On January 15, 2021 CMS released the 2022 Final Rate Announcement. This is about three months earlier than the typical timing in past years. CMS said it is “publishing the Rate Announcement earlier in 2021 in light of the challenges for MA organizations, PACE organizations, and Part D sponsors posed by the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
On January 20, 2021, the newly appointed Biden Administration froze many regulations, including the 2022 Final Medicare Rate Announcement for 60 days. Any changes to these regulations would require notice and comment. This document summarizes the information as originally published.