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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.

Aug 23, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a revised information collection related to the Medicaid Drug Program. The information collection requires labelers to provide drug product and pricing data to help CMS calculate rebates and Federal Upper Limit (FUL) prices. Comments are due October 22, 2019.
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Aug 23, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a public meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII on September 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. CSRIC provides recommendations to help ensure the reliability, security, and interoperability of communications systems, including broadband and emergency alerts and 911 systems.
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Aug 22, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a final rule requiring fixed broadband providers to submit maps of granular broadband availability data. Also adopts a crowdsourcing process to collect public input on the accuracy of the data in a Report and Order and modifies the information collection related to Form 477. The rule is effective September 23, 2019 with some exceptions, which will go into effect at a later date.
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Aug 22, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopting a Report and Order seeking comments on developing location-specific data to enhance the accuracy of broadband access, on improving satellite broadband development data, and seeking to align mobile broadband deployment with the Digital Opportunity Data Collection. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
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Aug 22, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) on November 6-7, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will address health issues related to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. See the NACMH website for additional meeting information.
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Aug 22, 2019 - Pre-publication notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a proposed rule to clarify when a court may authorize disclosure of patient confidentiality in relation to substance use disorder patients. The changes address an issue with the 2017 final rule and are intended to help efforts targeting pill mills and others contributing to the opioid crisis. Comments will be due 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for August 26, 2019.
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Aug 22, 2019 - Pre-publication notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a proposed rule to align substance use disorder care information exchange with other health information while maintaining patient privacy. Comments will be due 60 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for August 26, 2019.
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Aug 21, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposing establishing a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund committing $20.4 billion over the next 10 years to support high-speed broadband in rural areas of the U.S. The proposal would build on the success of the Connect America Fund Phase II auction. The FCC seeks feedback on the best approach for establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund; comments are due September 20, 2019.
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Aug 21, 2019 - Notice from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) BroadbandUSA Program of a Broadband Workshop that will be held in Reno, Nevada on September 27, 2019. The workshop will address local broadband planning, funding, and engagement with service providers and include speakers from across the U.S. to engage the public and stakeholders in expanding broadband access and utilization.
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Aug 20, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission summarizing the procedures for the upcoming auction of licenses for the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands for flexible-use wireless services. Includes details on bidding credits and provisions for small businesses and rural service providers. Applications to participate in the auction must be submitted by September 9, 2019 and the bidding will begin December 10, 2019.
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Aug 20, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inviting comments on a new information collection related to the performance testing of Connect America Fund recipients. Specifies requirements related to speed and latency testing as well as information on subscriber locations. Comments are due September 19, 2019.
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Aug 20, 2019 - Notice from the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) adding an additional 30 days for comments on revisions to forms related to the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA's) Section 242 Mortgage Insurance Program for Hospitals. 35 forms are being renewed without operational changes, 2 are being added, 1 is being removed, and 3 have proposed changes. Comments are now due September 19, 2019.
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Aug 20, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) requesting comments on revisions to information collected to determine applicant eligibility for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program. Comments are due October 21, 2019.
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Aug 19, 2019 - Notice from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting nominations for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) for at least 2 new members, including an advocate for health information technology consumers or patients. The committee provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology regarding health information technology standards, certification, policies, and implementation. Nominations are due September 27, 2019 for appointments to begin January 1, 2020.
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Aug 19, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) delaying the effective date for a final rule amending the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) regulations published July 22, 2019. The rule will now be effective October 1, 2019.
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Aug 16, 2019 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement of a public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to be held on October 16-17, 2019. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Topics for consideration at the meeting include obesity prevention and control, cancer prevention and control, tobacco cessation, and pregnancy health.
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Aug 16, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals, make changes to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also provides the market basket updated that applies to the rate-of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis and updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals for FY 2020, among other things. This rule is effective on October 1, 2019.
