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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.

CDC: Requests for Information: Advancing Tobacco Control Practices to Prevent Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, and Identify and Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities
Dec 11, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests information on ways to identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities, eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, and prevent youth and young adults from initiating tobacco use. Written comments are due February 11, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Dec 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces revisions to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) or CAHPS Hospital Survey. The revision removes three pain management questions to help address concerns related to opioid prescriptions. CMS also announces an extension of Student Health Insurance Coverage information collection.
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Census Bureau: Innovations for Public Opinion Research
Dec 10, 2018 - The Census Bureau is requesting comments on innovations in tracking public opinion towards the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau. They would also like comments on innovations for tracking information-seeking and sharing behaviors that could affect participation in the decennial census or public opinion or knowledge regarding the census or the Census Bureau. The Census is particularly interested in public opinion research based on internet searches and social networking sites and may be interested in collaborating on research with a nonprofit or government agency. Comments are due February 8, 2019.
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CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year Final Rule
Dec 10, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014-2018 benefit years.
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DOL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
Dec 10, 2018 - On behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Department of Labor (DOL) requests comments on revisions to the "Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses" (SOII). The BLS would add Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assigned identification numbers to the SOII on a voluntary basis to improve OSHA and BLS data matching. Comments are due January 9, 2019.
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FCC: Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band
Dec 7, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a final rule adopting changes to Priority Access Licenses (PAL) to encourage the rapid development of advanced wireless technologies, including 5G. Changes the license area from census tracts to counties, revises the competitive bidding rules, and more. Addresses the potential impacts for rural areas.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures, Correction
Dec 6, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces corrections to the October 10, 2018 proposed rule revising the process for filing appeals for adverse claims benefits determinations.
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HHS: Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030; Correction
Dec 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services corrects the previously announced comment due date for the Healthy People 2030 Framework. Comments are now due January 17, 2019.
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HRSA: Charter Renewals: National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
Dec 3, 2018 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) charter, authorizing the Council to operate until November 30, 2020.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the comment period end date for the rule with the same title. The corrected date is January 2, 2019.
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CMS: Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations to support the health and drug plans' negotiation for lower prices and to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare enrollees. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 25, 2019.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
Nov 30, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces an effective date change for the January 5, 2017 final rule setting the 340B ceiling price calculation and defining civil monetary penalties. The final rule will now be effective January 1, 2019.
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HHS: Meetings: Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; Correction
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) correcting the 2018 Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting dates originally announced February 05, 2018. Corrections include updating the registration link and shortening the December meeting to one day.
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AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
Nov 29, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Version 0.2 Beta for patient safety and healthcare quality reporting. Comments are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Nov 29, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment regarding revisions to an information collection for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2020 Contracts and a new information collection to evaluate the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) current focus on Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Prevention, including opioid misuse and overdose. Comments are due December 31, 2018.
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USDA: Revision of Delegations of Authority
Nov 29, 2018 - Notice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a final rule adding and modifying delegations of authority. Among other changes, the rule transfers some authority from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), and Rural Housing Service (RHS) to the Rural Development (RD) Business Center.
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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, 2019 Through September 30, 2020
Nov 28, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services has released the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP), and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
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HHS: Solicitation for Written Comments on Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030
Nov 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives and invites newly proposed objectives for consideration to be included in the plan. The Healthy People 2030 Framework is available on the Healthy People website. Comments are due by January 11, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Nov 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Notice of Research Exception under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; 2) Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations for Insurance Affordability Programs and Enrollment through Affordable Insurance Exchanges, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Agencies (CMS-10440); and 3) State-based Exchange Annual Report Tool (SMART). Comments are due by January 25, 2019.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Nov 26, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Peace Corps entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Peace Corps Health Benefit Plan." Under this program, the Peace Corps will provide CMS with data identifying all volunteers and the dates when each is eligible for coverage under a Peace Corps health benefit plan. The data will be used to determine eligibility and the amount of financial assistance available to them when they are applying for or enrolled in a private plan through a state- or federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by December 26, 2018.
