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AHA voices support for IPAB repeal bill

February 25, 2013

The AHA today expressed support for S. 351, legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "America's hospitals support the repeal of IPAB because its existence permanently removes Congress from the process of making decisions regarding Medicare payment, and threatens the important dialogue between hospitals and their elected officials about how hospitals can continue to provide the highest quality care to their patients and communities," AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in a letter of support to the bill's sponsor, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). "Furthermore, any savings achieved through IPAB would come directly from providers, as IPAB is precluded from recommending structural changes to the Medicare program. This shortsighted approach ensures deeper cuts to Medicare provider payments, which already fall short of covering the cost of care….Although hospitals will not be subject to IPAB decisions until 2020, we are deeply concerned that removing elected officials from the decision-making process could result in even deeper cuts to the Medicare program in the future."