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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Accounting for changes in input prices

Accounting for changes in input prices

March 1, 2002

The Secretary should use the wage and benefit proxies that most closely match the training and skill requirements of health care occupations in all input price indexes used for updating payments. In determining index weights, measures specific to the health sector and to occupation categories in which health care plays a major role should be emphasized.

Topics: Physicians and other health professionals.