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Nov 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection to measure the prevalence and cause of food security, food insecurity, and very low food security for the U.S. population and selected subgroups. Comments on the information collection are due by December 26, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Quality Payment Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the 2019 MIPS Payment Year; Provisions From the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care OrganizationsPathways to Success; and Expanding the Use of Telehealth Services for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act
Nov 23, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule and interim final rule to address changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies and finalize policies included in the interim final rule entitled "Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program; and Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year" to address the uncontrollable circumstances that MIPS eligible clinicians faced due to hurricanes in calendar year 2017. Also addresses some of the changes proposed in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations that were included in the August 2018 proposed rule. Finally, the interim final rule implements changes to permissible telehealth originating sites for treatment of a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorder for telehealth services furnished on or after July 1, 2019. Includes comments received and CMS's response to them for all sections of the rule.
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USDA: Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects; Proposed Rule
Nov 23, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and its sub-agencies have issued a proposed rule to update the Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation to allow the agencies limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review, while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of any RD funding. This proposed rule is being filed concurrently with a direct final rule on the same action as the Agency considers this a non-controversial action and does not anticipate any adverse comments. Comments are due by December 24, 2018.
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USDA: Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects; Rule
Nov 23, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and its sub-agencies have issued a final rule to update the Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation to allow the agencies limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review, while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of any RD funding. The rule is being filed concurrently with a proposed rule on the same action and is effective January 7, 2019, unless significant adverse comments are received before the deadline of December 24, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Nov 21, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule with comment period to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment system for calendar year 2019. Among other things, this final rule updates the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) program and the ASC Quality Reporting program, as well as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey to remove communication about pain questions. The final rule is effective on January 1, 2019 and comments are due by December 3, 2018.
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CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Nov 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on an information collection seeking information from rural providers on challenges they face in diagnosing, treating, and managing traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to determine where gaps in services in rural communities can be addressed to improve TBI outcomes. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Nov 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Coverage of Items and Services in FDA Investigational Device Exemption Clinical Studies - Revision of Medicare Coverage; 2) Generic Clearance for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network; and 3) Hospitals and Health Care Complex Cost Report. Comments are due by January 22, 2019.
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
Nov 20, 2018 - Announcement of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on December 11, 2018. Agenda items include an update on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, and federal implementation of ISMICC recommendations.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Continued Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Nov 19, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approving the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approval is effective November 27, 2018 through November 27, 2024.
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Provider Enrollment Application Fee Amount for Calendar Year 2019
Nov 19, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the application fee for providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location. The new fee is $586 and is required for applications submitted January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
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FCC: Meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
Nov 19, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on December 6-7, 2018. Agenda items include continued consideration of and voting on the Model Code for States, as well as a status report from the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group.
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HHS: Activities Deemed Not To Be Research: Public Health Surveillance, 2018 Requirements
Nov 19, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, has released draft guidance for the 2018 Requirements for Activities Deemed Not to Be Research: Public Health Surveillance. The guidance will be made available on the OHRP website and comments are due by December 19, 2018.
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
Nov 19, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) will hold a public meeting on December 4-5, 2018. Agenda items include includes updates from HRSA, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Healthy Start Program, and a briefing on infant mortality and health disparity data in the U.S., among other things. The final meeting agenda will be available on the ACIM website.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Nov 19, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has extended the comment period on minor changes planned 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 January 18, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Continued Approval of the Community Health Accreditation Partner's Hospice Accreditation Program
Nov 16, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the approval of the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospice that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. The approval is effective from November 20, 2018 to November 20, 2024.
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HHS: Regulatory Agenda
Nov 16, 2018 - 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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NTIA: Nevada Broadband Workshop
Nov 16, 2018 - Announcement of a January 11, 2019 National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA) BroadbandUSA Program Broadband Workshop to be held in Carson City, Nevada. The workshop will provide information on local broadband planning, funding, and engagement with service providers in an effort to facilitate broadband expansion and improve access to broadband services.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Nov 15, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the Home Health National Provider Survey which is used to assess the impact of the use of Medicare quality reporting and incentive program measures. Comments are due by January 14, 2019.
