Ingenix announced it is collaborating with the Wisconsin Health Information Organization on a statewide health claims database.
The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based health data company said in a news release that it will use its decision-support and analytic capabilities to develop meaningful quality and cost comparisons of episodes of care based on the claims data submitted to the central repository. Five commercial insurers and the Wisconsin Medicaid program will submit data during its initial launch, and WHIO is encouraging other providers and payers to also contribute as the program is rolled out. The first reports based on data from the initial five submitting groups are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2009.
The WHIO said the database will be able to measure evidence-based treatment guidelines and benchmark results. Our reports will measure treatment received for a variety of health conditions against national standards for care endorsed by leading organizations, said Julie Bartels, executive director of the WHIO, in a written statement. Providers will be able to use the reports to evaluate their performance, she added.
Ingenix came under fire recently in a lawsuit claiming that the company's database is flawed and produces artificially low reimbursement rates. The suit, filed in Connecticut, seeks relief under federal racketeering and antitrust laws.