Home Health & Hospice

Why is the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) championing the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)?

Homecare Insider, June 29, 2015

Because members of the IPAB are appointed by the administration, rather than elected, and are granted the authority to make recommendations to cut Medicare spending if expenditures reach a certain level, NAHC and other detractors believe the board has too much free reign. In addition, the trade association argues the panel has incentive to make nearsighted decisions that would jeopardize providers’ reimbursement—and patients’ access to care—in order to reach short-term cost savings benchmarks.

“Medicare is a public program and should be governed by a publicly-elected body, not an appointed commission,” Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC, said in a recent statement. “This board currently has the authority to take an axe to Medicare and meddle in payment system reforms, thereby hurting patients across the country. It’s wrong for patients, providers, and strengthening Medicare for the long-term.”