Today’s post originally appeared on the Protect My Doctor and Me website. It addresses a key element of the Affordable Care Act — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — which is a board of 15 unelected and largely unaccountable government bureaucrats whose primary purpose is to cut Medicare spending. Such cuts threaten America’s seniors timely access to care, so repealing the IPAB is one of organized neurosurgery’s top legislative priorities. As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, the AANS and CNS recently joined more than 600 other organizations in writing a letter to Congress urging repeal (and, yes, you read that correctly — 600 organizations — who ALL agree IPAB is bad news for Medicare beneficiaries). To read the full post, click here.
Healthcare is a central to our daily lives and policymakers in Washington, DC have an enormous influence and control over this vital aspect of society. Yet despite this, most people cannot see what goes on behind the scenes of health policy circles in our Nation’s capital. The mission of Neurosurgery Blog is to investigate and report on how healthcare policy affects patients, physicians and medical practice and to illustrate that the art and science of neurosurgery encompasses much more than brain surgery.