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Aug 15, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) renewing 3 information collections, 2 with changes. One revision merges data collection and reporting periods for Medicare Part C for Medicare Advantage organizations reporting data on grievances and appeals; the other revision updates the application for the alternative new technology add-on payment policy. The third information collection extends the internal claims and appeals and external review procedures for non-grandfathered health plans and issuers. Comments are due October 15, 2019.
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Aug 15, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services correcting details for the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) meeting on August 22-23, 2019. The correction addresses the meeting topics, which will now focus specifically on HIV-related health disparities for minority populations to inform efforts related to the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative.
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Aug 14, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule. Rural specific provisions include: proposing to allow opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to use Medicare telehealth for substance abuse counseling; requesting information on rural access to opioid use disorder treatment; updates to several payment codes for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers; proposed revisions to physician supervision of physician assistants to better align with state laws; a proposed Medicare ground ambulance data collection system that would include information on types of services provided in rural areas; proposed revisions to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to align pre-surgery evaluation and pre-discharge standards; request for feedback on small and rural practices participating in MVPs; a proposed update to the MIPS rural area definition correcting the file name; and requesting comments on Promoting Interoperability performance measures related to OUD prevention and treatment that would be applicable to clinicians in rural areas. Comments are due September 27, 2019.
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Aug 13, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extends the request for comments on the new information collection, Million Hearts Hospital/Health System Recognition Program. The program will recognize organizations working to improve community and population cardiovascular health. Comments are due in 30 days from publication of this notice.
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Aug 13, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extending the request for comments for revisions to the information collection Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge. The Challenge recognizes healthcare providers who have been successful in achieving high rates of hypertension control and develops models for dissemination. Comments are due 30 days after publication of this notice.
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Aug 13, 2019 - Request for comments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a proposed information collection, Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care for Men Who Have Sex with Men of Color. The study is intended to support health departments in developing and implementing demonstration projects to provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and care by collaborating with healthcare providers and community organizations. Comments are due October 15, 2019.
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Aug 13, 2019 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be holding a symposium on the National Spectrum Strategy on September 10, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and will address the development and implementation of a national spectrum strategy.
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Aug 13, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to marijuana, vaping, and synthetic stimulants. Comments are due September 12, 2019.
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Aug 9, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking nominations for the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). The Committee is charged with advising CDC and HRSA on strategies, policies and priorities for HIV and STD prevention and treatment efforts. Nominations are due by August 31, 2019.
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Aug 9, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of CMS regulations, instructions, and Federal Register notices published April through June 2019. Includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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Aug 9, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising payments for the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system and updating quality reporting requirements. Also proposes requirements for making hospital standard charges public and other revisions and requests comments on remedying litigation related to 340B drugs. Rural specific items include: proposed adjustments for Rural Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs) and Essential Community Hospitals (EACHs), minimum supervision requirements for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), a proposed wage index update, continued rural hospital payment adjustments, and an increase in the OPD fee schedule. Comments on the proposed rule are due September 27, 2019.
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Aug 9, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Funding will be used to provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs to fit the needs of their communities. Applications are due by October 23, 2019.
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Aug 9, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. Applications are due by October 23, 2019.
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Aug 8, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested reapproval of the proposed information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component. The survey is used to measure the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance and will provide statistics at the national, state, and sub-state (metropolitan area) level for private industry. Comments on the proposed information collection are due within 60 days of this notice.
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Aug 8, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comment by October 7, 2019 on an information collection titled National Electronic Health Records Survey (NEHRS). NEHRS will be used to collect data on office-based physicians' adoption and use of electronic health record systems, practice information, patient engagement, prescription of controlled substances, use of health information exchange, and documentation and burden associated with medical record systems.
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Aug 8, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), updating the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and the IRF Quality Reporting Program. The rule also revises the case-mix groups (CMGs) and updates the CMG relative weights and average length of stay. The rule is effective October 1, 2019.
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Aug 8, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on August 22-23, 2019. The focus of the meeting will include a discussion of strategies to improve the health of minority populations through the development of policies and programs to eliminate health disparities with an emphasis on infectious disease, especially HIV and Hepatitis B.
