CMS has poor oversight of health plan website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has done a poor job overseeing its "Plan Finder" website, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General. Developed under the reform law to help consumers find the most appropriate insurance, the plan finder website contains numerous inaccuracies and inconsistent information, reported FierceHealthIT. Although CMS has "implemented numerous strategies to monitor data accuracy," OIG determined the website's data posted by private insurers was inconsistent, including products and plans that were promoted online but weren't always available to consumers.

To remedy the situation, OIG called on CMS to create specific measures to identify insurers that haven't submitted required data, ensure the information posted online is authentic and accurate and ensure the information remains accurate by determining whether products and plans listed for sale are actually available. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthIT

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