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The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits



The independent Institute of Medicine will soon release its report on which medical services should be deemed essential benefits, as required by the ACA. This work is fundamental to the future state of healthcare in America. But the IOM has tackled a seemingly impossible task.



1 comments on "The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits"
Matthew Bassett (10/7/2011 at 4:37 PM)

You were spot on when pointing out that the devil is in the details. The White House will carefully watch the response to the IOM report which will likely not satisfy anyone and only raise politically difficult questions. HHS is already saying that the final rule will not be out until May of next year at the earliest. This would be in the heat of the Presidential election and right around when the Supreme Court could rule on the constitutionality of the ACA. No one should be surprised if this is not settled definitely until after the election. At least this means that providers have time to express their views to state and federal officials. Payors' views are already well established and it seems the provider community is very late to the game. Providers need to make their voices heard now to help shape this important rule. Matthew Bassett, Revive PR