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Aug 8, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on changes to the application form used by individuals seeking to serve as peer reviewers for SAMHSA grants. Among the changes are the addition of tribes or tribal organizations and minorities to the target population section and to the expertise section the addition of recovery support services, behavioral healthcare, and rural communities. Comments on the changes are due by September 9, 2019.
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Aug 7, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), updating the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Also revises the definition of group therapy under the SNF PPS, and implements a process for updating the code lists used. This rule is effective on October 1, 2019.
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Aug 7, 2019 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
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Aug 7, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services (HRSA) requests comments on a revised information collection related to a May 9, 2019 comment request for the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In this notice, HRSA has responded by revising the draft instruments based on technical comments received. Comments on these revisions are due September 6, 2019.
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Aug 6, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount. The rule also rebases the continuous home care, general inpatient care, and respite care per diem rates to more accurately align Medicare payments with the costs of providing care. The rule is effective October 1, 2019.
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Aug 6, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the prospective payment rates, the outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFs). The rule also revises and rebases the IPF market basket, removes the IPF Prospective Payment System 1-year lag of wage index data, and implements updates to the IPF Quality Reporting Program. The changes will be effective for IPF discharges from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
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Aug 6, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes related to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payments and Quality Incentive Program (QIP) requirements and updates to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) payments, bidding, and ordering requirements. The proposed rule also requests information on changing the basis for the ESRD PPS wage index and other areas. Rural specific components include: an explanation of methodology for calculating rural and urban area wage indexes, summaries of comments related to rural ESRD facility costs, the number of rural ESRD and renal dialysis facilities and effects of 2020 proposed changes, and expected QIP impact on rural facilities. Comments on the proposed rule are due September 27, 2019.
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Aug 6, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on September 9-11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Agenda items will be centered around the current delivery of healthcare and human services in rural areas.
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Aug 6, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on August 21, 2019 from 9-5 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include the review of minutes from the March 28, 2019 CSAT NAC meeting, updates from Division Directors, discussions on SAMHSA's data strategy and trends and issues identifies in the State Opioid Response Grants. The meeting may be accessed in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
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Aug 5, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a public meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council on August 21, 2019 from 8-4 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include the review of minutes from the April 22, 2019 meeting, updates from the CMHS director, and discussion on Children's School Based/Mental Health, Civil Commitment, and Suicide. The meeting may be accessed in person or via telephone, and registration is required.
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Aug 2, 2019 - Comments are invited on whether the information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, and ways to enhance the quality of information and minimize the burden of information collection. Comments are due October 1, 2019.
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Aug 2, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has provided supplemental funds to two currently funded award recipients to support ending the HIV epidemic. The recipients will provide training and technical assistance to areas having the highest HIV burden, including 7 states with a substantial rural HIV burden.
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Aug 1, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is requesting continued approval and revision to the Home Visiting Budget Assistance Tool, based on results of the previous pilot tests. The tool collects information on cost metrics from programs delivering home visiting services. Comments are due to September 30, 2019.
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Jul 31, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of an information collection regarding reinstatement without change of the Hospice Survey and Deficiencies Report Form and Supporting Regulations, and recognition of pass-through payment for new categories of devices under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Supporting Regulations. Comments are due August 30, 2019.
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Jul 31, 2019 - Notice acknowledging receipt of an application from the Accreditation Association of Hospitals/Health Systems--Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program for continued recognition as an accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals wishing to participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are due by August 30, 2019.
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Jul 31, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing notice of a new matching program between VA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), entitled "Disclosure of Information to Support the Veterans Affairs' 'Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Initiative'." Under this program, CMS will provide the VA with access to data on enrolled Medicare providers and suppliers, thus enabling the VA to leverage the Advance Provider Screening process that CMS uses to check the suitability of Medicare providers. Comments are due August 30, 2019.
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Jul 30, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposing a 3-year pilot program under the Universal Service Fund (USF) that would support telehealth for veterans and low-income individuals to help them access healthcare services. The program would likely focus on people with chronic health conditions, opioid dependency, mental or behavioral health issues, and high-risk pregnancies. It will likely include rural and urban areas, but may award additional points to proposed projects serving certain populations such as rural and tribal areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 29, 2019.
