Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, HHSHouse Committee on the Budget Hearing - The Future of Medicare: An Examination of the Independent Advisory Board (Testimony) Friday, July 15th, 2011
“We also know that the future of Medicare requires continued vigilance and careful oversight, which is why we support the creation of a backstop mechanism to ensure Medicare remains solvent for years to come. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) builds on the commitment we have made to our seniors’ health.
The IPAB will consist of 15 health experts, including health care providers, patient advocates, employers, and experts in health economics. The Affordable Care Act provides for consultation between the President and Congressional leadership in appointing members of the Board, and appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Their work will be objective and transparent.
The Board’s primary responsibility will be to recommend improvements to Medicare. Recommendations of the IPAB will focus on ways to improve health care while lowering the growth in Medicare spending. For example, the Board could recommend approaches that would build on and strengthen the initiatives mentioned above, from reducing medical errors, to strengthening prevention and improving care coordination, or targeting waste and fraud.” READ FULL ARTICLE