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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.

Dec 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the physician self-referral law to allow exceptions to the law for referral for certain value-based compensation arrangements between physicians, providers, and suppliers. This final rule is effective January 19, 2021.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical and typographical corrections to the September 29, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective December 2, 2020.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General announcing a final rule to add safe harbor protections under the Federal anti-kickback statute for certain coordinated care and associated value-based arrangements between or among clinicians, providers, suppliers, and others that meet all safe harbor conditions. Also adds other protections and new safe harbors related to the Department of Health and Human Services' Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care. These regulations are effective January 19, 2021.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on the draft HIV National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to End the HIV Epidemic (2021-2025) (HIV Plan). The HIV Plan articulates goals, objectives, and strategies to prevent new infections, treat people with HIV to improve health outcomes, reduce HIV-related disparities, and better integrate and coordinate the efforts of all partners to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. Comments are due by December 14, 2020.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; policies related to prescription drug costs; the Navigator program; and more. Comments are due by December 30, 2020.
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Dec 2, 2020 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking comment on an information collection on the Veterans Community Care Program, which is designed to increase access to care for veterans by allowing non-VA providers in their local communities to provide needed care when the VA is unable to meet the need for the veteran. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Dec 1, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt certain changes to the risk adjustment data validation error estimation methodology beginning with the 2019 benefit year. These regulations are effective December 31, 2020.
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Dec 1, 2020 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on September 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
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Nov 30, 2020 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection regarding the challenges and unique opportunities of administering human services programs in rural contexts. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
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Nov 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services releasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rates for the period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. The rates are used to determine the amount of Federal matching for state Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Contingency Funds, and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP) rates for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures, among other federal assistance programs.
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Nov 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General announcing a final rule intended to create incentives for pharmaceutical manufacturers to lower their list prices; reduce the incentives for Part D plans to choose high-cost, highly rebated drugs over comparable drugs with lower prices; lower beneficiary out-of-pocket spending; and increase transparency to improve plan choice and program integrity. This final rule will be effective January 29, 2021.
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Nov 30, 2020 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) charter, authorizing the Council to operate until November 30, 2022.
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Nov 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of an interim final rule with comment period implementing the Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model. The MFN Model will test whether more closely aligning payment for Medicare Part B drugs and biologicals with international prices and removing incentives to use higher-cost drugs can control growth in Medicare Part B spending without adversely affecting the quality of care for beneficiaries. Comments are due by January 26, 2021.
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Nov 27, 2020 - Notice of a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist the Department in identifying redundant, overlapping, or inconsistent regulations. HHS plans to use comments from the public to improve existing regulations and eliminate unnecessary or duplicative regulations through future exercise of rulemaking authority. Comments are due by December 21, 2020.
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Nov 27, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposing to increase its receipts-based small business size definitions for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sectors related to Education Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; and Other Services. SBA proposes to increase size standards for 70 industries in those sectors, including 18 industries in Sector 62 (Health Care and Social Assistance). SBA seeks comments on its proposed changes to size standards and the data sources it evaluated to develop the standards. Comments are due by January 26, 2021.
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Nov 25, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishing the 5G Fund for Rural America as a replacement for the Mobility Fund Phase II and adopting the basic framework for implementing the 5G Fund. The 5G Fund for Rural America will retarget universal service funding for mobile broadband and voice in the high-cost program to support the deployment of 5G services. This rule is effective December 28, 2020.
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Nov 25, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on an information collection regarding regulatory actions that it is considering making permanent or keeping as temporary made in response to the COVID-19 crisis to improve access to care and reduce costs. The information gathered will be used to better inform HHS' decisions regarding which regulatory flexibilities used in the COVID-19 response should be kept temporary or made permanent. Comments are due by December 28, 2020.
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Nov 25, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcing funding allocations and applicable rules, waivers, and alternative requirements for the Pilot Program to Help Individuals in Recovery From a Substance Use Disorder Become Stably Housed (RHP). RHP authorizes assistance to states and the District of Columbia to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder.
