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Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy - Report Release

At the request of Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services, the IOM examined ways to improve the accuracy of data sources and methods used for making the geographic adjustments in payments to providers. During the release event on June 1, 2011, IOM committee members who authored the report Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy described an integrated approach that includes moving to a single source of wage and benefits data; changing to one set of payment areas and labor markets; and expanding the range of occupations included in the index calculations, among other recommendations. (49:37 )