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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act
Nov 15, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to finalize expanded exemptions to protect sincerely held moral beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The rule will be effective on January 14, 2019.
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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act
Nov 15, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to finalize expanded exemptions to protect religious beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The rule will be effective on January 14, 2019.
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2019
Nov 15, 2018 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service inviting applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2019. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on achieving e-connectivity for rural communities, developing the rural economy, and supporting the rural workforce, among other things.
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RUS: Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program
Nov 15, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will accept applications for fiscal year 2019 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program through September 30, 2019. Loan amounts will range from $100,000 to $25 million, and will be made available for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband services to eligible rural areas. Total funding available will be determined based on appropriations.
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CMS: Medicaid Program: Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan Managed Care
Nov 14, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to streamline the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) managed care regulatory framework in order to reduce regulatory burden and make the process more efficient and feasible for states to implement the program in a cost-effective manner. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 14, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare Program: End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, 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 (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS
Nov 14, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019. Also updates requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program and makes technical amendments to correct existing regulations for the Competitive Bidding Program for certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS), among other things.
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HHS: Medicare Program; Administrative Law Judge Hearing Program for Medicare Claim and Entitlement Appeals; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - July Through September 2018
Nov 14, 2018 - 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 July to September 2018 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
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CDC: Barriers to Participation in the NIOSH Coal Workers Health Surveillance Program
Nov 13, 2018 - In an effort to improve participation in health screenings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coal Worker's Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) is seeking information from coal miners, their advocates, unions, and industry stakeholders about potential barriers to participation in the health screenings offered by the CWHSP. Comments are due by January 14, 2019.
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Census Bureau: Block Groups for the 2020 Census - Final Criteria
Nov 13, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau announcing the final criteria for defining block groups for the 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). The final criteria is applicable on December 13, 2018.
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Census Bureau: Census County Divisions (CCDs) and Equivalent Entities for the 2020 Census - Final Criteria
Nov 13, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau announcing the final criteria for defining Census county divisions (CCDs) for the 2020 Census. CCDs are statistical geographic entities established by the Census Bureau in cooperation with state and local governments in 21 states where minor civil divisions (MCDs) either do not exist or have been unsatisfactory for reporting data, with the goal of establishing a set of subcounty unites that have stable boundaries and recognizable names. Designated governments will have an opportunity to review and suggest updates to the boundaries and attributes of CCDs in their geographic area under the Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). The final criteria is applicable on December 13, 2018.
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Census Bureau: Census Designated Places (CDPs) for the 2020 Census - Final Criteria
Nov 13, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau announcing the final criteria for defining Census designated places (CDPs) for the 2020 Census. CDPs are statistical geographic entities representing closely settled, unincorporated communities that are locally recognized and identified by name, but that lack a legally defined boundary and an active governmental structure. CDPs will be used for the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, and the Economic Census data after 2020. Designated governments will have an opportunity to review and suggest updates for the CDPs in their geographic area under the Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). The final criteria is applicable on December 13, 2018.
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Census Bureau: Census Tracts for the 2020 Census - Final Criteria
Nov 13, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau announcing the final criteria for defining Census tracts for the 2020 Census. Census tracts are relatively permanent small-area geographic divisions of a county or statistically equivalent entity and will be used for the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and other Census Bureau surveys. The final criteria is applicable on December 13, 2018.
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Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Survey of Children's Health
Nov 13, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking comment on the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) which is designed to collect data on the physical and emotional health of children age 18 and younger, including information related to access to healthcare, family interactions, and school and after-school experiences, among other things. Comments are due by January 14, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Requirements; and Training Requirements for Surveyors of National Accrediting Organizations
Nov 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a final rule with comment period to update the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates effective for services provided beginning January 1, 2019. Among many other things, the rule also finalizes the methodology for determining rural add-on payments for calendar years 2019-2022 and finalizes the definition of "remote patient monitoring" and recognizes it as an allowable administrative cost. Comments on the final rule are due by December 31, 2018.
