Rural-Urban Issues in the Wage Index Adjustment for Prospective Payment in Skilled Nursing Facilities (Brief Report)


The hourly wage data collected from Medicare-participating nursing homes were used to examine urban and rural patterns in average hourly nursing home wages and patterns of wage variation within the statewide rural labor markets defined by CMS. The data were also used to examine the adequacy of the hospital wage index as an adjuster for skilled nursing facility rates. Working Paper No. 78 also addresses this topic.

North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Kathleen Dalton, Rebecca Slifkin