Federal Register Notices Relevant to Rural Health

Selected Federal Register notices of interest to the rural health community from the past 90 days.

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    VA: Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants
    Jan 19, 2017 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing eligible tribal organizations to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. The rule also allows tribal government employees to become accredited through a recognized state organization and is intended to address the needs of Native American populations that are geographically isolated or otherwise unable to utilize existing Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). Provisions of the rule take effect February 21, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: Allocation and Expenditure Forms
    Jan 19, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) intends to collect information in order to monitor the use of grant funds, track the allocation of resources, and measure final annual expenditures of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients. The Allocations Report tracks intended spending at the beginning of the grant cycle, and the Expenditures Report tracks actual spending once the cycle is completed. Comments regarding the proposed information collection are due by March 20, 2017.
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    RHS: Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program 2017 Industry Forums - Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
    Jan 18, 2017 - Announces a series of teleconference and/or web meetings scheduled to occur in 2017 and 2018 discussing ways to enhance the effectiveness of the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing (GRRH) program. The meetings will also update GRRH program participants and staff on developments and forces that impact the GRRH program. Registration link is provided, and notices containing the dates and times will be sent via email to registered participants.
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    IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2017
    Jan 18, 2017 - Announces the calendar year 2017 rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. Rates apply to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, beneficiaries of other federal programs, and for recoveries under the Federal Care Recovery Act. Does not include rates for Medicare Part A inpatient services, which are paid based on the prospective payment system. Rates are effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
    Jan 18, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP), which provides loan repayment assistance to nurses in exchange for full-time employment at eligible facilities. The information collected will be used to verify LRP applicant eligibility, and monitor compliance for currently enrolled LRP participants. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by March 20, 2017.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jan 17, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue collecting information that helps determine the level of compliance with Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) conditions of participation necessary to participate it the Medicare/Medicaid program. CMS will also collect information through the Conditions of Certification for Rural Health Clinics, which helps CMS ensure RHCs are meeting the requirements necessary to participate in the Medicare program. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities are due by February 16, 2017
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    VA: Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program
    Jan 17, 2017 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for the fiscal year 2017 Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program. SAHAT awards grants of up to $200,000 per year for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies that will help veterans or service members live independently in their adapted homes. Grant applications must be submitted electronically and are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on February 26, 2017.
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    VA: Repayment by VA of Educational Loans for Certain Psychiatrists; Correction
    Jan 17, 2017 - Corrects paragraph and section numbering errors that were published in a September 29, 2016 final rule which expanded the loan repayment program for psychiatrists who agreed to a period of obligated service with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Major provisions of the rule remain unchanged and corrections take effect January 17, 2017.
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    ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
    Jan 13, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect additional information as part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation. PACE evaluates nine promising career paths and seeks to increase empirical knowledge about the effectiveness of programs that help low-income individuals and families achieve career advancement and self-sufficiency. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by March 14, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies
    Jan 13, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The revisions reflect an interdisciplinary view of patient care, and focus on eliminating unnecessary procedural requirements and allowing HHAs more flexibility in meeting quality standards. Provisions of the rule take effect July 13, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Information
    Jan 12, 2017 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments from healthcare delivery organizations about current challenges they are facing as well as solutions they are implementing as they strive to become learning healthcare systems. Recommendations on ways in which AHRQ can assist healthcare providers in achieving their learning network goals are also being requested. Submission deadline for comments is on or before February 28, 2017.
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    ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
    Jan 12, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect information as part of the Impact Study of the first round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The goal of the HPOG program is to provide TANF recipients and other low-income individuals with education, training, and advancement opportunities in the healthcare field. The proposed collection will help ACF evaluate the effectiveness of approaches used by certain HPOG grantees. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by March 13, 2017.
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    GAO: Request for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Nominations
    Jan 12, 2017 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). MACPAC reviews Medicaid and CHIP access payment policies, and advises Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. Nominations are due by February 24, 2017, and appointments take effect May 1, 2017.
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    HUD: Announcement of Funding Awards; Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program; Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
    Jan 11, 2017 - Announces the award recipients of the fiscal year 2016 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program. Grants are intended to help rural housing development organizations improve their technical and administrative capabilities, participate in local, regional, and state planning processes, and provide developmental and financial assistance to rural housing organizations, local governments, Indian tribes, and other eligible entities.
