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AMA Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal IPAB, Enact Proven Medical Liability Reforms

For immediate release:
March 22, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
President-elect, American Medical Association

We applaud the House for voting to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel which would have too little accountability and the power to make indiscriminate cuts that adversely affect access to health care for patients. While the AMA continues to support the ACA, including expanded health coverage and insurance market reforms, elimination of the IPAB is an important change that must be made. This new, arbitrary system is not what we need when patients and physicians are already struggling with a looming cut of nearly 30 percent from the broken Medicare physician payment formula. Ending the ongoing threat of drastic cuts from the physician payment formula and preventing new cuts from IPAB are important first steps to stabilize the Medicare system for patients.

“The AMA has long supported the comprehensive medical liability reforms contained in H.R. 5, and we are very pleased that the House passed these proven reforms. We know that these reforms are already working in states such as California and Texas, and implementing them on the federal level will help reduce costs and preserve access to physician care for all patients.”

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Contact:

Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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