CHA has provided member hospitals and health systems with preliminary analyses of Medicare Hospital Wage Index and Occupational Mix data. The analyses are intended to provide hospitals with a comparative review of the wage and occupational mix data that will be used to develop the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 Medicare hospital wage index.
The data analyzed are preliminary and the first of three wage data public use files (PUFs) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue to develop the hospital wage index for FFY 2021. Because these data are subject to revision, this analyses are not intended to be used to calculate hospital wage indexes, but rather to allow hospitals to review the most recent wage and occupational mix data as published by CMS.
It is extremely important that hospitals review this data. Under CMS’ hospital wage index development timetable, hospitals have until Sept. 3 to submit requests for revisions. This is the only opportunity hospitals will have to request revisions to their data; subsequent opportunities for correction can only address Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) mishandling of data. Requests and supporting documentation for revision requests must be submitted to the hospital’s MAC.