Heart of Health Policy

CMS Issues Final 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital OPPS Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 1 released the final 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) rules.

Advocacy in Action: CMS Adjusts Cuts to EP Ablation Services

Following extraordinary and unprecedented efforts of ACC members, leaders and Advocacy staff in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society and other stakeholders, CMS altered its earlier proposed work RVUs for electrophysiology (EP) ablation services as part of the Final Rule.

Need For Long-Term Reform

The confluence of conversion factor cuts, statutory cuts from sequestration and PAYGO rules, and a 0% payment update that fails to account for significant inflation in practice costs, further creates long-term financial instability in the Medicare physician payment system.

Protecting patient access to Medicare-participating physicians and services continues to be a priority for the ACC heading into the New Year. Working closely with partner cardiovascular societies and the broader house of medicine, the College is urging congressional action that is aligned with the AMA's set of payment reform principles.

Learn how you can help amplify these efforts and advocate for broader reform at ACC.org/Advocacy.

A Closer Look at QPP and Telehealth Provisions

The final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule included several updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Medicare Shared Savings Program for 2023, as well as an implementation timeline for the new voluntary Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathways (MVPs).

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias

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