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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.

Feb 25, 2021 - Notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reopening the comment period for the November 2, 2021, proposed rule to revise DEA regulations relating to suspicious orders of controlled substances in order to implement the Preventing Drug Diversion Act of 2018 (PDDA) and to clarify the procedures a registrant must follow for orders received under suspicious circumstances (ORUSCs). Comments are due by March 29, 2021.
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Feb 25, 2021 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for awards under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program for fiscal year 2021. DOT seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure. Applications are due by March 19, 2021.
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Feb 25, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission is creating a new system of records to collect data on Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This system of records is maintained for use eligibility determination and ensuring benefits are not duplicated, dispute resolution, customer surveys, audit, verification of a provider's representative identity, and statistical studies. Comments are due by March 29, 2021.
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Feb 25, 2021 - Pre-publication notice from the Department of Health and Human Services that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has postponed the effective date of portions of the January 12, 2021, final rule. The affected portions of the rule are now effective August 11, 2021.
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Feb 24, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireline Competition Bureau announces the adoption of adjustment factor values for purposes of bidding in the 5G Fund auctions and applied to the methodology for disaggregating legacy high-cost support. This action is effective February 24, 2021.
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Feb 24, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection request for continued approval of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection. Comments are due by March 26, 2021.
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Feb 23, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Defense waiving the requirement for TRICARE Prime enrollees to receive a referral before obtaining care so they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine from any TRICARE-authorized non-network provider without incurring point-of-service charges. This waiver does not include Active Duty Service Members. This waiver is effective December 13, 2020.
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Feb 23, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director and a discussion from the SAMHSA Chief of Staff and the Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. Registration for the meeting is required.
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Feb 23, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 22, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks and discussion with the Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates on SAMHSA priorities, new grant opportunities and initiatives, and a council discussion on clinical trends and emerging national issues with SAMHSA NAC members.
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Feb 23, 2021 - The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking comments on a new application form to collect the necessary information to implement the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance authority. The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act authorized additional funds to the SBA to provide Targeted EIDL Advances to eligible entities that previously received an EIDL Advance of less than $10,000; entities that previously applied for a COVID-EIDL, but did not receive an EIDL Advance because there were no funds available; and to new COVID-EIDL applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Comments are due by April 26, 2021.
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Feb 22, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comments on a generic information to gather customer and stakeholder feedback to inform service delivery and program management improvement strategies within the agency. Comments are due by April 23, 2021.
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Feb 22, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 8-9, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the PACHA website. PACHA members are seeking comments during the meeting on 1) actions that can be taken to implement the HIV National Strategic Plan and improve implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative; and 2) how domestic HIV/AIDS programs can better meet the needs of underserved communities and address the systemic barriers that communities face in order to achieve the goals of the January 20, 2021, Executive Order. Preregistration is required by March 1, 2021.
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Feb 22, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services making technical corrections to the February 2, 2021, and February 16, 2021, final rules.
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Feb 19, 2021 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving rural and urban low-income populations in order to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $125,000 to build their service capacity or create a CDFI serving rural and urban low-income populations. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for small and/or emerging CDFIs, persistent poverty counties, disability funds, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due May 3, 2021.
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Feb 19, 2021 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations or Native American areas to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $150,000 to create a CDFI serving Native Communities or to build their capacity to serve those markets. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for persistent poverty counties, disability funds, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Applications for financial assistance or technical assistance are due May 3, 2021. The deadline to contact NACA program staff is April 29, 2021; and the deadline to contact the Awards Management Information System-IT (AMIS-IT) help desk is May 3, 2021.
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Feb 19, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comments on proposed criteria for defining urban areas based on the 2020 decennial census. Proposed changes include adopting a housing unit density threshold of 385 housing units per square mile as the primary criterion for determining whether a census block qualifies for inclusion in an urban area and that an area will qualify as urban if it contains at least 4,000 housing units or has a population of at least 10,000. The Census Bureau also proposes to no longer differentiate urbanized areas from smaller urban areas. Comments are due by May 20, 2021.
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Feb 19, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces five Emergency Use Authorizations for drugs and biological products for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
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Feb 19, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments.
