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Federal Register Notices Relevant to Rural Health

Selected Federal Register notices of interest to the rural health community from the past 90 days.

EOP: Cancellation Notification of the Public Teleconference of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission)
Jun 23, 2017 - Notice from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announcing the cancellation of the public teleconference of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that was previously scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The teleconferece will be rescheduled for a later date.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Deeming Applications for Health Center Volunteer Health Professionals
Jun 23, 2017 - Information collection and public comment request from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) regarding the deeming application for Health Center Program grantees seeking Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage for volunteer health professionals (VHPs). The application form provides HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) with the information necessary to make deeming determinations for the purpose of FTCA coverage. Public comments must be submitted to HRSA no later than August 22, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Deeming Applications for Health Centers, OMB No. 0906-XXXX-New
Jun 23, 2017 - Information collection and public comment request from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) regarding the deeming application for Health Center Program grantees seeking Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage. The application form provides HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) with the information necessary to make deeming determinations for the purpose of FTCA coverage. Public comments must be submitted to HRSA no later than August 22, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Public Inspection: CMS: Hospital Accreditation Programs; Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality
Jun 23, 2017 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval and continued recognition of the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) as a national accrediting organization for hospitals seeking to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. CIHQ's approval takes effect July 26, 2017, and runs through July 26, 2023. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for June 26, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Public Inspection: HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Jun 23, 2017 - Pre-publication notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on HRSA's HPSA Find website, and are current as of May 1, 2017. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for June 26, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Network Development Planning Performance Improvement and Measurement System Database, OMB No. 0915-0384-Extension
Jun 22, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue collecting information as part of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Performance Improvement and Measurement System Database. Collected information is used to quantify and convey the successes and challenges associated with the grant award, and measure objectives across the following areas: network infrastructure, network collaboration, sustainability, and network assessment. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted no later than July 24, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Rural Health Care Support Mechanism
Jun 21, 2017 - Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amending the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program rules and allowing skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to be included amongst the list of healthcare provider types eligible to receive support under the Healthcare Connect Fund. Effective June 21, 2017, the rule change aligns RHC rules with provisions of the Rural Healthcare Connectivity Act of 2016.
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Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program
Jun 21, 2017 - Pre-publication proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which, among other things, would expand Quality Payment Program (QPP) exemptions and implement virtual group provisions for small and rural providers. The proposed rule would also ease electronic health record (EHR) requirements for certain providers as they transition from 2014 certified EHRs to 2015 certified EHRs. Comments regarding provisions of the proposed rule must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 21, 2017, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for June 30, 2017. Additional information is available on the CMS proposed rule fact sheet.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 21, 2017 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlining proposed changes to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is used to determine the prevalence and use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and misuse of prescription drugs. SAMHSA is requesting comments by July 21, 2017, regarding the proposed changes and information collection activities.
Source: Federal Register
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ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Data Collection Materials for the Evaluation of the Administration for Community Living's American Indian, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAA Title VI)
Jun 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to implement a new set of elder and caregiver focus groups, staff interviews, and caregiver surveys. The information collected will help ACL evaluate its American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian programs, and document the value of Title VI programs for affected groups. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by July 20, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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ACL: Notice of Intent To Award a Single Source Non-Competing Supplement to the Native American Elder Justice Initiative (NAEJI)
Jun 20, 2017 - Announces that the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will fund the University of North Dakota's (UND) National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) under the Native American Elder Justice Initiative (NAEJI) through a one-year extension running from August 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018. $200,000 will be awarded to help UND/NIEJI continue their work addressing the lack of culturally appropriate information and community education materials on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Indian Country. The ACL began funding the project in August 2014.
