This final rule revises the existing conditions of participation that hospices must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The final conditions address the comments that we received on the proposed rule published on May 27, 2005. This final rule focuses on the care delivered to patients and their families by hospices and the outcome of that care. The final requirements continue to reflect the unique interdisciplinary view of patient care and allow hospices flexibility in meeting quality standards. These changes are an integral part of the Administration's efforts to achieve broad based improvements in the quality of health care and our efforts to improve the quality of care furnished through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.