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AMA, Republicans challenge Obamacare’s payment advisory board

Congressional Republicans are getting help from the American Medical Association in challenging the validity of the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board mandated by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The GOP and the AMA have renewed their attacks on the controversial panel, which they say has far too much power over health care reimbursement rates. […]

Congressional Republicans are getting help from the American Medical Association in challenging the validity of the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board mandated by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The GOP and the AMA have renewed their attacks on the controversial panel, which they say has far too much power over health care reimbursement rates.

“The IPAB puts important health care payment and policy decisions in the hands of an independent body that has far too little accountability,” AMA president Cecil Wilson said in a letter. “Major changes in the Medicare program should be decided by elected officials.”

The Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), scheduled a hearing on the IPAB for next week, Healthwatch reported.

The IPAB, created by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, takes over the role of making recommendations on Medicare reimbursement practices, once the responsibility of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission which was established in 1997.

With MedPAC all recommended changes to Medicare reimbursement required an act of Congress to take effect, but the new IPAB’s recommendations automatically take effect and require an act of Congress to overrule them.

The Massachusetts Medical Devices Journal is the online journal of the medical devices industry in the Commonwealth and New England, providing day-to-day coverage of the devices that save lives, the people behind them, and the burgeoning trends and developments within the industry.

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