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Nov 25, 2020 - 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 2021. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency Improvements and Energy Efficient Equipment and Systems 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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Nov 24, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is extending the comment period for an information collection regarding the actual speeds and performance of fixed and mobile broadband connections as part of the Measuring Broadband America Program. Comments on the information collection are due by December 24, 2020.
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Nov 24, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking input regarding effective innovative approaches and best practices in healthcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by non-HHS healthcare systems and providers. HHS is specifically interested in novel approaches and best practices that are associated with data confirming efficacy and/or effectiveness with demonstrated improvements in one or more of the following measures: patient outcomes, access to healthcare, safety, quality, and/or value. Comments are due by December 24, 2020.
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Nov 23, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the national expansion of the Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports to all states, but delaying the implementation of the expansion to all additional states due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The model will continue to operate in the states currently participating in the model. CMS will continue to monitor the Public Health Emergency and will provide public notice before implementing the model in additional states.
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Nov 23, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcing a virtual town hall meeting to be held on January 7, 2021 for CMS to share updates on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) policy considerations and for stakeholders to provide feedback on those MVP considerations for future implementation. Information concerning the MVP topics to be discussed at the Town Hall will be posted on the Quality Payment Program website.
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Nov 23, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the application fee for providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location. The new fee is $599 and is required for applications submitted January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
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Nov 23, 2020 - Notice from the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) at the Department of Health and Human Services announcing that the draft Vaccines National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is available for public comment. OIDP is seeking feedback on the following questions: 1) Do the draft Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives, and strategies appropriately address the vaccine landscape; 2) Are there any critical gaps in the Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives, and strategies? If so, please specify the gaps; and 3) Do any of the Vaccine Plan's goals, objectives and strategies cause concern? If so, please specify the goal, objective or strategy, and describe the concern regarding it. Comments are due by December 3, 2020.
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Nov 20, 2020 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on December 16, 2020 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by December 14, 2020.
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Nov 20, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued and reissued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
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Nov 19, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is extending the comment period for an information collection request regarding the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). NHSN is used to track healthcare associated infections and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Nov 19, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period on an 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. The Census Bureau has modified the survey proposal in order to obtain a better understanding of how hospitals have had to adjust and pivot operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency and measure hospital preparedness. Comments are due by January 19, 2021.
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Nov 19, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Evaluation of Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) Appeals and Health Insurance Exchange Outreach Training Sessions; 2) Disclosure of State Rating Requirements; 3) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Assumption of Responsibilities and Supporting Regulations; 4) ASC Forms for Medicare Program Certification; 5) Home Health Agency Survey and Deficiencies Report; and 6) Disclosure Requirement for the In-Office Ancillary Services Exception. Comments are due by January 19, 2021.
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Nov 19, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on the re-establishment of a matching program between CMS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) titled "Determining Enrollment or Eligibility for Insurance Affordability Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." This program will provide CMS with SSA information which CMS and state-based administering entities will use to determine individuals' eligibility for initial enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan through an Exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for Insurance Affordability Programs (IAPs), and certificates of exemption from the shared responsibility payment; and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewal decisions, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by December 21, 2020.
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Nov 19, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing a virtual public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on December 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Agenda items include the consideration and vote on a report and recommendation from the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities working group.
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Nov 19, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on an information collection related to forms for Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers to use when entering into contracts for goods or services. Comments are due by December 21, 2020.
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Nov 19, 2020 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of funding and grant application information for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The program focuses on ending homelessness among veterans and seeks to support services equitably across geographic regions, including rural and tribal areas. Eligibility is limited to existing grantees only. Grant applications are due February 5, 2021.
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Nov 18, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments.
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Nov 17, 2020 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) requesting comments on proposed revisions to information collection related to the consumer assessment surveys that are used by ACL to measure program performance for programs funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act, including the addition of a new rotating module to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. This information will be used by ACL to track performance outcome measures, support budget requests, comply with the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRMA) reporting requirements, provide national benchmark information, and inform program development and management initiatives. Comments are due by January 19, 2021.
