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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.

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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for May 4, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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AHRQ: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations
Mar 24, 2017 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting information submissions from the public to inform their review on Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations. Specifically, AHRQ is seeking scientific studies that report on the efficacy of using telehealth consultations for acute and/or chronic conditions. Information must be submitted on or before April 24, 2017.
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Mar 22, 2017 - Announces the cancellation of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, which was scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. The meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum. The next Council meeting is scheduled for July 26, 2017.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
Mar 22, 2017 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 2, 2017, and electronic applications must be received by May 26, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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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; Delay of Effective Date
Mar 21, 2017 - Further delays the effective dates of a January 3, 2017, final rule which, among other things, implements a series of new episode payment models and modifies the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. Comments regarding the appropriateness of this delay are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 19, 2017.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
Mar 20, 2017 - Further delays the effective date of a January 5, 2017, final rule, which sets forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defines civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. Comments are being accepted through April 19, 2017, on whether a longer delay is necessary, potentially pushing back the effective date from May 22, 2017, to October 1, 2017.
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HRSA: Notice of Meeting: Health Resources and Services Administration
Mar 17, 2017 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) will hold open meetings on April 10 - 12, 2017, to examine the current delivery of healthcare and human services in rural areas, and develop a work plan for the next quarter. The meetings will be held in person at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Washington, D.C., with a visit to the Hubert H. Humphrey Building scheduled on April 11.
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IHS: Community Based Model of PHN Case Management Services (Behavioral Health)
Mar 16, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), Division of Nursing Services/Public Health Nursing (PHN) is accepting grant applications through May 15, 2017, for the Community Based Model of PHN Case Management Services program. Approximately ten awards ranging from $124,000 to $150,000 will be awarded to help improve behavioral health outcomes for certain high risk American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.
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FNS: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 2017/2018 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Mar 15, 2017 - Announces the maximum and minimum income eligibility guidelines by household size for persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Guidelines cover the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, and must be implemented by state agencies no later than July 1, 2017.
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HRSA: Notice of Meeting: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
Mar 14, 2017 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold an open meeting on March 22, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss provider retention in rural areas, the redesign of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), and provide an update on Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scoring. The meeting may be attended via webinar or conference call, and the final agenda will be available on the NACNHSC website three days in advance.
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NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Application Process for Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at the NIH Clinical Center and Its Impact on Course and Training Program Enrollment and Effectiveness (Clinical Center)
Mar 9, 2017 - Notice of intent from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect information as part of the application process for Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at the NIH Clinical Center. Information collected will be used to evaluate applicants' qualifications, determine eligibility for courses and training programs, and track enrollment over time. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by May 8, 2017.
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GAO: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee Nominations; Request for Letters of Nomination and Resumes
Mar 8, 2017 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations of individuals for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. The Committee, established by the 21st Century Cures Act, provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation of HIT, certification criteria, use of health information, and more. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted by April 14, 2017, and appointments will be made in July 2017.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties; Delay of Effective Date
Mar 6, 2017 - Delays the effective date of a January 5, 2017, final rule, which sets forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defines civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. In order to comply with the "regulatory freeze pending review," the effective date is delayed until March 21, 2017.
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Mar 1, 2017 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, discussions on the learning healthcare system, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and AHRQ's work in rural areas. The meeting may be attended in person or via webcast, and the final agenda will be available on the AHRQ website no later than Friday, March 17, 2017.
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CDFI Fund: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance (FA) Awards or Technical Assistance (TA) Grants Under the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Funding Round
Feb 27, 2017 - Announces a funding opportunity through the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to emerging and certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that serve native communities. Awards of up to $1 million will be made for CDFI financial assistance, and grants of up to $150,000 will be made to build organizational capacity of certified, certifiable, and emerging CDFIs.
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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)
Feb 23, 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 collection must be submitted by April 24, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - October Through December 2016
Feb 23, 2017 - Quarterly notice listing all Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices published from October through December 2016.
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