On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled MACRA and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Five witnesses from national physician organizations testified on Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) implementation challenges, including the current MIPS exemptions that have resulted in low bonuses, even for the highest performers, in the first year of MACRA implementation. Other issues raised in the hearing included the development of appropriate quality and cost measures; investments necessary to participate in MIPS; and the role of the Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee in driving the shift to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.
Importantly, several Members of Congress cited the recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommendations to repeal MIPS and asked witnesses if repeal is appropriate. There was across the board agreement that MIPS should not be repealed and that there should instead be collaboration on improving the program.
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