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Nov 17, 2020 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announces the dates for public meetings of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) to be held during the 2021 calendar year.
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Nov 17, 2020 - The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) in the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding innovative solutions to chronic disease management for aging populations in underserved areas by leveraging technology-driven solutions. OASH will review information collected to better inform federal government priorities and programs and to identify opportunities to strengthen the U.S. healthcare system. Comments are due by December 22, 2020.
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Nov 17, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection regarding applications from retailers, wholesalers, meal service providers, certain types of group homes, shelters, and state-contracted restaurants that wish to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP). Comments are due by December 17, 2020.
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Nov 16, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule to make non-substantive corrections, such as correcting misspellings and typographical errors, to existing regulations. The rule is effective December 16, 2020.
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Nov 16, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on an information collection related to food programs supported by the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). Comments are due by December 16, 2020.
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Nov 13, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (BSC, DDID) on December 9, 2020. The agenda will include updates and discussions on recent outbreaks and affected populations, as well as a brief report back from the Board's Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group. Registration is limited to 500 seats.
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Nov 13, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations to ensure that the regulatory framework is efficient and feasible for states to implement in a cost-effective manner and ensure that states can implement and operate Medicaid and CHIP managed care programs without undue administrative burdens. This final rule is effective December 14, 2020.
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Nov 12, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and coinsurance amounts for hospital and extended care services provided during calendar year 2021 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2021.
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Nov 12, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2021. The premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for Part A benefits and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. This premium is effective on January 1, 2021.
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Nov 12, 2020 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2021. It also announced the monthly premium, the deductible for 2021, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective as of January 1, 2021.
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Nov 12, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold a virtual public meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council on December 9, 2020. Questions arising during the meeting should be sent to CSRIC@fcc.gov and will be answered at a later date.
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Nov 12, 2020 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of the implementation of an expedited process for the review of requests for relief from regulatory and administration requirements for Public Housing Agencies affected by major disasters during calendar year 2020 and calendar year 2021.
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Nov 12, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs to confirm that its healthcare professionals may practice their healthcare profession consistent with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, notwithstanding any State license, registration, certification, or other requirements that unduly interfere with their practice. This also confirms VA's authority to establish national standards of practice for healthcare professionals, which will standardize a healthcare professional's practice in all VA medical facilities. This interim final rule is effective November 12, 2020. Comments are due by January 11, 2021.
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Nov 10, 2020 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking comments on proposed changes to the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) which is designed to collect data on the physical and emotional health of children age 18 and younger, including information related to access to healthcare, family interactions, and school and after-school experiences, among other things. Comments are due by January 11, 2021.
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Nov 9, 2020 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of the Joint Commission as a national accrediting organization for hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are by December 9, 2020.
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Nov 9, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating and revising the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2021. This rule also updates the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI) and updates requirements for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP). This final rule is effective January 1, 2021.
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Nov 9, 2020 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of its consideration to grant approval of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) renewal application to accredit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) for Medicare Advantage. Comments are due by December 9, 2020.
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Nov 6, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement section 3713 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which established Medicare Part B coverage and payment for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine and its administration. This interim final rule is effective November 2, 2020. Comments are due January 4, 2021.
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Nov 5, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the extension of an approved information collection for the National Provider Identifier (NPI) application and update form and supporting regulations. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
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Nov 5, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration will hold a virtual public workshop on December 11, 2020 to obtain scientific input on methods to evaluate the Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (OA REMS) education program. Background information on the program, as well as evaluation challenges, are outlined in an issues paper, Methods for Evaluating the Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. Comments on the workshop are due by February 11, 2021.
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Nov 5, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public comment on a proposal to publish a summary of their review of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) assessments. REMS assessments are used to understand whether drug safety strategies are effective in mitigating risk or need to be modified to increase effectiveness.