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    IHS: Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loan; Announcement Type-Initial
    Jan 11, 2017 - Announces the application window and review procedures for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional education loans. Applications will be accepted and reviewed monthly beginning January 15, 2017, and continue until either all funds are exhausted for FY 2017, or the final award cycle deadline date of August 15, 2017 is reached. Approximately 400 awards averaging $46,000.00 each are available for new two-year contracts, and 373 awards averaging $25,000.00 each are available for one-year contract extensions.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program
    Jan 11, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) outlining proposed changes to the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program application. HRSA plans to streamline the application process by reducing the number of data collection tables from three to two, and combining certain aspects of the collection related to rural, underserved, and public health practice settings. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be received no later than February 10, 2017.
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    IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Proposed Information Collection: Environmental Health Assessment of Tribal Child Care Centers in the Pacific Northwest
    Jan 10, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking approval to conduct an environmental health assessment of tribal child care centers in Portland Area Indian Country (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho). The research will help IHS and the EPA understand the potential for exposure to lead, allergens, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in area child care centers, and eliminate existing data gaps. Comments regarding this proposed collection of information must be received by February 9, 2017.
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    IHS: Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs
    Jan 10, 2017 - Announces the availability of the fiscal year 2017 Indian Health Service (IHS) Indian Health Professions, Preparatory, and Pre-Graduate Scholarships. Approximately 20 new and 10 continuing awards averaging $31,919.52 each will be made under the Preparatory and Pre-Graduate programs, and 263 awards averaging $48,500.00 each will be made under the Health Professions program. For continuing students, applications are due by February 28, 2017. For new students, applications are due by March, 28, 2017.
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    RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
    Jan 10, 2017 - Announces the application window for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Community Connect Grant Program. Grant amounts will range from $100,000 to $3 million, and funding priority will be given to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services. Applications are scored using multiple criteria including healthcare related needs. Paper applications must be postmarked, and electronic applications must be received no later than March 13, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
    Jan 9, 2017 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2017, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program Specific Data Collection Forms
    Jan 9, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to adapt forms from the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program to use with the new Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. Information collected on the forms will be used to determine eligibility for the statutory funding preference and special consideration, and capture data for projected students in subsequent years. Comments regarding this information collection must be submitted by February 8, 2017.
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    ACF: Request for Information
    Jan 9, 2017 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks comments by March 10, 2017, regarding prospective ways in which ACF can work with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) leadership, tribes, tribal organizations, and populations to achieve ACF's vision. Questions are provided to guide responses, but general comments are also welcome.
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    RUS: Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program
    Jan 9, 2017 - Announces that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will accept fiscal year 2017 applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program during two windows: the first running from March 1 through March 31, 2017, and the second from September 1 through September 30, 2017. Loan amounts will range from $100,000 to $10 million, and will be made available for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband services to eligible rural areas.
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    CDFI Fund: Announcement Type: Notice and Request for Information
    Jan 9, 2017 - Presents questions and requests public comments regarding the current policies and procedures used to certify an organization as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Written comments must be received on or before March 10, 2017.
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    HRSA: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps; Notice of a Meeting
    Jan 6, 2017 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold an open meeting on January 25, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the priorities for 2017. The meeting can be attended via webinar or conference call, and the final agenda will be available on the NACNHSC website 3 days beforehand.
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    FDA: Food and Drug Administration Tribal Consultation Policy; Availability
    Jan 5, 2017 - Announces the availability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tribal Consultation Policy, which is intended to further the government-to-government relationship between the FDA and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, provide background on FDA's mission and structure, and serve as a platform for the FDA to create consistent and meaningful tribal consultation across FDA centers and offices.
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    HHS: Delegation of Authority Under Title III, Part D, Section 340B(d)(1)(B)(vi) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA)
    Jan 5, 2017 - Delegates to the Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General, the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose monetary penalties against manufacturers that knowingly and intentionally charge a 340B covered entity a price for a drug above the calculated ceiling price. Delegation became effective immediately upon signature.
