MHA Comments on Outpatient, Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rules

The MHA submitted comments on two proposed rules for Medicare payment systems in calendar year 2022 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released.

The MHA’s comments on the combined rule for the hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center payment systems largely focused on price transparency changes, continuing payment cuts to the 340B drug discount program, reduced payment rates for clinic visits provided at grandfathered off-campus hospital outpatient departments, and restoration of the inpatient only list.

The association’s comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule focused on a few key issues, including the MPFS conversion factor, appropriate use criteria, telehealth services, electronic prescribing of controlled substances for Part D drugs and closing the health equity gap.

Members with questions regarding the outpatient and ambulatory surgical center rule should contact Vickie Kunz and questions about the MPFS rule should be directed to Renée Smiddy.