CMS finalizes rural wage index boost

From Modern Healthcare:

Starting Oct. 1, rural hospitals across the U.S. will get the wage index boost they have long begged for, the CMS’ said in its final rule on inpatient prospective hospital payments for fiscal 2020.

The agency’s original proposal would have made this change by redistributing money from the top 25% of hospitals—such as politically heavyweight states like California and New York. In the final rule, the CMS will instead decrease payments across the board and cap any cut at 5%.

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