The CMS has established procedures for hospitals to request a new geographic classification that would boost the hospitals' Medicare payment rates. Scheduled for publication in the Jan. 6 Federal Register, the notice carries out provisions of the recently passed Medicare reform bill, which authorizes $900 million for hospitals that have been inadequately reimbursed based on area wage indexes. Hospitals must file a request for reclassification by Feb. 15, the CMS said. Reclassifications approved by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board will be effective for three years beginning April 1. -- by Jeff Tieman
CMS sets geographic reclassification procedures
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