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Self-Insured Firm

A company that pays medical claims for their employees rather than holding insurance, usually hiring an insurance company to administer the benefits. Common among large firms. Self-insured plans are not subject to ERISA law or most Affordable Care Act insurance regulations.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

A non-profit that works outside the government with a focus on providing unbiased advice for the public and private sector when making decisions regarding health.