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Repealing IPAB: The fight continues

Posted By Chet Seward, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The ongoing existence of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of the Affordable Care Act has hung like a Sword of Damocles over the heads of ophthalmologists and other physicians for years. CSEPS has remained part of the fierce and focused fight to repeal IPAB, which is a panel of presidential appointees with the ability to arbitrarily enact payment cuts to physicians and other providers if Medicare's growth rate exceeds a statutory threshold.

The latest advocacy push was by a group of more than 700 organizations, including CSEPS and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, opposed to IPAB. Using a co-signed letter, the group pressed members of Congress to support existing, bi-partisan legislation to repeal IPAB.

While the Medicare Board of Trustees recently released a report that per capita Medicare spending did not exceed the statutory threshold that triggers IPAB provisions this year, the threat is very real next year

CSEPS will continue the fight to repeal IPAB in order to continue to ensure access to care for patients. Watch for action alerts in the future.

Tags:  advocacy  IPAB 

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