He cited potential problems in the uniformity of taxes, labor laws and wages, since regions in the federal system would have different wage indices
due to their different working conditions and respective peculiarities.
for metropolitan statistical and non-urban areas were obtained from CMS hospital wage index file and used to adjust for local price levels.
Because the rates fully transition from the old Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) wage indices to the new Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) wage indices, which supposedly better reflect local labor costs.
Reimbursement rates are now calculated on the Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) wage indices, instead of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) wage indices.
a transition to new wage indices
for the majority of providers
In 1980 the correlation between the log wage index of workers with less than nine years of schooling and that of college graduates was only 0.72.(22) To illustrate how the same state may offer relatively different opportunities to different types of workers, consider the log wage indices
for New York and California.