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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.

Apr 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is allowing an additional 30 day comment period for the information collection on the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities. Includes proposed revisions based on feedback submitted during the first comment period. Comments are due by May 8, 2020.
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Apr 8, 2020 - Pre-publication notice of a temporary rule from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocating certain scarce or threatened materials for domestic use so that they are not exported from the United States without explicit approval by FEMA. The rule will be effective for 120 days beginning April 10, 2020.
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Apr 8, 2020 - Supplement information to the March 31, 2020 notice from USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service regarding payment deferrals to loan customers experiencing cash flow problems because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes additional flexibilities for new guaranteed loan requirements that are covers by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This policy is effective March 31, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
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Apr 7, 2020 - Notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs correcting the CDFA number that was published in the February 10, 2020 funding announcement for the National Tribal Broadband grant program. The correct CDFA number is 15.032
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Apr 7, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Triennial Network Adequacy Review for Medicare Advantage Organizations and 1876 Cost Plans which requires all Medicare Advantage organizations to maintain a network of appropriate providers that is sufficient to provide access to covered services to meet the needs of the population served; and 2) Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans; Exchange Standards for Employers which outlines the reporting and data collections requirements for health plans to ensure that health insurance issuers are meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Comments are due by June 8, 2020.
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Apr 7, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security to fully fund emergency assistance activities undertaken by the National Guard Forces in Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Apr 7, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on a revision to an existing information collection for the Universal Service Rural Health Care Program. Information gathered through the information collection is used to determine funding eligibility and to determine whether entities are complying with FCC rules. Comments are due by May 7, 2020.
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Apr 7, 2020 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stating that it will exercise its discretion in how it applies the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and will not impose potential penalties for violations of certain provisions of HIPAA during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This enforcement discretion is effective until the public health emergency declaration expires.
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Apr 7, 2020 - The May 5-6, 2020 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health has been rescheduled to July 29-30, 2020. No changes to the agenda or location have been made.
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Apr 6, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create broad flexibilities for healthcare facilities and providers so that they can adequately provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes details about changes to payment policies and regulations for a variety of services. The regulations are applicable beginning March 1, 2020 and comments will be accepted through June 1, 2020.
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Apr 6, 2020 - Notice of temporary rule from the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to implement public health emergency leave under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and emergency paid sick leave to assist those facing public health emergencies due to COVID-19. The rule is effective April 2, 2020 - December 31, 2020.
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Apr 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) will hold its April 2020 meeting by webinar on April 29th rather than in person. Login information will be available on the COGME website.
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Apr 6, 2020 - Announcement of a public meeting of a writing subcommittee of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) on April 20, 2020. The subcommittee will review literature and hear from an expert on the topic of its 17th Report to Congress, Preparing Nurse Faculty, and Address the Shortage of Nurse Faculty and Clinical Preceptors.
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Apr 6, 2020 - Outlines changes that the Health Resources and Services Administration is making changes within the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to establish the Rural Strategic Initiatives Division and update the functional statement for FORHP.
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Apr 3, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on an information collection related to forms required during the application for Connect America Fund Phase II and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Support. Comments are due by June 2, 2020.
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Apr 3, 2020 - Contains a list of states and territories that have issued Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declarations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EIDL load application deadlines are between December 16-21, 2020.
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Apr 2, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Services is accepting applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) which provides loans to families and small businesses through eligible entities to implement energy efficiency measures.
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Apr 2, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) regarding the Rural Energy Saving Program (RESP). Includes details about the eligibility requirements, application process, criteria that will be used by RUS to assess applicant creditworthiness, and how to obtain application materials. The rule is effective April 2, 2020.
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Apr 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved The Joint Commission's application to be recognized as an accrediting organization for home health agencies participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approval is effective March 31, 2020 through March 31, 2026.
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Apr 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission's application to be recognized as an accrediting organization for suppliers of home infusion therapy services participating in the Medicare program. The approval is effective March 27, 2020 through March 27, 2024.