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CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity
Nov 9, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to revise standards for the oversight of state health insurance Exchanges, periodic data matching frequency, and the length of a consumer's authorization for the Exchange to get updated tax information, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 8, 2019.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Nov 8, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through an Office of Personnel Management Health Benefit Plan." Under this program, OPM will provide CMS with data every month to verify each active federal employee's status as enrolled in or eligible for coverage under an OPM Health Benefit plan. The data will be used to determine eligibility and the amount of financial assistance available to them when they are applying for or enrolled in a private plan through a state- or federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by December 10, 2018.
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Nov 7, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on November 15, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's budget, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; and AHRQ's efforts around opioids and drug pricing.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies; Extension of Timeline for Publication of Final Rule
Nov 2, 2018 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for publication of the final rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Program: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies." The extension period is necessary because it has been more than 3 years since the publication date of the initial proposed rule and it will allow the agency more time to review the large number public comments that have been received. The extension is effective on November 2, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - July Through September 2018
Nov 2, 2018 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September 2018, including contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties
Nov 2, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updating the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule that set forth the calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In June 2018, HHS delayed the effective date until July 1, 2019. They now propose to cancel that delay and change the effective date of the final rule to January 1, 2019. Comments on this proposed change are due by November 23, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, 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
Nov 1, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D). The revisions would implement certain provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, improve quality and accessibility, clarify program integrity policies, and reduce burden on providers, MA plans, and Part D sponsors, among other things. Includes information about MA plans offering telehealth benefits beginning in plan year 2020 and other rural considerations throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due within 60 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for November 1, 2018.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Oct 31, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Department of Defense (DoD) entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Department of Defense Health Benefits Plan." Under this program, DoD will provide CMS, when requested and authorized to do so, information related to an individual's health insurance eligibility under TRICARE when they are applying or enrolled in a private plan through the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by November 30, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Programs: International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs
Oct 30, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on options that they should consider for testing changes to payment for certain separately payable Part B drugs and biologicals. Among other things, CMS intends to test whether phasing down the Medicare payment amount for selected Part B drugs to more closely align with international prices and allowing private-sector vendors to negotiate prices for drugs would lead to higher quality care for beneficiaries and reduced Medicare program expenditures. Comments are due by December 31, 2018.
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HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
Oct 30, 2018 - The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) will hold a public meeting on November 19, 2018 to discuss areas where nursing can lead the transition of healthcare toward one emphasizing value and quality of care, which is also the focus on the Council's 15th annual report to the Secretary.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Oct 29, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) Data Submission for the Federally-facilitated Exchange User Fee Adjustment; 2) Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Templates; and 3) Income and Eligibility Verification System Reporting and Supporting Regulations. Comments must be received by December 28, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 29, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by November 28, 2018 on standards for navigators and non-navigator assistance personnel working in health insurance exchanges.
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IRS, EBSA, CMS: Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group Health Plans
Oct 29, 2018 - Notice from the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing a proposed rule that would allow health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans to be integrated with individual health insurance coverage, if certain conditions are met. Comments are due by December 28, 2018.
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 29, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection regarding how individuals, states, and local and tribal entities are preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters. Comments are due by November 28, 2018.
