In comments submitted February 2, WSHA asked for additional information on the state’s plans to create new reports from its all payer claims database. The contractor for the database has proposed creation of six reports for the upcoming year. The reports include a facility-based price and quality comparison on “shoppable” inpatient and outpatient procedures, such as vaginal delivery and knee arthroscopy. WSHA expressed its support for the database but asked for additional information on factors used to ensure fair comparisons.
The newly enacted state database is the responsibility of the state’s Office of Financial Management. The office has contracted the work with the Center for Effectiveness at the Oregon Health and Science University. The database will collect all medical, pharmacy and dental claims from private and public payers in order to assist patients, providers, purchasers and hospitals in choices about care. (Claudia Sanders)