Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
Correction of final rule with comment period.
This document corrects wage index, case-mix index, and geographic adjustment factor errors in the final rule with comment period that appeared in the August 22, 2007 Federal Register entitled “Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2008 Rates Final Rule”; and the correction notice that appeared in the October 10, 2007 Federal Register entitled “Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2008 Rates; Correction”.
Effective Date: October 1, 2007.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Miechal Lefkowitz, (410) 786-5316. Valerie Miller, (410) 786-4535.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In FR Doc 07-3820 of August 22, 2007 (72 FR 47130) and in FR Doc. 07-4875 of October 10, 2007 (72 FR 57634), there were a number of technical and typographical errors that are identified and corrected in the Correction of Errors section of this notice.
We issued the fiscal year (FY) 2008 hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) final rule with comment period on August 1, 2007. The FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period appeared in the August 22, 2007 Federal Register, hereinafter referred to as the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period.
We issued a correction notice for the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period on September 28, 2007. The correction notice appeared in the October 10, 2007 Federal Register hereinafter referred to as the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice.
The provisions in this correction notice are effective as if they had been included in the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period. Accordingly, the corrections are effective October 1, 2007.
II. Summary of Errors
We recently discovered a small number of inadvertent technical or typographical errors. Therefore, this notice corrects the errors that appeared in the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period and the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice.
In the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice (72 FR 57637), there were typographical errors in some of the case mix indices listed in Table 2. The case mix index (CMI) values for some of the providers listed in Table 2 of that correction notice were intended to be the same as the CMI values in Table 2 of the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period. However, there was an inadvertent typographical error that resulted in the CMI values for certain providers being displayed on the wrong line. Therefore, in this notice, we are correcting some of the entries in Table 2 to reflect the proper CMI values for these providers.
Table 2 also contained errors in wage indices for providers 140B10 and 220074. Each hospital is a part of a multicampus hospital, and each hospital is reclassified to the labor market area where other hospitals associated with its provider number are located. We note that these hospitals were properly assigned the reclassified wage index in the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period. However, in the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice, Table 2 inadvertently listed each hospital's geographic area wage index rather than the hospital's reclassified wage index. Provider 140B10 was mistakenly assigned 1.0583, the area wage index for Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WA (CBSA 29404). Therefore, in section III. item 1 of this notice (correction of Table 2), the wage index for provider 140B10 is corrected to 1.0472, the reclassified wage index for Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL (CBSA 16974). In addition, provider 220074 was mistakenly assigned 1.0533, the area wage index value for Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA (CBSA 39300). Therefore, in section III. item 1 of this notice (correction of Table 2), the wage index for provider 220074 is corrected to 1.1304, the reclassified wage index for Boston-Quincy, MA (CBSA 14484).
In Tables 2, 4A, and 4C of the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period and the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice, there was also an inadvertent error in the wage index calculation for two core-based statistical areas (CBSAs). In calculating the wage indices in the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period, a provider was inadvertently included in CBSA 16180 Carson City, NV, when it is actually geographically located in CBSA 39900 Reno-Sparks, NV. The effect of this change is that the wage indices for the eight providers in these two CBSAs will change. Therefore, in section III. of this notice, we are correcting the wage indices for these providers in these two CBSAs in Tables 2, 4A, and 4C. We note that wage index corrections may be retroactive to the beginning of the Federal fiscal year if the requirements specified in § 412.64(k)(2)(ii) are met. The requirements in § 412.64(k)(2)(ii) are as follows: (1) The fiscal intermediary or Medicare Administrative Contractor (FI/MAC) or CMS made an error in tabulating data used for the wage index calculation; (2) the hospital knew about the error in its wage data and requested the FI/MAC and CMS to correct the error both within the established schedule for making corrections to the wage data (which is at least before the beginning of the fiscal year for the applicable update to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system) and using the established process; and (3) CMS agreed before October 1 that the FI/MAC or CMS made an error in tabulating the hospital's wage data and the wage index should be corrected. Since the wage indices errors that are corrected in this notice meet the requirements specified in § 412.64 of our regulations, these corrections are effective October 1, 2007.
