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IPAB Has to Go, Providers and Advocates Urge
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Some 500 healthcare provider groups and companies, patient advocates and employers on Thursday signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board in fear that not only will its cost-cutting powers hurt patients’ access to care, but that it will also raise costs for employers, and actually raise costs in the long run. “Beneficiaries should have access to high quality care that emphasizes wellness and prevention (and…) programs should be sustainable, so today’s working households know it will be there for them in the future,” said Mary Grealy, president of the non-partisan Healthcare Leadership Council, a Washington, D.C. group that organized the letter.