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Nov 5, 2020 - Announces a virtual public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on November 20, 2020. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize recommendations to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health for improving access to and utilization of preventive services for racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the meeting is required by November 18, 2020.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September 2020, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of approval of the revision of an information collection related to the Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The revision will assist eligible health care providers to provide connected care services to consumers through the programs. Information obtained through the information collection will be used to evaluate whether or not the programs are in compliance with appropriate rules and procedures.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to ensure the integrity of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. P-EBT benefits are supplemental allotments for households with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced price school meals, but the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours or one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This final rule is effective November 4, 2020.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) extending certain compliance dates and timeframes adopted in the May 1, 2020, ONC Cures Act Final Rule final rule, including compliance and applicability dates for the information blocking provisions, certain 2015 Edition health IT certification criteria, and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. This interim final rule is effective December 4, 2020. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding updates to the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) and wage index for CY 2021. Among other things, this rule also implements changes to the home health regulations regarding the use of telecommunications technology, implements the permanent home infusion therapy services benefit and supplier enrollment requirements for CY 2021, and finalizes policies regarding exceptions to value-based purchasing and quality measures data reporting during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). This rule will be effective January 1, 2021.
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Nov 4, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing methodologies for adjusting the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule amounts using information from the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program. Includes impacts on rural throughout. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
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Nov 3, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the federal payment methodology to determine federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering health benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges for 2022. Comments are due by December 3, 2020.
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Nov 2, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) expanding the conditions a practitioner must meet to provide medication-assisted treatment and expanding the options available for a physician to be considered a qualifying physician. These changes make DEA regulations consistent with the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 (the SUPPORT Act). This interim final rule is effective October 30, 2020. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
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Nov 2, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revising its regulations relating to suspicious orders of controlled substances in order to implement the Preventing Drug Diversion Act of 2018 (PDDA) and to clarify the procedures a registrant must follow for orders received under suspicious circumstances (ORUSCs). Includes a discussion of rural considerations. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
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Nov 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Homeland (DHS) amending its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B registrations for filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. DHS is also seeking comments and burden estimates on the following information collections: 1) H-1B Registration Tool and 2) Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 2, 2020. Comments on the information collection are due by January 4, 2021.
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Nov 2, 2020 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a request for information to gather broad public input on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research. The Strategic Plan provides a framework to improve basic understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and to develop the necessary tools and approaches to better prevent, diagnose, and treat this disease. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
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Oct 30, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking approval for and comments on the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Information obtained through the survey will be used to determine the relationship between income and participation in support programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and others. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Oct 30, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Defense temporarily modifying the TRICARE regulation by adding coverage for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)-sponsored clinical trials for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. This interim final rule is effective October 30, 2020. Comments are due by November 30, 2020.
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Oct 30, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) codifying a revised statutory requirement included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), which established new Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) certification requirements. This rule is effective October 30, 2020.
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Oct 30, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments and burden estimates on the use of a voluntary questionnaire to determine the race, ethnicity and gender of farmers and ranchers who apply for and who participate in USDA programs and services. The data will be used by to reach current and prospective socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers to improve the participation of those farmers and ranchers in USDA programs. Comments are due by November 30, 2020.
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Oct 30, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on information collected to determine the eligibility of households for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and to determine the correct benefit levels for eligible households. Comments are due by November 30, 2020.
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Oct 28, 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, 2021.
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Oct 26, 2020 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an AHRQ COVID-19 update, a discussion on Quality Measurement Enterprise, and feedback on the Strategic Plan for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund.
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Oct 26, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comments on the addition of four questions to the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the receipt of free or reduced-price meals from schools and the receipt of stimulus payments. The proposed questions will assist researchers to evaluate the impact of governmental assistance programs on economic well-being, particularly for the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Oct 26, 2020 - The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) will hold a virtual public meeting on November 18-19, 2020. Agenda items include briefings from Department of Health and Human Services officials; an update from NCVHS subcommittees on several health data policy topics with a focus on health information technology; and discussions on the work plan for the upcoming 12-month period.
