A top Congressional advisory body has voted to recommend that Congress repeal the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and replace it with a simpler quality reporting system that would not be mandatory in the way that MIPS is.

The 14-2 vote by members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) was criticized by some provider stakeholder groups on the grounds that MIPS was well underway, that many providers had invested significant time and resources into participation, and that MedPAC’s alternative program would not be consistent with the legislative intention of the MACRA law that created MIPS.

Anders Gilberg, vice president of government affairs for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), issued a statement opposing the move by MedPAC.

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