Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Extension of Certain Wage Index Reclassifications and Special Exceptions for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and the Hospital Outpatient PPS
GAO-12-737R, May 16, 2012
GAO reviewed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicare Program; extension of certain wage index reclassifications and special exceptions for the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems for acute care hospitals and the hospital outpatient PPS. GAO found that (1) the notice announces changes to wage indices and hospital reclassifications in accordance with section 302 of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (TPTCCA) as amended by section 3001 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (MCTRJCA). TPTCCA and MCTRJCA extend the expiration date for certain geographic reclassifications and special exception wage indices through March 31, 2012, for the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems for acute care hospitals. These geographic reclassifications and special exception wage indices are also extended under the hospital outpatient prospective payment system; and (2) CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.