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Apr 1, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security to fully fund emergency assistance activities undertaken by the National Guard Forces in Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Apr 1, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security to fully fund emergency assistance activities undertaken by the National Guard Forces in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Guam, and Puerto Rico in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Apr 1, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President delegating certain authorities to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure adequate health and medical resources used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Apr 1, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President providing authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to order members of the Selected Reserve and the Individual Ready Reserve to active duty to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Apr 1, 2020 - The Government Accountability Office is seeking nominations to serve on the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for terms beginning in Fall 2020 in the following categories: a physician, a representative of patients and healthcare consumers, a representative of pharmaceutical manufacturers or developers, a representative of private payers who represents employers who self-insure employee benefits, and between 1-3 representatives of private payers who represent health insurance issuers. Nominations are due by May 13, 2020.
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Apr 1, 2020 - Notice stating that, in light of the public health emergency involving COVID-19, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has authorized the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 27, 2020.
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Mar 31, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission will host a virtual open meeting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. The meeting can be viewed on the FCC website.
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Mar 31, 2020 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural-Business Cooperative Service temporarily allowing lenders with guaranteed loans to unilaterally offer payment deferrals to their customers who may be experiencing cash flow problems due to the coronavirus pandemic. This policy is effective March 31, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
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Mar 30, 2020 - Notice of Executive Order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishing a list of medical resources that are needed to combat the spread of COVID-19 which have been designated as scarce or which are likely to be in short supply and should not be hoarded, effective March 25, 2020.
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Mar 30, 2020 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service has extended the application window for the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) to April 15, 2020. The program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas.
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Mar 30, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on an information collection that will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk in schools. Comments are due by April 29, 2020.
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Mar 27, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has added coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the List of Potentially Life-Threatening Infectious Disease to Which Emergency Response Employees May be Exposed. Includes information on how medical facilities should make determinations about exposures.
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Mar 27, 2020 - Notice stating that, in light of the public health emergency involving COVID-19, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has authorized the emergency use of medical devices, including alternative products used as medical devices, during the COVID-19 outbreak, effective March 24, 2020.
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Mar 26, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President delegating authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement restrictions on the hoarding of health and medical resources that are necessary to respond to the spread of COVID-19 and to gather information on the distribution of supplies throughout the country.
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Mar 26, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President provides information about the use of National Guard units to support the response to COVID-19 in California, New York, and Washington.
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Mar 26, 2020 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has changed all in-person meetings of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) to virtual meetings. Dates and times for the meetings remain the same throughout the remainder of 2020.
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Mar 25, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced their process for making FDA guidance documents related to COVID-19 available to the public in a timely manner.
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Mar 25, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service has extended the deadline for funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for FY 2020. Applications are now due April 15, 2020.
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Mar 24, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking public comment on an information collection that will help the BIA determine whether an individual is eligible for financial assistance and social services under 25 CFR 20 when the comparable assistance is either not available or not provided by the State, Tribal, county, local, or other Federal agency. Comments are due by May 26, 2020.
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Mar 24, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes, and Premiums and Cost Sharing; Exchanges: Eligibility and Enrollment; 2) Annual Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and Rebate Calculation Report and MLR Rebate Notices; 3) Consumer Experience Survey Data Collection; 4) Medicare Program: Procedures for Making National Coverage Decisions; 5) PACE Quality Data Monitoring and Reporting. Comments are due by May 26, 2020.
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Mar 24, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Collection Requirements for Compendia for Determination of Medically-accepted Indications for Off-label Uses of Drugs and Biologicals in an Anti-cancer Chemotherapeutic Regimen; 2) Request for Employment Information to be used with the Application for Supplementary Medical Insurance; 3) Request for Enrollment in Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) and Supporting Regulations; 4) Financial Statement of Debtor; and 5) Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) and Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan Disenrollment Reasons Survey. Comments are due by April 23, 2020.
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Mar 24, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has extended the comment period for a proposed rule, originally published on January 23, 2020, that amends regulations for the Summer Food Service Program. Comments on the proposed rule are now due on April 22, 2020.
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Mar 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period on an information collection to inform the assessment of potential exposure from private wells for drinking water. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
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Mar 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on the Customer Surveys Generic Clearance for the National Center for Health Statistics (NHCS) which is used to assess customer satisfaction with the content, quality, and relevance of the information provided by NCHS. Comments are due by May 22, 2020.