Source: Federal Register
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ACF: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Jun 16, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect information as part of an impact study on the first round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The impact study will evaluate the efficacy of approaches used by non-tribal HPOG grantees to provide low-income individuals with opportunities for education, training, and/or advancement in the healthcare field. Comments regarding the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of June 16, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Application and Other Forms Utilized by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program (SP), the NHSC Students To Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP), and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), OMB No. 0915-0146-Revision
Jun 15, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise the application and other forms used by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program, the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP), and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP). Revisions include the removal of two forms for the NHSC S2S LRP application section. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than July 17, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for MIPPA Program Funds
Jun 14, 2017 - As part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is accepting state plans for Low Income Subsidy and Prescription Drug Enrollment Outreach and Assistance grant funding. MIPPA funding is intended to help states provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through local coalition building and enhanced outreach and education activities. Grants will be awarded to state agencies across three priority areas: State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). MIPPA program state plans must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on August 14, 2017.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jun 14, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting approval to collect information as a way to facilitate virtual groups within the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Virtual groups would allow small and rural practices to join together and report MIPS data as a collective entity starting with the 2018 performance period. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by August 14, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-Mix Methodology; Extension of Comment Period
Jun 14, 2017 - Extends the comment period of a May 4, 2017, proposed rule which, among other things, would update fiscal year 2018 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system (PPS), and revise sections of the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program. Instead of the original June 26, 2017, deadline, comments will now be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 25, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA-HFAP) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Jun 13, 2017 - Acknowledges the receipt of an application from the American Osteopathic Association / Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA-HFAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for ambulatory surgical centers that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments regarding AOA-HFAP's request, specifically related to their accreditation standards and requirements, must be received by CMS no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on July 13, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices To Empower Patients
Jun 12, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments from interested parties to help shape ongoing efforts to reduce regulatory burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and create a more patient-centered healthcare system that promotes affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, and empowerment. Comments or suggestions about changes to existing regulations or other actions within HHS's authority must be submitted by July 12, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Jun 12, 2017 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting generic clearance for the collection of qualitative feedback on ways to improve the delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative, and actionable communications between HHS and the public, and allow the public to contribute directly to program improvement. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted no later than July 12, 2017.
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IHS: Tribal Management Grant Program; Extension of Due Dates
Jun 9, 2017 - Extends the application deadline for the fiscal year 2017 Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program from June 4, 2017, to June 30, 2017, and corrects other key dates that were misprinted in the original May 1, 2017, funding announcement.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements
Jun 8, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which would revise the requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities wishing to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. The rule seeks to enhance transparency throughout the arbitration process, reduce unnecessary provider burden, and support residents' rights to make decisions about their own healthcare. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 7, 2017.
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
Jun 8, 2017 - Reissuance of a November 18, 2016, notice by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) inviting applications for fiscal year 2017 grants to provide technical assistance (TA) for rural transportation (RT) systems under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. This notice extends the application deadline to 4:30 p.m. local time on September 6, 2017, and expands the types of entities eligible to apply. Historically, one grant will be awarded for the provision of TA to RT projects, and one will be awarded for the provision of TA to RT projects operated by Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNATs) only.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Reconciliation Tool for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, OMB No. 0915-0342-Extension
Jun 7, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue collecting information through the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program reconciliation tool. Data collected allows THCGME's prospective payments, whether they were overpaid or underpaid, to be equalized at the end of the fiscal year. Comments regarding the continued information collection must be received by July 7, 2017.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants
Jun 7, 2017 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program. The SDGG Program's primary objective is to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Up to $3 million in total funding is available, with individual grants limited to $175,000 each. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than August 1, 2017, and electronic applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on July 25, 2017.
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CDC: Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS)
Jun 6, 2017 - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will hold its annual Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting and 17th biannual tribal consultation session on August 8-9, 2017, in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Topics of discussion will include tribal priorities for the CDC/ATSDR, public health capacity in Indian Country, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) public health concerns, budget and funding opportunities, and more. The meetings will be open to the public and may be attended in-person only. Attendees must pre-register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, July 7, 2017.
