Tag Archives: Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Extensive Medicare & Medicaid Funding and Program Integrity Provisions in Obama’s Released FY 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which contains significant Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and program integrity legislative proposals – including $419 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years. These proposed policy changes would require action by Congress, and Republican Congressional leaders have already voiced general opposition … Continue Reading

House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill with ACA Mandate, Tax Repeal Provisions

Today the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3762, budget “reconciliation” legislation that would repeal four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Specifically, the legislation would repeal the ACA employer and individual insurance mandates, the medical device excise tax, and the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans (an earlier House Ways and Means Committee provision that would … Continue Reading

House Ways and Means Committee Approves Bills to Repeal ACA Taxes, Mandates, IPAB

On September 29, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee approved budget “reconciliation” legislation that calls for repeal of five provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the legislation would repeal the employer and individual insurance mandates, the medical device excise tax, the so-called “Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans, and the Independent Payment … Continue Reading

House Passes Bills to Repeal ACA Medical Device Tax and IPAB, Revise Medicare Advantage Policy

The House of Representatives has taken action on a number of bills to modify certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions, revise Medicare Advantage policies, and make other health policy changes. On June 23, 2015, the House voted to approve H.R. 1190, a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), by a vote of 244 to … Continue Reading

Ways and Means Committee Approves Health Policy Bills, Including Repeal of ACA Medical Device Tax & IPAB, and Medicare Advantage/LTCH Policy Changes

On June 2, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee approved ten health policy bills, including legislation to repeal the ACA’s medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Other measures would make a series of changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) requirements and Medicare long-term care hospital (LTCH) policy. Specifically, the Committee approved the … Continue Reading

Congress Passes Budget Resolution Conference Report with ACA, Medicare Provisions

On May 5, 2015, the Senate approved the conference report to accompany S.Con.Res. 11, the concurrent resolution setting forth the federal budget for FY 2016 and establishing budgetary target levels for FYs 2017 through 2025, following earlier House approval. The conference agreement, which was approved on largely party-line votes, includes nonbinding language supporting Affordable Care … Continue Reading

President Signs Government Funding Bill with Health Spending/Policy Provisions

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most government agencies through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015 (funding for the Department of Homeland Security is funded through February 27, 2015). With regard to HHS funding, the bill, among other things: holds CMS funding at FY … Continue Reading

SGR Reform/IPAB Connection – Will Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Fix Trigger IPAB Provider Cuts?

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised the specter that pending legislation to reform the Medicare physician fee schedule statutory update formula could increase the likelihood that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) mechanism would be triggered – potentially resulting in as much as $0.6 billion in Medicare provider cuts during … Continue Reading

CMS Actuary Determines No IPAB Cuts Needed in 2015

The ACA’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is charged with submitting detailed proposals to Congress and the President to reduce Medicare per-capita spending if projected spending growth exceeds a specified target based initially on inflation and then growth in the economy. IPAB’s proposals will go into effect automatically unless Congress enacts alternative legislation to … Continue Reading

Obama Administration’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes $401 Billion in Health Program Savings

Today, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014. As widely reported, the budget incorporates an offer the President made to Congress in December 2012 to achieve nearly $1.8 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next 10 years, including $401 billion in health savings (the Administration observes that this level of … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Panel Votes to Defund ACA, AHRQ

On July 18, 2012, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved legislation funding federal programs in its jurisdiction. Among other things, the bill would block funding to implement the ACA (except for select provisions) and cut funding for various government entities established by the ACA, including the Center for … Continue Reading

House Approves IPAB Repeal/Medical Liability Reform Legislation

On March 22, 2012, the House approved by a 223-181 vote H.R. 5, the “Protecting Access to Healthcare Act," which would repeal the ACA’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), paid for with medical liability reforms.  IPAB is charged with submitting detailed proposals to Congress and the President to reduce Medicare per-capita spending if projected … Continue Reading

Two House Panels Approve IPAB Repeal Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees have approved H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011, which would repeal the ACA’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB is charged with submitting detailed proposals to Congress and the President to reduce Medicare per-capita spending if projected spending growth exceeds a … Continue Reading

July Congressional Health Policy Hearings/Markups

A number of Congressional panels have held hearings on health policy issues this month, and more are scheduled, including the following: The House Energy and Commerce Committee has held hearings on: reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA); the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is charged with helping to contain Medicare costs; … Continue Reading

Congressional Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Recent Congressional health policy hearings have included: a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on the Medicare program’s financial status; a Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Health Care Entitlements: The Road Forward“; a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings examining the Medicare/Medicaid dual eligible population and the Medicare Secondary Payer program; and a Senate Homeland … Continue Reading

June Congressional Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Health Care Subcommittee held a hearing on “Pathway to FDA Medical Device Approval: Is There a Better Way?”; the House Small Business Healthcare Subcommittee reviewed “Health IT Barriers for Small Medical Practices“; and the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on HHS regulatory reform. The Energy … Continue Reading

President Obama Outlines Plans for Deficit Reduction/Entitlement Reform

On April 13, 2011, President Obama delivered a speech outlining his plan for reducing the federal budget deficit by $4 trillion within 12 years, in part through Medicare and Medicaid reforms. Specifically, the President is calling for $480 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts by 2023 and at least an additional $1 trillion in cuts over … Continue Reading
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