AMA Tells Congress: IPAB Would Hurt Patients' Access to Care and Should be Repealed

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The American Medical Association (AMA) today sent a to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of H.R. 452, legislation that was introduced by U.S. Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The AMA told Congress that the IPAB would add to the problems caused by the current physician payment formula, which is plaguing Medicare and the TRICARE military health care program with frequently scheduled cuts.

"Seniors and military families who rely on Medicare and TRICARE are already dealing with instability caused by a broken physician payment formula that Congress is struggling to eliminate," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. "We have made it clear to Congress that the IPAB is another arbitrary system that could make the same dangerous type of overall cuts."

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Source: American Medical Association