APG Statement on CMS 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

November 3, 2021

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from APG President and CEO Don Crane on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

“APG is pleased to see several changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, particularly the extension of the CMS Web interface under the Medicare Shared Savings Program for an additional three years, and the delay of the increase in the quality performance standard for ACOs. Additionally, we are pleased to see CMS continue to support movement toward risk-based providers by revising the repayment mechanism arrangement policy and reducing the percentage used for determining the repayment mechanism amount by 50 percent.

“We also welcome a number of the changes to telehealth coverage, including the extension of certain telehealth services until 2023. In particular, these changes to telehealth coverage will greatly help many people with mental health and behavioral disorders by eliminating geographic and other barriers to treatment.

“APG members have been at the forefront of advocating for many of these policies and are gratified that CMS is moving toward making positive changes within the healthcare system.”

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About America’s Physician Groups

America’s Physician Groups is a national association representing more than 335 physician groups with approximately 170,000 physicians providing care to nearly 90 million patients. APG’s tagline, ‘Taking Responsibility for America’s Health,’ represents our members’ vision to move from the antiquated, dysfunctional fee-for-service reimbursement system to a clinically integrated, value-based healthcare system where physician groups are accountable for the coordination, cost, and quality of patient care. Visit us at www.apg.org.

Contact: Greg Phillips, APG Director of Communications, 202-770-1901, gphillips@apg.org