CompareMaine.org Offers New Healthcare Facility Cost & Quality Info
The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) has launched CompareMaine.org, a new
healthcare transparency website. Consumers can use it to compare the average cost of over 200 medical procedures at more than 170 healthcare facilities in the state—including hospitals, surgical centers, diagnostic imaging centers, labs, and clinics—and see quality ratings alongside cost information.
“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 researchers from the Human Services Research Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago and web designer Wowza.
The MHDO convened a consumer advisory group over 18 months ago to provide feedback to the Agency on the content, design and functionality of the new website. “Using this website and making decisions based on the information it provides is one of the best ways for patients to engage and take responsibility for their own health care. This website gives patients choices,” said a representative from the group.
The Maine Health Data Organization is a state agency that collects healthcare data from insurance companies and stores them in an All-Payer Claims Database. This database is the source of the cost information for CompareMaine. The quality ratings on CompareMaine come from Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.