The federal government's plan to create a national database of health care claims data is raising red flags for privacy advocates. The proposal, they argue, gives lip service to ensuring the privacy and security of the data and needs considerable additional details.

In a notice published Oct. 5, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management briefly outlined the Health Claims Data Warehouse that will contain a range of protected health information culled from claims handled by three federal insurance programs (see story). They are the existing Federal Employee Health Benefit program and two benefit programs created under the health reform law: The National Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program and the Multi-State Option Plan.

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