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    HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
    Jan 5, 2017 - Final rule from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) setting forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defining civil monetary penalties for manufacturers who knowingly charge covered entities more than the ceiling price. Provisions of the rule take effect March 6, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
    Jan 5, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to modify forms used to collect information for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The changes will combine two currently used forms and add a new form called the NHSC Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services Checklist. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be submitted by February 6, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR)
    Jan 3, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B payment models, a Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment model, and modifications to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. Additionally, acute care hospitals in certain markets will participate in retrospective episode payment models, making them accountable for cost and quality of certain procedures for 90 days after discharge. Provisions of the rule take effect February 18, 2017, and bundles begin July 1, 2017.
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    BIA: Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act
    Dec 30, 2016 - Announces the availability of the Bureau of Indians Affairs' (BIA) new Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The new guidelines explain the statute and regulations, and also encourage consistent application of the ICWA in order to protect Indian children, their parents, and Indian tribes.
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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Alzheimer's and Dementia Program Data Reporting Tool (ADP-DRT) (Previously Entitled: Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program Data Reporting Tool (ADSSP-DRT) and Alzheimer's disease Initiative- Specialized Supportive Services (ADI- SSS) project))
    Dec 29, 2016 - Proposal by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to expand information collection activities related to the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP). The ADSSP helps state efforts to expand the availability of community-level supportive services for persons with Alzheimer's, including underserved populations. Proposed changes will update the Data Reporting Tool (DRT) to collect information about the delivery of direct services by program grantees and basic demographic information about service recipients. Also incorporates the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) project, which helps persons with Alzheimer's or related dementias remain in their communities by improving home and community-based services. Comments on the collection of information must be submitted by January 30, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program
    Dec 28, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue collecting information which is used to evaluate and quantify the effects of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Grant Program. The Rural Quality program is designed to improve health outcomes for patients by promoting and supporting the quality improvement activities of rural primary care providers. Comments regarding this collection of information must be received no later than February 27, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Evaluation and Assessment of HRSA Teaching Health Centers
    Dec 28, 2016 - As part of the statutory requirements for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, George Washington University (GW) is conducting an evaluation of the training, administrative and organization structures, clinical services, challenges, innovations, associated costs, and outcomes of THCs. The THCGME program, which is designed to increase the production and distribution of primary care doctors and dentists who are well prepared to practice in underserved community settings, requires annual reporting on the types of primary care resident approved training programs provided, the number of training positions, the number of residents who completed the program and now provide care in underserved communities, and other demographic information. Comments on this information collection request must be received no later than January 27, 2017.
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    Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 National Survey of Children's Health
    Dec 28, 2016 - Notice of intent from the U.S. Census Bureau to administer the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The NSCH covers topics related to the well-being of children such as healthcare access, in-home medical care, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and neighborhood characteristics. Comments regarding the proposed NSCH must be submitted on or before February 27, 2017.
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    RHS: Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
    Dec 28, 2016 - The USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) is requesting comments by February 27, 2017 regarding their intent to continue collecting information for the Community Facilities loan program. Designed to help rural areas attract residents and jobs, the program makes loans to public entities, nonprofit corporations, and Indian tribes for the development of public use community facilities in rural areas. Information collected is used to determine applicant/borrower eligibility, project feasibility, and ensure proper use of funds.
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    SAMHSA: Protecting Our Infants Act Report to Congress
    Dec 27, 2016 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking public comments to help inform a report to Congress that will provide background information on prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome, summarize Health and Human Services (HHS) activities, present clinical and programmatic recommendations, and identify a strategy to address gaps and challenges. Specifically, comments are being sought regarding strategy to help protect our infants from opioid exposure, and will be incorporated into HHS's final strategy as appropriate. Comments may be submitted electronically or by mail, and must be received by January 26, 2017.
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    HHS: Regulatory Agenda
    Dec 23, 2016 - Semiannual regulatory agenda from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining the rulemaking activities HHS expects to undertake in the foreseeable future. Includes abstracts for prospective HHS rules that are expected to have major economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Dec 23, 2016 - Comments are being accepted until January 23, 2017 regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to collect information for the purpose of evaluating a pilot mobile health (mHealth) program in California, Louisiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The mHealth project is being conducted to help track states' health efforts and maternal and infant health outcomes in the Medicaid and CHIP populations.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Renewal of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment and Solicitation of Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
    Dec 23, 2016 - Announces that the charter for the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) has been renewed for an additional two-year period running through November 21, 2018. Additionally, nominations are being accepted until February 21, 2017 for up to two new HOP panel members. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System.
