CPPR spokesman speaks to Florida seniors on dangers of IPAB

Dr. Donald Palmisano appears at senior centers in Orlando and Tampa to discuss Independent Payment Advisory Board

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights (CPPR) Spokesman Dr. Donald Palmisano last week traveled to Orlando and Tampa senior centers to discuss how the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will result in diminished quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries across the country.

“IPAB is a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will be charged with cutting what is expected to be billions of dollars a year from the Medicare program when spending exceeds targeted growth rates,” said Dr. Palmisano at Renaissance Senior Center in Orlando Florida. “IPAB’s cuts, which will most likely cut reimbursement rates doctors receive for treating Medicare patients, could leave doctors across the county no choice but to limit the amount of Medicare patients they see, or stop serving them altogether. It is important that seniors push their lawmakers to repeal IPAB and keep Medicare decision making in the hands of Congress where it belongs.”

IPAB’s cost cutting decisions would become law unless vetoed by a supermajority in Congress that could also come up with a cost cutting package of equal size. IPAB is scheduled to make its first recommendations in 2015.

About the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights: The Coalition to Protect Patients Rights is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition made up of over 10,000 doctors, health care providers, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens who are dedicated to the implementation of patient-centered health care reform that will improve patient care. For more information, visit the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights website at www.protectpatientsrights.org. Also, check out CPPR’s Facebook account here, and its Twitter feed at PatientsNOW.


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