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Oct 26, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by November 25, 2020.
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Oct 23, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on changes to the data collected for the hospice quality reporting program. Comments are due by November 23, 2020.
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Oct 23, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the effective and compliance dates for two previously published final rules, the Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program and Implementing Kari's Law and Section 506 of RAY BAUM'S Act.
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Oct 23, 2020 - Notice from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) confirming the April 2, 2020 final rule establishing the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) and responding to comments on the final rule.
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Oct 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period on a request for information regarding the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). NHIS is used to collection general statistical information on the health of the U.S. population. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Oct 21, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Submissions of 1135 Waiver Request Automated Process; 2) Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts; 3) CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022; and 4) Generic Clearance: Questionnaire Testing and Methodological Research for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). Comments are due by December 21, 2020.
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Oct 21, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approving the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approval is effective December 20, 2020 through December 20, 2024.
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Oct 20, 2020 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on November 17, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by November 17, 2020.
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Oct 20, 2020 - The Census Scientific Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on November 12, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of the meeting is to provide recommendations to the Census Bureau on various program needs and objectives. Agenda items will be published on the Census Advisory Committee website.
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Oct 19, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration revising the previous interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Provides additional guidance concerning the forgiveness and loan review processes for PPP loans of $50,000 or less and, for PPP loans of all sizes, lender responsibilities with respect to the review of borrower documentation of eligible costs for forgiveness in excess of a borrower's PPP loan amount. This interim final rule is effective October 14, 2020. Comments are due by November 18, 2020.
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Oct 16, 2020 - Notice announcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved DNV-GL Healthcare USA for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. The approval is effective December 23, 2020 – December 23, 2024.
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Oct 16, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcing a virtual town hall meeting to be held on December 15-16, 2020 to discuss FY 2022 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
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Oct 16, 2020 - Executive Order from the President establishing an interagency Water Policy Committee to promote efficient and effective coordination across agencies engaged in water-related matters, and to prioritize actions to modernize and safeguard water resources and infrastructure. This order directs the Committee to submit a report recommending actions to address water storage, water quality, and water systems improvement, among other topics.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on a survey the users National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This survey, a reinstatement of the 2012 NPDB survey with some changes, will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as a flagging system, source of information, and its use in decision making. This survey will also collect information from organizations and individuals who query the NPDB to understand and improve their user experience. Comments are due by December 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on changes to National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting forms, request for information forms, and administrative forms. This revision proposes changes to improve overall data integrity as well as the discontinuation of four forms upon approval of this information collection request. Comments are due by December 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Projects (COIPP). This program will support Tribal and Urban Indian communities in their effort to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to address the impact of the opioid crisis within their communities. Applications are due by December 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 15, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a final rule revising the delegations of authority from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and other USDA officers to reflect changes required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and the establishment of the position of Under Secretary for Rural Development. These delegations of authority are effective October 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 14, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) correcting timeframes published in the October 8, 2020 notice regarding a meeting to implement the "Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic."
