Don’t Miss Sept. 4 Deadline for Medicare Wage Index Data Changes

Posted on August 09, 2018

Hospitals are reminded of the Sept. 4 deadline for requesting changes to their wage and occupational mix survey data being used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare wage index. The Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) must receive all requests and supporting documentation by close of business Sept. 4.  A recording and PowerPoint slides from the MHA’s June 27 educational webinar are available for members who were unable to participate.

The Medicare wage index is used to adjust payments for regional wage variations and applies to Medicare payments for inpatient, outpatient and post-acute care services. In May, the CMS released preliminary data that the agency will use to develop the FY 2020 wage index, based on data from hospital cost reports beginning in federal FY 2016.

Hospitals must complete an occupational mix survey once every three years, and hospitals last submitted surveys to the MAC in July 2017. That survey collected 2016 data and will be used to adjust the wage index for FYs 2020, 2021 and 2022. The occupational mix adjustment recognizes variations in the occupational mix of employees among hospitals.

In June, the MHA distributed hospital-specific worksheets containing these data, including comparisons for both wage data and occupational mix data, that allow hospitals to identify potential areas for reporting improvement. Hospitals are encouraged to review their data and submit requests to the MAC for changes to wage and occupational mix survey data through Sept. 4. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.

Tags: Medicare, webinar, occupational mix survey, wage index

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