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Regulation No.
CMS-1555-N/ CMS-1555-CN
Title
Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2009
Publication Date
11/03/2008
Year
CY 2009
Display Date
10/30/2008
Description
This notice sets forth an update to the 60-day national episode rates and the national per-visit amounts under the Medicare prospective payment system for home health services, effective on January 1, 2009.

It has come to CMS's attention that there exists, technical errors in the 

CMS-1555-N - Published 11/03/08 (PDF Version) - Opens in a new window

, as it relates to the wage index table in Addendum B. Specifically, Litchfield County, CT should not be listed under CBSA 25540, nor should Merrimack County, NH be listed under CBSA 31700. As stated in section "F. Hospital Wage Index" (73 FR 65358), under item "1. Clarification of New England Deemed Counties" of the above notice, both Litchfield and Merrimack counties are to be considered rural for the purposes of the hospital wage index. Additionally, Manatee and Sarasota counties were inadvertently not listed under CBSA 14600 Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice. These counties should be listed under CBSA 14600. See the correction notice (CMS-1555-CN) below. The public should refer to this correction notice for final official notice of these errors and their corrections. (posted as Spotlight on HHA center page on 11/06/08)

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