CHA has provided member hospitals and health systems with revised reports to provide them with a comparative review of the wage and occupational mix data that will be used to develop the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 Medicare hospital wage index.
The data analyzed are revised and the second of three wage data public use files (PUFs) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued to develop the hospital wage index for FFY 2020. Because the data are subject to revision, the analysis is 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 time table, hospitals have until Feb. 15 to submit requests for either corrections to errors in the January PUFs resulting from CMS or Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) mishandling of the data, or for revisions of desk review adjustments to wage index data as included in the PUFs. Because this is the second release, there is not enough time for MACs to process new data; therefore, no new data requests will be addressed. Requests and supporting documentation for revision requests must be submitted to the hospital’s MAC.
More information is available in the attached analysis descriptions.