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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 23, 2019 - Notice of from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period for the March 4th proposed rule with the same title. Comments are now due on June 3, 2019 and effective dates of policies related to the rule will be adjusted as necessary based on public comments.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2020 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also requests comment on the IPF wage index and proposes updates to quality and reporting measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due on June 17, 2019.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology extending the comment period of a previously published proposed rule implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information technology developer certification requirements, provisions to support interoperability, and more. Comments are now due June 3, 2019.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Announcement from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that applications for all three Rural e-Connectivity (Reconnect) Loan and Grant Program funding categories will begin accepting applications on April 23, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adding four codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS) Master List of Items Frequently Subject to Unnecessary Utilization that could potentially be subject to prior authorization as a condition of payment. The rule is effective on May 22, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the addition of 12 codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items that require prior authorization as a condition of payment. Implementation of Phase 1 of this rule will be effective on July 22, 2019 and Phase 2 will be effective on October 21, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 R&R forms which are used as an alternative to the Standard Form 424 data set as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 form which is used as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Project/Performance Site Location(s), Project Abstract, and Key Contacts forms, which are used as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2020, including changes for the Patient Drive Payment Model (PDPM). Includes proposals for the SNF quality reporting program and the value-based purchasing program that will affect Medicare payment to SNFs. Comments are also sought on the appropriateness of the wage index used to adjust SNF payments. Includes rural considerations throughout. The official publication of this notice in the Federal Register is April 25, 2019. Comments are due by June 18, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Pre-publication notice of final rule 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. The rule will be effective 60 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for April 25, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. Provides details of the proposed changes, including those that impact rural hospice programs, as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. This notice will officially be published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019 and comments are due by June 18, 2019.
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Apr 18, 2019 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2020, including amendments to the weighting factors for the case-mix groups, updates to the IRF wage index, and new measures for the IRF Quality Reporting Program. Includes rural considerations throughout. The official publication of this notice in the Federal Register is April 24, 2019. Comments are due by June 17, 2019.
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Apr 17, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 5-6, 2019. Agenda items include discussion of a draft report on a health information privacy and security protection framework, updates from the Subcommittee on Population Health regarding community data needs, and a timeline review from the Subcommittee on Standards regarding ICD-11 and refinements to ICD-10 standards.
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Apr 17, 2019 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to leverage Opportunity Zones in accordance with the Executive Order "Establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council" and invites public input. Opportunity Zones target rural and urban economically distressed communities to help spur job creation and economic development through long-term investments. Public comments are due June 17, 2019.
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Apr 17, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces a formula for distributing funding to states to provide temporary housing for individuals recovering from substance use disorder as part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The formula identifies states with the highest, age-adjusted, overdose mortality rate and then adds additional weights based on unemployment and labor force participation.
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Apr 16, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of revisions to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and a new information collection, Testing of Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys, which would test online data collection for a wide variety of surveys, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). Comments are due May 16, 2019.
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Apr 16, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule regarding changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D policies. The changes increase access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, revise how the star ratings are calculated and technical changes related to quality improvement, update the grievances and appeals requirements, and more. Some provisions will go into effect June 17, 2019, some go into effect January 1, 2020, and others go into effect January 1, 2021.
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Apr 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting feedback on a proposal that would require facilities to include billing codes when reporting on surgical site infections. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
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Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are due June 11, 2019.
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Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of proposed performance measures for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The RCORP grant initiatives address prevention and treatment of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high-risk rural communities. Comments are due June 11, 2019.
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Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Utilities Service regarding changes made to the ReConnect Program as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. The ReConnect program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas. Changes include updates to the service area eligibility, data used in the broadband service mapping, and the definition of a broadband loan. The amendments go into effect April 12, 2019.
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Apr 11, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) corrects the comment dates for a proposed rule published in the April 3, 2019 Federal Register related to 900 MHz band broadband licenses. Comments are now due June 3, 2019 and reply comments are due July 2, 2019.
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Apr 8, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that they are extending the comment period for the previously proposed rule "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance" published in the February 4, 2019 Federal Register. Comments will be extended 60 days past the original April 5, 2019 deadline and are now due June 4, 2019.
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Apr 8, 2019 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019.
