Feds move toward health claims database despite privacy fears

Jaikumar Vijayan reports:

Despite lingering privacy concerns, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is plowing ahead with plans to build a massive centralized database containing detailed healthcare claims information on millions of federal employees and their families.

The agency on Wednesday released two formal notices in the Federal Register detailing plans for the new Health Claims Data Warehouse. One of the notices describes how the OPM will use the database, the other describes how the OPM Inspector General’s office will use it.

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