Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook
Minnesota’s health care marketplace is a complex and continually evolving set of relationships between consumers, health care providers, health insurance plans, employers, and government. The Health Economics Program’s “Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook” is intended to provide convenient access to the most up-to-date Minnesota statistics on a wide variety of topics, including health care spending and drivers of increased health care costs in Minnesota, access to insurance coverage, and health care provider trends. The chartbook is updated regularly as new data and analysis become available.
Each section of the chartbook can be viewed individually in Adobe Acrobat as a pdf file or downloaded as a PowerPoint file. The chartbook is organized into eight sections as follows:Section 1: Minnesota Health Care Spending and Cost Drivers - This section includes information on total health care spending in Minnesota, by sources and uses of funds. It also includes comparisons to national health care spending estimates. Finally, it includes information on trends in premiums and underlying costs in Minnesota's private health insurance market. (Last update: July 2014)
- Section 1: Minnesota Health Care Spending and Cost Drivers (PowerPoint)
- Section 1: Minnesota Health Care Spending and Cost Drivers (PDF)
- Section 2: Trends and Variation in Health Insurance Coverage (PowerPoint)
- Section 2: Trends and Variation in Health Insurance Coverage (PDF)
- Section 3: Employment-Based Health Insurance (PowerPoint)
- Section 3: Employment-Based Health Insurance (PDF)
- Section 4: Small Group and Individual Health Insurance Markets (PowerPoint)
- Section 4: Small Group and Individual Health Insurance Markets (PDF)
- Section 5: Public Health Insurance Programs (PowerPoint)
- Section 5: Public Health Insurance Programs (PDF)
- Section 6: Uninsurance and the Safety Net (PowerPoint)
- Section 6: Uninsurance and the Safety Net (PDF)
- Detailed Health Insurance Statistics from the Minnesota Health Access (MNHA) Survey
- Section 8: Health Care Providers and Service Availability (PowerPoint)
- Section 8: Health Care Providers and Service Availability (PDF)
|Inpatient Acute Care Beds at MN Community Hospitals,
2008 to 2013
Includes: Licensed Beds, Available Beds, etc.
|Financial Statistics for Minnesota Community Hospitals,
2008 to 2013
Includes: Net Income, Profit Margin, etc.
|Service Utilization at Minnesota Community Hospitals,
2008 to 2013
Includes: Acute Care Admissions, Outpatient Registration, etc.
|Minnesota Hospital Uncompensated Care and Its Components
2008 to 2013
Includes: Charity Care, Bad Debt, etc.
Most of the information included in the chartbook is from research and analysis conducted by the Health Economics Program using data collected by the Minnesota Department of Health or other state agencies. We have included some useful links to other commonly used sources of state-level information on health care markets and trends below.
Useful data sources for cross-state comparisons
While most of the information included in the chartbook comes from data collection efforts that are specific to Minnesota and that have been designed to enable detailed analysis of Minnesota’s health care markets, for some purposes it is useful to consult a data source that provides estimates that are comparable across states. The following links are to some of the most commonly used sources of data for cross-state comparisons:
- Current Population Survey – This survey, conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau, is the most commonly used source of state-level estimates of uninsurance when cross-state or national comparisons are necessary. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Statehealthfacts.org – This site, sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, is a compilation of state-level data related to health care on a wide range of topics from many different sources. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component – This survey of employers, conducted annually by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), provides state-level data on the market for employment-based health insurance. While this can be a useful source for cross-state comparisons, the estimates should be used with caution because some of the estimates have a large margin of error – in other words, differences between states (or between a state estimate and the national average, or differences over time) may appear large even though they are not statistically different. Attention: Non-MDH link.
Other sources of Minnesota-specific data
The Web sites listed below include additional Minnesota-specific information related to the state’s health care marketplace.
- Minnesotahealthinfo.org – This site was developed by the Health Economics Program in order to provide Minnesota consumers with an online clearinghouse of comparative information on health care cost and quality in Minnesota. In addition to providing links to state-specific information on health care providers and health care quality, it includes links to a wide variety of general resources that Minnesota consumers can use in making health and health care decisions.
- Minnesota Department of Human Services:
|Health Care Programs Eligibility and Enrollment Information - Information on public health care program eligibility and up-to-date enrollment information by program. Attention: Non-MDH link.|
|Reports and Forecasts Division – Detailed enrollment and financial information on Minnesota’s health care coverage programs. Attention: Non-MDH link.|
|Managed Care Health Contracting Information - All public information about managed care plans that contract with the state to provide health care for enrollees in public programs is now available. The website, established by DHS under a March 23 executive order from Gov. Mark Dayton, includes all public data and reports related to managed care plan contracts. It is part of a state reform effort that also involves the Departments of Commerce and Health. More information is in a press release about reforming how the state provides and pays for health care.|
- Minnesota Hospital Association – The Minnesota Hospital Association’s website presents statistical information on Minnesota hospitals, including some measures that are not included in the Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook. (Click on “About Hospitals” from the MHA home page.) Attention: Non-MDH link.