On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies [CMS-1751-F] Final Rule, which includes policies related to Medicare physician payment and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This year’s final rule addresses telehealth and other COVID-19 flexibilities, updates to the underlying practice expense (PE) data that will impact payment rates, health equity, and enhancements and other changes to further develop physician quality initiatives.
These regulations reflect the goals and priorities of the Biden Administration. The final rule focuses on extending COVID-19 flexibilities and payment enhancements into 2022 and establishing policies that takes health equity into account. The PFS regulations are also a vehicle to implement several payment and related policies from recent legislation.
Key takeaways from the CY 2022 PFS Final Rule:
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