Regional Variation in Health Spending and Use: IOM Releases Interim Report on March 22
Medicare pays more per patient in some parts of the country than in others. Through the Affordable Care Act, Congress requested that the Institute of Medicine study regional variation in health spending and the merits of adopting a tool to adjust Medicare reimbursements in different regions based on each region's overall spending and health outcomes. The committee conducting this ongoing study will issue an interim report with preliminary observations at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, March 22.
Advance copies will be available to reporters starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday, March 22. The interim report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EDT Friday, March 22. To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the ongoing project can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/HealthServices/GeographicVariation.aspx.