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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.

May 14, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the information collection request related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and staff when available. This interim final rule also requires LTC facilities to report the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This rule is effective May 21, 2021. Comments are due by June 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters (NACIDD). The Advisory Committee will advise and consult with the Secretary of HHS regarding the medical, public health, and accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities related to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NACIDD. Applications are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD). NACSD will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS to support and enhance all-hazards public health and medical preparedness, response activities, and recovery aimed at meeting the unique needs of older adults. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NACSD. Applications are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). APOE advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the CMS Administrator on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nominations are due by June 11, 2021. In addition, APOE will hold a virtual public meeting on May 26, 2021, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the March 2021 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more. Registration is required by May 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 11, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold two public virtual listening sessions to seek input on implementing section 201 of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. The listening sessions will help to inform the VA's development of the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which aims to reduce veteran suicide through a three-year community-based grant program that would provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide or coordinate providing suicide prevention services to eligible veterans and their families.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2021 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022. Contains details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH); Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals, including how to distribute additional slots for rural residency training programs; inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals; quality reporting programs; and changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things. Comments are due by June 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amending regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located. These changes align CMS policy with the decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. This interim final rule is effective May 10, 2021. Comments are due by June 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled A Baseline of Injury and Psychosocial Stress for Applied Behavior Analysis Workers. This information collection is intended to better understand the work-related injuries and psychosocial stressors encountered by applied behavior analysis workers. Comments are due by July 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

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