ACR Initial Statement on CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule July 16, 2021 Statement from ACR Government Affairs Committee Chair Blair Solow, MD, regarding the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ATLANTA – “We applaud CMS’s continued implementation of adjustments to Evaluation and Management (E/M) code reimbursement to better reflect the work and expertise needed to treat complex patient populations. We are encouraged to see that policymakers are moving to recognize the true value of these services. In addition, we are encouraged by CMS’s proposal to extend several of the telehealth flexibilities implemented at the start of the public health emergency through the end of 2023 as well as its commitment to evaluate whether these changes should be made permanent. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that telehealth is an effective tool to provide quality care for patients living with musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases and we look forward to continued engagement with CMS. Further, we are pleased that CMS has accepted the ACR’s proposal to establish a MACRA MIPS Value Pathways (MVP) for rheumatology and look forward to working the agency to ensure its successful implementation.” Media Contact: Jocelyn Givensjgivens@rheumatology.org 404-929-4810 ###The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an international medical society representing over 7,700 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with a mission to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. In doing so, the ACR offers education, research, advocacy and practice management support to help its members continue their innovative work and provide quality patient care. Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.