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Jul 30, 2019 - Request for information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on how to ensure legitimate access to controlled substances such as opioids while preventing diversion and abuse. The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (EPAEDEA) requires that HHS submit a report to Congress that incorporates feedback and recommendations from various stakeholders. Comments are due August 29, 2019.
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Jul 29, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extending the comment period for a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are now due 30 days after publication of this notice.
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Jul 29, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) on August 21, 2019. The meeting will be held in person and online and will address the substance use prevention workforce, HIV, and marijuana, as well as CSAP program developments.
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Jul 29, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) establishing parameters and authority for the new Center for Innovation for Care and Payment regarding pilot programs testing payment and service delivery models. The proposed rule anticipates providing general criteria for the VA to identify locations such as rural areas and lists of facilities that could meet the participation requirements for the pilot program to allow for substitution if needed. Comments are due August 28, 2019.
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Jul 26, 2019 - Request for information from Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on how to ensure legitimate access to controlled substances such as opioids, as well as preventing diversion and abuse. HHS will be submitting a report to Congress. Comments are due August 26, 2019.
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Jul 26, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requesting comments on the burden estimate of a planned information collection revising the Uniform Data System (UDS). HRSA collects UDS data annually from health centers; the revisions are intended to align several UDS clinical measures with CMS electronic specified clinical quality measures (eCQM). Comments are due September 24, 2019.
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Jul 26, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of new performance measures to provide data on Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiatives. The measures address SUD treatment provision and referral, SUD prevention and recovery outcomes, healthcare provider and community member education, opioid-related overdoses and mortality, and consortium sustainability and strength. Comments are due August 26, 2019.
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Jul 26, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces a cancellation of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) meeting that was scheduled for September 24, 2019. The next meeting will be in 2020.
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Jul 26, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) extending an information collection related to planning and performing construction and development work and loan/grant approval. Comments are due September 24, 2019.
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Jul 25, 2019 - Notice from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) requesting comments on a proposed extension of the National Agricultural Workers Survey. The annual survey provides information on the health characteristics of hired crop workers, along with their demographics and employment characteristics. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
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Jul 24, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) revising the categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant programs to households receiving ongoing and substantial benefits. It defines ongoing as at least six months and substantial as at least $50 a month for categorical eligibility. FNS requests comments on these measures, on how TANF-funded programs determine financial and non-financial eligibility, and whether and how benefits from hourly-based programs could be valued for meeting these standards. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
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Jul 24, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of reinstatement of an information collection, the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS). The HCPS collects information from patients about access and use of healthcare services, sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviors, health conditions, and satisfaction of healthcare received from HRSA-supported health centers. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
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Jul 23, 2019 - Notice from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department of the fee HUD will collect from borrowers under the HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program to offset credit subsidy costs for Fiscal Year 2020 awards. Section 108 guaranteed loans finance public infrastructure, development projects, and activities to support subsidized housing. The FY 2020 fee is applicable beginning October 1, 2019.
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Jul 22, 2019 - Request for comments from the Office of Personnel Management on the administration of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The survey is intended to evaluate consumers' experience with their healthcare, including access to healthcare services. Comments are due September 20, 2019.
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Jul 22, 2019 - Final rule from the Rural Housing Service amending current regulations for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to increase flexibility in loan terms for interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market. The final rule includes some clarifications and changes from the proposed rule and goes into effect August 21, 2019.
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Jul 22, 2019 - Notice from the Veterans Health Administration of information collection revisions related to the MISSION Act. The MISSION Act offers veterans care outside VA facilities if certain conditions are met. Comments are due September 20, 2019.
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Jul 19, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of an information collection extension regarding the Medicare Uniform Institutional Provider Bill and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 424.5 and a revision related to enforcing individual and group insurance market reforms. Comments are due August 19, 2019.
