Is Now the Time to Take All-Payer Claims Databases National? Some Policy Experts Say Yes
For years, all-payer claims databases (APCDs) have been popping up around the country, collecting claims and encounter data in order to help payers, providers, policymakers and others better understand and improve local health care markets. Currently, 18 states have an APCD and at least six are developing one, according to Manatt Health. But in a new report and during a recent virtual summit, the firm argues that the current patchwork of state APCDs isn’t up to the task of providing comprehensive, streamlined data that can help solve the pressing affordability, quality, equity and access issues facing the American health care system.
Instead, after engaging “more than 40 federal and state policymakers, regulators, researchers, and other health data leaders,” the Manatt report recommends building on the existing state-based APCD structure by creating a Federally Facilitated State Data Partnership model.