AMA Updates Estimated Medicare Payment Impacts
By Joey Berlin


Following medicine’s fervent advocacy in late 2021 that convinced Congress to stop almost all of a nearly 10% Medicare physician pay cut for 2022, the American Medical Association has released an updated analysis of Medicare payments by specialty for this year. 


The AMA chart includes 2022 estimated payment percentage impacts for more than 80 specialties, from addiction medicine to vascular surgery, factoring in the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act. That law, prompted by grassroots advocacy by the Texas Medical Association, AMA, and others, staved off two cuts totaling 6% and mitigated a planned 3.75% reduction to the fee schedule’s conversion factor, a multiplier that’s part of the calculations for payment rates for a particular service. 

Following passage of the law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in December that the physician fee schedule conversion factor for 2022 is $34.6062. That’s a decrease of less than 1% from the 2021 conversion factor of $34.8931. 

Last Updated On

April 05, 2022

Originally Published On

January 04, 2022

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Joey Berlin is managing editor of Texas Medicine. His previous work includes stints as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and publishing companies, and he’s covered everything from hard news to sports to workers’ compensation. Joey grew up in the Kansas City area. He lives in Austin.

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