Many worry IPAB’s actions could lead to Medicare rationing and price controls. The health law forbids the panel from reducing payments to hospitals and hospices. This leaves IPAB little choice but to decrease payments to doctors, who already face a possible 32-percent Medicare payment cut in 2013. To keep their doors open, many doctors say they will stop accepting new Medicare patients, just as more and more baby boomers become eligible for the program. Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to repeal IPAB. The bill is expected to go before the full House by the end of March.
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