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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.

CMS: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve DNV GL-Healthcare's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospital that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approve is effective for the period of August 17, 2018 through September 26, 2022.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations Pathways to Success
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make changes to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operated under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Among other things, the proposed changes will encourage ACOs to transition to two-side models where they share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses. Includes considerations for small and rural providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 16, 2018.
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting
Aug 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a public meeting on September 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. Agenda items include a discussion of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of mortality in rural, and the provision of oral health services. Requests to submit a written statement or make oral comments should be sent to Steven Hirsch at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
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FCC: Connect America Fund
Aug 15, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an information collection associated with the rules for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, thus making the rules published on July 7, 2016 and April 13, 2018 effective.
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Fiscal Year 2019
Aug 14, 2018 - Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) prior to the passage of final appropriations for FY 2019. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based upon funding amount requested for each of the grant programs. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be published on the USDA Rural Development website at a later date.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by September 12, 2018 on the modification of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) OASIS-C2/ICD-10 that home health agencies are required to collect when participating in the Medicare program.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - April through June 2018
Aug 13, 2018 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 2018. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year Proposed Rule
Aug 10, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014-2018 benefit years. Comments are due by September 7, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Program Integrity: Exchange, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards; Amendments to the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014; Final Rule II; and 2) Essential Community Provider Data Collection to Support QHP Certification for PYs 2021-2023. Comments are due by September 10, 2018.
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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates; Correction
Aug 10, 2018 - Correction to a July 19, 2018 Federal Register notice from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service related to maximum reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Correction
Aug 9, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to Figure A, as filed in the July 27, 2018 proposed rule to revise payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule.
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RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
Aug 9, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Aug 8, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things.
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FDA: Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Aug 7, 2018 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration seeking comment on a draft guidance entitled "Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment," as well as comments on when the use of placebo or active controls is most appropriate in clinical trials for such drugs. Comments are due by October 9, 2018.
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HHS, CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Aug 7, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on their intent to re-establish a matching program between CMS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) entitled “Determining Enrollment or Eligibility for Insurance Affordability Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” The program allows CMS and SSA to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by September 6, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019. Also updates regulatory text to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019 and makes changes to the Hospice Quality Report Program. This final rule is effective on October 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updating the prospective payment rates for FY 2019 for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. Also updated labor-related share and wage indexes, as well as quality and reporting measures. The rule is effective October 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2019 and remove certain measures and assessment instruments in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of paperwork for IRFs. Also makes updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program requirements. The rule is effective on October 1, 2018.
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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
Aug 6, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is accepting loan applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program. Letters of Intent should be submitted by September 30, 2019 with the full loan application package should due 60 days from the date of a written RUS invitation to proceed.
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HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
Aug 3, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will convene a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages (ACICBL) on August 16, 2018. The full agenda will be posted on the ACICBL website and will include a discussion of how to prepare the healthcare workforce to practice in age-friendly health systems while addressing the quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs while improving the work life of healthcare providers.
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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
Aug 3, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. Under the new definition, contracts issued must have an expiration date that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract and, taking into account renewals or extensions, has a duration of no longer than 36 months in total. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage and is designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage that occur when individuals are transitioning from one insurance plan to another. This rule is effective on October 2, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Proposed Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Requests for Information on Promoting Interoperability and Electronic Health Care Information, Price Transparency, and Leveraging Authority for the Competitive Acquisition Program for Part B Drugs and Biologicals for a Potential CMS Innovation Center Model
Jul 31, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2019. The proposed rule also updates requirements for the Hospital Outpatient quality reporting (OQR) program and ASC quality reporting program, requests information on promoting interoperability and the exchange of electronic health care information, and proposes to modify the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey measure by removing pain-related questions. Includes considerations for rural providers throughout. Comments on the rule are due by September 24, 2018.
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FCC: Possible Revision or Elimination of Rules; Proposed Rule
Jul 31, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment from the public by October 29, 2018 on a list of ten-year old rules, including Universal Services rules that contain rural definitions and programs, in order to determine if they should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded. The FCC will review comments and consider what action, if any, needs to be taken with regard to the rules.
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Jul 31, 2018 - The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)will hold an open full committee meeting on September 13-14. The agenda is posted on the NCVHS website and includes a discussion on several health data policy topics, continued work on projects outlined in the NCVHS 2018 workplan, and discussion on plans for the NCVHS 13th Report to Congress, among other things. Additionally, the NCVHS Population Health Subcommittee will hold a session with panelists to provide input to the Committee regarding strategies and resources/tools to increase access to small area data.
