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NYC Chapter: Mining ACA data for stories

06/19/14     New York, NY

Katherine Hempstead

chapter eventLooking for new angles on the Affordable Care Act? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will discuss the highlights of six databases on the law in an exclusive briefing for AHCJ members. The session will be led by RWJF’s Katherine Hempstead, a rare data maven who spices her presentation with energy and humor.

The databases can answer many questions, such as whether consumers are having trouble paying their sky-high deductibles or whether waiting lines are growing at doctors’ offices. Want to know how your state exchange differs from others? RWJF can help. Hempstead will also offer ideas for stories that can be mined from the data no matter your technical abilities. This is a can’t-miss event for journalists covering health care.

Please RSVP to Trudy Lieberman at

June 19, 6-7:30 p.m. 

New York Health Foundation
1385 Broadway (between 37th and 38th) in New York City.
Phone: 212-664-7656

Links and more background can be found on RWJF’s ACA data page. Daily developments are at #ACAnumbers on Twitter.

Reform by the Numbers Datasets

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s efforts to monitor the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on coverage, utilization and affordability, we are working with a number of organizations to acquire and analyze timely and unique data. We have developed a website, entitled Reform by the Numbers, which will house downloadable data, tables and graphs, in addition to policy briefs, blogs and other content that highlights key findings. The datasets and resources housed on the website are described below:

Enrollment and Carrier Data

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) maintains an insurance database compiled from annual and quarterly financial statements of approximately 5,000 insurance companies. NAIC is providing quarterly data of carrier reports that describe size and characteristics of group and individual markets. The annual version of the data will provide state breakdowns by quarter by carrier. Data will include, in part, information on the number of policies, federal and state taxes, health premiums, and incurred claims.

Hospital ACA Monitoring Project

The New Jersey Hospital Association and Premier, Inc. are managing collaborations of over 20 state hospital associations where each association will be providing quarterly discharge data. Data from other states is being submitted by Premier Inc. These data include total inpatient admissions and emergency department visits by payer, as well as a number of select diagnoses and procedures likely to be sensitive to insurance.

Health Reform Monitoring Survey

The Urban Institute has launched the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), a quarterly survey of non-elderly adults that examine health insurance coverage, health care access and affordability, and health status. Starting with the second quarter of 2013, each round of the HRMS will include supplemental questions on particular coverage-related issues.

HIX 2.0

The Health Insurance Exchange Research Group at The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, along with collaborators at other institutions, has developed data detailing variation in governance and structure of ACA implementation across the 50 states. The data sets provide information in analytical formats on each state’s key implementation decisions regarding Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid expansion, among other topics.

HIX Compare

Breakaway Policy Strategies has compiled a dataset that details benefit design and cost sharing information for health plans offered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This dataset will include information on premiums, network composition, deductibles, out-of-pocket limits, and copayment and coinsurance amounts.

ACA View

athenahealth, which provides billing and claims processing software to more than 45,000 outpatient practices and collects real time data on financial, operational, and clinical characteristics of patient encounter, has developed 35 metrics that monitor trends in appointment wait time, physician schedule density, health status of new patients, patient balances due, claims processing, and provider reimbursement. athenahealth will provide these metrics to the foundation on a monthly basis.