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Apr 8, 2019 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program. The SDGG Program seeks to improve the quality of life of socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas by providing technical assistance through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019.
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Apr 5, 2019 - 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 serving rural and urban low-income populations. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
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Apr 5, 2019 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of 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 June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
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Apr 5, 2019 - The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) provides notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC) on May 2-3, 2019. The meeting will provide updates from working groups and on the 2020 Census. NAC provides recommendations on data collection issues related to rural populations, Native Americans, and hard-to-reach populations.
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Apr 5, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau describing information collection plans for the American Community Survey (ACS). The 2020 ACS will include some changes to make it consistent with the 2020 Census. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
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Apr 5, 2019 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests letters of interest from prospective borrowers regarding funding to cover the subsidy for larger credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA) program. WIFA offers low-cost, long-term, supplemental credit assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure investment projects and sets aside 15% for small communities with water infrastructures serving less than 25,000 people. Letters of interest are due July 5, 2019.
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Apr 5, 2019 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), modifying the variety requirements for SNAP authorized retail food stores. The changes would allow retailers more flexibility in what they would need to stock to be a SNAP eligible retailer, including more "shelf-stable food" options, which could help rural locations. It also offers more plant-based protein sources and dairy alternatives for people with different dietary needs and preferences. Comments are due June 4, 2019.
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Apr 5, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs proposing a clarification to the Community Care Program regulations regarding organ and bone marrow transplant care. Addresses disparities in care access and quality for rural areas in regards to transplants. Comments are due April 22, 2019.
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Apr 3, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces an online meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality on April 11, 2019. The agenda includes an update on the Director's vision for AHRQ, a presentation of AHRQ's accomplishments, and an update of the budget.
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Apr 3, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comment on proposed transition methods that would help create a geographically paired 3/3 megahertz broadband segment while reserving additional segments for narrowband operations in order to improve access to flexible-use broadband spectrum. They also request comment on the costs and benefits of various approaches for rural areas regarding geographic license areas for 900 MHz band broadband licenses and whether to offer designated entity bidding credit for rural service providers. CORRECTION: initial comments are due June 3, 2019 and reply comments are due July 2, 2019.
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Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a new, proposed information collection, "Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE)." DOSE would provide information on emergency department (ED) visits related to suspected opioid, heroin, stimulant, and other drug overdoses and standardize related CDC case definitions. The data collection would be funded at a state level for the 50 state health departments, Puerto Rico, and D.C. and aggregate data already collected for monthly reporting to the CDC. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
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Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a proposed information collection, "Information Collection on Soil-transmitted Helminth Infections in Alabama and Mississippi." The collection would track possible risk factors for residents and the distribution and prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in order to plan and implement targeted disease control strategies. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
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Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on the Million Hearts® Hospital/Health System Recognition Program, which recognizes cardiovascular health improvement efforts by institutions. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
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Apr 2, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule determining federal payment amounts for 2019 and 2020 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 are due May 2, 2019.
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Apr 2, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force on May 9-10, 2019 that will address best practices for pain management and prescribing of pain medications. The public is invited to participate in person or online and must register ahead of time.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revises and extends the information collection "The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use." The program intends to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions and help facilities implement antibiotic stewardship programs. It has been implemented in 400 acute care hospitals and is being implemented in 500 long-term care facilities; the 4th cohort will include 250-500 ambulatory care facilities. The extension will continue program activities and data collection through March 30, 2021. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on a final rule describing how to calculate rebates for line extension drugs. The rule goes into effect April 1, 2019. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
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Apr 1, 2019 - Final notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for outpatient speech language pathology and physical therapy services at public health agencies, clinics, and rehabilitation agencies that want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The approval is effective April 4, 2019 through April 4, 2025.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a public meeting on June 24, 2019 where they will receive recommendations and comments regarding payment amounts for new test codes Medicare is considering under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2020. Comments will be accepted online until June 10, 2019.
