by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care Thoughts: Institute of Medicine recommendations
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) an influential organization long known for criticizing health care providers and advocating reform, has issued process recommendations for deciding the “essentials” of health insurance plans. An essentials list is required by DHHS by 2014 for all health plans available on the state health exchanges. The essentials should balance quality of care with projected premium costs.
PPACA does specify ten (10) broad areas of coverage, but not a specific plan menu.
The IOM study was a disappointment to some because it did not specify benefits, as this would have been a good discussion starter and would have given DHHS some political cover. The IOM focused on an approach to making the decision, and it is to start with costs and then work into benefits.
IOM also suggested an annual review of the programs beginning in 2016, and some waiver flexibility for states to customize plans.
Not exciting, but very very important.