The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final wage index and occupational mix public use files which will be used to determine the area wage index for the FY 2016 Medicare prospective payment systems. These files are available for the purpose of identifying potential data entry or transmission errors made by CMS or their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC).

Any request for revisions to the public use files must be received by both CMS and the MAC no later than June 1, 2015, and must include all necessary supporting documentation.

CMS will only allow corrections to errors resulting from MAC or CMS mishandling of data. CMS will not accept the initiation of new wage data revision requests at this time.

If you would like assistance in evaluating and reviewing this data, please contact our Albany office at (229) 883-7878 or our Atlanta office at (404) 220-8494.