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is extending the comment period on a request for information regarding the deployment and use of elastomeric half mask respirators (EHMR) in healthcare settings and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. Comments are now due by December 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical corrections to the June 2, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective August 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 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, 2021 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection to obtain information on employment patterns and characteristics of non-disabled adult SNAP participants. Comments are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 8, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President to create a Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group to facilitate an "all-of-government" response to the mental-health conditions induced or exacerbated by the pandemic, including issues related to suicide prevention. This order also directs agencies to encourage current grantees to consider adopting policies that have been shown to improve mental health and reduce suicide risk and award contracts or grants to community organizations or other local entities to enhance mental-health and suicide-prevention services.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 8, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing a virtual meeting to implement the "Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic" on October 13, 2020. The meeting will be open to the public from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meeting objectives include updating interested parties on the status of the implementation of FEMA's Voluntary Agreement, requesting that interested parties sign up to participate in the Voluntary Agreement, requesting that specific parties sign up to participate in one or more specific Plans of Action, and discussing the activation of the first Plan of Action under the Voluntary Agreement to identify more efficient methods of allocating and distributing Personal Protective Equipment to meet national demand and ways of expanding the production of critical healthcare resources.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 8, 2020 - Announcement of funding available from the Federal Transit Administration to support research demonstration grants for public transit agencies to develop, deploy, and demonstrate innovative solutions that improve the operational efficiency of transit agencies, as well as enhance the mobility of transit users affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Applications are due by November 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 7, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Department of Homeland Security amending regulations governing the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to better ensure that each H-1B worker will be working for a qualified employer in a position that meets the statutory definition of a "specialty occupation." Comments on the interim final rule are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 7, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) on December 2-3, 2020. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the NACNEP website.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 7, 2020 - The Department of State is seeking comment on forms used for the J-1 Visa Waiver recommendation application. Comments are due by November 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on the following information requests: 1) Part C Medicare Advantage Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 422.516(a) and 2) Triennial Network Adequacy Review for Medicare Advantage Organizations and 1876 Cost Plans. Comments are due by November 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing a virtual public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on October 29-30, 2020. Agenda items include reports and recommendations from the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities, Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities, and Disaster Response and Recovery working groups.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on including a Disadvantaged Background (DB) form to the Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) application. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on an application Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) must submit to receive payment for the average training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is announcing an extension of a comment request on an information collection on the Health Workforce Connector (HWC). The HWC connects healthcare students and professionals interested in providing primary care services in underserved communities with facilities in need of healthcare providers. Comments are due by November 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Drug Enforcement Agency regarding the handling of controlled substances by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals and changes to the registration, security, recordkeeping, inventory, and administering requirements for EMS agencies. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission seeking comment on new computer matching programs between the Federal Communications Commission and the State of Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the State of Minnesota's Department of Human Services (DHS) to verify the eligibility of applicants to and subscribers of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program from November 4, 2020 – March 5, 2022. The Lifeline program provides support for discounted broadband and voice services to low-income consumers. Comments are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on proposed changes to the Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) for Deemed Public Health Service Employment for Calendar Year 2022. VHPs of deemed health centers may be deemed as Public Health Service employees and are thus qualified for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage. Comments are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to fund a new pilot program titled "Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAT/RWTS) Grant Pilot Program." TAT/RWTS grant funds will be used to identify and evaluate economically feasible, innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished communities in areas that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions. Applications are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing that the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been rechartered, effective September 30, 2020 through September 30, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2020 - Notice from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service making technical corrections to the July 14, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 1, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services correcting the effective date published in the September 28, 2020 notice regarding the approval of The Compliance Team for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. The correction is effective September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 30, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding application forms used for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (EIDL) COVID-19 program. Comments are due by October 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period for the Small Business Pulse Survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implementing two new mandatory Medicare payment models: the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserves or enhances the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. The ETC Model adjusts Medicare payments on certain dialysis and dialysis-related claims for participating ESRD facilities and clinicians caring for beneficiaries with ESRD based on their rates of home dialysis transplant waitlisting and living donor transplants. This rule is effective November 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment will hold a virtual public meeting on November 5-6, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on community engagement activities related to the President's initiative on "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America" and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the needs and challenges of HIV prevention and care for women.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a virtual public meeting on October 5-7, 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 rural healthcare access.