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HRSA: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Veteran's Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program
Jun 6, 2017 - Notice of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing single-source awards to two groups of current Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) - Veteran's Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (VBSN) program recipients. Approximately $6.2 million is available to continue the training of the 672 veteran students who are in the middle of their program studies.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 6, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to revise certain portions of the Notification of Intent to Use Schedule III, IV, or V Opioid Drugs for the Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction by a "Qualifying Other Practitioner." The revisions help clarify existing language and eliminate confusion. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by July 6, 2017.
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 1, 2017 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides public agencies and other nonprofit entities with grant funds to help low-income rural homeowners repair and/or rehabilitate their homes. HPG funds may also be used to help rental property owners or cooperative housing complexes repair their units if they agree to make them available to low-income renters. Electronic applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on July 17, 2017, and paper applications must be submitted to your Rural Development State Office by 5:00 p.m. local time on July 17, 2017.
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EOP: Notification of a Public Meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission)
May 31, 2017 - Notice from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announcing the first meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The first meeting will consist of statements from invited nonprofit organizations regarding current drug-related issues and a discussion of issues raised. The meeting will be streamed live for public viewing and is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2017
May 26, 2017 - Announces that the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. RCDI awards grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes, to help build their capacity and prepare to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic development. Applications must be received by RHS no later than 4:00 p.m. local time, July 25, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) Meeting on August 21-22, 2017
May 25, 2017 - Announces the annual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2017. The Panel advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on issues related to the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) groups and the appropriate level of supervision for outpatient therapeutic services. The annual meeting is scheduled for August 21-22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern each day, and will be held at the CMS Central Office in Woodlawn, Maryland. The meeting may be attended via webcast, teleconference, or in person.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Call for Nominations for the Non-Federal Members of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
May 24, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking nominations for the non-federal members of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), which was created as part of the recently enacted 21st Century Cures Act. ISMICC will coordinate federal efforts related to serious mental illness and provide recommendations to Congress and other relevant federal agencies. At least one member of ISMICC must be a mental health professional with clinical or research experience working with medically underserved populations. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 2, 2017.
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IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement; Announcement Type: New-Limited Competition
May 22, 2017 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the application window for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). The TSGP provides resources to tribes, and allows tribes to negotiate with IHS to assume programs, services, functions, and activities (PSFAs), which gives tribes greater flexibility to manage healthcare programs in a way that best suits their communities. IHS anticipates issuing five awards totaling $120,000 each, with the project period running from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 23, 2017.
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IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement
May 22, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. For fiscal year 2017, IHS anticipates issuing five awards totaling $48,000 each. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 23, 2017.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
May 22, 2017 - Announcement from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) requesting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of the DHCS program is to address the unmet healthcare needs in the Delta Region through financial assistance, economic development, and cooperation between health professionals and institutions in the region. Grant awards will range from $50,000 to $1 million. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 24, 2017, and electronic applications must be received by July 17, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program
May 19, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the Joint Commission's request for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The Joint Commission's current term as a recognized CAH accreditation program expires November 21, 2017. Comments regarding the Joint Commission's request and current accreditation requirements must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 18, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR); Delay of Effective Date
May 19, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing May 20, 2017, as the effective date of a January 3, 2017, final rule implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models (EPMs), a Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive model, and changes to the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Also finalizes a delay of other provisions listed in the rule.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
May 19, 2017 - Final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) establishing October 1, 2017, as the effective date for a January 5, 2017, rule which sets forth calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for drug manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The original effective date was delayed in order to comply with the "regulatory freeze pending review" issued January 20, 2017, and in response to comments submitted in support of an October 1, 2017, effective date.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
May 16, 2017 - Announces the opening of the fiscal year 2017 Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program application window. The competitive grants, which range from $50,000 to $500,000, are intended to benefit users in rural areas through the enhancement of telemedicine and distance learning services. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 17, 2017, and electronic applications must be received no later than July 17, 2017.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 10, 2017 - Comments are being accepted through July 10, 2017 regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to collect information for the purpose of disclosures required of certain hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals regarding physician ownership. The disclosure notice is intended to assist the patient in making an informed decision about their care.
