Many provisions of the health reform law will compel insurance companies to make changes to their information systems. That's the view of Bob Barry, senior vice president of product and market strategy at Connecture Inc., an Atlanta-based vendor of payer information systems.

"State based exchanges will require new points of integration for passing plan and rate data through these new distribution channels," he notes in an e-mail interview with Health Data Management. The creation of broad plan categories called for in the bill will necessitate creation of new plans, getting approval from states, and implementing these plans into distribution and administrative systems.

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