Proposed changes to the 2022 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) pathway will offer opportunities for individuals and groups to reduce their burden and prepare for a more focused program in the future. Although these proposals will not be finalized until later this year, the proposed rule provides enough direction for anesthesiologists and their groups to plan for 2022 and beyond.

Each summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues a proposed rule for how the QPP, MIPS, and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) will operate not just for the next year, but for several years to come. Comments on specific policy proposals are accepted by CMS from the public and medical society stakeholders. In those comments, ASA identifies policy proposals that would benefit our members, those that might cause burden, and those that may need additional discussions and planning from CMS in collaboration...

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