Can MIPS Be Salvaged?

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With the passage of MACRA in 2015, Congress combined and reformed existing physician payment incentives in Medicare to create the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS. MIPS’ goal was to encourage clinicians to deliver more efficient, higher-quality care, but many observers have raised concerns that MIPS will fail to achieve this objective, while also creating substantial administrative burdens.

On Friday, July 20, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy will host a conference to discuss whether MIPS is achieving the desired objectives and whether the program should be maintained, reformed, or even eliminated. Keynote speaker Joe Grogan, the Associate Director of Health Programs for the Office of Management and Budget will provide comments on the administration’s approach to MIPS. Two expert panels will follow. The first will focus on experience with MIPS to date, and the second will discuss whether the program should be reformed or replaced and, if so, how.

This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #MIPS.

Event Date
Friday, July 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Eastern
Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC




  • Paul B. Ginsburg, Director, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

Keynote Address

  • Joe Grogan, Associate Director of Health Programs, Office of Management and Budget

Panel 1: How is MIPS working?

  • Moderator: Kavita Patel, Nonresident Fellow, Economic Studies, Center for Health Policy
  • Tim Gronniger, Senior Vice President of Development and Strategy -Caravan Health
  • Aaron Lyss, Director of Strategy and Business Development - Tennessee Oncology
  • Shari Erickson, Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice -American College of Physicians
  • Valinda Rutledge, Vice President, Public Payor Health Strategy, Care Coordination Institute - Greenville Health System

Panel 2:  Should MIPS be reformed?

  • Moderator: Paul B. Ginsburg, Director, USC- Brookings Schaeffer Initiative fro Health Policy
  • Sarah Levin, Professional Staff Member -House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Jim Mathews, Executive Director, MedPAC
  • Matthew Fiedler, Fellow,  USC- Brookings Schaeffer Initiative fro Health Policy
  • Robert Horne, Senior Director - Leavitt Partners

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