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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 11/28/2021

In This Issue
OMNICRON, DEADLINES, WEBINARS, SURVEYS & RULES
WHO Classifies New Variant as 'Highly Transmissible' Virus (Omnicron)
DEADLINE!
Provider Relief Fund Reporting Deadline: November 30, 2021
UPCOMING EVENTS
Maine Bureau of Insurance: Notice of Public Meeting on Clear Choice Standardized Plan Designs (Dec 1 & Dec 20)
SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Webinar (Dec 1)
AMA: Payor Contracting 101 Virtual Bootcamp (Dec 1)
The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University (Dec 1 deadline)
Maine DHHS Clinician Call: COVID-19 Oral Anti-Viral Therapies, Preview & Distribution (Dec 2nd)
Governor’s Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series (Dec 3)
Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff (Dec 6, 13 & 20 3-5pm)
AMA: Telehealth Immersion Program Mini-Bootcamp: What’s Next for Telehealth? (Dec 7)
AMA: Physician Peer Support: Secret Weapon to Combat Physician Burnout (Dec 9)
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
SURVEY
Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
STATE & FEDERAL PROPOSED RULES
Maine Board of Licensure of Medicine & Board of Osteopathic Medicine Proposed Rules
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) & Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule Summary
CMS Releases Final 2022 Physician Fee Schedule & Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rules.
AMA CALL TO ACTION
Stop Medicare Cuts – Contact Senators Collins & King, Reps Pingree & Golden
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Something to Consider: What About Sharpened Pencils?
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

 
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CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) & Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule Summary

On November 3, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Program; CY 2022 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation Updates; and Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-payment Medical Review Requirements final rule (scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on November 19, 2021 – Document number 2021-23972).

In addition, CMS published a press release and fact sheet highlighting the key provisions contained in the final rule.

The policies in the rule are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2022, and cover diverse topics, including the CY 2022 rate setting and Medicare conversion factor, telehealth and other services involving communications technology, and updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) activities, methodology, and payment adjustments, amongst other provisions.

Below is a summary of select provisions finalized in the rule. The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to review and analyze the impact of key provisions contained in the final rule.

Download the AMA’s CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) andQuality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule Summary. The document is also under the MMA Spotlight section of the MMA’s website.

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