How an Obscure Federal Panel Limits Preventive Care
This time is isn't Big Insurance limiting your access to health care, its Big GOV!
By requiring that insurers cover certain screening tests and other kinds of preventive services, the Affordable Care Act has thrust an obscure federal advisory panel into the spotlight. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force(USPSTF), which has been around for a quarter of a century, grades preventive services by their clinical value, and the reform law requires that all services with a grade of “A” or “B” be covered. But what Congress didn’t reckon with in adopting this mandate is the conservatism of the USPSTF, which includes primary care doctors but not specialists.
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