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CMS Posts Wage Index Public Use Files
Hospitals must submit data correction requests by March 3

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted two public use files containing data that will be used to develop a proposed hospital wage index for fiscal year 2015. The files include wage and occupational mix data for all hospitals in the CMS database through Feb. 19, and a preliminary comparison of average hourly wages by area for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will accept data correction requests through March 3 for errors related to CMS or MAC handling of the wage index data, or MAC handling of the desk review adjustments. Correction requests must include the appropriate documentation. CMS will publish its proposed FY 2015 hospital wage index in the Federal Register this spring. To view the CMS public use files, click here.