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Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board

The Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board ("MGCRB" or "Board") makes determinations on geographic reclassification requests of hospitals who are receiving payment under the inpatient prospective payment system ("IPPS") but wish to reclassify to a higher wage area for purposes of receiving a higher payment rate.  See 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww(d)(10) and 42 C.F.R. § 412.230.

Deadline Extension Under Section 1135

In accordance with Waiver or Modification of Requirements under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act issued August 26, 2017 by Secretary Price, CMS is modifying the September 1, 2017 deadline for applications for FY 2019 reclassifications to be submitted to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB).  CMS is currently granting a 31-day extension to the deadline at § 412.256(a)(2) for the States of Texas and Louisiana.  Applications for FY 2019 reclassifications from hospitals in these areas must be received by the MGCRB not later than October 2, 2017. 

Change of Address

Effective June 19, 2017, the CMS Office of Hearings, which handles appeals for the CMS Hearing Officer, appeals for the Provider Reimbursement Review Board ("PRRB"), and reclassification requests for the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board ("MGCRB"), has moved its offices from its former address of 2520 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite L to:

CMS Office of Hearings
1508 Woodlawn Drive
Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21207

Any correspondence sent to the CMS Hearing Officer, PRRB, or MGCRB should be sent to the new address. If you have any questions, please call the MGCRB information line at 410-786-1174.