Maternity Data to be Added to UtahHealthScape Website
Salt Lake City, November 24, 2014 — New data, designed to help expecting women make informed decisions about their birthing plans, has been added to www.UtahHealthScape.org, a comprehensive health care quality data reporting website for providers, health plans and the public. On November 19, HealthInsight Utah in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS), released data about the cost of some of the medical services commonly provided when a baby is born, including differences in costs for a vaginal or caesarian birth in Utah. This information can be used to help patients, particularly those who do not have insurance, compare and possibly negotiate lower prices for these services.
This is part of a larger effort across the country and in Utah, led by the Utah Department of Health, OHCS and HealthInsight. Making data available will empower patients to make informed decisions about their health care, both in terms of quality (the effectiveness of services delivered) and cost (the amount paid to the provider by the insurance company and the individual who received the services). As the use of consumer-directed health plans continues to increase - along with their larger deductibles - individuals are more concerned than ever about getting the best value for their money.
In 2007, Utah passed the Cost and Quality Data Project (House Bill 9), which led to the development of the Utah All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The APCD houses health care claims data from all Utah insurance carriers, including Medicaid, and third party administrators. The De-Identified ACPD Dataset (DIADS) contains medical claims data derived from the APCD and covers the period from 2011 through mid-2013. With guidance from various multi-stakeholder groups, the staff at OHCS used DIADS to generate the price information that HealthInsight published on UtahHealthScape.
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