This week, the Protect My Doctor and Me coalition, of which ASCRS is a member, held a Congressional briefing, “What does the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Mean to Medicare Beneficiaries?” to illustrate the impact IPAB would have on patients’ access to care. The panel featured perspectives from the medical community—including Alex Valadka, MD of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine—patient advocates, and the hospital community. Each described the damaging effect the severe and immediate cuts to Medicare IPAB could make, and urged for immediate passage of legislation to repeal IPAB. Finally, the panelists noted that action must be swift, since Medicare spending is expected to increase in 2017 at a rate fast enough to trigger IPAB.
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