And, at long last, the 834 error rate: Medicare estimates 10 percent have flaws as of this week.—
Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) December 06, 2013
You might remember that the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff was one of the reporters on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conference call Monday. She asked four times (without an answer) what the 834 transmission error rate was. “834” forms contain the personal information for individuals who have signed up for health insurance and the details on their plan choices; in other words, the information insurers need to insure them.
Today, an administration official revealed to The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn that the error rate is now estimated at 10 percent, down from 25 percent in October.
…one administration official tells The New Republic that preliminary estimates, just now becoming available, suggest the error rate has fallen from one in four during October to one in ten now. And most of those are files insurers received with errors, as opposed to files insurers never received. Plenty of work remains — namely, completing repairs that reduce the error rate further and dealing with the flawed data insurers have already received.
Yeah, it is pretty bad. At best, an error rate of one in ten files should amount to hundreds of thousands of erroneous files, which could lead to some nasty surprises as Americans head to the doctor in January with their new Obamacare plans.
Wasn’t this all supposed to have been fixed by now?