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Jul 19, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a final rule modifying white space device antenna height rules to enable improved rural broadband coverage and to address issues related to white space reconsideration. The rule goes into effect August 19, 2019, with the exception of Sec. 95.2309.
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Jul 19, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extending the information collection for the Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) form, which provides a standard form for organizations applying for federal grants. Comments are due August 19, 2019.
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Jul 19, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extending information collection for the Project/Performance Site Location(s), Project Abstract, and Key Contacts forms, which are an alternate to the SF-424 core data set and form for applying for federal grants. Comments are due August 19, 2019.
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Jul 19, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extending information collection for the Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 Research and Related Forms, which may be used for federal grant applications that do not require all the data on the SF-424 core data set and form. Comments are due August 19, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a final rule regarding arbitration and arbitration agreements in Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities. The final rule repeals the prohibition on binding arbitration agreements and strengthens the transparency of arbitration agreements. The rule will go into effect September 16, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement two new mandatory Medicare payment models. The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model) is a mandatory payment model to encourage greater use of home dialysis and kidney transplants. The Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) promotes quality and financial accountability for providers and suppliers of radiotherapy and tests whether making prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers improves quality of care and reduces Medicare spending. Comments on the proposed rule are due September 16, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) revising the forms used to apply for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and renewing the site application and site recertification forms. The revisions ask if the applicant has completed a fellowship, and if so, ask for the applicant's National Practitioner Identifier (NPI). Comments are due September 16, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding proposed updates to the 2020 rates for the home health prospective payment system and other updates related to home health, including possible updates to the geographic adjustment of home health payments and the wage index. The proposed rule would also make changes to the home health quality reporting program measures and allow physical therapy assistants to provide maintenance therapy. Comments are due September 9, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule intended to eliminate or reduce requirements that interfere with providing high quality care in long-term care settings. Comments will be due September 16, 2019.
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Jul 18, 2019 - 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 2020. 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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Jul 17, 2019 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 24, 2019. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's budget, programs, and initiatives, as well as a discussion of AHRQ's strategic goals related to caring for people with multiple chronic conditions, data and analytics, and diagnostic error.
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Jul 16, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for recognition of The Joint Commission as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy services that want to participate in Medicare. Comments are due August 15, 2019.
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Jul 15, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would remove regulatory text requiring states to document whether or not Medicaid payments in fee-for-service systems are adequate enough to ensure there are a sufficient number of providers for beneficiaries to access. The removal of this text will reduce the burden on states administering the program. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 13, 2019.
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Jul 12, 2019 - Notice from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) correcting one of the dates for the Washington D.C. tribal consultation session. The session will take place on July 17, 2019, not July 16 as previously published. The listening sessions with Tribal Nations will identify best practices for including American Indians and Alaska Natives in the All of Us Research Program.
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Jul 11, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extends the comment period for a previously published notice seeking comments on proposed changes to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jul 10, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on an information request related to a project testing web-based approaches for reaching black or African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men. The project will look at the effectiveness of mailing out rapid HIV home-testing kits and other promotional efforts to encourage HIV testing and prevention services. Comments on the information collection are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jul 10, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Enrollment Application—Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Suppliers; and 2) Annual Eligibility Redetermination, Product Discontinuation and Renewal Notices. Comments are due by September 9, 2019.
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Jul 9, 2019 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of an opportunity for public comment on information collection requirements related to ACL's Chronic Disease Self-Management Education grant program. Comments are due September 9, 2019.
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Jul 9, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a proposal to conduct interviews and medical chart reviews to learn about the quality of care and health outcomes among the one-third of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients for whom HRSA does not collect clinical information. Comments on this information collection request are due August 8, 2019.
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Jul 9, 2019 - Request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for input regarding what information and documentation VA should require non-federal healthcare entities and providers to submit with certain claims for payment for hospital care, medical services, or extended care services. Comments are due August 8, 2019.
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Jul 8, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on August 6-7, 2019. The meeting will focus on the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11 for mortality and morbidity, including developing consensus on research questions to help inform the cost and benefits of the transition, lessons learned from the ICD-10 transition, and messages to communicate to the industry to prepare for the transition.