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Mar 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on an information collection titled, National Disease Surveillance Program-II Disease Summaries. Data obtained through this information collection will be used to measure trends in diseases, evaluate the effectiveness of prevention strategies, and determine the need to modify current prevention measures. Comments are due by May 22, 2020.
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Mar 23, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President regarding policies and priorities for the allocation of medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19.
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Mar 23, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public responses on Section 209 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act which was passed in June 2019 and requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit a report to Congress with recommendations for maintaining an adequate national blood supply. Includes questions for public response that will inform the report to Congress.
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Mar 23, 2020 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2020 Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides public agencies and other nonprofit entities with grant funds to help low-income rural homeowners repair and/or rehabilitate their homes. HPG funds may also be used to help rental property owners or cooperative housing complexes repair their units if they make them available to low-income renters. Pre-applications must be submitted by May 7, 2020.
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Mar 20, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a rule with procedures for the Uniendo a Puerto Rico Fund and the Connect USVI Fund Stage 2 Competition. Funds awarded under these program will be used to promote the deployment of broadband networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Applications will not be due earlier than 30 days following the application announcement, which will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.
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Mar 19, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission has published a correction to the October 11, 2019 notice related to changes to the Rural Health Care Program that had omitted a heading update in the rules section. This update is effective March 19, 2020.
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Mar 18, 2020 - Request for information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding innovative approaches to managing opioid medications for chronic pain in older adults. AHRQ will use the information for planning purposes and does not intend to comment on responses. Submissions are due by April 25, 2020.
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Mar 18, 2020 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality has changed its March 26, 2020 public meeting from in-person to virtual participation only. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) accomplishments and budget, as well as a discussion about 21st Century Care, the digital healthcare research agenda, and synthetic data.
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Mar 18, 2020 - President Trump has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency, effective March 1, 2020 and directs the Secretary of the Health and Human Services to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the emergency.
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Mar 18, 2020 - President Trump announces the intent to facilitate requests that would allow States the flexibility to authorize laboratories with their state to develop and perform tests used to detect COVID-19.
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Mar 18, 2020 - The Federal Transit Administration has released $11 million in research funds for the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge grant program. Projects funded under this program should accelerate the development, implementation, and adoption of innovative public transportation technologies and service models. Applications are due by April 17, 2020 and awards will be made to transit agencies serving urban, suburban, and rural communities.
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Mar 18, 2020 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs that the April 15-16, 2020 meeting of the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee has been canceled.
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Mar 17, 2020 - The Census Bureau has postponed the March 26-27 meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee due to ongoing concerns of the spread of coronavirus. A new date will be announced in the Federal Register at a later time.
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Mar 17, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a proposed rule with procedures that will be used for Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. The auction will provide up to $16 billion over 10 years to expand broadband services to locations in unserved high-cost census blocks. Comments on the proposed rule are due by March 27, 2020.
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Mar 17, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold its March 17, 2020 meeting via teleconference and WebEx only. Questions that come up during the meeting should be sent to CSRIC@fcc.gov and will be answered at a later date.
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Mar 17, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service that implements changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). The rule adds workforce partnerships as a way for SNAP participants to meet their work requirements and modifies work requirements for ABAWDs. Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 18, 2020.
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Mar 17, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services issuing a declaration to provide liability immunity for activities related to medical countermeasure against COVID-19. This liability immunity protects certain individuals and entities against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures, except for claims involving "willful misconduct" as defined by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). This declaration is effective February 4, 2020.
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Mar 16, 2020 - Notice from the Executive Office of the President, stating that, due to the anticipated shortage of personal respirator devices, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services shall take appropriate and necessary steps to facilitate the emergency use of general use respirators by healthcare personnel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Mar 13, 2020 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission of a virtual public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on March 27, 2020. The agenda includes reports and updates from two working groups, the Disaster Response and Recovery Workgroup and the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities workgroup.
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Mar 12, 2020 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service has extended the application window for the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) to March 31, 2020. The program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas.