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NTIA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Broadband Availability Data
Oct 25, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is seeking comment on their intent to collect information on the level of broadband services available at a more granular level than just at the Census block level as is currently being done. This will allow for more accurate reporting of broadband availability, especially in rural areas where Census blocks are large or in locations where only small pockets within the Census block have broadband services. Comments on the change are due by December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
Oct 24, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will convene a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages (ACICBL) on October 30, 2018. The full agenda will be posted on the ACICBL website and will include a discussion of possible topics to work on during FY 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Treasury Department, HHS; CMS: State Relief and Empowerment Waivers
Oct 24, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury with guidance for section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which allows states to propose waivers of specific provisions of the ACA in their state health plans, provided they meet certain requirements. Comments are due by December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Oct 23, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) Federal Qualified Health Center Cost Report; 2) 21st Century Cures Act Section 12002 IMD Study, which looks at the effects of the 2016 Medicaid Managed Care final rule's provisions for coverage of IMD services; 3) Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS); 4) Transparency in Coverage Reporting by Qualified Health Plan Issuers; 5) Data Collection to Support QHP Certification and other Financial Management and Exchange Operations; and 6) The State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Grant Program Reporting. Comments are due by December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Partnership Opportunity To List in a Public Database (PPE-Info) Appropriate Personnel Protective Equipment Products That Protect Workers Against Fentanyl Exposure
Oct 18, 2018 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invites manufacturers to submit products identified as protection against fentanyl exposure to the national Personal Protective Equipment Information (PPE-Info) database. The database allows healthcare workers and others to search for protective equipment like gloves, overalls, and more that are compliant with CDC standards. Comments expressing a willingness to participate must be received by November 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulation to Require Drug Pricing Transparency
Oct 18, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Federal Health Insurance Programs for the Aged and Disabled by amending the Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D programs, as well as the Medicaid program, to require direct-to-consumer television advertisements of prescription drugs and biological products for which payment is available through or under Medicare or Medicaid to include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost of the product. This is in an effort to allow beneficiaries to make informed decisions and minimize cost for themselves as well as for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments are due by December 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in calendar year 2019 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2019. This premium is effective on January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2019
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2019. It also announced the monthly premium, the deductible for 2019, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective as of January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; The American Community Survey
Oct 16, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking public comment on the American Community Survey and related burden estimates, ways to improve the quality, utility, and clarity of information collected, and whether the information has practical utility. Comments are due by December 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Oct 15, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a re-established matching program between CMS and each State-Based Administering Entity (AE) titled, "Determining Eligibility for Enrollment in Applicable State Health Subsidy Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." This program will allow CMS to provide information, including information it received from other federal agencies, to AEs to assist with applicant information verification for determining eligibility. It will also allow sharing of information between CMS and AEs, as well as among different AEs, to prevent dual enrollment. Comments accepted through November 14, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment
Oct 15, 2018 - Summary of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on wireless and broadband deployment. Includes guidance and rules to streamline the wireless infrastructure siting review process and identifies specific fee levels for the deployment of Small Wireless Facilities, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is withdrawing the September 17, 2018 notice related to the Medicaid Statistical Information System because it was prematurely published. A revised notice will be published at a later date.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Charter Renewal for the Council on Graduate Medical Education
Oct 9, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing that the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been rechartered, effective September 30, 2018 through September 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on the FY 2020 Applications for New Medical Services and Technologies Add-On Payments
Oct 5, 2018 - Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcement of a town hall meeting to be held on December 4, 2018 to discuss FY 2020 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget
Oct 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has submitted a request for emergency OMB review of changes to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Changes include, among other things, the addition of questions about medication-assistance treatment (MAT) for opioids and alcohol and two questions related to use of kratom, an easily accessible, unregulated, opioid-like drug which is still legal in the U.S. Comments are due by October 24, 2018 and OMB approval is requested by October 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Oct 4, 2018 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) allowing for an additional 30 day comment period on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices. The first comment period, opened on July 16, 2018, did not receive any substantive comments. New comments are due by November 5, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 4, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by November 5, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System; 2) Medicare Subpart D — Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring October 2018 as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness of the potential harm caused by alcohol and drugs, including opioids, in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program; Correction
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the August 8, 2018 final rule with the same title. The changes are effective as of October 1, 2018. Includes considerations for rural providers throughout.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Veterans Health Administration Plan." Under this program, VHA will provide CMS, when requested and authorized to do so, information related to an individual's health insurance eligibility under a VHA health plan when they are applying or enrolled in a private plan through the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by November 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures