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CMS, HHS: Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the 2017 Benefit Year
Jul 30, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a final rule adopting the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2017 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 benefit years. This rule is effective July, 30, 2018.
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Jul 30, 2018 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting September 6-7, 2018. The committee will continue deliberations from its previous meeting to further develop recommendations regarding stakeholder engagement; the roles of health equity, complex systems science and modeling, and summary measures in Healthy People 2030; and activities for implementing Health People 2030.
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CDC: Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS)
Jul 27, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a public meeting for the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Health Disparities Subcommittee (ACD, CDC-HDS) on October 9, 2018. Agenda items are focused on providing new members of the Subcommittee with information related to their roles and responsibilities.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Jul 27, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018.
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RUS: Broadband e-Connectivity Pilot Program
Jul 27, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is seeking comment by September 10, 2018 on the implementation of the pilot broadband program (e-Connectivity Pilot). The e-Connectivity Pilot provides loans and grants for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural communities.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) for Continued Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Jul 26, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) has submitted their application to continue as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Comments on their application must be received by August 27, 2018.
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HHS: Secretarial Review and Publication of the National Quality Forum 2017 Annual Report to Congress and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Submitted by the Consensus-Based Entity Regarding Performance Measurement
Jul 25, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledging that the Secretary has received and reviewed the 2017 National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Report. The Secretary's comments are included in section II of the notice, including the response to NQF's work in addressing challenges faced by rural communities when implementing certain quality measures.
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IHS: Draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2018-2022
Jul 24, 2018 - The Indian Health Service is seeking public comment by August 23, 2018, on the draft IHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2018-2022. The three main goals of the plan are: 1) To ensure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people; 2) To promote excellence and quality through innovation of the Indian health system into an optimally performing organization; and 3) To strengthen IHS program management and operations. A series of virtual town hall sessions seeking input on the plan will also be held.
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BIA: Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jul 23, 2018 - Publishes the current list of 573 federally recognized tribal entities. Each tribal entity is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as an Indian Tribe.
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CDFI: Funding Opportunities: Capital Magnet Fund; 2018 Funding Round
Jul 20, 2018 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in Grants.gov by August 20, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jul 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment by September 18, 2018 on its intention to collect information for the evaluation of CMS Quality Improvement Organizations' medication safety and adverse drug event prevention activities.
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HUD: Announcement of Funding Awards
Jul 20, 2018 - Announcement of funding decisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the following programs: FY2017 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB); FY2017 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP); and FY2017 The Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations and Data Analysis and Utilization Program.
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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC)
Jul 20, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) on August 2, 2018. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services' Operating Divisions; updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion.
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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 19, 2018.
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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
Jul 19, 2018 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
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BIA: Change of Address; Office of Federal Acknowledgment
Jul 18, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of a change of address for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment for filing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe.
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HHS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority
Jul 18, 2018 - Announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services making changes to the statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The changes were mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act to address threats which harm public health, access to healthcare, access to emergency medical services, and national security.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jul 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018.
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NTIA: BroadbandUSA Webinar Series
Jul 17, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a series of monthly webinars beginning in October 2018. This Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide information on a range of topics and issues being addressed by BroadbandUSA in an effort to attract new employers, create jobs, improve educational opportunities, increase health outcomes, improve public safety, and advance smart city initiatives. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jul 16, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment by September 14, 2018 on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices.
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jul 16, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by August 15, 2018 on the evaluation of the technical assistance provided to CMS programs as they integrate health equity into their programs, as determined through the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Jul 12, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would remove the regulatory text that allows a state to make payment to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.
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CMS:Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Requirements; and Training Requirements for Surveyors of National Accrediting Organizations
Jul 12, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) payment rates for services provided on or after January 1, 2019. Among other things, it includes a proposal for the methodology used to determine rural add-on payments for calendar years 2019-2022. Comments on the proposed rule are due by August 31, 2018.
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FCC: Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment
Jul 9, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), effective August 8, 2018, publishing a Second Report and Order to outline several steps taken to accelerate the deployment of next-generation networks and services by removing barriers to infrastructure investment. See item 42 for the FCC's response to commenters related to the discontinuation requirements for carriers seeking to transition from legacy voice services to next-general replacement services and its effect on rural consumers.
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FNS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request: Assessment of Mandatory Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (E&T) Programs
Jul 9, 2018 - USDA's Food and Nutrition Services is seeking public comment by September 7, 2018 on an information collection seeking to determine how specific Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) mandatory employment and training program processes and services affect a participant's likelihood of of participating in the SNAP program. The information collection will also seek to determine how well these mandatory programs help SNAP participants gain skills, certificates, and gain stable, well-paying employment.
