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IPAB Repeal

IPAB permanently repealed in a major victory for the AACU and urology community

The AACU is pleased to report that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) included provisions to repeal the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel of unelected officials that had the power to make significant cuts to Medicare payments for physicians.

Established by the Affordable Care Act as a tool to help control Medicare spending, the IPAB would have usurped congressional authority over the Medicare program while granting unprecedented powers to make payment cuts that could ultimately make it more difficult for physicians to see new Medicare patients, or undermine the financial viability of physicians with a large Medicare caseload.

As such, repealing IPAB has been a significant advocacy priority for the AACU over the past few years, with AACU members and staff engaging in calls to action, letter writing campaigns, and meetings with key Congressional members to emphasize the potential impact of IPAB on urologic care. The AACU is delighted that our grassroots advocacy efforts ultimately proved successful.

The AACU wishes to thank its members for their engagement and extensive outreach to Congress urging members to support IPAB repeal efforts and to sign on as cosponsors of corresponding legislation.

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