By 2016, consumers shopping on the online Health Insurance Marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act will have the opportunity to compare health plans using information from the Quality Reporting System (QRS). The QRS will include standardized data and data display elements which will enable consumers to meaningfully compare health plans and make an informed selection.
Although the QRS is currently undergoing development, there is considerable debate as to what measures consumers would find most useful when comparing and selecting health plans. Further, state-based Marketplaces have already begun displaying quality measures that may be of use to consumers.
Under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AIR researchers conducted a study to understand whether current measures, specifically evalue8—an evidence-based resource created by business coalitions and employers to measure and evaluate health plan performance—could meet the needs of consumers shopping for health plans in the Marketplace.
A report of the findings is currently being developed into a manuscript for publication.