Defining The Essential Health Benefits Package

Law360, New York (March 18, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT) -- With the assistance of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in helping the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services define the “essential health benefits package,” stakeholders are taking increased notice of the significance of this key provision of the national health reform law.

The benefits to be included ultimately will have great consequence to all relevant participants in health reform — including consumers, providers, payers and manufacturers. It is imperative that the HHS's procedural process of defining this benefit package be inclusive, transparent and efficient....
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