Federal health claims database delayed by OPM

A huge change to the FEHBP did not come off as planned. OPM’s planned Health Claims Data Warehouse was supposed to launch yesterday. Instead, a notice has appeared in the Federal Register extending the comment period for the program.

OPM says it’s extending the comment period until December 15th to consider changes to the “systems notice”…not the system itself. OPM may also provide a more detailed explanation of planned security and privacy controls for the new database. Privacy and rights groups have expressed concerns about what will be done with the data OPM says it needs to manage the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, the National Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program and the Multi-State Option Plan.

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