Insurers open up claims data

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2011 - 9:25 PM

A nonprofit group will give researchers access to national data for people with private insurance.

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carl12345Sep. 20, 1110:14 PM

If these large non-transparent insurance arms are the ones to do the assessing, there will be no transparency, no unbias opinions. Where is the independent review force. One more "non-profit" study, means more consumer money funding non-direct healthcare initiatives that decrease direct care options. Just another opportunity for gouging organizations to give themselves a pat on the back, exploit patient privacy and manipulate the facts.

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coldcnsrvtvSep. 21, 1112:27 PM

Great idea, the information is out there to find innovative ways to lower costs. Just hope the privacy record nuts don't try to shoot it down.

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hms11kySep. 21, 1112:52 PM

We know what's driving the rising health care costs--these private insurers! We don't need Watson, the super computer, to tell us. To feed their shareholders' thirst for profits, and to pay their high CEO salaries, the insurers spend as much as 30 percent on administration. While they suck that money out of our system, the official estimate of the admin costs for traditional (government-run) Medicare runs less than 2 percent. Obliged to appease the private insurers, HHS can't implement proposed ACA reforms. For the policyholder, premiums, co-pays and deductibles continue to rise while Aetna, Humana,and WellPoint laugh all the way to the bank. When will our people rise up and demand a simple fix: Improve Medicare and give it to everyone. There is a bill in Congress that would do just that. Look up HR 676 at thomas.loc.gov

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