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Feb 19, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the delay of the effective date of certain amendments in the November 30, 2020, final rule in accordance with an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. These amendments will now be effective January 1, 2023.
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Feb 18, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 31, 2021, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include an update on CSAT activities, a discussion with SAMHSA leadership, the use of technology in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, and a discussion on rural and frontier communities. Registration for the meeting is required.
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Feb 16, 2021 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services extending limited liability protections to any Federal government employee, contractor, or volunteer who prescribes, administers, delivers, distributes, or dispenses COVID-19 vaccines or other COVID-19 medical countermeasures. This amendment is effective February 16, 2021.
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Feb 12, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Application for Enrollment in Medicare Part A internet Claim (iClaim) Application Screen Modernized Claims System and Consolidated Claim Experience Screens; 2) Medical Necessity and Claims Denial Disclosures under MHPAEA; 3) Data Collection and Submission, Registration, Attestation, Dispute and Resolution, Record Retention, and Assumptions Document Submission, for Open Payments; and 4) Disclosure of State Rating Requirements. Comments are due by March 15, 2021.
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Feb 12, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the amended operational date of certain rules introduced in the FCC's Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Report and Order (FCC 19-78). Affected rules include updated site and service substitution rules, corrective and operational Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) change rules, service delivery deadline extension rules, and invoicing deadline extension rules. This order is effective March 15, 2021.
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Feb 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is seeking comments from Federally-recognized Indian Tribes/American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes, Tribal organizations, Tribal-serving organizations, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and AI/AN-serving institutions of higher education to inform and guide the development of a new Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity. The Center will support research, education, service, and policy development efforts related to advancing Indigenous solutions to decrease health disparities in AI/AN and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Comments are due by March 15, 2021.
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Feb 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is seeking comments from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and NHPI serving organizations to inform and guide the development of a new Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity. The Center will support research, education, service, and policy development efforts related to advancing Indigenous solutions to decrease health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native and NHPI populations. Comments are due by March 15, 2021.
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Feb 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on February 26, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the Office of Minority Health website. Pre-registration for the meeting is required by February 24, 2021.
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Feb 10, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments and burden estimates on a proposed survey of the users National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This survey, a reinstatement of the 2012 NPDB survey with some changes, will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as a flagging system, source of information, and its use in decision making. This survey will also collect information from organizations and individuals who query the NPDB to understand their satisfaction with NPDB products and services. Comments are due by March 12, 2021.
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Feb 10, 2021 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on February 24, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include the discussion of substance abuse prevention priorities and updates on CSAP program developments.
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Feb 9, 2021 - The Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel is seeking comments and burden estimates on proposed tests related to self-response, group quarters, and nonresponse follow-up data collection operations. Tests will focus on methods for reducing data collection costs, improving data quality, improving the respondent experience, revising content, and testing new questions for the Decennial Census Program. Comments are due by April 12, 2021.
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Feb 9, 2021 - The Rural Utilities Service is seeking comments on a revision of an information collection regarding the Water and Waste Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for water and waste disposal projects serving the most financially needy rural communities with a population of 10,000 or less. Comments are due by April 12, 2021.
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Feb 9, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Fire and Rescue Loans—7 CFR 1942, Subpart C; and 2) 7 CFR 1902-A, Supervised Bank Accounts. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Feb 8, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments regarding an extension of a generic clearance to collect information through the Drug Overdose Response Investigations (DORI). DORIs are conducted in response to urgent requests from state and local health authorities for epidemiological information to help select interventions to curb local epidemics of drug overdose. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Feb 8, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking public comments on a proposed information collection regarding emergency economic information collections (EEIC) in response to unanticipated international, national or regional emergencies. The proposed information collection will allow the Census Bureau to submit quick turnaround clearance requests to the Office of Management and Budget when future emergencies arise. Comments are due by April 9, 2021.
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Feb 8, 2021 - The Census Bureau is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on proposed changes to the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The NSCH 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 within 30 days of this notice.
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Feb 8, 2021 - The Census Scientific Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on March 18-19, 2021. The Committee will discuss policy, research, and technical issues for a range of Census Bureau activities, including decennial, economic, field operations, information technology, and statistics. Participation is available in person or via webcast. Meeting information will be published on the Census Advisory Committees website.
