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June 23, 2015

AAOS Applauds House Vote on IPAB Repeal Legislation

Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, by a vote of 244-154. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) commends members of the House for passing this important legislation, which would eliminate sections 3403 and 10320 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) before it is activated. This board – charged with making recommendations to cut Medicare expenditures if spending growth reaches a certain level – threatens the ability of elected representatives in Congress to ensure seniors have access to the health care they need when they need it.
“The prospect of an unelected board without adequate accountability being given powers to make recommendations on Medicare spending that are historically within the jurisdiction of members of Congress is irresponsible and would be devastating to the Medicare system,” stated David D. Teuscher, MD, President of AAOS. “The passage of H.R. 1190 is a victory for the patients we serve.”
“The AAOS recognizes the importance of lowering health care costs and is committed to providing quality care that is cost-effective, but is deeply concerned about the specific impact that IPAB-directed cuts would have on patient access to quality musculoskeletal care,” stated Thomas C. Barber, MD, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. “Such a policy limits congressional authority with little accountability and precludes meaningful opportunity for stakeholder input. Further, requiring the IPAB to achieve savings in one-year increments is simply not conducive to generating savings through long-term delivery reforms. We thank leaders in the House for their continued work to improve the Medicare system and urge the Senate to pass this legislation as soon as possible.”
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