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - Summary of the proposed 2017-2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) project from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NSDUH is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years and older. Data obtained are used to determine the prevalence of substance use and abuse, and inform government agencies, policymakers, and researchers. Written comments should be received by February 21, 2017.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting approval to continue collecting information from clinical prescribers to support the Surgeon General's pledge to end the opioid crisis. The information collection asks prescribers to provide demographic information, and complete two short answer questions describing how prescription opioid addiction has impacted their patients and/or practice. Collected information will help improve the efficacy of the campaign to end opioid abuse by allowing targeted communication. Public comments are being accepted until January 23, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to continue collecting information for the AHRQ Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Database for Health Plans. Information in the database is obtained through the CAHPS Health Plan Survey, and used to provide comparative data to support public reporting of health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments regarding the information collection activities must be received by February 21, 2017.
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    HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018; Amendments to Special Enrollment Periods and the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program
    Dec 22, 2016 - Final rule that sets payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment program, cost-sharing parameters and reductions, and user fees for federally facilitated Exchanges and state-based Exchanges on the federal platform. Also provides additional guidance relating to standardized options, qualified health plans, consumer assistance tools, network adequacy, fair health insurance premiums, appeals, special enrollment periods, and more. Provision of the rule take effect January 17, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Common Formats for Reporting on Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
    Dec 20, 2016 - Announces the availability of the new Common Formats - Community Pharmacy Version 1.0, which will allow collection of medication-related data across different pharmacy providers, and facilitate detection and understanding of medication-related events that originate in pharmacies. Public input regarding the Common Formats is accepted on an ongoing basis.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 20, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to collect data through field-based investigations for the purpose of improving healthcare delivery in diverse healthcare settings. Data will be collected through interviews, focus groups, implementation logs, recruitment and screening calls, surveys, and document reviews, and be used to support AHRQ's ACTION Program. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by February 21, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Start-Up Funding in Support of the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model-Cooperative Agreement
    Dec 16, 2016 - Announces the funding of a $9.5 million single source cooperative agreement between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Vermont Agency of Human Services to test the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model. The Vermont All-Payer ACO model will test an alternative payment model in which the major payers in the state - Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial - incentivize healthcare quality and value under the same payment structure for most of the state's providers. The Vermont All-Payer ACO Model will begin January 1, 2017, and end on December 31, 2022.
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    FNS: Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    Dec 15, 2016 - Final rule from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) updating Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations that set eligibility criteria for retail food store participation. The changes are designed to improve SNAP households' access to a variety of healthy food options by increasing the minimum number of item varieties in each staple food category from three to seven, and increasing the minimum number of staple food categories in which perishable foods are required from two to three. Also clarifies various definitions and language. Provisions of the rule take effect January 17, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities-Third Party Payment
    Dec 14, 2016 - Interim final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing new disclosure requirements for dialysis facilities that make premium payments for individual market health plans. The rule addresses concerns that patients with end-state renal disease (ESRD) who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid are being inappropriately steered to individual health insurance plans, which offer significantly higher reimbursement rates. Comments regarding the rule must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on January 11, 2017.
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    VA: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    Dec 14, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a final rule allowing Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) the ability to practice to the full extent of their training and education within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. Effective January 13, 2017, the change will improve access to VA healthcare by increasing the number of qualified professionals authorized to provide primary care without physician supervision. Comments regarding the exclusion of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) must be submitted by January 13, 2017.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
    Dec 13, 2016 - The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking approval to continue collecting information as part of the application process for researchers and foreign medical graduates wishing to waive the two-year home residence requirement. In exchange for the waiver, applicants agree to work as primary care providers in HHS designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Comments regarding the information collection request must be submitted on or before January 12, 2017.
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    VA: Tiered Pharmacy Copayments for Medications
    Dec 12, 2016 - Beginning February 27, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will adopt a new copayment structure for medications required to treat outpatient, non-service connected conditions. A 30-day or less supply of certain medications will be classified as Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, and copayments for each will be $5, $8, or $11, respectively. The change is designed to lower veterans' out-of-pocket costs, and encourage consistency in taking prescribed medications. The rule also lowers the annual out-of-pocket maximum for medication copayments from $960 to $700.
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    VA: Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: (VA Health Professional Scholarship and Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professional Scholarship Programs)
    Dec 12, 2016 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing the continuation of information collection activities related to the applications for the VA Health Professional Scholarship Program, and the Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professional Scholarship Program. Comments regarding the revised applications must be submitted on or before January 11, 2017.