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Apr 1, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updating performance standards for diagnostic x-ray systems, ultrasonic therapy, and laser products; related records and reporting; and recommendations for radiation protection. Comments are due July 1, 2019.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) charter from March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee publishes, develops, and implements longitudinal evaluation performance measures and guidelines and recommends appropriations for programs under Title VII, Part D of the Public Health Service Act. These programs include Area Health Education Centers, allied health, graduate psychology, and more.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) charter effective March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The grants support rural communities through investment in partnerships, innovation, and infrastructure, including e-Connectivity, economic development, and quality of life investments, particularly those targeting substance use disorder (such as opioid misuse) prevention, treatment, and recovery in high-risk rural communities. Electronic submissions are due June 10, 2019 and mail submissions must be received by June 17, 2019.
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Apr 1, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an online/phone meeting May 29, 2019. Agenda items include the substance use and mental health needs of pregnant and parenting women, access to behavioral health services for women and children, and related policies.
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Mar 29, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approves the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AAHHS/HFAP) as a clinical laboratories accreditation organization for all specialty and subspecialty areas under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) program. The approval is effective March 29, 2019 to March 29, 2023.
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Mar 29, 2019 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides notice of an open meeting for the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). The SCAS will discuss environmental issues affecting small communities, including water infrastructure, agricultural issues, and community revitalization. SCAS will meet May 3, 2019 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Eastern in Washington, D.C.
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Mar 29, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council (NAC) on April 22, 2019. The meeting will be held via telephone and WebEx, include a public comment portion, and address suicide prevention and the Hotline Improvement Act, the previous meeting minutes, and a report from the CMHS director. Registration is required.
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Mar 28, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would update mammography service regulations to incorporate best practices and current science. Comments are due June 26, 2019.
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Mar 28, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing an online/phone meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) on April 29, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and will include discussions on the substance abuse prevention workforce, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, as well as CSAP program updates.
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Mar 27, 2019 - Notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring communities with water systems serving more than 3,300 people to complete assessments of risk and resilience and emergency response plans under the America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018. The EPA will publish additional tools and resources to assist community water systems with meeting these requirements. See the notice for additional details and deadlines.
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Mar 27, 2019 - 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 June 25, 2019.
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Mar 27, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service invites applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program, which provides matching funds to intermediary organizations providing financial and technical assistance to support community and economic development, community facilities including healthcare facilities, and housing. Additional points will be given for applications from high-risk rural communities focusing on substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery, including opioid misuse. Applications are due electronically June 5, 2019 and paper applications must be received by June 10, 2019.
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Mar 27, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans in Houston, Texas on April 9-11, 2019. The meeting will address the MISSION ACT/rural health initiatives; suicide prevention; leadership training programs; and outreach to minority, women, and homeless Veterans.
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Mar 26, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces the renewal through January 19, 2021 of the Charter for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), which provides recommendations on consumer education related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Their next meeting will be April 10, 2019 in Washington D.C. and will include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS initiatives and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment.
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Mar 22, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the HHS Office of the Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services amending regulations that govern State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) in order to help them understand their authority, clarify flexibilities they have in operating Medicaid programs, and reduce administrative burden. The rule is effective on May 21, 2019.
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Mar 21, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of a public meeting of the Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recover (COVER) Commission on April 16-17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting will address evidence-based mental health treatment, telemental health, models of care, and more.
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Mar 20, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces a public meeting of the Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee April 17-18, 2019 in Iowa City, Iowa. The meeting will address rural healthcare access for Veterans as well as programs and policies impacting rural VA healthcare delivery, and include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman.
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Mar 19, 2019 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a proposed information collection, "Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Child HCAHPS) Survey Database." The Child HCAHPS survey compliments the Adult Hospital CAHPS Survey and evaluates the inpatient care experiences of patients under age 18 and their parents or guardians. The Child HCAHPS Survey Database will allow hospitals to access and use the data for quality improvement and research efforts. Comments are due April 18, 2019.
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Mar 19, 2019 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a proposed information collection, "Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Survey Database." The database will allow states to compare Medicaid programs targeting adults with disabilities receiving long-term care services. Comments are due May 20, 2019.
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Mar 19, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a proposed information collection revising and extending the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) through 2021. NAMCS provides information on office visits to physicians, as well as non-physician clinicians in community health centers. Some items will be modified or deleted, including data items on HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention, alcohol and substance abuse screening, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
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Mar 19, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Rural Health Resource Center an additional $4,000,000 to provide technical assistance services to all eight Delta Region communities as part of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program. The increased award is also intended to provide additional assistance to rural hospitals in improving their operational and financial performance.
