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US Supreme Court Ruling Slows Efforts to Track Healthcare Cost, Quality

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On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot require many large employers to submit health care claims to a massive database, dealng a blow to efforts to track the quality and cost of health care.  The court ruled that a 1974 law precludes states from requiring that every health care claim involving their residents be submitted to a massive database.  ProRepublica writes that this ruling means that gaining a true picture of the country’s health care spending, especially differences in the way hospitals treat patients and doctors practice medicine, is a long way off.  Currently there is a reliance on data being released by Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, to study variations in health care. ProPublica has used Medicare data to study differences in medication prescribing, surgeons’ complication rates and use of services by doctors, but it’s still not clear that Medicare is representative of all health care in the country.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/a-blow-to-health-care-transparency

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