Jul 29, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2023. Includes updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, an update on Quality Measures (QMs) that will be in effect in FY 2023 for the HQRP and future QMs; updates on the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Hospice Survey Mode Experiment; and discusses a request for information (RFI) on health equity. Among other things, this rule also establishes a permanent mitigation policy to smooth the impact of year-to-year changes in hospice payments related to changes in the hospice wage index. Includes rural considerations throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2022.