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Mar 18, 2019 - Request for comments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a proposed information collection related to identity tracking for people accessing the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS). HIPAA Security rules require employees using the system to have a unique identifier assigned by their provider office, health plan, group health plan, or clearinghouse. Comments are due May 17, 2019.
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Mar 18, 2019 - Final notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of their decision to approve the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AAHHS/HFAP) as the national accreditation organization for hospitals who want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare. The notice is effective September 25, 2019 through September 25, 2023.
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Mar 15, 2019 - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on three information collection activities: 1) revisions to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey that removes three questions related to pain communication to avoid potential impacts on opioid prescriptions; 2) new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Incident Management Survey; 3) and a new section on The State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Grant Program Reporting. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
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Mar 14, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting comments on two information collection activities: 1) proposed revisions to the "Universal Service-Rural Health Care Program," which is required to obtain or retain benefits under the RHC Program and mandates enhanced access to advanced telecommunications for healthcare providers and providing them in rural areas at rates reasonably comparable to urban areas; 2) reporting from prepaid calling card service providers regarding access charges. Comments are due May 13, 2019.
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Mar 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requests comments regarding information collected as part of the application process to determine eligibility and other factors for three programs: 1) the Intermediary Re-lending Program, which provides loans to finance business facilities and community development; 2) Agriculture Innovation Centers, a grant-funded demonstration program to help agricultural producers create and market value-added products; 3) Rural Business Development Grants, which help develop and expand small employers and provide training and other assistance. Comments are due April 12, 2019.
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Mar 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requests comments on information collected for two Rural Utilities Service programs: 1) Advance and Disbursement of Funds—Telecommunications, which provides loans to expand telephone service to rural subscribers; 2) Electric Standards and Specifications for Materials and Construction, which provides loans for rural electrification and to improve current systems providing electricity to rural areas.
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Mar 12, 2019 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of the final National Occupational Research Agenda for Public Safety. The agenda focuses on the public safety workforce, which includes emergency responders, fire fighters, police and correctional officers, and addresses chronic disease reduction, infectious disease transmission, motor vehicle injuries, mental health, and more.
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Mar 12, 2019 - The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) requests comments on revisions to the application for the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing (RCB) program. Comments are due April 11, 2019.
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Mar 12, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of over $27 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications will be evaluated monthly starting March 15, 2019 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2019 or the exhaustion of funds.
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Mar 12, 2019 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury requests comments on optional questions on the Financial Assistance Application for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program). The optional questions would address financial assistance for Persistent Poverty Counties, Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and Disability Funds. Comments are due May 13, 2019.
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Mar 11, 2019 - Notice from the Census Bureau of the planned National Survey of Children's Health, which will provide national and state-level estimates of children's health and well-being, as well as information on their families and communities. Includes updates to the prior November 13 Federal Register Pre-notice. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
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Mar 11, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting comments on how to improve the ability of health insurers to sell across state lines, particularly in relation to Health Care Choice Compacts. Comments are due May 6, 2019.
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Mar 11, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) summarizing steps they are taking to transition from Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase I to CAF Phase II support in order to make broadband available in rural and urban areas across the U.S. The final rule will be effective April 10, 2019.
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Mar 11, 2019 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests comments regarding a proposed information collection to survey healthcare professionals about prescription drug company promotion. The survey will include questions about opioid prescription drug promotions, the clinical trial process, and FDA approval of prescription drugs, and seeks to improve the accuracy of prescription drug information communication. Comments are due April 10, 2019.
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Mar 11, 2019 - 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 may help the economically disadvantaged participate in programs or offer scholarships or loan repayment for nursing or health profession education.
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Mar 8, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a final rule describing the process for relicensing wireless 700 MHz spectrum telecommunication channels for underserved areas after they are returned to the FCC inventory. The 700 MHz spectrum travels longer distances with fewer towers to provide wireless high-speed internet and data services. The rule is effective April 8, 2019.