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    HRSA: Council on Graduate Medical Education
    Dec 9, 2016 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing that the charter for the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been renewed, and authorizes the committee to operate until September 30, 2018. COGME provides advice to the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues related to supply and distribution of physicians in the U.S., current and future physician shortages or excesses, foreign medical school graduates, medical education, and more.
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    VA: Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
    Dec 7, 2016 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Funding applications must be received by the SSVF office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on February 3, 2017, and awarded grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2017. Per program rules, grants are to be equitably divided among geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands.
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    RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
    Dec 7, 2016 - Announces the grant application window for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program, which provides grants to private nonprofit organizations to establish lending programs that provide low interest loans to individuals in rural areas for the purpose of constructing, refurbishing, or servicing household water well systems. Applications can be submitted in either paper or electronic format, and must be postmarked, time-stamped, or received by February 16, 2017.
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    IHS: Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative-Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative Support
    Dec 7, 2016 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting grant applications for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) - Generation Indigenous (GEN-I) Initiative Support, which is focused on reducing risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through early interventions that promote youth development and family engagement. Applications are due by January 9, 2017, and will be awarded in three IHS areas: Navajo Area, Phoenix Area, and the Tuscon Area.
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    HHS: Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2017 Through September 30, 2018; Correction
    Dec 6, 2016 - Corrects a technical error in a table that was published in a November 15, 2016 notice. Changes the Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (eFMAP) for Utah in fiscal year 2018 from 78.18 to 79.18.
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    HHS: Meeting Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015
    Dec 5, 2016 - The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss the physician-focused payment model review process, and the role of non-physician stakeholders in payment models and the review process. The meeting can be attended in person or by teleconference.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Health Workforce Connector
    Dec 5, 2016 - In order to expand the function of the current National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Jobs Center, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is developing the Health Workforce Connector. The Health Workforce Connector will provide a central platform where users can create a profile, search for NHSC and NURSE Corps sites, find job opportunities, and search by site points of contact. The Health Workforce Connector will link healthcare professionals and students wishing to provide primary care services in underserved communities with facilities in need of providers. Comments regarding the information collection requirements of the Health Workforce Connector are being accepted until February 3, 2017.
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    ACF: Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants
    Nov 30, 2016 - Announces the biennial state allotment percentages for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, which is one of the factors used by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to compute federal grant levels awarded under the Child Welfare Services State Grants Program.
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    CMS: Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP
    Nov 30, 2016 - Proposed rule with comment period that would implement certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid statute related to eligibility and appeals. Changes are intended to promote modernization and coordination of the Medicaid appeals process, and modify delegations of eligibility determinations and appeals. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on January 23, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP
    Nov 30, 2016 - Final rule implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that improve access to health coverage through improvements in Medicaid and coordination between CHIP, Medicaid, and Exchanges. Regulations are set to take effect January 20, 2017.
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    RBCS: Notice for Inviting Applications for the Position of National Fund Manager for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative
    Nov 28, 2016 - Invitation from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) calling for Community Development Financial Institutions to apply for the position of National Fund Manager (NFM) for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The primary role of the NFM is to raise private capital, provide financial and technical assistance to partnerships, and fund eligible projects to support retailers and suppliers that bring fresh, healthy food to underserved areas. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on December 28, 2016.
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    NIH: Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Storytelling About Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge
    Nov 28, 2016 - To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring the Storytelling About Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to incentivize contestants to develop a brief digital history that shows how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The submission period runs from November 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017 with judging and winner announcements to follow.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
    Nov 28, 2016 - The Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL), which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy, program development, and other matters related to interdisciplinary, community-based training grant programs, will hold an open meeting on December 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Available via webinar or teleconference, oral and written comments will be accepted regarding ACICBL's work on the 16th and 17th annual reports.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Nov 23, 2016 - Announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Items Demonstration Study. The study is designed to help determine how practices select and use CAHPS data and PCMH supplemental information to understand and improve their patients' experiences during PCMH transformation. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by December 23, 2016.
