The Institute of Medicine, an independent agency made up of experts in the health care field and based in Washington DC, was mandated in the Affordable Care Act to produce a report recommending which health care services should be covered under a new “essential health benefits” package. The essential health benefits package will eventually be offered as the minimum insurance plan that can be sold in “state-based health exchanges” starting in 2014. The IOM had a self imposed deadline of September 30th to deliver their findings to the Department of Health and Human Services, but officials within the IOM are now saying they may miss their deadline, if only by a few days.
The IOM’s 18-member committee tasked with creating the EHB report recently signed off on their preliminary recommendations, but a separate panel of experts is now reviewing the findings. If changes are needed, the 18-member panel will be asked to reevaluate the proposal before sending it on to Secretary Sebelius at HHS. MORE
A separate official at the IOM said the committee is currently on pace to meet the September 30th deadline, but could not guarantee 100% that the recommendations would be ready on schedule.