Big Data: A New Paradigm for Health Plan Oversight and Consumer Protection?

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Large data sets that can be analyzed to determine patterns of behavior – popularly called “big data” – are being used in ever-expanding ways. State insurance regulators have adopted the use of big data to conduct oversight of certain kinds of insurance, such as workers’ compensation and life insurance. However, those agencies providing oversight of health insurers have undertaken only modest efforts to collect, analyze, and use large sets of claims, enrollment or sales data to understand market trends and how consumers are using their health insurance to access and pay for care. This issue brief discusses how insurance regulators and third parties are currently using data collection, and how it could change under yet-to-be-implemented provisions within the Affordable Care Act as means for improving health plan oversight and compliance.

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Date: Sep 2015
Author: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute