About Data Resources and Management

About Data Resources and Management

The Data Resources and Management unit is dedicated to keeping Minnesotans healthy by building knowledge about health care quality in Minnesota to empower consumers, educate purchasers, inform providers and guide policy makers. For questions about the Data Resources and Management unit of the Health Economics Program, please email: health.hep@state.mn.us

Data Resources and Management (DRM) Activities

The Data Resources and Management unit (DRM) collects, maintains and analyzes health care data for the purpose of:

  • Supporting efforts to develop and refine state policies on health care access, utilization, quality and cost;
  • Assisting the state in efforts to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the financing and delivery of health services;
  • Monitoring and tracking the accessibility, utilization, quality and cost of health services in Minnesota;
  • Evaluating the impact of health care reform activities in Minnesota;
  • Providing support for public health activities in the state; and
  • Evaluating the appropriateness of methods used for ongoing collection of health related data.

Health Care Cost Information System (HCCIS)
The Minnesota Health Care Cost Information System (HCCIS) was established in 1984 to provide accurate and reliable information about the financial, utilization, and service characteristics of hospitals and freestanding outpatient surgical centers in Minnesota. In 2003, Diagnostic Imaging Facilities were added to this data collection. The financial and statistical data are used to make public policy decisions, to implement the hospital medical care surcharge, and to assist facilities in comparing their financial, utilization, and services information to aggregated data and other facilities.

Data Resources and Management: Data Collection

  • Capital expenditure reports are submitted to MDH under Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.17, by all health care providers having a major capital spending commitment in excess of $1 million. Providers must report major capital spending commitments to the Minnesota Department of Health on an annual basis as part of existing annual financial and statistical reports.
  • Health Plan Financial and Statistical Reports are submitted by all health plan companies (group purchasers) licensed for health business in the state, by April 1 for each preceding calendar year.
Summaries of data from these reports are used in research and tracking of health care spending in Minnesota.

Maximum Charges for Copies of Patient Records
DRM calculates the maximum charges for copies of patient records on an annual basis. New charges are available in March of every year. A history of the charges used from 1992 through the current year is also available.

Notice of Access to Health Records
DRM works with the Information Clearinghouse to update and respond to questions regarding the Notice of Access to Health Records. Statutory reference to the Notice specify when information from a health record may or must be released without patient consent. This notice is available in Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Updated Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 01:00PM