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Jul 8, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting pre-applications for Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of non-FLH property. Applications are due by August 30, 2019.
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Jul 5, 2019 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a 30 day extension of the information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Survey Database. The database will allow states to compare Medicaid programs targeting adults with disabilities receiving long-term care services. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 5, 2019 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a 30 day extension of the information collection entitled "Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE)". DOSE would provide information on emergency department (ED) visits related to suspected opioid, heroin, stimulant, and other drug overdoses and standardize related CDC case definitions. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 3, 2019 - Notice from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) of an extended comment period related to a rule intended to reduce occupational lung diseases in coal miners. Comments are requested to inform the development of a framework evaluating the impact of the rule, as well as best practices and engineering controls for reducing miner exposure to coal mine dust. Comments will now be due July 9, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 3, 2019 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) meeting on July 23, 2019. The meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and council discussion with SAMHSA NAC members.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a revised information collection, Connect America Fund-Alternative Connect America Cost Model Support. The changes reflect additional flexibility to support broadband expansion in rural areas. Comments are due August 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of a revised information collection related to the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, which is used to provide affordable housing. The revisions include two new forms, a cost summary and an implementation schedule. Comments are due August 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a request for continued recognition of Accreditation Commission for Health Care as a national accreditor of hospice organizations. Comments are due July 30, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of additional material related to the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions of the November 1, 2018 proposed rule, 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. Requests comments on the RADV provisions by August 28, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2019 - Executive Order from the President establishing a council to examine barriers to affordable housing and offer recommendations for addressing them in a report 12 months from the date of this order. The council will also solicit feedback from state, local, and tribal government officials, as well as private sector stakeholders.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2019 - The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation announces a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services on July 29, 2019. The agenda will include an overview of the Healthy Brain Initiative: The Road Map for Indian Country, recommendations from the subcommittees to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Congress, biomedical research updates, and progress made since 2011.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a proposed information collection for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grantees. The information collection continues 2 measures and adds measures on information disseminated, information created, and collaborative efforts by topic area and audience type. The additions are based on grantee recommendations. Comments are requested by August 27, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Version 0.3 Beta for review and comment. The common formats are intended to standardize the collection of patient safety information so that it is comparable across local, regional, and national levels. AHRQ previously released common formats for acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and community pharmacies. There is no deadline for comments; AHRQ seeks ongoing public input.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in Grants.gov by July 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) on July 16, 2019. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, recap of previous meetings, discussion of CMS programs and priorities, and more. The APOE Advises the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS on the development and implementation of education programs for individuals eligible for insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Executive order from the President directing the development of healthcare price and quality transparency initiatives. The order also directs the secretaries of several agencies to propose regulations requiring hospitals to publicly post charges; health insurance providers and others to facilitate access to information on out-of-pocket costs; development of a roadmap to align data and quality measures across government health insurance programs; and more.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a cancellation of the August 8, 2019 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The next meeting will be in 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces an online meeting of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) on August 12, 2019 open to the public. The meeting will focus on the rural health workforce. See the notice for additional details, including how to provide oral or written comments, a webinar link and call-in information.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of supplemental funds to identify key stakeholders in the 7 southern states with a high rural HIV burden and create partnerships in each state through leadership meetings. The 7 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina. The State Collaborative Partnerships to End the HIV Epidemic is part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requests comments on the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II (SNMCS-II). SNMCS-II will evaluate the cost, quality, and acceptability of school meals for states and U.S. territories. SNMCS-II will also be compared to SNMCS-I to identify trends in school meal nutrient content, costs, student dietary intake, and more. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Request for comments from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) on a proposed evaluation of a training program for VA employees and contractors who administer non-VA healthcare programs, manage opioid prescriptions, and reimburse for non-VA emergency room care. The VHA Office of Community Care is required to evaluate the training program and provide an annual report to Congress under the MISSION Act of 2018. Comments are due August 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2019 - Requests comments on 6 information collection renewals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The 3 renewals with changes relate to the Medicaid Drug Use Review (DUR) Program, the Data Use Agreement (DUA) Form, and the Small Business Health Options Program. Comments are due August 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2019 - Request for comments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on reinstatement of the Marketplace Quality Standards information collection and a renewal of forms related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) exclusion. Comments are due July 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2019 - The National Quality Forum 2018 Annual Activities Report to Congress and the Secretary, and the Secretary's comments on the report, are published by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) in the Federal Register in accordance with the Social Security Act. The report includes summaries of the National Quality Forum's work on developing rural quality measures and addressing rural measurement challenges.