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Feb 8, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of the January 8, 2021, final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective December 31, 2021. Comments on this delay are due by March 10, 2021.
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Feb 5, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comments on the metrics that should be used to evaluate applications for funding for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and how the FCC should treat applications filed during initial funding rounds. Comments were due by January 19, 2021, but the FCC will continue to accept comments at any time.
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Feb 5, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration consolidating prior rules related to Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and loan reviews. This interim final rule also incorporates changes made by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, including revisions to certain PPP requirements and the permission of second-draw loans. This interim final rule is effective February 3, 2021. Comments are due by March 8, 2021.
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Feb 4, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Assumption of Responsibilities and Supporting Regulations; 2) ASC Forms for Medicare Program Certification; 3) Home Health Agency Survey and Deficiencies Report; and 4) Final Peer Review Organizations Sanction Regulations. Comments are due by March 8, 2021.
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Feb 4, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for grants under the Rural Business Development Grant Program for fiscal year 2021. Applications that will help advance equity and improve outcomes in rural areas through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation are encouraged. Applications are due by March 31, 2021.
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Feb 3, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing an Agency Order requiring travelers into, within, or departing the United States to wear masks when travelling by airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, ferries, ships, trolleys, and cable cars. This order also requires people to wear masks while at any transportation hub, including but not limited to airports, bus terminals, marinas, train stations, seaports or other ports, and subway stations. This order is effective February 2, 2021.
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Feb 3, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a temporary order to halt evictions through March 31, 2021, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This order is effective January 31, 2021.
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Feb 2, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of the December 31, 2020 final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective March 30, 2021.
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Feb 2, 2021 - Executive Order from the Executive Office of the President directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider establishing a Special Enrollment Period for uninsured and underinsured Americans to seek coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Executive Order also directs the leaders of all executive departments and agencies to review all existing regulations, guidance, and other agency actions regarding Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and revokes Executive Order 13765 of January 20, 2017, and Executive Order 13813 of October 12, 2017.
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Feb 2, 2021 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to allow additional categories of healthcare professionals—including physicians, registered nurses, and practical nurses with recently expired licenses—to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. This amendment is effective upon publication of this notice.
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Feb 2, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of the November 30, 2020 final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective March 22, 2021.
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Feb 2, 2021 - 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 for domestic farm laborers, retired domestic farm laborers, or disabled domestic farm laborers. The purpose of this program is to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm laborers. Pre-applications will be accepted until November 1, 2022.
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Feb 1, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and to gauge the level of education disruptions. Proposed revisions include adding questions regarding disability, child health access, telehealth, childcare, and intent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Feb 1, 2021 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on February 10, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
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Feb 1, 2021 - Announces the updated 2021 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 13, 2021. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for several federal programs.
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Feb 1, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services extending the July 30, 2020 notice to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. Also updates the list of scarce or threatened materials to include certain classes and sizes of hypodermic needles and syringes. This action is effective February 1, 2021, and terminates June 30, 2021.
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Jan 29, 2021 - Publishes the current list of 574 federally recognized tribal entities. Each tribal entity is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as an Indian Tribe.
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Jan 29, 2021 - Memorandum for the Executive Office of the President directing the heads of federal agencies to develop a plan and subsequent progress reports regarding the implementation of Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, "Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments." Executive Order 13175 directs all executive departments and agencies to engage in regular and meaningful consultation with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies with tribal implications.
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Jan 28, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding an oral health screening survey with children that provides oral health surveillance data to states. Comments on the Oral Health Basic Screening Survey for Children are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jan 28, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding national survey to assess local government policy and practices that support healthy eating and active living in their communities. Comments on the Community-Based Survey of Supports for Healthy Eating and Active Living (CBS HEAL) are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jan 28, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on a new disclosure requirement for certain imaging services to meet the in-office ancillary services exception to the prohibition of the physician self-referral law. Patients will be able to use the disclosure and a list of providers to make informed decisions about imaging services. Comments are due by March 1, 2021.
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Jan 28, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC). The VRHAC advises the VA Secretary on ways to improve and enhance access to VA healthcare services for Veterans in rural areas. Nominations are due by February 19, 2021.
