After almost a year of negotiations among congressional Democrats and the White House, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) passed in the US Senate by a vote of 50–50, with the vice president breaking the tie, on August 7, 2022. The bill will now move to the US House of Representatives, where Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) has announced it will be considered on August 12, 2022.
On August 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the FY 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule updating Medicare payment policies and quality reporting programs relevant for hospital inpatient services, and building on key priorities to address health disparities and improve the safety and quality of maternity care.
On July 15, 2022, CMS released the CY 2023 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule [CMS-1772-P], which includes proposals to update payment rates, policies and regulations affecting Medicare services furnished in hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) settings beginning in CY 2023.
On July 7, 2022, CMS released the CY 2023 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the PFS and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B [CMS-1770-P] Proposed Rule, which includes proposals related to Medicare physician payment and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).