The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates on policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, on or after January 1, 2022.

Some key provisions in this final rule include:

  • The CY 2022 PFS conversion factor is $33.59, a decrease of $1.30 from the CY 2021 PFS conversion factor of $34.89.
  • Revises telehealth services under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA); allows use of audio-only communications technology when furnishing mental health services in certain circumstances.
  • Finalizes recent changes to Evaluation and Management (E/M) visit codes, such as policies for split (or shared) E/M visits, critical care services, and services furnished by teaching physicians.
  • Modifies paymentfor therapy services furnished in whole or in part by a Physical Therapist Assistant or Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Updates a payment regulation for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services.
  • Finalizes considerations for vaccine administration services.

Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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