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Mar 8, 2019 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) of scholarship program availability and deadlines for the Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, Indian Health Professions Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Indian Health Professions Scholarship, which are intended to help meet the workforce needs of IHS and its healthcare system partners. The deadline is March 15 for continuing students and March 28 for new students.
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Mar 7, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the 2019 public meetings of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). The meetings will be held via webinar and teleconference on April 1, May 21, and September 24, 2019. Meetings will address nursing education, the nursing workforce, and nursing practice improvement; see the website for details closer to the meeting dates.
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Mar 6, 2019 - Noticed from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the data that will be used for the Medicare Advantage (MA) Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions in the November 1, 2018 proposed rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021, so that the public can provide meaningful comments on the RADV provisions. Comments on the RADV provisions of the November 1, 2018 proposed rule will now be due April 30, 2019.
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Mar 6, 2019 - Notice of ruling from the Federal Communications Commission finalizing the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) challenge process procedures and speed test measurement timeline needed to challenge an area that was previously deemed ineligible for MF-II support. MF-II support is intended to provide support to mobile providers in geographic areas lacking unsubsidized 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, primarily rural areas.
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Mar 6, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) requests comments on the "Application Reference Letter" form used to obtain credit history information that may not be listed on a credit report as part of the determination of creditworthiness for Section 502 and 504 applicant credit/financing. Comments are due May 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 6, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) requests comments on "Preloan Procedures and Requirements for Telecommunications Program," used to make loan decisions under the Rural Electrification Act. Comments are due May 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 6, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of a proposed survey that would collect both demographic and qualitative information from veterans seeking mental health services at both VA and non-VA facilities. Comments are due April 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 4, 2019 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) requesting comments on proposed revisions to information collection related to the American Indian, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian Programs Annual Performance Report under Title VI of the Older Americans Act. Summarizes and responds to comments from a previous August 15, 2018 Federal Register notice. Comments on the revisions are due April 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 4, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule intending to promote interoperability and access to information to inform individuals' healthcare decisions, including if eligible hospitals or CAHs are meaningful EHR users for the interoperability program. Comments are due May 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 4, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information technology developer certification requirements, provisions to support interoperability, and more. Comments are due May 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 4, 2019 - Notice from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology updating the 2019 Health Information Technology Advisory Committee schedule for the review of policy recommendations and priorities.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 4, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on March 28, 2019. The meeting will address expanding access to Medication-Assisted Treatment, recovery housing, and more. Registration is required; the meeting will be held via WebEx and telephone.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 1, 2019 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of 2019 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) public meetings, which allow the public to provide feedback on preliminary coding and payment determinations. The meetings will be held May 13-15 and June 11-12. See the notice for details on meeting agendas, registration, and presentation deadlines.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 1, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of an opportunity for home infusion therapy supplier accreditation organizations (AO) to apply for the home infusion therapy supplier accreditation program. Applications are due February 1, 2020 for the January 1, 2021 accreditation organization designation. The 21st Century Cures Act requires home infusion therapy suppliers be accredited by an AO, taking into account the capacity of suppliers in rural areas and other factors.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 28, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on 4 proposed information collection activities: 1) Home Health (HH) National Provider Survey, which would address Medicare quality reporting measures and incentive programs and characteristics associated with high quality performance; 2) exception of genetic test requests for research; 3) Federally-facilitated Exchange User Fee Adjustment data submission; and 4) extension of the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) certification, financial management, and exchange operations data collection. Comments are due April 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 28, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extending publication of the final rule for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process, initially proposed March 1, 2016, until March 1, 2020. The rule will require providers and suppliers to disclose certain previous and current relationships with providers and suppliers.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 28, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of their IHS Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023. The strategic plan addresses access to culturally appropriate healthcare for American Indian and Alaska Native people, improving healthcare quality, and strengthening IHS operations. See the Federal Register notice for details on the planning process and for the plan text.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces the 2019 public meetings for the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC). The April 2-3, 2019 meeting will be held via webinar and the September 17-18, 2019 meeting will be held in Rockville, Maryland. Both meetings will address policy recommendations for the National Health Service Corps; details will be posted on their website.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 25, 2019 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) amends the application closing dates of the eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) funding, which was originally published December 14, 2018. The ReConnect Program will provide loans and grants to promote broadband expansion in rural areas. The Agency's website will announce in March when applications will begin being accepted.