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Draft Health Care Bill Would Create National Database of Medical Claims

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A new draft health care bill, released yesterday in the Senate, would aim to build a better database of real-world records about health care costs, writes Axios.

The federal government would pay a nonprofit $95 million over 6 years to build a database of medical claims (a national APCD), showing how much employers and insurers actually paid for care. Employers’ claims data has long been considered a black box.

The nonprofit would have to produce reports, abide by strict protocols to keep the data secure and private, and make the data available to any company, researcher or entity who requests access, according to the draft bill text.

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