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2019 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs establishing a new grant program to provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. The final rule is effective June 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the Shortage Areas website and are current as of May 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 25, 2019 - Request for information from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force. Areas of interest include identifying veterans at greater risk of suicide, interventions to decrease veteran suicide, data sharing, collaboration, and more. The response deadline is July 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 21, 2019 - Request for nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which will provide feedback on physician payment models to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Nominations are due July 19, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 21, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requesting comments on an information collection extension that will be used to score and rank the selection of small rural hospitals that will receive on-site technical assistance as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project (SRHT). Comments are due August 20, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 21, 2019 - Final rule from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) amending regulations for the direct and guaranteed single family housing loan and grant programs. Includes changes to the definition of rural to minimize the need to update it and uses a two-tier income limit for defining low income and very low income. The rule goes into effect July 22, 2019, with one amendment going into effect August 5, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 20, 2019 - Notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Health and Human Services Administration (HHS), and Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of a final rule intended to increase the flexibility and use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and account-based group health plans. The notice will be effective August 19, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 19, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Jackson, Mississippi on July 8-9, 2019. The meeting will include a presentation on Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and discuss recommendations regarding the prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV/AIDS. Mississippi is one of the 7 states with high rural rates of HIV/AIDS targeted by the President's plan to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 19, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing a new standard for the e-prescribing program under the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The proposed rule would require Part D plan sponsors to support a secure SCRIPT standard for electronic prior authorization transactions. Comments are due August 16, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 18, 2019 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council meeting on July 1, 2019. The meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public. The committee provides advice on improving substance use treatment and prevention services, promoting mental health, and protecting the legal rights of people with substance abuse or mental health issues.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period on potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey 5.0. The survey is used to evaluate topics important to consumers, such as access to healthcare services and communication with providers. Comments are now due June 28, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2019 - Announcement of tribal consultation sessions and meetings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on August 13-14, 2019. The meetings and consultation provide opportunities for tribal officials to speak about public health issues affecting their tribes and help inform CDC priorities.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2019 - Corrects information on how to file comments for the rule proposed May 22, 2019 regarding reallocating the 1675-1680 MHz band both for federal operations and for flexible wireless (mobile or fixed use) operations. The proposed rule could encourage deployment of wireless broadband services to tribal lands and rural areas and offer rural service providers a bidding credit.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 14, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Office for Civil Rights revising the Section 1557 regulation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, national origin, race, color, or disability for a number of health activities and programs. Comments are due August 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 14, 2019 - Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extending the comment period for the April 5, 2019 Federal Register notice, which proposed additional flexibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for food retail stores. Comments are now due June 20, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requests nominations for the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), particularly people familiar with healthcare delivery to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. The NACMH provides recommendations regarding migrant health centers (MHC) and other entities under the Public Health Service Act to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NACMH currently has 5 open positions; nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 14, 2019 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on July 2, 2019. Agenda items include an update on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, the National Institute of Mental Health Strategic Plan, and updates related to healthcare access and other issues.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 13, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comments on establishing a cap for the Universal Service Fund (USF) or methods for evaluating the financial impact of USF's 4 programs: Connect America Fund, the Lifeline program, the schools and libraries program, and the Rural Health Care program. These programs support access to high-speed broadband. Comments are due July 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 12, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regards to AHRQ's mission. Nominations are due in 60 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 12, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission renewing the charter for the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment for another two years, effective July 5, 2019. The committee provides recommendations for empowering disadvantaged communities, including broadband access for rural communities, and promoting small business entry into media and digital industries, particularly those owned by minorities and women.