The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed rule on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP).
Highlights related to the fee schedule include:
Highlights related to QPP include:
The bad news is that CMS proposes to decrease what it pays per RVU (i.e., the conversion factor) in 2022. CMS proposes to set the 2022 conversion factor at $33.58, or 3.75% lower than this year. The decrease is due to the expiration of a 3.75% increase that Congress applied in December 2020. A coalition of medical groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, is advocating for a legislative remedy to prevent the cut.
A broader summary of the CMS proposals also highlights coverage improvements for mental health telehealth services. This summary from the AAFP contains more information as well.
— Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment
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