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VA: Use of Medicare Procedures To Enter Into Provider Agreements for Extended Care Services
May 10, 2017 - Notice of the withdrawal of proposed rule from February 13, 2013 due to conclusion that the VA cannot achieve the proposed goals without a statutory change. The original proposal included amending regulations to allow the VA to enter into provider agreements to obtain extended care services for Veterans from community providers.
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HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
May 9, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Service Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services of a meeting for the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH/Council). The meeting will be June 6-7 and is open to the public.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-January Through March 2017
May 5, 2017 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: National Health Service Corps Ambassador Portal OMB No. 0915-0388-Extension
May 5, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue collecting information as part of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Ambassador Program. Through the NHSC Ambassador Program, current and former NHSC participants provide professional development assistance, training, and mentorship to current and prospective NHSC participants. Ambassador information is collected through the NHSC Ambassador Portal, which serves as both the application interface and searchable database of current Ambassadors. Comments regarding the continued information collection efforts must be submitted by July 5, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, and Proposal To Correct the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza Vaccination Immunization Reporting Measure in the ESRD QIP for PY 2020
May 4, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which, among other things, would update fiscal year 2018 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system (PPS), and revise sections of the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program. Comments regarding the proposed changes are due no later then 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 26, 2017.
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HRSA: Determination of Number of Entities and Recruitment of Entities for Assignment of Corps Personnel Obligated Under the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
May 4, 2017 - Announces that for the October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) placement cycle, eligible sites must have a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of 17 or higher to be included on the Health Workforce Connector website and receive priority scholar placement. Sites with HPSA scores lower than 17 may post their job openings on the Health Workforce Connector, but NHSC scholars will only be allowed to apply for positions at sites whose score is 17 or greater.
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
May 3, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2018, and modify certain aspects of hospice data collection, public reporting, and quality measurement. Comments regarding the proposed changes are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 26, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2018
May 3, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would update fiscal year 2018 prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), remove the 25 percent penalty associated with patient assessment instrument (PAI) late transmissions, revise the ICD-10-CM codes that are used to determine compliance under the "60 percent rule," and more. Comments regarding the proposed changes are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 26, 2017.
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EOP: Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs
May 2, 2017 - Executive order directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Office will advise the Secretary on policy priorities related to employee termination and/or reward, ensure swift resolution of veterans' complaints, and protect employees who lawfully report wrongdoing from retaliation.
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HHS: Meeting Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015
May 2, 2017 - Announces that the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) will hold an open meeting at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items for the meeting include presentations by PTAC members on proposals for Medicare physician-focused payment models, committee deliberation and voting, and time for public comments. Online registration is preferred, and members of the public may attend in person or by phone via audio teleconference.
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IHS: Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; Tribal Management Grant Program
May 1, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive grant applications for the fiscal year 2017 Tribal Management Grant (TMG) program. Funding through the TMG program is intended to help tribes and tribal organizations (T/TO) improve their health management capacities, and develop infrastructure systems to manage and organize IHS programs, functions, services, and activities (PFSAs). IHS expects to issue 16-18 awards, and applications are due June 4, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Provider-Based Status of Indian Health Service and Tribal Facilities and Organizations; Costs Reporting and Provider Requirements; Agreement Termination Notices
Apr 28, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which, among other things, would revise the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals, implement certain provisions of various legislation, and establish new requirements or revise existing requirements for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other eligible providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 13, 2017.
