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News : National Author: Jeremy Lazarus, M.D. President, American Medical Associatio Last Updated: Jan 23, 2013 - 10:58:40 AM

AMA Applauds Bipartisan House Bill to Repeal IPAB

By Jeremy Lazarus, M.D. President, American Medical Associatio
Jan 23, 2013 - 10:55:21 AM

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( - "The AMA is pleased that legislation to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been introduced in the House with bipartisan support by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. IPAB is a panel that would have too little accountability and the power to make indiscriminate cuts that adversely affect access to health care for patients. Patients and physicians are still struggling with the frequent threat of drastic cuts from the broken SGR Medicare physician payment formula. IPAB would be another arbitrary system that relies solely on payment cuts. We must move away from these broken systems and focus on new payment and delivery models that give physicians the ability to improve patient care and reduce costs to stabilize Medicare for seniors now and in the future. We appreciate the leadership of Reps. Roe and Allyson Schwartz on this important issue and look forward to working with them and other bipartisan cosponsors to see this legislation passed."



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