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I am very happy to say that I have been named Executive Director of the Center for Health Information and Analysis.  My appointment letter is below.

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Wages and Employment in Massachusetts, By Industry and Occupation

In response to a question about relative compensation in the public and private sectors, which arose at the February, 2016 meeting of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, I grabbed the most recent wage data from the US Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

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An Analysis of An Email Campaign

The following dashboard provides a breakdown of 7,759 emails I received over a ten week period in connection with my role as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC).  The GIC is the Commonwealth agency that obtains medical, … Continue reading

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Poverty and Municipalities in Massachusetts – Nine Views

For a while, each time I saw Hans Rosling’s famous GapMinder visualization of GDP and life expectancy for the counties of the world, I would have the desire to construct a similar viz for Massachusetts, with municipalities taking the place … Continue reading

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Medicare Top 100 DRG Payments to Massachusetts Hospitals

The tabbed visualization below allows interactive access to various data about discharges, charges, and payments for Massachusetts hospitals for the years 2011 and 2012. If the visualization below does not render well, try viewing it on the Tableau Public website … Continue reading

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Combined 2011 and 2012 Medicare IPPS Payments to Massachusetts Hospitals

This is a first draft effort to pull together some visualizations using the combined 2011 and 2012 IPPS charge and payment data for Massachusetts hospitals. This is very much a work in progress and will be updated as time allows. … Continue reading

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Medicare Spending in Massachusetts – 2012

As part of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Shared Savings Program, CMS has released aggregate spending data to let ACOs calculate their market share if required to do so by the ACO antitrust enforcement policy adopted by the Federal Trade … Continue reading

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Law as Data – Uniform Law Adoption

April 17, 2014 – This is just a quick viz (actually, to my knowledge it is the first viz) of the history of uniform law adoption in the United States.  The underlying data, which is mostly clean but still needs … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Population – 2010

As soon as I started doing data visualizations, I knew I would eventually need to create Massachusetts municipal-level maps.  I was born and raised in Massachusetts, my background and interests are in the fields of public policy and data, and … Continue reading

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2010 Massachusetts Hospital Map

The following viz is a work in progress. For a while, I’ve been wishing there was an interactive atlas of Massachusetts healthcare data, and in particular I have always wanted to see what the various provider catchment areas in the … Continue reading

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