–The Independent Medicare Advisory Board has very broad powers.
Today’s section allows them to make recommendations to Congress and
limits Congress’s ability to change or limit their recommendations.
–15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate
shall serve on the Board. Board members shall include those with
national recognition for their expertise; the majority shall be non-
providers of services; and none shall be engaged in any other business
or occupation. They shall have an official seal, be
highly paid, and will advise the HHS Secretary for health services
research, particularly as such priorities pertain to necessary changes
an issues regarding payment reforms under Medicare.