On October 3, 2008, CMS published a notice updating the final Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) wage indices, hospital reclassifications, payment rates, and other tables for fiscal year (FY) 2009, which began October 1, 2008. The data reflects the extension of the expiration date for certain geographic reclassifications and special exception wage indices as required by the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). In a related development, CMS published a separate notice correcting a series of technical and typographical errors that appeared in August 19, 2008 IPPS final rule, including corrections of regulatory language related to physician self-referral provisions.