CMS published the Preliminary Public Use File (PUF) for the FY 2017 wage index and occupational mix on 5/15/2015. This file reflects the Worksheet S-3, Parts II and III wage data from cost reports for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (FY Beginning from 10/1/12 to 9/30/2013). Hospitals will have until September 2, 2015 to request revisions to the wage data posted in the May PUF.
An HFS Wage Index Verification Tool is available from the software menu under “Tools|Wage Index Verification” to assist providers in identifying any errors.
Comma separated files of the PUF and a Quick Start Guide for use with the Wage index Verification Tool are available at http://www.hfssoft.com/iFrame/Support/iWageVerify.aspx.
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.