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    SCAI, Alliance Support Efforts to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board in Reform Package

    April 06, 2010

    In a joint Alliance of Specialty Medicine letter, SCAI recently expressed support for Representative Phil Roe's effort to repeal the inclusion of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) as part of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (P.L. 111-148).

    As the Society has repeatedly noted during the Health Care Reform debate, SCAI and its Alliance partners strongly oppose the IPAB or any other board resulting in an inappropriate delegation of Congress' oversight responsibilities. Medicare reimbursement rates are currently well below market rates, and will likely get worse as Congress continues to delay a longā€term fix to the Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The IPAB solution will arbitrarily ratchet down provider reimbursement further, without sufficient oversight and without care taken to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the quality health care that they need and deserve.

    Further, as currently constructed by Congress, the Board does not have full authority over all aspects of the health care system, but rather is required to selectively exempt certain providers from its purview - placing more pressure to cut Medicare reimbursements in areas under its jurisdiction. READ THE LETTER