IPAB to Kick In Early to Ease Impact of Medicare Cuts
Earlier this summer more than 270 groups, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the California Medical Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Congress expressing, among other concerns, that IPAB's charge to "achieve scoreable savings in a one-year time period is not conducive to generating savings through long-term delivery system reforms.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) has filed legislation, H.R. 452, to repeal IPAB. He has also written to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction requesting that it eliminate funding for IPAB as part of its work.
Following the president's budget announcement, Robert Zirkelbach, press secretary for America's Health Insurance Plans, expressed a common concern by health plans that hospital costs will continue to be exempt from IPAB recommendations until 2019. "Exempting the largest drivers of healthcare spending from any cost savings recommendations ensures that healthcare costs will continue to rise at an unsustainable rate," he said in an e-mail statement.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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