    Source: Federal Register
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Nov 22, 2016 - In order to standardize the application process and improve the efficiency of the block granting program, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is proposing a revision to the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Plan and Report Guidance Instructions. The proposed revisions are also intended to improve the continuum of care by accounting for changes brought on by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted by January 23, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicaid Program: Use of New or Increased Pass-Through Payments in Medicaid Managed Care Delivery Systems
    Nov 22, 2016 - Proposed rule with comment period regarding changes to the use of new or increased pass-through payments in Medicaid managed care delivery systems. Comments regarding the proposed rule, which is designed to clarify intent of a final rule published on May 6, 2016, must be submitted by December 22, 2016.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages
    Nov 21, 2016 - Announces the top six occupations within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that face the largest staffing shortages. Calculated over the preceding five-year period, the occupations with the largest staffing shortages are medical officer, nurse, psychologist, physician assistant, physical therapist, and medical technologist.
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    RBCS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
    Nov 18, 2016 - Notice by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) inviting applications for grants to provide technical assistance (TA) for rural transportation (RT) systems under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. Historically, one grant will be awarded for the provision of TA to RT projects, and one will be awarded for the provision of TA to RT projects operated by Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNATs) only. Applications for the grants, which are designed to improve passenger transportation services, facilities, and economic conditions, are due by March 31, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Nov 18, 2016 - Comments are being accepted through January 17, 2017 regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to collect information for the purpose of addressing all operational components of the Programs for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE). In order to streamline the approval process, CMS is also removing the PACE application process from this request and moving it to a separate collection request with a new CMS identification number.
    Source: Federal Register
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Nov 18, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments through January 17, 2017 regarding their intent to continue collecting information for the Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Pharmacy SOPS) Comparative Database. Information collected through the Pharmacy SOPS is used to support AHRQ's goal of promoting improvements in the quality and safety of healthcare in pharmacy settings.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2017; Medicare Advantage Bid Pricing Data Release; Medicare Advantage and Part D Medical Loss Ratio Data Release; Medicare Advantage Provider Network Requirements; Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements
    Nov 18, 2016 - Corrects technical errors in a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2016. Includes updated language related to rules affecting the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). Corrections to the rule take effect January 1, 2017.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Nov 17, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue using the Medicare/Medicaid Demonstration/Model application for the solicitation of proposals that are mandated or high priority demonstration initiatives, and may be used to improve Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Comments regarding this information collection activity must be submitted by January 17, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Correction
    Nov 17, 2016 - Corrects language that was incorrectly published in an October 14, 2016 notice requesting comments on changes made to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program forms.
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    HHS: Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2017 Through September 30, 2018
    Nov 15, 2016 - Fiscal year (FY) 2018 Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) have been calculated, and will be effective from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. FMAP rates are used by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to determine the amount of federal matching for state medical assistance (Medicaid), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) contingency funds, Child Support Enforcement collections, Adoption and Guardianship Assistance payments, and other programs. This notice also contains the increased Enhanced FMAPs for CHIP as authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rate, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2017
    Nov 15, 2016 - Presents the calendar year 2017 monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled beneficiaries enrolled in part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program. Also announces the monthly premium for aged and disabled beneficiaries, the deductible for 2017, and the income-related monthly adjustment amounts to be paid by beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. Rates become effective on January 1, 2017.
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    VA: Tribal Health Programs - Community Care Consolidation
    Nov 15, 2016 - Notice announcing that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will facilitate a tribal consultation on the VHA's effort to improve continuity of care and healthcare access for veterans by combining multiple community care programs into one standard program with standard rates. Comments regarding the VA's consolidation plan must be submitted by November 30, 2016.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2017 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
    Nov 15, 2016 - Announces Medicare's calendar year 2017 Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium, which applies to enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for benefits under Medicare Part A, and certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. Listed rates take effect January 1, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2017 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
    Nov 15, 2016 - Announces the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services provided in calendar year 2017 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A).
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2017; Medicare Advantage Bid Pricing Data Release; Medicare Advantage and Part D Medical Loss Ratio Data Release; Medicare Advantage Provider Network Requirements; Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements
    Nov 15, 2016 - Final rule addressing changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies such as the Value Modifier. Also includes changes related to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Medicare Advantage Provider Networks, and the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-July Through September 2016
    Nov 14, 2016 - Lists all notices, manual instructions, and substantive and interpretive regulations relating to Medicare and Medicaid programs that were issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and published in the Federal Register from July through September 2016.
