The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation today, H.R. 452 Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, that would repeal implementation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which was part of the 2010 health-care reform efforts. The so-called advisory board would have had the authority to recommend and implement reductions to Medicare for services from dcotors and hospitals without Congressional approval. The 15 member board would be selected by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the time of the passsege of the bill out of committee, no members of the board have been selected and the board is not operational.
On a similar front, Chairman Herger (R-CA) from House Ways and Means Health Subcommitte announced today that his subcommitte will hold hearings on IPAB. The hearing to better understand the effects of IPAB will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. More info on hearing-