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.
Utilization of Health Care by Insurance Status (PDF: 1.05 MB/5 pages)
This issue brief uses the Minnesota Health Access Survey to examine three types of health care utilization by both insurance status and health status. Overall findings show the uninsured population has a much different utilization pattern than the insured population. These differences persist when accounting for health status. (November, 2013)
Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2011 (PDF: 610KB/65 pages)
This report contains information about administrative costs reported by health plan companies (group purchasers) doing business in Minnesota during 2011. (September, 2013)
This report to the Legislature presents an analysis of treatment need & capacity for radiation therapy in Minnesota in 2012 through 2022. The report includes projections of radiation therapy treatment need and growth in treatment capacity, as well as estimates of changes in utilization of available treatment capacity at radiation therapy facilities of the state. (March 2013)Trends at Minnesota's Community Hospitals 2008 to 2011 (PDF: 609KB/3 pages)
This issue brief presents a high-level analysis of trends for a select number of indicators at Minnesota's 133 community hospitals in operation for the years 2008 to 2011. (February 2013)
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota - Preliminary Projections of Reductions in Uncompensated Care by 2016 (PDF: 391KB/4 pages)
This issue brief presents potential reductions in future hospital uncompensated care that are projected to occur by 2016 as result of implementing the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota. (February 2013)
Minnesota Health Care Spending and Projections, 2010 (PDF: 348KB/24 pages)
This annual report to the Legislature includes estimated actual health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2010 and a revised baseline of projected Minnesota health care spending through 2020. The report compares projected spending and estimated actual spending to determine the level of savings associated with the implementation of Minnesota's 2008 health reform law. (July 2012 - updated 7/17/12)
Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Results from the 2011 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 165KB/8 pages)
This fact sheet provides initial results from the 2011 Minnesota Health Access Survey and compares these to findings from surveys conducted in previous years. (March, 2012)
Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2010 (PDF: 187KB/63 pages)
This report contains information about administrative costs reported by health plan companies (group purchasers) doing business in Minnesota during 2010. (January, 2012)
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