Oct 2, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise regulations related to the process for filing appeals for adverse determinations regarding claims for benefits under Medicare Part A and Part B or determinations for prescription drug coverage under Part D. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 3, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment on a request for changes to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment (N-SSATS) data collection which is used to collect national and state-level data on patients and facilities providing substance abuse treatment services. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is seeking approval to test the use of electronic health records by behavioral health providers to determine the level and type of support needed to bring them forward to readiness for participation in value-based incentive payment systems in the future. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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NTIA: BroadbandUSA Webinar Series
Sep 28, 2018 - Announcement of new webinar dates for November and December 2018 for the BroadbandUSA series hosted by National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Sep 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the revision of a currently approved information for the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services, a project that is designed to improve methods for investigating and prosecuting fraud in the provision of home health services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due by October 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Sep 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on a currently approved information collection titled “Medicaid Program: Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.” Comments are due by November 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Sep 25, 2018 - The Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services has been amended to reflect the reorganization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to increase scientific capacity, strengthen infrastructure, create efficiencies across the organization, and improve links between the national centers.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Definition of Domiciliary Care
Sep 25, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amending the agency's definition of domiciliary care. This revised definition encompasses the VA's Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) and clarifies that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans. The rule is effective on October 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reform Medicare regulations that have been identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers, allowing them to devote more time to delivering high quality patient care. Discusses the impact on rural providers and facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Appeals; Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2019
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2019 AIC threshold amounts are $160 for ALJ hearings and $1,630 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entitled "Verification of United States Citizenship and Immigration Status Data for Eligibility Determinations." The program allows CMS and DHS/USCIS to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by October 22, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Sep 19, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a potential demonstration project called the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. If approved, the demonstration would test whether exempting clinicians who participate in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) with Medicare Fee-for-Service from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements and payment adjustment will increase or maintain participation in MAOs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Comments are due by October 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2018 as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Sep 18, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment by November 19, 2018 on revisions to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is the annual survey used to collect state-level information on health risk behaviors, health conditions, and preventive health services.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2018
Sep 18, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2018 as National Farm Safety and Health Week to raise awareness of the contributions of farmers, ranchers, and foresters, as well as safe operating practices needed to prevent injury given the dangerous nature of these occupations.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
Sep 18, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) to be held on November 14-15, 2018. The agenda includes a discussion of patient engagement strategies, the recruitment and retention of providers, human trafficking in agriculture, and health literacy. The full agenda will be posted to the NACMH website prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program Under Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516; Correction
Sep 18, 2018 - Correction to the September 5, 2017 notice of solicitation of applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program to revise application due dates. Applications will now be accepted until April 30, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Sep 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the name change for the system that tracks Medicaid data and new data elements to be tracked. The new system is called Transformed-Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) and it will allow for more accurate data collection, improved program monitoring, and provides access to data needed to improve the assessment of the quality of care and enrollment for beneficiaries.
Source: Federal Register
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2019; Correction
Sep 17, 2018 - Corrected notice from USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service related to the review sections of the FY 2019 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) application process.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Telecommunications Program: Notice of availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact
Sep 17, 2018 - Notice from the USDA Rural Utilities Services of a finding of no significant impact for a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of its Telecommunications Program. The PEA provides a broad analysis of the Agency's preliminary decisions and includes site-specific analysis for each project to be completed before funds are dispersed to applicants and prior to any construction.
Source: Federal Register
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VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Sep 17, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on October 9-10, 2018. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general healthcare access.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Sep 14, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on October 16, 2018. Agenda items include finalizing recommendations for innovative systems of care, barriers to effective data collection, and primary prevention related serious mental illness, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Disaster Assistance Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Sep 12, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announcement of supplemental funding available through the Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) grant to be used toward repairs of drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
Source: Federal Register
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