Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Catherine McGuire

Director, Health Data Resources
Catherine McGuire


431 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-4034


Cathy McGuire is the Director of Health Data Resources. She has worked at the Cutler Institute for over 30 years, providing policy‐directed analysis of Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, and implementing data solutions to support research and operations for Medicaid. Through this long experience, Cathy has developed extensive expertise working with and combining a variety of health care data sets, including claims, clinical assessment, vital records and primary data, developing an infrastructure to support both operational and analytic uses. Complementing this expertise, Cathy has extensive knowledge of how policy and operations impact the quality and use of these data for research and policy analysis – experience of critical importance for ensuring that the information and reporting produced are of the highest possible quality.

Cathy also has extensive knowledge of Maine's long term services system. She has worked on the development of the Minimum Data Set for nursing homes, developing the case mix payment and quality assurance system in the National Case Mix Demonstration Project, and subsequent systems developed in Maine for residential care and adult family care homes. She continues to lead the Muskie School teams that support Maine’s Case Mix Payment and Quality Assurance Systems. Cathy has worked on the state and national level to develop quality indicators for use in facility and state survey quality initiatives. Cathy has also worked with the Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services (DLRS) to improve the use of the national Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), leveraging this technology for broader state use for licensing and regulatory services.

Cathy served as the lead for the Muskie School team that developed and now manages a secure web portal Value-Based Purchasing Management System (VMS) to manage health homes panels, utilization and payment information.  She is currently working with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to expand the use of this portal for Maine’s Accountable Community initiative.

Cathy has a B.S. from the University of Southern Maine.


Datesort descending Title Type
2007 Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia in Maine [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2007 Depression Among Maine Nursing Facility Residents Report
2007 Assessment of Maine's Long-Term Care Needs. Baseline Report: Demographics and Use of Long Term Care Services in Maine Report
2008 Understanding Changes to Physician Practice Arrangements in Maine and New Hampshire Report
2009 Analysis of 2006 Maine Emergency Department Use Report
2009 Cross-System Profile of Maine's Long Term Support System: A New View of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports and the People Served Report
2009 MaineCare Physician Practice: Physician and Office Manager Surveys Report
2010 Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine Report
2012 Members Dually Eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Benefits: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010. Chartbook. Report
2012 "Homelike" Characteristics of Maine's Residential Services: A Survey of Maine's Residential Service Settings (2010). Chartbook. Report
2012 Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition. Chartbook. Report
2013 Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings [CHARTBOOK] Report
2014 Factors Affecting Costs in Medicaid Populations With Behavioral Health Disorders Journal Article
2016 Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, SFY 2014 Chartbook

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2014 Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Diabilities or ASD Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2014 Edition provides a detailed look at the historical trends and current utilization and cost of institutional and community based services for adults with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

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Dementia in Maine

Dementia in Maine

As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of Alzheimer’s disease on its social systems, community resources, and its health and long term care systems. This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. Learn more in Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings.

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Report on Maine's Older Adults

With the aging of Maine’s population and its status as the oldest state in the nation, the use of long term services continues to be a critical public policy issue in the state and nationally. Learn more in Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition.

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