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    CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Organ Procurement Organization Reporting and Communication; Transplant Outcome Measures and Documentation Requirements; Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs; Payment to Nonexcepted Off-Campus Provider-Based Department of a Hospital; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program; Establishment of Payment Rates Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Nonexcepted Items and Services Furnished by an Off-Campus Provider-Based Department of a Hospital
    Nov 14, 2016 - Final rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for CY 2017, updating the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, making changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, and removing the HCAHPS Pain Management dimension from the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. Also implements section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act and establishes the Medicare physician fee schedule payment rates for nonexcepted services and providers. Comments regarding the rule, which takes effect January 1, 2017, must be submitted by December 31, 2016.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on the FY 2018 Applications for New Medical Services and Technologies Add-On Payments
    Nov 9, 2016 - A town hall meeting discussing fiscal year 2018 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and can be attended via webinar, live stream, phone, or in person.
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    CMS: Medicaid Program; Announcement of Medicaid Drug Rebate Program National Rebate Agreement
    Nov 9, 2016 - Proposed notice announcing updates made to the Medicaid National Drug Rebate Agreement (NDRA) which reflect regulatory and legislative changes that have occurred since the agreement was published in February, 1991. The NDRA is required by drug manufacturers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP). Public comments regarding the changes should be submitted by February 7, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicaid Program; Request for Information (RFI): Federal Government Interventions To Ensure the Provision of Timely and Quality Home and Community Based Services
    Nov 9, 2016 - Request for information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking public input on ways that CMS can accelerate the provision of high quality home and community-based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. Public comments must be submitted by January 9, 2017.
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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program National Beneficiary Survey
    Nov 8, 2016 - Announces a proposal by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to conduct a customer satisfaction survey of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program. The survey will be used to gauge individuals' satisfaction with information received during education session presentations. Comments regarding the proposed collection must be submitted by December 8, 2016.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program Specific Data Collection Forms
    Nov 8, 2016 - Request for comments by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) regarding the modification of existing Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program forms. HRSA intends to use the adapted forms to collect information about the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, which will be used for making future eligibility and funding determinations. Comments on this information collection activity should be submitted no later than January 9, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; Evaluation of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
    Nov 8, 2016 - Announces a proposal by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to conduct a customer satisfaction survey of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The survey will be used to gauge individuals' satisfaction with the services provided by SHIP counselors. Comments regarding the proposed collection must be submitted by December 8, 2016.
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    CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Provider Enrollment Application Fee Amount for Calendar Year 2017
    Nov 7, 2016 - Announces a calendar year 2017 application fee of $560 for institutional providers that are initially enrolling or revalidating their enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The application fee also applies to providers adding a new Medicare practice location, and is required with any application submitted January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Coverage and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program Bid Surety Bonds, State Licensure and Appeals Process for Breach of Contract Actions, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program and Fee Schedule Adjustments, Access to Care Issues for Durable Medical Equipment; and the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Model
    Nov 4, 2016 - Final rule updating and revising the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2017 and setting forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, including new quality measures. Also includes several updates and changes to requirements for bid surety bonds and state licensure for the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models
    Nov 4, 2016 - As part of the transition to quality-based payment systems required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that establishes guidelines for clinician participation in certain Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Provisions of the rule take effect on January 1, 2017. Public comments must be submitted by December 19, 2016.
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Nov 3, 2016 - Notice of intent and public comment request by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding information collection activities designed to evaluate effectiveness of the Positive Health Check (PHC) online tool created by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and CDC. PHC seeks to prevent future HIV transmissions and improve care by delivering evidence-based prevention messages to HIV positive patients.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements
    Nov 3, 2016 - Final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) payment rates, effective January 1, 2017. Also updates the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, as well as the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP), and implements payment changes for performing Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).
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    ACF: Family Violence Prevention and Services Programs
    Nov 2, 2016 - Final rule clarifying that all survivors of family, domestic, and dating violence must have access to services and programs funded under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. This rule enhances accessibility and non-discrimination provisions, clarifies confidentiality rules, promotes coordination among community-based organizations, State Domestic Violence Coalitions, States, and Tribes, and incorporates new discretionary grant programs.
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    IHS: Organization and Functional Statement; Part GFG; California Area Office; Proposed Functional Statement
    Nov 2, 2016 - Notice of amendment to the Statement of the Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reflect a realignment of the California Area Indian Health Service.
