On November 7, 2008, CMS published a final rule clarifying the definition of outpatient hospital services under Medicaid to align it more closely with the Medicare definition of such services. CMS stresses that the regulation does not eliminate any Medicaid benefit category, place reimbursement restrictions on those categories, or alter the qualifications that must be met to provide a Medicaid covered service. Note that while the proposed version of the rule, published September 28, 2007, included provisions regarding methods for demonstrating compliance with the upper payment limit (UPL), in consideration of the Congressional moratorium on a separate proposed rule on UPLs published January 18, 2007, CMS is reserving action on the proposed provisions related to outpatient hospital UPLs. CMS may consider publication of the UPL guidance at a future date. The rule is is effective December 8, 2008.