Medicare PPS Wage Index Calculator

Carl J. Pucci in Finance & Reimbursement

AHCA has released a facility-specific wage index calculator which will enable members to forecast their 2014/15 Medicare PPS revenue by RUG category.  As announced in last week’s member mailing, Medicare PPS rates are slated to increase approximately 2% for fiscal year 2014/15.  The wage index however, is being updated to reflect accurate wage data across the state (and country), and will vary by county.  This update is being phased in over a two-year period.

Members should follow the Medicare rate user guide as they input their Medicare patient days by RUG category in order to forecast the resulting revenue changes.  An AHCA webinar demonstrating the wage index calculator is also provided.  Additional questions on the model can be sent to

Once the CMS rule is finalized over the summer, NYSHFA will once again prepare the regional PPS rates in advance of the 10/1/14 effective date.

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