IPAB Has to Go, Providers and Advocates Urge
The IPAB is one of the most controversial provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Two federal lawmakers participated in a teleconference town hall Thursday sponsored by the council.
"Most people don't realize that this group will only be able for the most part to cut reimbursement rates to facilities and to providers," said Rep. Paul Gosar, (R-AZ), who said 80% of the seniors in his district are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, dual eligibles, because "we are a very poor district."
"And right now, we have an open rebellion, because the providers aren't getting paid and are restricting access (for dual eligibles) because of the mechanism of payment.
"You can't expect the private sector to absorb the losses the federal government is dictating."
Rep. Jim Matheson, (D-UT), added that the IPAB provision of the health reform law needs to be repealed because "it focuses on short-term cuts, and doesn't look at structure changes. I'm also concerned that it would not have any physician input."
In an interview, Grealy explained that some of the concern is that the IPAB would focus on cuts, rather than on restructuring the healthcare payment system to focus on outcomes, wellness and prevention. With draconian cuts, healthcare costs will be shifted to employers and employees in the private sector, the group believes.
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