BCBSA launches massive claims database

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched a massive database that will include cost information from all 36 of its participating health plans. The database will include cost data for 2.3 billion procedures from 96 percent of the nation's hospitals and 92 percent of its doctors. The database will ensure that consumers have better information on prices and that employer groups can make better recommendations to workers about where they can obtain care. "The kind of collective commitment there is to take data to the next level," said Maureen Sullivan, the association's chief strategy officer. Read the full article at FierceHealthPayer