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Mar 12, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule and comment request from USDA's Rural Utilities Service regarding changes to regulations for the Rural Broadband Program. Updated regulations are intended to improve the program and provide grant assistance to reach the most underserved rural areas without broadband access. The interim rule is effective on, and comments are due by, May 11, 2020.
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Mar 10, 2020 - Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission adopting the framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will allocate funds to establish broadband networks in rural unserved locations.
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Mar 10, 2020 - In light of the public health emergency involving the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the illness COVID-19, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has authorized the emergency use of personal respiratory protective devices during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Mar 9, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on an information collection for the Injection Drug Use Surveillance Project. The project will assess the drug use risk and prevention behaviors, and the infectious disease consequences of high-risk drug use in rural and urban areas of the United States that have been impacted by the opioid epidemic.
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Mar 9, 2020 - The Environmental Protection Agenda (EPA) has made $5 million available in supplemental funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grantees. Grantees must demonstrate that they have expended a significant portion of their existing funding and have a clear plan for utilizing the additional funds in a timely manner. Applications are due by April 8, 2020.
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Mar 9, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on changes to forms used to collect information on applicants to the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, and Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. Comments are due by May 8, 2020.
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Mar 9, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has extended the comment period for the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program, originally published on October 4, 2019 , which updated application forms. Comments are now due by April 8, 2020.
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Mar 6, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey, which is used to collection information on the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies. Comments are due by May 5, 2020.
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Mar 6, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Model Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Individual Enrollment Request Form; 2) Reconciliation of State Invoice (ROSI) and Prior Quarter Adjustment Statement (PQAS); and 3) Medicaid Drug Rebate State Reporting Program Forms. Comments are due by April 6, 2020.
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Mar 5, 2020 - The Census Scientific Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting on March 26-27 to discuss policy, research, and technical issues for all Census Bureau activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and statistics. Participation is available in person or via webcast.
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Mar 5, 2020 - The Census Bureau is accepting nominations to fill four vacancies on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The CSAC provides scientific and technical expertise to the Director of the Census Bureau on all Census Bureau programs and activities. The committee should have representatives with a variety of experience and from varied backgrounds in order to have balanced representation in terms of geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, technical expertise, community involvement, and knowledge of census programs. Nominations are due by August 1, 2020.
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Mar 5, 2020 - The Census Bureau is accepting nominations to fill eight vacancies on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). The NAC provides advice to the Director of the Census Bureau on the economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral, and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy, and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census. The committee should have representatives with a variety of experience and from varied backgrounds in order to have balanced representation in terms of geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, technical expertise, community involvement, and knowledge of census programs. Some members may serve as representatives for broad populations groups, including hard-to-count populations and racial and ethnic populations, among others. Nominations are due by August 1, 2020.
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Mar 4, 2020 - The USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative, which provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications addressing USDA's goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder in high-risk rural communities are encouraged, including those addressing the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from substance use disorder. Electronic applications are due by May 13, 2020 and paper applications are due by May 18, 2020.
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Mar 3, 2020 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on March 26, 2020. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) accomplishments and budget, as well as a discussion about 21st Century Care, the digital healthcare research agenda, and synthetic data.
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Mar 2, 2020 - The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing proposed revisions to a plan to certify applicators of restricted use pesticides in areas of Indian Country not covered by another EPA-approved certification plan. EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed revisions to the federal certification plan.
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Mar 2, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces two meetings to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), to be held on May 5-6 and November 4-5, 2020.
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Feb 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on the National Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) which is used to collect data on the health risk behaviors of adolescents in grades 9-12. Comments are due by April 28, 2020.
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Feb 28, 2020 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) is giving notice that the the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) charter is amended and approved as of February 20, 2020.
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Feb 28, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on March 26, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include the review of minutes from the August 21, 2019 CSAT NAC meeting, DATA waiver update, discussion on Tip 63, State Opioid Response update, and discussion on Technology Transfer Centers Program Peer Support. The meeting may be accessed via WebEx or telephone only, and pre-registration is required.
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Feb 27, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on March 24-25, 2020. The agenda includes reviewing a recent request from the Designated Standard Maintenance Organizations (DSMO), updates from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and discussions on health data policy topics.
