Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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The Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI) was implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule in 1992 and federal statute requires CMS to update the GPCI at least every three years. Locality GPCIs for CY 2012 will be calculated using 2006-based Medicare Economic Index (MEI) cost share weights and using American Community Survey (ACS) data to calculate the office rent index.

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