The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule on Nov. 2. Among the highlights for family physicians:
On the downside, CMS set the 2022 conversion factor (i.e., the amount it pays per RVU) at $33.59, which is $1.30 less than the 2021 conversion factor.
There was also mixed news on telehealth. The final rule extended coverage for in-home tele-mental health services — including audio-only services — beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency. It also allows federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics to continue with telehealth after the public health emergency. But it did not provide the same extension to other types of telehealth.
— Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment
Posted on Nov. 4, 2021, by Kent Moore
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