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Feb 26, 2020 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking for input on their plans to conduct research and develop resources for Workplace Supported Recovery Programs (WSRPs). These programs are meant to help employers and workers with issues related to the misuse of opioids and other drugs. Comments must be received April 27, 2020.
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Feb 26, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking comments on the following information collection activities: Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements and National Implementation of Hospice Experience of Care Survey (CAHPS Hospice Survey). Comments must be received by April 27, 2020.
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Feb 26, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking public comments on the Information Collection Request on the revised Shortage Designation Management System. Comments should be receive no later than April 27, 2020.
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Feb 25, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Establishment of an Exchange by a State and Qualified Health Plans; 2) End Stage Renal Disease Annual Facility Survey Form; and 3) Virtual Groups for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Comments are due by April 27, 2020.
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Feb 25, 2020 - The USDA's Rural Utilities Services has issued a final rule and comment request regarding general policies for servicing actions associated with financially distressed borrowers from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, Rural Broadband Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, Broadband Initiatives Program, and Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program. The final rule is effective February 25, 2020 and comments are due by April 27, 2020.
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Feb 24, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announces a public meeting to be held on February 26, 2020 via teleconference to receive input on a proposed rule that addresses how Alaska Native entities may become acknowledged as an Indian Tribe pursuant to the Alaska Amendment to the Indian Reorganization Act.
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Feb 24, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Home Health Agency Cost Report; 2) Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Pre and Post Pilot Measures Survey; and 3) Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor Certificate of Medical Necessity and Supporting Documentation Requirements. Comments are due by March 25, 2020.
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Feb 24, 2020 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR), including the episode of care definition, the target price calculation, the reconciliation process, the beneficiary notice requirements, and the appeals process, among other things. Also extends the length of the model for certain participants through December 31, 2023 to allow time to test the proposed changes. Includes information regarding rural hospital participation rules and time frames in which they could participate in the CJR model. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 24, 2020.
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Feb 24, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of updates to income levels for disadvantaged background eligibility determinations used for Titles III, VII, and VIII nursing and health professions programs authorized by the Public Health Service Act. These programs provide health professions students with scholarships and/or loan repayment in return for service in underserved locations.
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Feb 24, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on the extension of an information collection to approve the continued use of the Reviewer Recruitment Module (RRM) to collect information about potential reviewers of competitive grants proposals. Comments are now due by March 25, 2020.
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Feb 21, 2020 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving rural and urban low-income populations in order to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $125,000 to build their service capacity or create a CDFI. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due April 21, 2020. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for small and/or emerging CDFIs, persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
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Feb 21, 2020 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of financial assistance awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American areas or populations to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $150,000 to create a CDFI serving Native Communities or to build their capacity to serve those markets. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due April 21, 2020. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
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Feb 20, 2020 - USDA's Rural Housing Service has made $7.5 million available in the form of supplemental grants to existing eligible Community Facilities Grantees for expenses related to Hurricanes Michael and Florence and wildfires occurring in calendar year 2018, tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, and other natural disasters. Applications are due in Grants.gov by April 30, 2020, or by mail on May 5, 2020.
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Feb 20, 2020 - USDA's Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2020 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The funding supports organizations that will provide technical assistance and training regarding the essential community facilities programs. Electronic submissions are due April 30, 2020 and mail submissions must be received by May 5, 2020.
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Feb 20, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on April 15-16, 2020. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general healthcare access.
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Feb 19, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period on the potential expansion of the Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport (RSNAT) Prior Authorization model to a national program. Comments on the proposal are now due by March 20, 2020.
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Feb 19, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission has released corrections to the December 5, 2019 notice regarding the implementation of Kari's Law, which makes changes to ensure that people who call 911 from multi-line telephone systems can be located quickly by first responders, and Ray Baum's Act, which requires the FCC to conduct rulemaking proceedings to consider adopting rules that would guarantee that a "dispatchable location" is conveyed in 911 calls. The updates are effective on February 19, 2020.