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SAMHSA: Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of Meeting
Jul 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces a meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (NAC) to be held on August 1, 2018. Items for discussion include the Center's policy issues, updates on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, presentations on suicide prevent, school mental health and child trauma, and a conversation with the Assistance Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.
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CDC: Final National Occupational Research Agenda for Services
Jul 3, 2018 - The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released the final version of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Services, after incorporating input from the public.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jul 3, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by September 4, 2018 on the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. The MAQI demonstration would exempt clinicians who participate to a sufficient degree in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements and payment adjustment.
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FCC: Connect America Fund
Jul 2, 2018 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission correcting errors in a May 1, 2018 rule that increased the amount of operating costs that carriers that predominately serve tribal lands can recover from the Universal Service Fund. This rule is effect July 2, 2018.
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HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Jul 2, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces 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 the HPSA Find website and are current as of May 1, 2018.
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RBS: Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; Corrections
Jul 2, 2018 - Notice from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service correcting amendments made in the June 3, 2016 Federal Register notice that inadvertently omitted conforming amendments for adoption for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This rule is effective on July 2, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Jul 2, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces changes and reorganization to reflect new functional statements for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Also creates the new National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory.
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America
Jun 29, 2018 - Rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raising the annual program funding cap of the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program and applying it to the current funding year to fully fund eligible funding requests for fiscal year (FY) 2017. This rule also adjusts the funding cap to reflect inflation and establishes a process to carry forward unused funds from past funding years for use in future funding years.
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NIH: Request for Information on the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach To Address the Opioid Crisis
Jun 29, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking input on a multi-state national research effort to develop and test approaches for the systemic implementation and sustainability of integrated, evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases, increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. Comments must be received by July 20, 2018.
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VA: Notice of Request for Information Regarding Health Care Access Standards
Jun 29, 2018 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking public comment on the establishment of access standards for furnishing hospital care, medical services, and extended care services to covered veterans through the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act. Among information being requested from the public are whether standards for appointment wait times exist, the use of travel distance for establishing service areas, and the development of guidelines to refer patients to out of system providers. Comments are accepted through July 30, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meetings
Jun 28, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the following meeting schedules: 1) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) on July 22-23, 2018, 2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) on July 23 and July 25, 2018, and 3) Joint Tribal Advisory Committee (JTAC) on July 24, 2018.
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ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for Tribal MIPPA Program Funds
Jun 27, 2018 - The Administration for Community Living announces its intent to award funding to existing Older Americans Act Title VI Native American grantees to be used for activities related to community outreach informing Native American elders of benefits available through Medicare Part D, the Low Income Subsidy, the Medicare Savings Program, or Medicare prevention benefits and screenings. Applications are due by August 17, 2018.
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FNS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II
Jun 27, 2018 - USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comment by August 27, 2018 on a new information collection that will provide the agency with an comprehensive view of the nutritional quality, cost, and acceptability of meals served as part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Results from this study will be compared with findings collected during the 2014-15 school year to help inform policy changes going forward.
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HRSA: Removing Outmoded Regulations Regarding the National Health Service Corps Program
Jun 27, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration to remove outmoded regulations related to private practice loans for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Program, effective July 27, 2018. NHSC has not made private practice loans available for more than 25 years and does not plan to do so in the future, so the regulations are no longer necessary.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Removing Outmoded Regulations Regarding the Rural Physician Training Grant Program, Definition of “Underserved Rural Community”
Jun 27, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to remove outmoded regulations related to the Rural Physician Training Grant Program definition of “Underserved Rural Community,” effective July 27, 2018. Funding for the program was authorized at section 749B(i) Public Health Service Act for fiscal years 2010-2013, but never appropriated and the program was not implemented. Should the program be funded in the future, HRSA will define underserved rural communities through policy documents at that time.
