David Rivkin and Elizabeth Foley: An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One

The Wall Street Journal – June 19, 2013 The ‘death panel’ is a new beast, with god-like powers. Congress should repeal it or test its constitutionality. Signs of ObamaCare’s failings mount daily, including soaring insurance costs, looming provider shortages and inadequate insurance exchanges. Yet the law’s most disturbing feature may be the Independent Payment Advisory Board. […]

Guest Column: Provision of health care law will hurt Arizona’s bioscience future

Arizona Daily Star – June 18, 2013 Investors are the lifeblood of bioscience and health-care innovation. With the need for capital increasing, new community-driven programs are emerging. Consider the Arizona Innovation Challenge, a competitive grant program from the Arizona Commerce Authority that provides $3 million annually to Arizona’s innovator companies. Or look at the plan […]

Politics may give HHS chief control of Medicare IPAB

Amed News – June 3, 2013: Washington The powers of the Health and Human Services secretary would increase greatly if no one is appointed to Medicare’s new cost-control board, the Congressional Research Service wrote to lawmakers in a recent memo. Congress and President Obama have not yet recommended individuals to sit on the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, […]

GOP lawmakers link Sebelius calls to IPAB concerns

The Hill: By Elise Viebeck – 05/30/13 05:41 PM ET   Republican lawmakers are calling on Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to keep away from a divisive Medicare cost board because of her controversial fundraising calls to the healthcare industry. Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) and Rep. Phil Roe (Tenn.) sent Sebelius a letter Thursday urging her not to take […]

Congressman Gosar shares thoughts on IPAB at Medicare Today TeleTown Hall


AZ Bio: May 3, 2013 On April 23rd, organizations from across the U.S. participated in a  national tele-town hall with Representatives Matheson (D-UT) and Gosar (R-AZ) on the importance of IPAB repeal.  A recording of the tele-town hall can replayed here.  (Audio) 505 signatories including AZBio sent a message to The Hill on the IPAB repeal letter. A […]

IPAB Shifts Costs and May Negatively Affect Patient Access


Huffington Post: 05/07/2013 Enacting a safeguard against congressional inaction sufficiently unpalatable that it spurs compromise and bipartisan action? This rationale backing the sequestration agreement is similar to one supporting the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the 15-member panel created by the Affordable Care Act and tasked with controlling Medicare spending. Given the scrambling […]

As health-care costs slow, IPAB’s launch is delayed


Washington Post: By Sarah Kliff on May 3, 2013 With a mandate to drive down Medicare spending, the Independent Payment Advisory Board has always been among the health law’s most-controversial provisions. Legislators in both parties have attacked the board’s power to dictate Medicare spending cuts without Congress’ seal of approval. While IPAB is specifically barred from changing […]

Medicare: Cost-Cutters on Hold

By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today, Published: May 03, 2013 WASHINGTON — A Medicare cost-cutting board created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the subject of much criticism from the medical community and supporters of the law as a whole — won’t have an impact on the program until at least 2016, a top Medicare […]

Obama’s budget proposal gives more power to IPAB

By: MARY ELLEN SCHNEIDER, Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network President Obama is proposing to cut more than $370 billion from the Medicare program over the next decade, a move aimed at reducing the federal deficit and putting the program on firmer financial footing. The president’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, sent to Congress April 10, includes […]

Why Is IPAB M.I.A.?

By DAVID HOGBERG – Spectator.org If a government actuary conducts an analysis but the committee that is supposed to receive that analysis doesn’t exist, does the analysis make a sound? The Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may soon be asking himself that question. Under Obamacare he is required to determine by this […]

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