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EOP: Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America
Apr 28, 2017 - Executive order revoking the establishment of the White House Rural Council, and directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture, the USDA will provide funding and administrative support to maintain the Task Force. The Task Force will identify legislative, regulatory, and policy priorities to promote rural prosperity in the following areas: agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Health Workforce Connector, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-NEW
Apr 28, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the newly developed Health Workforce Connector. The proposed data collection function within the Health Workforce Connector will allow users to create an account, complete a profile, and search for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps job opportunities. Data collection efforts are designed to expand the functionality of the Health Workforce Connector. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by May 30, 2017.
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SAMHSA: Request for Comment on the NSDUH Redesign
Apr 26, 2017 - Request for comments from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) regarding a proposed redesign of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Proposed changes will ensure that the NSDUH remains policy-relevant, and accurately captures data on substance abuse, substance use disorders, and mental health issues. Comments and/or suggestions must be submitted by June 26, 2017.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program
Apr 24, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing plans to revise information collection efforts related to the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program. Proposed revisions will reduce the number of reported performance measures, and help show annual program performance. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted by June 23, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Opioid State Targeted Response Grants
Apr 21, 2017 - Notice from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the administration's intentions for administering the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants. While funding for the first year will be released immediately, HHS will seek input from the states/territories in the coming months to ensure second-year funds are allocated and used in accordance with best practices and lessons learned.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Market Stabilization
Apr 18, 2017 - Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designed to help stabilize the individual and small group insurance markets. Included changes modify the open enrollment period, increase the level of pre-enrollment verification, allow issuers to apply premium payments to past debt, and give issuers greater flexibility in new plan formulation. Provisions of the rule take effect June 19, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Funding in Support of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model-Cooperative Agreement
Apr 14, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the single-source cooperative agreement funding opportunity for the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model. $10 million will be provided to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to cover start-up costs for the model, and an additional $15 million will be available for continued operation. The performance period of the model began January 13, 2017, and is scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program OMB No. 0915-0140-Revision
Apr 11, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise a portion of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application. Proposed changes will help reduce overall burden hours by allowing for self-certification of the semi-annual employment verification requirement. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be submitted by May 11, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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FNS: Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines
Apr 10, 2017 - Announces the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) annual adjustments to the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price meals and milk for the period running July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Guidelines are used by schools and other institutions to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments-Treatment of Third Party Payers in Calculating Uncompensated Care Costs
Apr 3, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services addressing the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, and the application of such limits. Clarifies that hospital-specific DSH limits are based only on uncompensated care for Medicaid eligible individuals for which the hospital has not received any payment from any source. Provisions of the rule take effect June 2, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies; Delay of Effective Date
Apr 3, 2017 - Proposed rule delaying the effective date of a January 13, 2017, final rule revising the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The proposed delay will move the effective date from July 13, 2017, to January 13, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Establishing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Apr 3, 2017 - Executive order establishing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addition and the Opioid Crisis, which will study the federal response to the opioid crisis and make recommendations to the President for improving that response. Also outlines provisions of the Commission related to membership, mission, administration, funding, reports, and termination.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Special Medical Advisory Group; Notice of Meeting
Apr 3, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Special Medical Advisory Group will hold an open meeting on April 20, 2017, to discuss VHA modernization and governance structure for quality, safety, and value, and review the agency's priorities. The meeting will be held at the Veterans Health Administration National Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia, and run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Source: Federal Register
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FNS: Emergency Food Assistance Program; Availability of Foods for Fiscal Year 2017
Mar 31, 2017 - Announces the surplus and purchased foods that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to make available for states to use in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for fiscal year 2017. TEFAP distributes foods to Eligible Recipient Agencies (ERAs) to provide nutrition assistance for those in need.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Mar 28, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, will hold an open meeting on April 27, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern to identify critical health issues and set goals for the Healthy People 2030 initiative. The meeting will be available to the public via webinar, and the required pre-registration must be completed by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on April 26, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Reconciliation Tool for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program
Mar 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement a reconciliation tool in the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Data collected will allow THCGME's prospective payments, whether they were overpaid or underpaid, to be equalized at the end of the fiscal year. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by May 26, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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