Table 4C of the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice also contained typographical errors in the geographic adjustment factor (GAF) for two CBSAs, CBSA 13820 (Birmingham-Hoover, AL) and CBSA 26620 (Huntsville, AL). Therefore, in this notice, we are correcting the GAFs for these CBSAs. We note that the wage indices for these CBSAs were correct in the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice and are included in this notice to provide the reader with the wage indices and along with the corrected GAFs.
III. Correction of Errors
1. On pages 57637 through 57698, in Table 2— Hospital Case-Mix Indexes for Discharges Occurring in Federal Fiscal Year 2006; Hospital Wage Indexes for Federal Fiscal Year 2008; Hospital Average Hourly Wages for Federal Fiscal Years 2006 (2002 Wage Data), 2007 (2003 Wage Data), and 2008 (2004 Wage Data); and 3-Year Average of Hospital Average Hourly Wages, the listed entries are corrected to read as follows:
|Provider No.||Case-mix index||FY 2008 wage index||Average hourly wage FY 2006||Average hourly wage FY 2007||Average hourly wage FY 2008||Average hourly wage (3 years)|
|3 This provider, 140B10, is part of a multi-campus provider, 140010, that is comprised of campuses that are located in two different CBSAs. For the FY 2008 wage index, a new provider record was created, designated with a “B” in the 4th position of the provider number, to distinguish between the portion of the wages and hours of the multi-campus facility that is being allocated between the two different CBSAs. Please refer to the FY 2008 final rule, section III.H.I.7 “Geographic Reclassification for Multi-campus Hospitals,” for more details on this provision.|
2. On pages 57698 through 57721, in Table 4A—Wage Index and Capital Geographic Adjustment Factor (GAF) for Urban Areas by CBSA—FY 2008, the listed entries are corrected to read as follows: Start Printed Page 62587
|CBSA code||Urban area (constituent counties)||Wage index||GAF|
|16180||Carson City, NV2 Carson City, NV.||0.9865||0.9907|
|39900||Reno-Sparks, NV Storey County, NV. Washoe County, NV.||1.0836||1.0565|
|2 Hospitals geographically located in the area are assigned the statewide rural wage index for FY 2008. New Jersey floor is imputed as discussed in the FY 2005 IPPS final rule (69 FR 49109) and in section III.G.2 of the preamble in this final rule.|
3. On pages 57722 through 57726, in Table 4C—Wage Index and Capital Geographic Adjustment (GAF) for Hospitals that are Reclassified by CBSA, the listed entries are corrected to read as follows:
|CBSA code||Area||Wage index||GAF|
|16180||Carson City, NV||0.9704||0.9796|
IV. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and the 30-Day Delay in the Effective Date
We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to provide a period for public comment before the provisions of a rule take effect in accordance with section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). However, we can waive this notice and comment procedure if the Secretary finds, for good cause, that the notice and comment process is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, and incorporates a statement of the finding and the reasons therefore in the notice.
Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in effective date of final rules after the date of their publication in the Federal Register. This 30-day delay in effective date can be waived, however, if an agency finds for good cause that the delay is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, and the agency incorporates a statement of the findings and its reasons in the rule issued.
For reasons noted below, we find good cause to waive proposed rulemaking and the 30-day delayed effective date for the technical corrections in this notice. This notice merely corrects typographical and technical errors in the addendum of the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period and the second FY 2008 IPPS correction notice and does not make substantive changes to the policies or payment methodologies that were adopted in the final rule with comment period. As a result, this notice is intended to ensure that the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period accurately reflects the policies adopted in the FY 2008 IPPS final rule with comment period. Therefore, we find that undertaking further notice and comment procedures to incorporate these corrections into the final rule or delaying the effective date of these changes is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest.
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)Start Signature
Dated: October 31, 2007.
Ann C. Agnew,
Executive Secretary to the Department.
[FR Doc. 07-5513 Filed 11-1-07; 10:12 am]
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