WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2013) —
Statement from Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD
President, American Academy of Dermatology Association
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) applauds the introduction of the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Throughout the health system reform debate, the AADA has supported the principles of quality care and efficiency, as well as a patient-centered approach to health care delivery. It is for these principles that the AADA strongly supports a repeal of the IPAB.
Implementation of the IPAB would largely remove congressional authority over Medicare, and grant unprecedented authority to an unelected panel of officials in the Executive Branch. Providing such authority to an unaccountable group of individuals would diminish the transparency achieved by longstanding congressional oversight and would unintentionally and negatively impact the availability of quality, efficient health care to Americans.
Additionally, federal spending on Medicare is already constrained by the flawed sustainable growth rate formula. The addition of yet another short-sighted, targeted spending system in the form of the IPAB will only further compromise access to quality health care. The AADA is committed to addressing Medicare’s long-term fiscal sustainability in a manner that preserves patient access to care. We thank lead sponsor and author of the bill, Rep. Phil Roe, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz, as well as all of the bill’s co-sponsors for their leadership and bipartisan support on this important issue.