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Advocacy Correspondence: CMS Comment Letter, Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule CY 2022

September 13, 2021

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 8013
Baltimore, MD  21244-1850

SUBJECT:  CMS-1751-P. 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; Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-payment Medical Review Requirements; Proposed Rule, August 23, 2021

Dear Administrator Brooks-LaSure:

On behalf of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), which represents approximately 240 member institutions, we appreciate the opportunity to comment about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2022.

HAP is pleased to see the agency’s continued efforts to retain important telehealth flexibilities permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic but concerned with the proposals made impacting payment for office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) visits.

The following comment letter also addresses:

  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Services
  • Changes to quality programs

We have also taken the opportunity to include reference to the very important work Pennsylvania hospitals are undertaking with respect to health equity.

In addition, we incorporate, by reference, all of the comments provided in the American Hospital Association’s response to the proposed rule.

Thank you for your consideration of HAP’s comments regarding this proposed rule. If you have any questions, contact Kate Slatt, vice president, innovative payment and care delivery, at (717) 561-5317.


Jeffrey Bechtel
Senior Vice President, Health Economics and Policy




Topics: Behavioral Health, Federal Advocacy, Medicare, Telehealth, Workforce

Revision Date: 9/13/2021

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