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Health Insurance Price Data: It’s Out There, but It’s Not for the Faint of Heart

Data wonks with mighty computers are overjoyed. Ordinary consumers, not so much. That’s the reaction about three weeks into a data dump of enormous proportions. Health insurers are posting their negotiated rates for just about every type of medical service they cover across all providers. But so much data is flowing in from insurers — tens of thousands of colossal digital files from a single insurer is not unusual — that it could still be weeks before data firms put it into usable forms for its intended targets: employers, researchers, and even patients. “There is data out there; it’s just not accessible to mere mortals,” said Sabrina Corlet...

Read the full post at Syndicate – Kaiser Health News
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