AMA Statement on Ways and Means Committee Vote to Repeal IPAB

June 2, 2015

"The American Medical Association commends the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board provision of the Affordable Care Act.

PRESS RELEASE

Statement attributed to:

Robert M. Wah, MD

President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) commends the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee for passing legislation today to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“IPAB is a flawed policy and the AMA has been advocating for the repeal of it since the ACA was passed. It would put significant health care payment and policy decisions in the hands of an independent body of individuals with far too little accountability. Additionally, IPAB’s arbitrary, annual cost cutting targets would lead to short term strategies that would threaten access to care for millions of Medicare patients across the country.

“Getting rid of IPAB will allow physicians and policymakers to focus on long term efforts to improve care quality, improve health outcomes and make Medicare more sustainable while preserving access to care for seniors now and in the future.”