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Feb 18, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the receipt of an application from The Joint Commission (TJC) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospital that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments on the applications are due by March 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 18, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicaid, Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Changes are intended to reduce "red tape" to allow providers adequate time for patient care. Includes rural implications throughout, including those impacting Medicare Advantage and Cost Plan Network adequacy and Part D pharmacy performance measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 18, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) setting rules for when and how CMS must calculate and impose civil money penalties when entities responsible for reporting for group health plans and non-group health plans fail to meet their Medicare Secondary Payer reporting obligations. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 20, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 18, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Services (IRS) entitled "Verification of Household Income and Family Size for Insurance Affordability Programs and Exemptions." The program allows CMS and the IRS to use data to determine an individual's health plan eligibility through a federal or state-based health insurance exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by March 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 18, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking public comment and burden estimates by March 19, 2020 on a revision to the Project Abstract Summary which is used by applicants to provide a summary of grant projects and objectives as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of the 2020 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which seeks to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks by 2022. Million Hearts recognizes health systems, clinicians, and clinical practices that have significantly impacted hypertension control rates. Applications will be accepted February 21 through April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. The application deadline is May 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2020 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December 2019, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a public meeting on March 17, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, including priorities for women veterans, foster care systems of care, direction around access to behavioral health services. Registration to attend in person or online is required.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 12, 2020 - Notice from the Census Bureau of consideration of a proposal to conduct a Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP) as a joint project with the Harvard Business School. The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general, medical, and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. Comments on the proposal are due by March 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases beginning May 11, 2020 and October 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of over $34 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications will be evaluated monthly starting February 15, 2020 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2020 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) of scholarship program availability and deadlines for the Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship, which are intended to help meet the workforce needs of IHS and its healthcare system partners. Applications are due by February 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 10, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) announces funding for Indian Tribes to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for the expansion and deployment of broadband services. Applications are due by May 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 10, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the proposed methodology and data sources to be used in determining program year 2021 federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments on the proposed methodology are due by March 11, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 7, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are due by March 9, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments and recommendations on its intent to create the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), as well as nominations of tribal officials for consideration as voluntary delegates to serve on the HRSA TAC. The council will meet to discuss policies that have tribal implications and a substantial direct effect on Indian tribes, and to assist in the determination of the impact of HRSA programs on American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Nominations are due by May 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comments and burden estimates on FCC Form 183, which is used to collect information on applicants for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Comments are due by April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration is requesting comment on a research project entitled "Health Care Providers' Understanding of Opioid Analgesic Abuse Deterrent Formulations (ADFs)," which will examine providers' perceptions, understanding, and behaviors related to opioid analgesic ADFs, as well as explore the effectiveness of terminology and descriptions for these products. Comments are due by April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is requesting comments on a case study collection to determine the impact of the "Talk. They Hear You." campaign. The campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers of effective ways to talk to their children about alcohol and other substances. Comments are due by March 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 4, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a public meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. and via webcast on January 30, 2020. The agenda includes items related to the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund - Connect America Fund, the video relay service program, and enforcement actions, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 3, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking public comments on a program change for the 2020 Census collection, specifically, the addition of Mobile Questionnaire Assistance, a component of internet Self-Response. Also updates related burden estimates. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 3, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on revisions to forms required for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program. Comments are due March 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 3, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeking comment on methodological field tests for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Comments are due March 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2020 - Announcement of a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment to be held via webinar on March 5, 2020. The agenda includes a discussion of a pilot program on recency assay-based incidence estimation and the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America strategy.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on March 2-4, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Agenda items will be centered around the challenges in maternal and obstetric care and HIV prevention and treatment in rural America.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - Publishes the current list of 574 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.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a web conference of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on February 12, 2020, which will be open to the public during the afternoon. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Agenda items for the public portion of the meeting include a systematic review of literature on HIV prevention, cardiovascular disease prevention and control, and a proposal for new reviews on mental health, sleep health, or tobacco prevention and control.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Classifications and Public Health Data Standards, ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee to be held on March 17-28, 2020. The agenda includes a discussion of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS topics, a list of which is provided in the notice. Registration is required by March 6, 2020 to attend in person.