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Monday, March 12, 2012

TMA TO CONGRESS: CAN THE IPAB

Two key congressional committees voted to support a bill that would repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Created by the Affordable Care Act, IPAB is a 15-member panel appointed by the president that would recommend cuts in fees to physicians if federal spending on health care reaches certain levels. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee both OK’d the IPAB-killing bill last week. TMA joined 41 other state and specialty societies in encouraging Energy and Commerce to pass the bill. “While we recognize the need to reduce the federal budget deficit and control the growth of health care spending, the IPAB is simply the wrong solution for addressing these budgetary challenges,” the letter said. “We need a workable alternative that adequately reimburses physicians and ensures that patients will have timely access to quality care.”

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