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 12, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and announcing a validation study and field test. The changes primarily address vaping and marijuana. Comments are due August 12, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 11, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extending the timeline for the final rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care, until June 16, 2020. The final rule will update requirements for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals to participate in Medicare and Medicaid in regards to quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI), infection control and antibiotic stewardship, licensed independent practitioners, and ordering privileges in CAHs for dietitians and nutrition professionals.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 11, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting ideas for changes to reduce the administrative burden for healthcare providers, patients, and families. Includes an appendix listing what CMS has done to date as part of this effort. Comments are due August 12, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 7, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) correcting technical and typographical errors in the rule published April 16, 2019. The corrections are effective as if they had been included in the April 16, 2019 notice. The original notice increased access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, changed how star ratings are calculated, and more.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 7, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comments on a proposed information collection that requires carriers to test and report speeds and latency under the Connect America Fund. Comments are due August 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 6, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requests nominations for the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee advises the VA Secretary and Congress in relation to healthcare, benefits, and services for minority veterans, including Native Americans. Nominations are due July 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 5, 2019 - Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 19-20, 2019 and the Panel's new members. The Panel is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on issues concerning the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 5, 2019 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing eligible veterans to access urgent care from non-VA entities without prior approval, as per the VA MISSION Act of 2018. The rule is intended to increase veterans access to care in their communities, including the approximately 1/3 of veterans who live in rural areas. The rule goes into effect June 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 5, 2019 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implementing the VA MISSION ACT of 2018, which allows veterans to receive healthcare services from non-VA entities under certain circumstances. The final rule reiterates many items from the proposed rule, including the average drive time and wait time standards used to determine whether veterans can use community healthcare providers instead of VA facilities; a higher payment rate allowance for highly rural areas; and how payments to providers are calculated. The rule goes into effect June 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 4, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests comments on a proposed update to the definition of health literacy used by the Healthy People 2030 objectives. Comments are due August 5, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) requirements under Medicare and Medicaid. The updates are intended to codify existing practice, provide greater flexibility, and remove outdated information and redundancies. The rule goes into effect August 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a virtual meeting on June 12, 2019 of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, which is required to develop an action plan for preventing opioid addictions and improving access to Medication-Assisted Treatment under Medicare and Medicaid under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The meeting will focus on service delivery models, payment and coverage policies for chronic and acute pain, and access to medical devices and therapy.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2019 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host 4 listening sessions with Tribal Nations to identify best practices for including American Indians and Alaska Natives in the All of Us Research Program. The sessions will take place in June and August in California, Nevada, Colorado, and Washington D.C.
Source: Federal Register
May 30, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on a proposed information collection that would include 1-2 surveys annually on priority groups of interest under the Medicare Beneficiary Experiences with Care Survey System. The data would be intended to provide better information on difficult-to-study populations in order to better serve them, particularly minority populations. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
May 30, 2019 - Notice of a public meeting and webinar from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussing development of a proposed rule for public drinking water systems. Related discussions will address the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), minimum reporting levels, and more. The meeting and webinar will be held July 16, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
May 30, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) requesting comments on changes to the qualifications and form used to establish peer review groups for reviewing grants related to prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues. Changes include adding tribes or tribal organizations to the target population section, adding rural communities to the expertise section, adding opioid use disorders and medication assisted treatment (MAT) to the substance abuse and clinical issues section, among others. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services corrects the total minutes for the clinical staff time and admission time for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) quality reporting program initially published in the April 24, 2019 proposed rule.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Agenda items include removing barriers to accelerate broadband deployment, a report from the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group, and an introduction of new members and assignment of them to working groups.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. The program is intended to help tribes prepare to assume management of IHS programs, services, functions, and activities and improve Tribal health management. Applications are due July 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting nominations for the Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee. Among the committee's responsibilities, members will advise the VA Secretary on initiatives such as access to care, homelessness, and suicide prevention. Nominations are due July 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register

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