Medicare Economic Index


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Medicare Economic Index

A measure of (physician) practice cost inflation developed in 1975 as a way of estimating annual changes in physicians’ operating costs and earnings levels. The MEI is based on multiple factors—e.g., salaries, prices of supplies and equipment, etc.—and is used by Medicare to determine annual adjustments of physician reimbursement for services.

The Medicare Economic Index (MEI) is the baseline for each year’s payment update calculation, and used in the target calculation to determine the price component of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Payment updates are equivalent to the MEI multiplied by an “adjustment factor”, which reflects how spending compares to the SGR targets. Since 1992, the MEI has been weighed in connection with the update factor for a physician fee schedule.
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2) The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission also recommended that physician productivity should be considered separately in update decisions as opposed to as a component of the Medicare Economic Index.
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3617, which would repeal the sustainable growth rate altogether and replace it with a payment increase based on the Medicare Economic Index.
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The CY 1996 HCFA update was based on the Medicare Economic Index (MEI) (Table 13), performance adjustments, and other adjustments.
The ACP in the continues to endorse the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's recommendation that the SGR be repealed and replaced with a formula that is based on the Medicare economic index, minus a productivity adjustment, Mr.
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There are two new tables, one on medical sector prices and one on the Medicare Economic Index (MEI).

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