Payment Matters: Protect Wage Index Budget Neutrality Issue by Protesting Amount on FYE 12/31/11 Cost Report

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently agreed to settle a dispute with many hospitals involving the calculation of the Medicare wage index. The settlement involves the calculation of the rural floor budget neutrality component associated with the wage index. The settlement amounts for this issue have the potential to be quite large. Providers that have not yet filed their fiscal year ending (FYE) December 31, 2011 cost report have an opportunity to protect this issue for appeal. There may also be avenues available for other hospitals that have not previously appealed this issue.

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