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. Learn more about the data we collect on the Data Resources and Management page. We also publish an online Minnesota Health Care Markets Chartbook with up-to-date data and statistics on health care costs, health insurance, health plans, and health care providers; and an interactive website with detailed insurance coverage statistics from the Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA).
Go to the Provider and Health Plan Data Reporting Requirements page for instructions on how to submit required data reports to the Health Economics Program.
This report to the Legislature contains MDH's final findings from the comprehensive public interest review of the proposal to add 100 licensed beds to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. MDH found that the proposal was not in the public interest. (August 2018)
This report to the Minnesota Legislature describes community benefit spending by Minnesota hospitals between 2013 and 2015. The report considers different categories of community benefit spending, and how different types of hospitals direct community benefit dollars. Supplemental tables provide detailed community benefit breakdowns by hospital. (August 2018)
This report examines case price variation for four common, clinically uncomplicated inpatient surgeries. This is the second in a series of reports focusing on variation in health care prices for common treatments and procedures in Minnesota. (August 2018)
- Commercial Case Price Variation among High-Volume Inpatient Treatments in Minnesota Hospitals (Part 2): July 2014 - June 2015, Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
This issue brief describes opioid prescription patterns in Minnesota in 2012 and 2015. (April 2018)
This report presents data on 2016 administrative spending for all health plans (group purchasers) that reported more than $3 million in total health premiums collected from Minnesota residents. The report includes fourteen categories of administrative spending. (February 2018)
This issue brief provides information on health insurance coverage in Minnesota using data from the 2017 Minnesota Health Access Survey. The brief illustrates the paths to health insurance coverage for Minnesotans in 2017, and identifies factors that may have contributed to the significant decline in coverage. A companion brief provides more in depth information on Minnesotans without health insurance. (February 2018)
This issue brief uses data from the 2017 Minnesota Health Access Survey to provide context on who in Minnesota does not have health insurance. The brief describes the persistent disparities in the rates of uninsurance across population groups, and presents detail on the key demographic characteristics of the uninsured, including their connection to the labor market. A companion brief provides high-level analyses of health insurance coverage trends in the Minnesota in 2017. (February 2018)
This issue brief provides an update about Minnesota's individual health insurance market using mid-year health plan financial filings. The brief compares enrollment, claims, premiums and medical loss ratios for 2012 through 2017. (January 2018)
This report examines case price variation among four common, clinically uncomplicated inpatient treatments in orthopedic and obstetric care. This is the first in a series of reports focusing on variation in health care prices for common treatments and procedures in Minnesota. (January 2018)
This report describes the results of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) work in developing estimates of the health care costs directly associated with selected chronic conditions and smoking. (December 2017)
This slide deck provides information on the availability of birth services at community hospitals in Minnesota between 2000 and 2015. It focuses on rural areas, highlights the counties and populations affected, and contains a list of hospitals that have discontinued birth services over the time period. (September 2017)
Health Economics Program Publications