Health Economics Program - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Health Economics Program

The Health Economics Program conducts research and applied policy analysis to monitor changes in the health care marketplace; to understand factors influencing health care cost, quality and access; and to provide technical assistance in the development of state health care policy. The information is used to inform policy makers, consumers, and other stakeholders in Minnesota's health care system.

The Health Economics Program collects data and produces a variety of reports, papers, issue briefs, and presentations, covering topics such as health care costs and spending, the uninsured, private market insurance trends, and hospital and other health care provider trends. It also publishes an online Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook with up-to-date data and statistics on health care cost, health insurance, health plans, and health care providers; and an interactive web site with detailed insurance coverage statistics from the Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA).

Instructions to submit required data reports for health plans and health care providers. This link provides instructions for health care providers on how to submit data to the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health.

New Publications

Trends at Minnesota Community Hospitals, 2011 to 2014

This issue brief reports key indicators of service use and financial performance for Minnesota's 132 community hospitals between 2011 and 2014. In addition to summarizing trends in financial performance and utilization of hospital services, this brief offers the first glimpses of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the hospital industry in Minnesota in aggregate. (July 2016)

Minnesota Hospital Community Benefit in 2013: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature

This report to the Legislature describes community benefit spending by Minnesota hospitals between 2008 and 2013. It includes an analysis of community benefit by category of spending, hospital characteristics, and changes over time. The report also strengths and weakness of new federal report requirements for community benefit spending in the context of Minnesota’s requirements. (June 2016)

Health Care Spending and Projections, 2013
This annual report to the Legislature includes estimated actual health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2013 and projections for future spending. The report projects the marginal impact of policy changes associated with the Affordable Care Act. Topics include health care spending by source of funds and types of services, cost drivers, and analysis of commercial spending growth. (March 2016)

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota: Results from the 2015 Minnesota Health Access Survey
This issue brief provides initial findings about health insurance coverage for Minnesotans in 2015, using data from the 2015 Minnesota Health Access Survey. The issue brief provides in-depth information about trends in health insurance coverage between 2001 and 2015, including the potential impact of federal health reform, changes in sources of health insurance coverage and the composition of the uninsured, disparities in access to health insurance coverage, and pathways to coverage for the uninsured. (February 2016)

Chronic Conditions in Minnesota: New Estimates of Prevalence, Cost and Geographic Variation for Insured Minnesotans, 2012
This report examines chronic disease prevalence and spending for Minnesota residents with health insurance in 2012, using Minnesota’s robust All Payers Claims Database (MN APCD). The report presents overall estimates of prevalence and spending for chronic conditions, considering approximately 125 distinct diseases. It also presents more detailed results for 10 select conditions. Estimates are prepared for the state overall, as well as at the county-level. (January 2016)

Uncompensated Care at Minnesota Community Hospitals in 2014
This issue brief describes the changes in uncompensated care at Minnesota hospitals in 2014, the first year in which the most significant coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were implemented in Minnesota and the nation.  The issue brief includes findings on trends for overall uncompensated care and components, charity care and bad debt, as well as changes by insurance status.  This analysis uses data from annual hospital filings. (September 2015)

Potentially Preventable Health Care Events in Minnesota (PDF)
This report provides a baseline for the volume and associated spending of potentially preventable health care events in Minnesota in 2012. These events comprise emergency department visits, hospital stays and hospital readmissions that could have potentially been prevented with timely access to primary care better care coordination and prescription management improved health care literacy by patients and better coordination across providers and between patients, their families, providers and social support services. (July 2015)

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