Medicare Wage Index: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Important

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The Medicare Wage Index (WI) is one of the factors that adjust a hospital’s overall payment from the Medicare program. Through the wage index, Medicare is able to maintain a consistent payment structure across IPPS hospitals while recognizing that the cost of labor varies in markets across the nation.

This paper explores:

  • Aspects of the wage index including how labor markets are defined.
  • Various adjustments that can impact how the wage index is calculated.
  • Recent changes to the wage index.
  • Opportunities that hospitals can take advantage of during their own review process.

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