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California’s Obamacare Exchange to Collect Insurance Data on Patients

Author | Shield HealthCare
06/23/15  4:37 PM PST
California's Obamacare Exchange to Collect Insurance Data on Patients

By Chad Terhune for the Los Angeles Times

California’s health insurance exchange wants to know why you got sick this summer.

With 1.4 million people enrolled, the state-run marketplace is embarking on an ambitious effort to collect insurance company data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays for every Obamacare patient.

Covered California says this massive data-mining project is essential to measure the quality of care that patients receive and to hold health insurers and medical providers accountable under the Affordable Care Act.

The state in April signed a five-year, $9.3-million contract with Truven Health Analytics Inc. of Michigan to run the database.

There is potential for so much public good, but there is a greater public good in protecting privacy and security.- Michelle De Mooy, deputy director for consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington

The effort has raised questions about patient privacy and whether the state is doing enough to inform consumers about how their data will be used. There are also worries about security amid massive breaches at Anthem Inc. and other health insurers affecting millions of Americans.

Read the Full Article at the Los Angeles Times.

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