Data Privacy in Vermont

Green Mountain Care Board to Vote on the Data Governance Council’s Data Stewardship Principles and Policies

WHEN: Thursday, January 08, 2015: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: GMCB Meeting Room, 89 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Montpelier.

from the Policy:

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12/19/2014 SCOTUS Might Consider Legality of State Health Data Collection Laws

“Last week, the Supreme Court justices asked the federal government to weigh in on a case that would determine if state laws requiring self-funded insurers to submit certain health information to state databases can trump federal law, Modern Healthcare reports.

“Vermont argues that state law should take precedence over federal law in this instance. The state said that it needs the data to {sell the data? In order to} help reduce health care costs and improve quality of care.

According to Vermont Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay, the state uses payers’ data to:

  • Analyze cost and outcome differences of similar medical procedures;
  • Conduct research on care quality; and
  • Track differences in care utilization by geographic area.”

Asay said that the state database was not attempting to impose regulations on ERISA plans, but rather to acquire “the same basic information from ERISA plans that all public and private payers provide, to get an accurate, comprehensive picture of the health care market in that state.”

Alfred Gobeille, plaintiff in the case, is also Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB)

He inherited the case after the legislature in June of 2013 granted power to the GMCB to make decisions on the Unified Healthcare Database –