California's health insurance exchange to collect data on every PPACA patient: 5 things to know

California's health insurance exchange has launched an initiative to collect data on all enrolled patients' physician visits, hospital stays and prescriptions, according to an LA Times report.

Here are five things to know about the data collection initiative.

1. The state-run exchange has 1.4 million people enrolled.

2. The data mining project is aimed at better understanding quality of care, as well as holding providers and payers accountable, according to the report.

3. Truven Health Analytics signed a $9.3 million, five-year contract with the state to run the database.

4. Truven will not begin receiving patient data until this fall, though claims from earlier in the year could be amongst the information sent.

5. All data involved in the project will be stripped of identifying information, according to the report.

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