It’s here. The 2023 CMS Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule has been released, and in a mere 3,304 pages, CMS has largely finalized its proposals from over the summer. To save you from pouring through all the minutiae, here’s what you need to know.
Overall, in this Final Rule, CMS has codified principles to fulfill the goals outlined in the Innovation Center’s Strategic Refresh of October 2021. Most notably, CMS has committed to having all Traditional Medicare beneficiaries in an accountable care program by 2030, and to prioritize health equity.
To make this happen, CMS needs to shake up the status quo. ACO participants have plateaued, and underserved and minority patients are underrepresented. So, here are CMS’s eight key strategies to break down barriers for new ACOs, move clinicians out of Traditional MIPS, and provide entities the resources they need to care for patients from all walks of life: