The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking members of the public to talk to it about health plan quality.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is supposed to set up a system of exchanges, or Web-based health insurance supermarkets, by late 2013.
Consumers and small employers are supposed to be able to use new PPACA tax credits to buy high-quality coverage through the exchanges, with the coverage to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
States can choose whether to set up their own exchanges, let CMS’ parent — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — provide exchange services for their residents, or share exchange duties with HHS.
In the RQI, which is set to appear in the Federal Register Tuesday, CMS officials pose a set of 15 questions about plan quality terminology and the practical aspects of plan quality measurement and reporting programs.
CMS officials start off by asking about current plan quality information sources, challenges facing existing plan quality measurement and tracking programs, and health care provider quality measurement and tracking programs.