Accreditation firm URAC is inviting current health plan customers participating in public or private health insurance exchanges to test its new Star Data System that accepts performance data from insurers and converts it to consumer-friendly formats.

URAC and NCQA are federally deemed accreditors under the state health insurance exchange program authorized in the Affordable Care Act. Following feedback from insurers, URAC developed the Star Data System to offer an easy and low cost way to submit raw performance data via a Web portal to a database for organizing and calculating electronic measures, says Marybeth Farquhar, vice president of research and measurements.

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