Regional Variation in Health Spending and Use – IOM Report Release July 24
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 care spending and the merits of adopting a tool to adjust Medicare reimbursements in different regions based on each area's overall spending and health outcomes. An interim IOM report with preliminary observations on the topic was released in March 2013, and the committee that wrote the report will release its final report of findings and recommendations at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 24, at a public briefing in Washington, D.C.
Advance copies of Pursuing Value in Health Care: Target Decision-Making, Not Geography will be available to reporters starting at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 23. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 24. 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.
Members of the committee will discuss the report’s findings and recommendations and take questions at a public briefing beginning at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 24, in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Those who cannot attend in person may listen via audio webcast at www.nationalacademies.org.
More information about the project, along with the interim report, can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/HealthServices/GeographicVariation.aspx.