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The Center for Health Information an Analysis (CHIA) and the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) have come together for the Massachusetts Healthcare Payment Transparency Challenge. This fall, CHIA and MeHI will relaunch the challenge to solicit innovative ways to use Massachusetts provider price data to drive transparency of healthcare costs to educate consumers and inform policy makers.

CHIA is an independent agency that exists to increase transparency in the Massachusetts health care system and ensure that policymakers and regulators have access to objective, reliable data.

CHIA has recently made available a public dataset that includes an unprecedented amount of healthcare procedure price information. The dataset is built off of healthcare claims, and reflects insurer payments to providers for 295 common healthcare services.

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CHIA has partnered with MeHI—the state’s designated agency leading the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative and promoting health IT innovation, technology and competitiveness—on a data challenge to showcase potentially innovative uses of the data.

Our shared belief is that providing more information will lead to better decisions and better outcomes. Our objective with this competition is to leverage your expertise to gain new insights and support a more informed public dialogue about healthcare costs.

We plan to relaunch the challenge in Fall 2019 to solicit the best ideas of how to use this data to drive transparency of healthcare costs to educate consumers and inform policy makers.

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Note: Eligible participants currently enrolled as undergraduate, masters or PhD students may enter for consideration in the Best Student Entry category. PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are ineligible to participate as students; although they are welcome to enter in the other categories. Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time. They can enter as individuals or a team; however, a team may not have more than 50% PhD students.

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