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    DOL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice of Medical Necessity Criteria Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
    Nov 1, 2016 - The Department of Labor is seeking comments through December 1, 2016 on the continued use, without change, of the information collection request entitled "Notice of Medical Necessity Criteria under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008."
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    HUD: Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program Increase to Annual Premium
    Nov 1, 2016 - The Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee program (Section 184 program), a home mortgage program specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska villages, tribes, or tribally designated housing entities, announced that it will be increasing its annual premium to the borrower in order to meet the increasing demand for participation in the program.
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    AHRQ: Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From the Patient Safety Leadership Council PSO
    Oct 31, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment of the status of Patient Safety Organization (PSO) from the Patient Safety Leadership Council PSO. The Patient Safety Leadership Council PSO submitted this request after receiving a Notice of Preliminary Finding of Deficiency.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Oct 31, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking an extension to its Waiver Application for Providers and Suppliers Subject to an Enrollment Moratorium. This will allow CMS to mitigate known vulnerabilities within the existing moratoria and will lead to increased investigations of fraud. Comments will be accepted through December 30, 2016.
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Oct 31, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment through December 30, 2016 on a proposed information collection entitled "Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportunities, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH)". Data will be collected from the health department environmental health (EH) workforce on demographics, education/training, experience, areas of practice, and current and future needs.
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    HHS: Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
    Oct 31, 2016 - Final regulations on the definition of short-term, limited duration insurance for purposes of the exclusion of the definition of individual health insurance coverage and standards for travel insurance and supplemental health insurance coverage to be considered excepted benefits. Effective December 30, 2016.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Oct 31, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting comments through November 30, 2016 on the Evaluation of the CMS Quality Improvement Organizations: Reducing Healthcare-Acquired Conditions in Nursing Homes, the Provider Cost Report Reimbursement Questionnaire, the Medicare Participation Agreement for Physicians and Suppliers, the Indirect Medical Education and Supporting Regulations, and the Medicare Program/Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2010: Physician Narrative Requirement and Supporting Regulation, among other items.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition for Rockwall Regional Hospital, Limited Liability Company Doing Business as (d/b/a) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall
    Oct 28, 2016 - Approval notice issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granting Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall (Texas Health Rockwall) an exception to the prohibition on facility expansion under the rural provider exception. The exception will allow Texas Health Rockwall, a physician-owned hospital, to expand by up to 60 operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Approval of Request for an Exception to the Prohibition on Expansion of Facility Capacity Under the Hospital Ownership and Rural Provider Exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition
    Oct 28, 2016 - Approval notice issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granting Deaconess Women's Hospital of Southern Indiana (The Women's Hospital) an exception to the prohibition on facility expansion under the rural provider exception. The exception was granted on the basis of The Women's Hospital being a high Medicaid facility, and will allow expansion of up to 75 operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds.
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    ACF: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Oct 26, 2016 - Comments are being accepted regarding the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposal to collect data for the purpose of evaluating the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, which provides funding to organizations to educate and train Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. Comments should be submitted within 30 days of this publication.
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    ACF: Guidelines Stating Principles for Working With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
    Oct 26, 2016 - Principles established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) designed to create clear policies for working with federally recognized Indian tribes, and promote values that further the shared goals of tribes and the ACF.
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    CMS: Medicaid Program; Final FY 2014 and Preliminary FY 2016 Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments, and Final FY 2014 and Preliminary FY 2016 Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits
    Oct 26, 2016 - Announces the final federal share Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments for federal fiscal year 2014 and preliminary federal share DSH allotments for fiscal year 2016, as well as limitations on state DSH payments to mental health facilities. Also provides information about the methodology used for determining DSH allotments.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Oct 25, 2016 - In order to help Exchanges make eligibility determinations and issue certificates of exemption from the shared responsibility payment as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a revision to previously approved collection requirements. Comments regarding the proposed change must be submitted by December 27, 2016.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Oct 21, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to collect information for the purpose of evaluating the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) demonstration. HELP provides flexibility for Montana residents now covered by Medicaid as part of the expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Public comments regarding the proposed collection must be submitted by December 20, 2016.
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    VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
    Oct 21, 2016 - The Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting on November 15-16, 2016. Agenda items include updates from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leadership, and presentations on general healthcare access and quality issues. The meetings will go from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern both days.
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