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comment on an information collection for the Universal Service — Rural Health Care Program (RHC Program). Information will be used to evaluate the extent to which the RHC Program is meeting statutory objectives. Comments are due by March 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - Announcement from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service of the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The rates are effective January 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - The Government Accountability Office is requesting nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which will provide feedback on physician payment models to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Nominations are due February 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has opened an additional 30-day comment period for feedback on a new form and changes to existing forms required during the application process for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The NURSE Corps LRP provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas. Comments are due by March 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 28, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking public comment on an information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey Database. Data collected through the survey provides comparative data for health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on the National Hospital Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey (NHAMCS), which is used to collect information on healthcare facilities and visits for ambulatory care services in non-federal, short stay hospitals. Comments are due by March 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 27, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on a new information collection called the Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP). The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general medical and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. Comments on the survey are due by March 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 27, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 10-11, 2020. The meeting will include a discussion of the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (EHE) jurisdictional plans, focusing on pilot sites in Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; an update on the Ready, Set, PrEP National Program, Stigma as a Barrier — Shared Experiences and Challenges from International and Domestic Perspectives, and Women and HIV. Preregistration is required and is due by February 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 24, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements of the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007. This modification allows covered entities to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill in the HIPAA transactions and may help prevent impermissible refills of Schedule II drugs.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 24, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking public comment on the information collection request, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Evaluation. The evaluation purpose is to see if five programs aimed at increasing the access to the number of clinicians treating SUD have met their stated goals.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 24, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of candidates for consideration to serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM). Written nominations must be received on or before February 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on the National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) which is used to collect data on tobacco use among students in grades 6-12. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 23, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service intended to add flexibility to, and simplify meal pattern and monitoring requirements for, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 23, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service amending regulations for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Changes include updates to definitions, application simplification, and enhanced monitoring requirements, among other things. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting information to inform future activities that support health equity in tobacco prevention and control among certain population groups. Factors impacting the disparity population groups include age, disability, rural/urban status, income, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, among other things. Information must be submitted to the CDC by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 21, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services seeking information on and best practices for the coordination of care from out-of-state providers for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions. Information received will be used to develop guidance provided to Medicaid directors. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 21, 2020 - USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comment on an information collection for determining eligibility for free and reduced meals and free milk under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Program. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission has released the implementation schedule for newly adopted reforms in the Rural Health Care Promoting Telehealth Report and Order. Changes are intended to promote transparency and the efficient allocation of program resources within the Rural Health Care Program.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to update regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties in its regulations. The rule is effective January 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Announces the updated 2020 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 14, 2020. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for several federal programs.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to amend general regulations in order to provide clarity about the rights and obligations of faith-based organizations participating in HHS programs. Comments on this proposed rule are due by February 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Makes corrections to a date published in the December 27, 2019 final rule with the same title.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is seeking comment on the extension of a currently approved information collection for the Community Facility Loan program. Comments are due by March 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 16, 2020 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking comments on a data collection to evaluate the program, Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 16, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council public meeting on February 20, 2020. Agenda items include updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors and discussion on Trauma Informed Care and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 15, 2020 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by February 14, 2020. Appointments are effective May 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting public comment on a revision to the currently approved collection: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Comments must be received by March 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting comments on three proposed collections of information. The first is the extension of a currently approved collection: Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement; the second is a new collection of Medicare Enrollment Application for Clinics/Group Practices and Other Suppliers Revision; and the third is a revision to the currently approved collection: Contract Year 2021 Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software and Formulary Submission. All comments must be received by February 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 13, 2020 - Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission to establish procedures for the administration of the voluntary process for the long-form applicants in the Connect America Phase II Auction to facilitate post-auction review of the defined deployment obligations on a state-by-state basis when the total number of actual locations in eligible areas is less than the number of funded locations. These procedures are effective February 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 13, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on January 30-31, 2020. The meeting will focus on the discussion of strategies to improve access to and success of clinical prevention services among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the call is required by January 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 9, 2020 - Final rule from the Census Bureau providing notice that, effective January 9, 2020, the Population Estimates Challenge Program will temporarily be suspended during 2020-2021 in order to devote resources toward the 2020 Census.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 9, 2020 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting on January 28, 2020 to be held in person and via webinar. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and discussion on clinical trends and emergency issues.
Source: Federal Register

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