Avik Roy, Senior Analyst, Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co.; Senior Fellow, Heartland Institute

“IPAB focuses on reducing provider payments, which is unlikely to work.  Global reimbursement cuts, of the kind mandated by the Sustainable Growth Rate and by IPAB, are highly unlikely to work. We all know that Congress has repeatedly overridden the SGR provisions with so-called “doc fix” legislation. In addition, doctors and hospitals undermine these reimbursement cuts by performing more procedures in less time, or by dropping out of the program. We are already seeing harmful effects from this approach on Medicare’s health outcomes. Hence, we should be seriously concerned that IPAB, as it is currently designed, will reduce seniors’ access to doctors and health care services, thereby worsening the quality of their care.” READ FULL ARTICLE

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