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 22, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that the final National Occupational Research Agenda for Healthcare and Social Assistance is available. The agenda identifies research gaps, needs, and relevant issues to improve the occupational safety and health of the healthcare and social assistance workforce.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 22, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on proposed information collection activities for 4 areas: reassignment of Medicare benefits, End Stage Renal Disease death notification, End Stage Renal Disease medical evidence reports, and IM/DND hospital notices. Comments are due April 23, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 22, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces the re-approval of COLA as an accreditation organization for laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) through February 22, 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 22, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces a proposed rule amending regulations allowing veterans to receive healthcare services through community healthcare providers or entities. The Veterans Community Care Program would replace the Veterans Choice Program. The proposed rule allows higher payment rates for highly rural areas; clarifies payments for Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other types of providers; changes the distance measure to reduce veteran travel distance to specialty care; and more. Comments are due March 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2019 - The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting comments on a proposed 2019 National Survey of Psychiatrists. The survey would gather data on the demographics, distribution, and employment characteristics of psychiatrists in the U.S. using a probability sample method. Comments are due April 22, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the 2019 public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) on May 16-17 in Rockville, Maryland and August 14 via webinar. The meetings will focus on population health in relation to primary care and public health, social determinants of health, and preparing clinicians to address population health. The full agenda will be posted on the ACICBL website.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) on May 22-23, 2019 in Brockport, New York. The meeting will include presentations from federal officials and experts, address the health status of agricultural workers, and discuss issues related to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, including oral health and healthcare for aging farmworkers. See the NACMH website for additional meeting information.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests comments on information collections regarding three areas for the Rural Utilities Services: 1) authorized loan signatures, 2) extension of principal and interest payments, and 3) approvals to sell capital assets. Comments are due March 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 19, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include behavioral medicine, health equity, public health, application of science to health policy, and communicating scientific findings to multiple audiences. Nominations of members of minority populations, people with disabilities, and women are encouraged. Nominations are due May 15th.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 19, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of CMS regulations, instructions, and Federal Register notices published October through December 2018. Includes contact information for general questions and additional information about a specific section.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 19, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) summarizing their Report and Order & Order on Reconsideration regarding measures to expand broadband to the rural U.S., final rules related to telecommunications companies and uniform service, and denying three petitions related to reconsidering an earlier decision. The final rules are effective March 21, 2019, with exceptions listed on the FR notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 19, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) will have a public meeting on April 8-9, 2019. The meeting will be held via webinar and address issues related to improving the health of pregnant women and infants, reducing infant mortality, and addressing factors related to maternal and child healthcare. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on a previously published information collection request entitled "Evaluation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands." The chronic disease self-management program will target people with diabetes, lung disease, and other chronic health problems in Guam, American Samoa, and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Comments are due thirty days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces a renewal of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee's charter for another two years, effective March 1, 2019. The Committee will continue to provide recommendations on how the FCC can accelerate deployment of broadband across the U.S.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2019 - The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests information from retail pharmacies with more than 100 stores in rural areas regarding their interest in educational models for increasing HPV vaccination. NVPO is also requesting information on experience in developing or implementing innovative educational models and recommendations or lessons learned. Responses are due February 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on proposed information collection related to the following items: 1) Transformed—Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), which is used to monitor Medicaid trends; 2) External Quality Review of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs); 3) Report of a Hospital Death Associated with Restraint or Seclusion, which applies to rehabilitation or psychiatric distinct part units (DPUs) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs); and 4) Marketplace Quality Standards. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces a meeting on February 14, 2019 which will address the Connect America Fund and several other topics. The Connect America Fund relates to expanding high-speed internet access in rural areas.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the 2019 public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). Meetings will be held in person, online, and via teleconference on June 11 and August 8, 2019. They will discuss their annual report and policy and program matters related to Section 747 of Title VII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces an electronic meeting of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) on June 5-6, 2019. The meeting will include a discussion of rural health graduate medical education financing and workforce development, among other topics. See the notice for additional details, including a webinar link and call-in information.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The U.S. Census Bureau again requests comments on the 2020 Census data collection minus the Address Canvasing portion, which was posted separately. This is a repost of a December 28, 2018 Federal Register Notice due to the partial government shutdown and has been updated to reflect pending litigation regarding the citizenship question. Comments are due in 30 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on April 3-5 in California. The meeting will address "Supportive Services and Caregiving for the Rural Elderly" and "Cancer Prevention and Control in Rural America" and includes site visits to Northern Valley Indian Health Clinic and the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) corrects the wording defining rural for a June 24, 2010 final ruling establishing Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) regulations. The change is effective February 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 12, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of the 2019 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 14 through April 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) requests comments on extending information collection for the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program, which helps repair or rehabilitate housing, co-ops, and rental properties for low-income people in rural areas. