Congress should modify ACA provisions to protect Medicare

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On Monday the Daily Herald ran my op-ed “Congress should modify ACA provisions to protect Medicare 

My article focuses on two provisions, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

“CMMI is a byproduct of the Affordable Care Act. The law gives CMMI about $1 billion per year to test new Medicare payment formulas. In theory, by tweaking reimbursement formulas to eliminate waste and inefficiencies, CMMI could reduce spending while improving the quality of care Medicare beneficiaries receive.”

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board, another byproduct of the ACA, is charged with holding Medicare spending growth in check. If Medicare exceeds a predetermined growth rate, then IPAB is “triggered.” By law, the president would have to appoint 15 members to serve on the board. These nonelected officials would then have the power to make huge cuts to Medicare.”

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