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New HHS Website Offers Easy Tracking Of Health Care Trends

05/23/12

  06:05:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New HHS Website Offers Easy Tracking Of Health Care Trends

The Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a web-based tool that gives consumers access to a large collection of health care data. According to an HHS news release, the Health System Measurement Project allows “policymakers, providers, and the public to develop consistent data-driven views of changes in critical U.S. health system indicators.”

The website allows visitors to “quickly view data on a given topical area from multiple sources, compare trends across measures and compare national trends with those at the state and regional level areas,” the news relase notes. Topical areas available for review include access to care, cost & affordability, coverage and prevention, among others.

Some of the chart content is interactive, so the user can compare, for example, the Mean Total Premium for Employer Sponsored Insurance by level of coverage (single, employee-plus-one or family) and specific years.

“Ensuring all Americans have access to these data is an important way to make our health care system more open and transparent,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the release.

According to the site, “one important purpose of the project is to track the consequences of implementation of” the Affordable Care Act on the nation’s health care system. But in an article on the launch, Modern Healthcare observes that much of the initial data available only goes up to 2009 or 2010 – before the law took effect or had time to make any sort of impact.

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