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2019 - Announces the final federal share Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2017 and the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2019. This notice also describes the methodology used to determine amounts of states' FY DSH allotments. The notice is effective March 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection related to the program application guide and applications for Rural Broadband Access loans and loan guarantees. Comments are due March 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 8, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces two upcoming meetings regarding proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives. The meetings will be held online February 26, 2019 and March 27, 2019 and are open to the public. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 8, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) requests comments on how to improve national response to HIV and viral hepatitis. Feedback will inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Comments are due March 11, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requests nominations for the Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panels (SEP) in the the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Reviewers with research and evaluation expertise in opioid use disorder, child abuse and neglect, elder maltreatment, suicide, environmental health, policy evaluation, and other areas related to injury and violence prevention are being sought. Nominations are due April 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a proposed rule intended to encourage manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2019 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2019 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2019
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2019 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requests comments on a draft of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Hearing Loss Prevention. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2019 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of the final National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health on the CDC website.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks comments regarding their plans to continue collecting Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Performance Measures without changes. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requests comments on a revised set of performance measures for evaluating technical assistance provided by Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs). The measures address rural specific issues. Comments are due March 7, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2019 - Publishes the current list of 573 federally recognized tribal entities. Each tribal entity is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as an Indian Tribe.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2019 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agricultural that would limit the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in a work program at least 20 hours per week, or participating in workfare. Includes actions taken since the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this subject was first published in February 2018. Comments on the proposed rule are due on April 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2019 - Announces the updated 2019 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 11, 2019. 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
Feb 1, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces the cancellation of the February 27, 2019 meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Lifetime Limits; Required Notice of Rescission of Coverage; and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; 2) Rate Increase Disclosure and Review Requirements (45 CFR part 154); 3) Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration; 4) The Fiscal Soundness Reporting Requirements; 5) Prepaid Health Plan Cost Report; 6) Testing of Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys; and 6) Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Comments are due by April 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Contract Year 2020 Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software and Formulary Submission; 2) Federal Qualified Health Center Cost Report; 3) Prospective Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services; 4) Medicare EDI Enrollment Form and EDI Registration; 5) Hospitals and Health Care Complex Cost Report; 6) Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) for Individuals Under Age 21 and Supporting Regulations; 7) 21st Century Cures Act Section 12002 IMD Study; and 8) Medicare Advantage Application—Part C and 1876 Cost Plan Expansion Application Regulations under 42 CFR 422 (Subpart K) & 417.400. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicaid CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) by February 20, 2019. Appointments are effective May 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by March 8, 2019. Appointments are effective May 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements for retail pharmacy transactions related to Schedule II drugs. This change to the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs will require covered entities to use the Quantity Prescribed field in order to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill. Comments on this proposed rule are due by April 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - Notice from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announcing the 2019 Health Information Technology Advisory Committee schedule for the review of policy recommendations and priorities.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - 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 October to December 2018 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on revisions to information collected through the Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has extended the comment period on for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey is used to used to determine the prevalence of the use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking comment on a proposed to allow eligible veterans access to urgent care services from qualifying non-VA providers without prior approval from the VA. Includes detailed information defining services that qualify for urgent care visits. Comments on the proposed rule are due by March 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 29, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the comment period for responses to the September 18, 2018 information collection for the National Hospital Care Survey. The survey is used to collect data on patient care from a sample of hospitals in order to describe patterns of care delivery and utilization in the United States. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 24, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a proposed rule 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. Includes meaningful quality reporting measures intended to help improve rural access. Comments are due February 19, 2019.
Source: Federal Register

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