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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

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Bipartisan bill to repeal IPAB introduced in House of Representatives

Bipartisan bill to repeal IPAB introduced in House of Representatives

A bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives would eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) before it has a chance to order cuts to Medicare physician payments.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.), is supported by 83 co-sponsors from both political parties, including Democratic lead co-sponsor Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.). Current law requires the creation of the 15-member IPAB and invests it with the authority to impose across-the-board cuts to Medicare payments to physicians and other health care professionals.

"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," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, said in a statement. "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."

The AMA plans to work with Roe, Schwartz and the other co-sponsors to see the legislation adopted.