Maine Launches Health Care Transparency Site Developed by HSRI Health Data Team

Date: 11/2015

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) has launched, a new health care transparency website developed by HSRI's Health Data team. Consumers can use the new website to compare the average cost of over 200 medical procedures at more than 170 healthcare facilities in the state. They can also use the site to compare quality ratings for many facilities.

“In Maine and across the nation, there can be large differences in the cost and quality for the same health care service. You may pay a lot more for the same procedure depending on where you go,” said Governor LePage.  “Many of us are paying higher out-of-pocket costs for our health care services.  I hope that by making this information available, consumers and employers will be positioned to make better informed decisions."

“This launch is the culmination of an enormous effort,” said Lisa Harvey McPherson, Chair of the MHDO Board of Directors.” Grant funds from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made the new website possible.  MHDO created CompareMaine in collaboration with HSRI's Health Data team, aided by partners NORC at the University of Chicago and web designer Wowza.

“CompareMaine differs from other health care transparency tools in a few key ways,” said Karynlee Harrington, Acting Executive Director of MHDO.  "The first is the comprehensiveness of its coverage. CompareMaine displays the average costs for more than 200 health care procedures. Users can compare costs by facility—including hospitals, surgical centers, diagnostic imaging centers, labs, and clinics—and by health insurance companies in the state of Maine. Second, Maine’s health care transparency site is one of only two state sites that present quality ratings alongside cost information. These ratings show how patients rank their overall experience and how Maine hospitals compare on keeping patients safe.”

Click the link below to view the CompareMaine flyer.

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