Recommendation 5-1: The committee recommends that wage indexes be adjusted using formulas based on commuting patterns for health care workers who reside in a county located in one labor market but commute to work in a county located in another labor market. Recommendation 6B: The secretary should establish a hospital compensation index that is adjusted at the county level and smooths large differences between counties.
 
Recommendation 5-2: The committee’s recommendations are intended to replace the system of geographic reclassification and exceptions that is currently in place for health care providers. Recommendation 6A: Congress should repeal the existing hospital wage index statute, including reclassifications and exceptions, and give the secretary authority to establish new wage index systems.


The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement