Data dashboard under wrapsBut change is pending in the Garden State. The Department of Human Services, which oversees Medicaid, has been looking at systems in more than a dozen other states as it crafts a public-facing online data dashboard that would provide more information on Medicaid use, spending, and other elements of the program. The project, funded in part by a federal grant, is still under development, but the DHS expects to roll it out in the coming months.
“We believe data is essential to driving good health outcomes and look forward to working with stakeholders on bringing Medicaid data to bear on our policy and programmatic decision making,” DHS acting commissioner Carole Johnson told NJ Spotlight Wednesday.
Improving data collection, in part to reduce worrisome healthcare disparities, is also a priority for Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the acting health commissioner, who highlighted the concern during a panel discussion last week.
Senate health committee chairman Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) has also introduced a bill that would force the state to post more detailed data on its website; the measure was scheduled for a hearing earlier this month, but was held at the last minute to give the DHS time to develop its own program.