The AMA likened the IPAB to Medicare’s existing payment formula. The formula calls for automatic cuts in doctors’ payments, but Congress consistently blocks those cuts from taking effect. The IPAB could turn into a similar boondoggle, the AMA warned.
“Adding additional formulaic cuts through IPAB is just not rational and would be detrimental to patient care, especially as millions of baby boomers enter Medicare,” the AMA’s letter states.
At least 16 Democrats have cosponsored the IPAB repeal bill, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.).