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comments related to the modification and use of the Data Performance Reports and Information Collection tools for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). ACL is proposing to combine the SHIP Data Performance Reports and Information Collection, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Report collection, and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) collection into one tool to reduce the time and effort in reporting outcomes and activities. Comments are due by October 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period for the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery. This project aims to provide technical assistance to hospitals to help them implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes and prevent complications among patients who undergo surgery. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Beneficiary and Family Centered Data Collection; 2) PACE Quality Data Monitoring and Reporting; and 3) Establishment of an Exchange by a State and Qualified Health Plans. Comments are due by October 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC) as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies that want to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective September 26, 2020 through September 26, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving The Compliance Team for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective October 1, 2020 through October 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2021 AIC threshold amounts are $180 for ALJ hearings and $1,760 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Executive Order 13937 (Executive Order) of July 24, 2020. The executive order requires that health centers funded under section 330(e) of the Public Health Service Act and who participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program must establish practices to provide access to insulin and injectable epinephrine to low-income patients at the price the health center purchased these two drugs through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Comments are due by October 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments on the draft Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to Elimination (2021-2025). The Hepatitis Plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders at all levels to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat in the United States by 2030. Comments are due by October 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold a virtual meeting on November 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda and connection instructions to join the meeting will be posted to the NACNHSC website prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective September 25, 2020 through September 25, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security to change the admission period of F, J, and I nonimmigrants from a duration of status without a specified end date to an admission for a fixed time period. Comments are due by October 26, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2020 - Notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a revised human health risk assessment and ecological risk assessment for the registration review of chlorpyrifos. The revised assessment is part of the EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 24, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing a public meeting of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) on November 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include discussions on mining safety and health research projects and outcomes.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 24, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information requests: 1) 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Application; 2) QIC Demonstration Evaluation Contractor (QDEC): Analyze Medicare Appeals to Conduct Formal Discussions and Reopenings with DME Suppliers and Part A Providers; 3) Medicare Program: Conditions for Payment of Power Mobility Devices, including Power Wheelchairs and Power-Operated Vehicles; 4) State Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control Sample Selection Lists; and 5) Quality Improvement Strategy Implementation Plan, Progress Report Form and Modification Summary Supplement. Comments are due by October 26, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 24, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) is adopting the Alaska Population Distribution Model. The model provides a methodology for estimating the number of Alaskans who receive mobile service within census blocks in remote areas of Alaska and creating a list of census blocks eligible for use of frozen support under the Alaska Plan.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 24, 2020 - Notice from the Secretary for Health and Human Services authorizing the Health Resources and Services Administrator to pay Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for the training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. This delegation of authorities is effective September 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 24, 2020 - The National Quality Forum 2019 Annual Activities Report to Congress and the Secretary, and the Secretary's comments on the report, are published by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) in the Federal Register in accordance with the Social Security Act. The report includes summaries of the National Quality Forum's work on developing rural quality measures and addressing rural measurement challenges.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments and burden estimates on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by November 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) will hold a virtual meeting on December 8-9, 2020. Login information and meeting materials will be available on the COGME website.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on proposed modifications to the methodology for designating areas eligible for rural health grant programs. Comments are due by October 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service implementing statutory provisions found in Section 6401 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Section 6401 expands Strategic Economic and Community Development plans to include all programs covered by Title XIV of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT) or programs administered through the Rural Development mission area. The name of SECD plans is updated to "Strategic Community Investment Plans." This rule is effective September 22, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Secretary of Agriculture that implements additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide a second round of direct payments to producers of eligible commodities who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule includes information on eligibility requirements, payment calculations and application procedures. This rule is effective September 22, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs updating the acute inpatient and skilled nursing facility/sub-acute inpatient facility charges. The charges in this notice are effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance in Healthcare Facilities. The information collected by NHSN is used to inform the overall real-time COVID-19 response efforts and possible resource allocation. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 21, 2020 - The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is seeking comment on the information collection request titled "Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act." Comments are due by October 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 21, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on the draft Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (STI Plan). The STI Plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders at all levels to guide the development of policies, initiatives, and actions for STI prevention and control. Comments are due by October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 21, 2020 - Provides corrections to payment rate table published in the May 21, 2020 rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This correction is effective September 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry; 2) Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; 3) Part D Coordination of Benefits Data; and 4) State Collection and Reporting of Dental Provider and Benefit Package Information on the Insure Kids Now! Website and Hotline. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the FY 2021 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals, make changes to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also provides the market basket updated that applies to the rate-of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis, updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals for FY 2021, and establishes new requirements and revises existing requirements for eligible hospitals CAHs participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs, among other things. This rule is effective on October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on September 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting expressions of interest for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board to serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021. The membership of the Board must include rural representation. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of the FirstNet Authority to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. Expressions of interest are due by October 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 18, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to COVID-19 and telehealth utilization. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 17, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on reestablishing the "Do Not Pay Initiative" computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury. The program provides CMS with information from Treasury's Working System which CMS will use to identify Medicare providers and suppliers who are ineligible for Medicare enrollment; to promptly suspend or revoke the Medicare billing privileges of the identified disqualified providers and suppliers; to enable recoupment of past payments made to those providers and suppliers; to assist CMS in detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse and in avoiding making future improper payments to disqualified providers and suppliers; and to enhance patient safety for beneficiaries in CMS programs. Comments are due by October 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 17, 2020 - Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of April through June 2020 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 17, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on September 30, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include the discussion of the member grant review process, substance use prevention during the pandemic, prevention data, and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 16, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission to designate 988 for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Includes a discussion of rural considerations. This rule is effective October 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 16, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health on October 20-23. Agenda items are being finalized.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on October 21-22, 2020. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. The agenda will consist of deliberation on systematic reviews of literature on topics including heart disease and stroke, obesity, and asthma.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on the extension of a data collection through October 31, 2020 to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and to gauge the level of education disruptions. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a revision to an information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey." The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that helps CMS and stakeholders understand and evaluate the impact of Medicare programs and new policy initiatives. Comments are due by November 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2020 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service inviting applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2021. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on achieving e-connectivity for rural communities, developing the rural economy, and supporting the rural workforce, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 15, 2020 - Notice of final rule to allow up to ten percent of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee from the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service to be used to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by minimum acceptable level of broadband service. Comments on the final rule are due by November 16, 2020. This rule is effective September 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2020 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a request for information regarding the deployment and use of elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMR) in healthcare settings and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. Submissions are due by October 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) to be held on October 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern and October 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include agency updates from CDC, CMS, and FDA. The focus of the meeting is Clinical Laboratory Medicine in the Age of COVID-19 and will include presentations and discussions on preparedness and response: the partnership between clinical laboratories and public health; laboratory data exchanges during COVID-19; and the clinical laboratory's role in identifying health inequities during the COVID-19 response.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces an information collection associated with the rule for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and adds the effective date of September 14, 2020 to the rule which was originally published in the Federal Register on March 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is announcing an extension of a comment request on an information collection on the NTIA Internet Use Survey. The survey is used to inform the development of policies related to digital inclusion and other internet-related issues. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 11, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; 2) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams; 3) Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency; and 4) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration. Comments are due by October 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 11, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration announced four Emergency Use Authorizations for drugs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA has revoked one Emergency Use Authorization issued to Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) effective June 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 10, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding the ability of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified/accredited commercial, academic, medical center, and public health laboratories to provide additional COVID-19 testing capability if supplementary testing instruments are made available. Submissions are due by September 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection for the Medical Monitoring Project to obtain information and data to describe the health-related behaviors, experiences, and needs of adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States. This data collection will address the need for national estimates of access to, and utilization of, HIV-related medical care and services, the quality of HIV-related ambulatory care, and HIV-related behaviors and clinical outcomes. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the actual speeds and performance of fixed and mobile broadband connections as part of the Measuring Broadband America Program. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection to obtain information in order to assess Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) applicants' eligibility, qualifications for the program, and information on eligible site applicants. Comments on the information collection are due by October 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service requests nominations for the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research. The Task Force should represent a broad spectrum of individuals with interest and expertise in agricultural air quality issues including, but not limited to, representatives from the agricultural production and processing sector, academia, agribusiness, regulatory organizations, environmental organizations, and local or State agencies. The Task Force advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to agricultural air quality. Nominations are due by November 9, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 4, 2020 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2019 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by October 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 4, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) to be held on September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED), including recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED.
Source: Federal Register

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