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US Gov Office of Personnel Management To Create a Health Claims Data Base for Analytics and To Track Trends and Costs

Posted Oct 07 2010 8:02pm

This is a great move in this direction to have the government stick their toe in the water here and get some exposure and data for that matter.  It will be protected and in most cases anonymized to strip the personal data.  image

The government will have their own numbers from claims with federal employees to look for their own methods and to reduce risk and improve outcomes as well as track drug and pharmacy pricing.  Also this will help with information needed when it is their turn to negotiate with health plans.  BD 

The Office of Personnel Management plans to create a health claims database from which it can analyze and track health trends and costs based on medical claims submitted by physicians and hospitals for federal employees and others covered by federal health plan options.

The health reform law called for the creation of the database, which OPM will start Nov. 15, the agency said in an announcement.

The information will come from healthcare providers in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program and the National Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program, a plan started in August under the health reform law, which offers coverage for high risk pools of individuals.

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