Source: Federal Register
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RBS: Inviting Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
Jun 27, 2018 - USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for grants to provide technical assistance for rural transportation systems grant program. Applications should support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report. Applications are due by September 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2018
Jun 27, 2018 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting pre-applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and Section 516 FLH grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of non-FLH property. Applications are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision
Jun 26, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment regarding the burden estimate for information collected through the HRSA Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Notice includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Proposed Standards for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program's Quality Bonus System
Jun 26, 2018 - Response from the Health Resources and Services Administration to comments received on the October 16, 2017 Federal Register notice proposing to create a quality bonus system for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME). Includes a consideration for improving access and quality of care for rural and underserved communities.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law
Jun 25, 2018 - Request for information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how to address any undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law. Comments accepted through August 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2018
Jun 25, 2018 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development (RD), is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. Pre-applications in response to this Notice must be received by August 9, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Continued Approval of its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Jun 22, 2018 - Proposed notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the receipt of an application from American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments on whether AAAASF's requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage for ASCs must be submitted by July 23, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by The Compliance Team for Continued CMS Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program
Jun 22, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the continued approval of The Compliance Team (TCT) as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, effective through July 18, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Jun 20, 2018 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Standards Subcommittee on July 17-18, 2018. The agenda is posted on the NCVHS website and includes a discussion of the draft Environmental Scan Report which assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the health terminology and vocabulary environment; a discussion of governance, coordination, and communications across terminology and vocabulary developers; and the identification of gaps in U.S. health terminology and vocabulary coverage; among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Jun 20, 2018 - USDA's Rural Housing Servicing is seeking comment by August 20, 2018 on a proposal to amend current regulations for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to increase flexibility in loan terms for interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Revolving Fund Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $1,000,000 will be available for lending programs to finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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ERS: Notice of Intent To Request Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Jun 19, 2018 - USDA's Economic Research Service is seeking comment on the renewal of an information collection to assess food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service in order to monitor the prevalence of food security and severity of food insecurity in the United States. Comments are due by August 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program; Correction
Jun 15, 2018 - Correction of technical and typographical errors in a final rule published on April 16, 2018. The original rule revised the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) to implement provisions designed to reduce beneficiary misuse or overdose of opioids as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). It included information on changes to improve program integrity policies related to payments in MA, Medicare cost plan, Part D, and PACE programs, among other things. It also included CMS's response to comments submitted on the final rule, including its effect on small and rural providers. The rule, and these corrections, are effective June 15, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Survey of State Underage Drinking Prevention Policies and Practices to provide input for the state-by-state report on prevention and enforcement activities related to underage drinking component of the Annual Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. This survey will be sent to each state and to Washington, DC. Comments will be accepted through July 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting
Jun 15, 2018 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) to be held on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a consideration of the February 14, 2018 CSAT NAT meeting minutes, the director's report, a budget update, and discussions on substance abuse disorder spending estimates and the opioid epidemic.
Source: Federal Register
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OWCP: Black Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit Payments
Jun 14, 2018 - This final rule revises the regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act governing the payment of medical benefits and maintains the level of care available to miners. The final rule establishes methods for determining the amounts that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund will pay for covered medical services and treatments provided to entitled miners to more accurately reflect prevailing community rates for authorized treatments and services. In addition, it eliminates two provisions considered obsolete. This rule will be effective August 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Regulatory Agenda
Jun 11, 2018 - Semiannual regulatory agenda from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining the rulemaking activities HHS expects to undertake in the foreseeable future. Includes abstracts for prospective HHS rules that are expected to have major economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members
Jun 8, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for public members to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, particularly those with experience in the following areas: 1) conducting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to healthcare; 2) the fields of healthcare quality research or healthcare improvement; 3) the practice of medicine; 4) other health professions; 5) the private healthcare sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of healthcare delivery systems; 6) the fields of healthcare economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, 7) representing the interests of patients and consumers of healthcare. Nominations are due 60 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 8, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 9, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations; 2) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; 3) Section 1115 Demonstration Projects Regulations; 4) Medicare Fee-for-Service Early Review of Medical Records; 5) Hospice Information for Medicare Part D Plans; and 6: Good Cause Processes.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR): Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the CJR Model
Jun 8, 2018 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalizing a policy to provide flexibility in the determination of episode spending for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR) participant hospitals located in areas impacted by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances for performance years 3 through 5, such as the hurricanes and wild fires in Fall 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Facilitation of Public-Private Dialogue to Increase Innovation and Investment in the Healthcare Sector
Jun 7, 2018 - The Office of the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning a workgroup to facilitate constructive, high-level dialogue between HHS leadership and those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry. HHS is seeking comments through Friday, July 6, 2018 on the structure of the workgroup and on opportunities for increased engagement and dialogue between HHS and those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Notice of Single Source Award Based on Non-Statutory Earmark to the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program
Jun 6, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Rural Health Resource Center an additional $2,000,000 to provide technical assistance services to all eight Delta Region communities as part of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program.
