President of the AANS.

Tippett, MD, President of the AANS more . Generally unchecked by Congress or the courts, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services could have unprecedented authority through, among other activities, the new Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and the brand new Independent Medicare Advisory Board, to make significant changes to the Medicare system, which permits the government to lessen reimbursement for valuable, life-saving specialty look after elderly patients, threatening treatment options thereby.2 % payment cut in 2010 2010 with a 0.5 % payment increase does little to address the serious underlying problems with the existing Medicare physician payment system and compounds the accumulated SGR debt, causing a payment cut of around 28 % in 2011.