On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule of the Physician Fee Schedule that announced proposed policy and practice changes for Medicare Part B payments beginning January 1, 2023. The proposed changes may impact social work practice and reimbursement in various settings and that of other Medicare providers. For review, the proposed rule and a fact sheet are available at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/calendar-year-cy-2023-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-proposed-rule and https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-14562.pdf
NASW will be providing comments to CMS on the proposed physician fee schedule and encourages social workers to submit individual comments especially in the areas of telehealth, behavioral health, chronic pain management services, and the Quality Payment Program. When commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1770-P.
Comments are due no later than 5 p.m. on September 6, 2022, and may be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the “Submit a comment” instructions.
- By postal service mail. You may mail written comments to the following address:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services,
Attention: CMS-1770-P, P.O. Box 8016, Baltimore, MD 21244-8016.
- By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the following address:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS-1770-P, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
Please allow sufficient time for postal service comments to be received before the close of the comment period.