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Women’s Preventive Services Recommended by IOM to be Covered Under Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 marked a profound shift away from reactive care and toward a system focused on prevention, including a new provision that ensures preventive health services will be covered with no out-of-pocket costs. On August 1, 2011, less than two weeks after the release of Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, HHS adopted the IOM’s recommendations outlining which services for women should be included.

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  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Testimony before House Judiciary Committee (PDF)
  • Testimony before House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (PDF)
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IOM Report Recommends Eight Additional Preventive Health Services to Promote Women's Health
Released: 7/19/2011

A new report from the IOM recommends that eight preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

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  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Testimony before House Judiciary Committee (PDF)
  • Testimony before House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (PDF)
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IOM Report Calls for Cultural Transformation of Attitudes Toward Pain and Its Prevention and Management
Released: 6/29/2011

Every year, at least 116 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually, says a new report from the IOM. Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, added the committee that wrote the report.

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  • Testimony: Philip Pizzo (PDF)
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Pain Care Improvements Recommended in IOM Report Releasing June 29
Released: 6/21/2011

Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Treatment, and Research presents the findings and recommendations from an IOM committee convened to identify barriers to pain care and ways to overcome these obstructions.

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Dept. of Education, HHS Competition Aims to Improve Early Learning Programs

The 2008 IOM/NRC report, Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How?, determined important development outcomes for young children – such as social and emotional development, physical well-being, and language development – and made recommendations on how those outcomes should be evaluated in early childhood care and education. On May 25, 2011, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services launched a new competition, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, to spur states to improve the quality of early learning programs. Among other competition requirements, states will be challenged to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in early learning programs and align any assessments with recommendations from the IOM report.

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Blue Water Navy Veterans’ Risk of Agent Orange-Related Health Problems Unclear
Released: 5/20/2011

Lack of essential data makes it impossible to say whether “Blue Water Navy” veterans -- who served aboard deep-sea vessels during the Vietnam War -- face higher, lower, or the same risk as other Vietnam veterans for long-term health problems associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Researchers Need to Engage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Populations in Health Studies
Released: 3/31/2011

Researchers need to proactively engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in health studies and collect data on these populations to identify and better understand health conditions that affect them, says a new report from the IOM.

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  • Report Release Audio, Part One (MP3)
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LGBT Health Research Gaps and Needs: IOM Report Release March 31
Released: 3/28/2011

Recent findings on the differences in heart disease among women and men and among blacks and whites show that characteristics such as gender and ethnicity matter when it comes to health research. A new report from the IOM, recommends steps to ensure that clinical researchers identify and address the needs of LGBT populations. The report will be released at an 11:00 a.m. public briefing on Thursday, March 31.

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IOM Report Offers 12 Key Indicators and 24 Objectives to Help Focus Healthy People 2020 Efforts to Improve Americans' Health
Released: 3/15/2011

Healthy People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' master plan for improving the health of the American population over the next decade, covers 42 topics and nearly 600 objectives. A new report from the IOM singles out 12 indicators as immediate, major health concerns that should be monitored and 24 objectives that warrant priority attention in the plan's implementation.

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Sociologist David Mechanic receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2009 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic, University Professor and René Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences; and director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. The Sarnat Prize, consisting of a medal and $20,000, was presented to Mechanic at IOM's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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