Source: Federal Register
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ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for MIPPA Program Funds
Jun 5, 2018 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is accepting state plans for Low Income Subsidy and Prescription Drug Enrollment Outreach and Assistance grant funding as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). 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 August 3, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Jun 5, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the addition of 31 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) items that require prior authorization as a condition of payment. Prior authorization for these codes will be implemented nationwide, effective September 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation; Rule
Jun 5, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to further delay the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule that set forth the calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The new effective date of the final rule will be July 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Case Management Services Grant Program: Rule
Jun 5, 2018 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs amending regulations to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program to provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Comments on the final rule must be received by August 6, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Fund Availability Under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Jun 5, 2018 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs that grant renewal funds are available for the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program. Funds are designed to support innovative approaches to transportation of veterans in highly rural areas to VA medical centers for healthcare appointments. Applications are due by July 30, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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BIA: Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice
Jun 4, 2018 - Notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs announcing the list of designated tribal agents for service of notice, a provision allowed by the Indian Child Welfare Act stating that Indian Tribes may designate an agent other than the tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings under the Act.
Source: Federal Register
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ACF: Reallotment of Fiscal Year 2017 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2018 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by July 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), June 20, 2018
Jun 1, 2018 - The CMS Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a public meeting on June 20, 2018 to discuss CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities, especially those that relate to education and outreach programs for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Health Insurance Marketplace enrollees.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements: Proposed Rule
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to revise Title X regulations to ensure compliance with the statutory requirement that none of the Title X funds may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and other related statutory requirements. Also clarifies grantee responsibilities to provide a broad range of family planning methods, to require documented compliance with laws requiring the reporting of abuse and human trafficking, and to provide free or low cost access to family planning services for women without employer-sponsored insurance coverage for certain contraceptive services due to their employers' religious beliefs or moral convictions, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days from official publication of this notice in the Federal Register which is scheduled for July 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 31, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking comment by July 30, 2018 on the nursing home survey on patient safety culture database. The survey is used by nursing homes to assess provider and staff perspectives about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 31, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 30, 2018 on the revision of a currently approved information collection for the pre-claim review demonstration for home health services. CMS hopes that the demonstration project will lead to improved procedures for the identification, investigation, and prosecution of Medicare fraud by home health agencies providing services to Medicare beneficiaries.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
May 31, 2018 - Announces an online meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 on July 10, 2018. The Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives to be implemented by the year 2030.
Source: Federal Register
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NTIA: Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Broadband Availability Data
May 30, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting comment on ways to improve the quality and accuracy of broadband availability data, particularly in rural areas. Information will be used to identify gaps in availability which can then be used to improve policymaking and inform public investments. Comments are due by July 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
May 30, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2018 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 July 30, 2018, and electronic applications must be received by July 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants
May 30, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2018 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program. The SDGG Program seeks to improve the quality of life of socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas by providing technical assistance through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2018, and electronic applications must be received by July 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
May 30, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment by June 29, 2018 on minor revisions planned for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to incorporate questions related to medication-assisted treatment for opioids and alcohol, and wording changes to improve the flow of the survey. The survey is used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and Grantees
May 24, 2018 - Correction to a link in the final rule from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service to amended regulations for its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) adopted by the USDA on December 26, 2014. This rule also expands regulations to include grant recipients, amend its peer review requirements, reporting requirements, and other audit requirements. The rule will become effective on July 6, 2018 and is applicable for financial audits for period ending on or after December 15, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
May 23, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by June 22, 2018 on a revision of a current information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey" which is used to help determine the cost and utilization of health care over a period of time.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy; etc.; Corrections
May 23, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is amending the subject and timeline of the Challenge Competition for Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy that was issued on September 26, 2017. The new focus will be on Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge, with the goal of improving access to care and support services for pregnant women with opioid misuse disorder, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas. Submissions will be due in December 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
May 23, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations on a continuous basis to serve as members of the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC). Nominations should represent the areas of primary care, dental health, and mental health and demonstrate expertise in the following areas: working with underserved populations, health care policy, recruitment and retention, site administration, customer service, marketing, organizational partnerships, research, or clinical practice.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Connect America Fund; Universal Service Reform-Mobility Fund
May 22, 2018 - Notice of ruling from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the reconsideration of certain aspects of the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) challenge process procedures and modification of certain parameters for speed test measurements needed to file a successful challenge to an area that was previously deemed ineligible for MF-II support.
Source: Federal Register
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HUD: Implementation of the Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program
May 22, 2018 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is consolidating previous notices about the Tribal HUD-VASH program requirements into one notice. This program provides rental assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless living on or near a reservation. This notice supersedes the previous notices and establishes procedures for issuing renewal funding, subject to the availability of future appropriations.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2018
May 22, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2018. The agency will select successful applications and funding will be awarded to the extent that appropriation funding is made available.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Participants
May 21, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of eligible entities that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients available for service October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 is posted on the Health Workforce Connector website. Also includes Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores for eligible facilities and instructions on how to submit information in support of a higher priority determination, due by June 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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