Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey (MHIS) provides information on health insurance coverage and access to and use of health care for the non-institutionalized population in Massachusetts.

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Insurer Reserves

DHCFP, in conjunction with the Division of Insurance (DOI), conducted a study of the reserves, endowments, and surpluses of health insurers. (Cite: Section 35 of Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008)

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Key Indicators (Health Care in Massachusetts)

The Key Indicators report reflects two main objectives: 1) providing a quarterly report to afford consistent updates on health insurance enrollment in the Commonwealth (beginning with the first quarter of 2011); and 2) providing an annual Key Indicators report that evaluates a broader range of health care access, cost, and quality metrics.

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Managed Care Guide 

This guide is intended to give consumers information about the different types of health insurance and how to best choose a health plan.

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Mandated Benefit Reviews

 CHIA continues to conduct analyses of the cost and clinical efficacy of a mandated benefit bill referred by a legislative committee for review. (Cite: Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 3, Section 38C)

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Preventable Hospitalizations

Preventable hospitalizations are defined as the inpatient treatment of conditions for which outpatient care can potentially prevent the need for hospitalization, or for which early intervention can prevent complications or more severe disease.

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Primary Care

This report evaluates primary care issues through a review of existing related literature from both national and state perspectives, and provides an overview of primary care in Massachusetts.