Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Health Care Data Transparency in Arkansas

The recent publication of Medicare payment information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has received national media attention for many reasons.  Beyond the implications of the release of raw data and the various interpretations that occurred, the release itself was historic for promoting transparency in the health care industry.  The federal government has taken a significant first step to make prevously guarded information open for examination.  In Arkansas and many other states, there is a need for transparency not only to assess health care quality and costs, but also to examine the progress of the state's system transformation efforts. Even opponents of health care reform agree that the business of health care delivery must improve, and increased transparency is a necessary component for making that a reality. Read more.

Here's a link to ACHI Director, Dr. Joe Thompson's article on health care data transparency from the January/February 2015 issue of Healthcare Journal of Little Rock.

Related is ACHI's work, supported by the Arkansas Insurance Department, Health Insurance Rate Review Division, to establish an Arkansas all-payer claims database.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201