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Jan 27, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the renewal of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics (BSC, NCHS) charter. The charter is effective for a 2-year period through January 19, 2023.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security to take immediate action to secure the critical materials, treatments, and supplies needed to combat COVID-19.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the leaders of all executive departments and agencies to facilitate the gathering, sharing, and publication of COVID-19-related data. This Executive Order also directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue a report summarizing a review of public health data systems and data collected during public health threats and directs the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to develop a plan to advance innovation in public health data and analytics.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President creating the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to prevent and resolve differences in COVID-19 care and outcomes within communities of color and other underserved populations, including rural and tribal communities.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President establishing a COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board to coordinate COVID-19 diagnostic, screening, and surveillance testing. This Executive Order also aims to expand the public health workforce through the creation of the U.S. Public Health Job Corps, a national contact tracing and COVID-19 public health workforce program.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President regarding the acceleration of COVID-19 therapies, including the support of research in rural hospitals and other rural locations. This Executive Order also directs the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the leaders of other relevant agencies to provide targeted assistance to critical care and long-term care facilities and facilitate the equitable and effective distribution and utilization of COVID-19 therapeutics.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President regarding guidance on workplace safety and the enforcement of worker health and safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jan 26, 2021 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of the December 23, 2020 final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective March 22, 2021.
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Jan 25, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to assess whether federal agency policies create or exacerbate inequities among historically underserved populations, including rural populations, and publish a report identifying best practices and recommended approaches to increase investment in underserved communities. This order also establishes the Interagency Working Group on Equitable Data, which will evaluate demographic data gathered in federal data collection programs and support agencies in expanding the data available to measure equity and diversity.
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Jan 25, 2021 - Executive Order from the Office of the President creating the position of Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President (COVID-19 Response Coordinator). The COVID-19 Response Coordinator will advise and assist the President and executive departments and agencies in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinate all elements of the COVID-19 response. This order also reconvenes the National Security Council Directorate on Global Health Security and Biodefense and the Global Health Security Agenda Interagency Review Council.
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Jan 25, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeking comments on forms associated with the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, which is used to develop, maintain, and operate safe and affordable housing on American Indian reservations and in other American Indian areas. Comments are due by March 26, 2021.
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Jan 22, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by February 22, 2021.
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Jan 22, 2021 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announces the dates for public meetings of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) to be held during the 2021 calendar year.
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Jan 22, 2021 - Notice from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposing which databases to include in the Treasury's Working System under the Do Not Pay (DNP) Initiative. Proposed databases include the Department of Agriculture's National Disqualified List (NDL) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), among others. Comments are due by February 22, 2021.
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Jan 21, 2021 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on February 18, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by February 18, 2021.
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Jan 21, 2021 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to promote care coordination, case management, and the transition to value-based care. Among other things, proposed changes include increasing permissible disclosures to improve care coordination and case management, strengthening individuals' rights to inspect their own protected health information (PHI) and clarifying covered entities' abilities to disclose PHI to social service agencies and other third parties that provide health-related services. Comments are due by March 22, 2021.
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Jan 21, 2021 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing changes to reorganize sections of the Office of the Administrator, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the Healthcare Systems Bureau, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Key changes include establishing the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth within the Office of the Administrator and renaming two Offices within the Bureau of Primary Health Care to increase attention and focus on Health Center Program compliance and funding oversight.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrawing the November 18, 2019 proposed rule, which would have created new reporting requirements for states to address the financing of supplemental and base Medicaid payments through the non-federal share.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), and the Medicare Cost Plan program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), among other things. This rule is effective March 22, 2021.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing the issuance of Emergency Use Authorizations for biological products for use during the COVID-19 pandemic, one for Pfizer, Inc. and another for ModernaTX, Inc. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. This rule also establishes a direct enrollment option for federally-facilitated Exchanges and State Exchanges and implements changes related to section 1332 State Innovation Waivers. These regulations are effective March 15, 2021.
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Jan 19, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is allowing an additional 30 day comment period on an information collection request regarding changes to National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting forms, request for information forms, and administrative forms. This revision proposes changes to improve overall data integrity as well as the discontinuation of four forms upon approval of this information collection request. Comments are due by February 18, 2021.
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Jan 19, 2021 - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking comments on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards, which determine the procedures for delineating and updating the statistical areas when new data becomes available. Recommendations include increasing the minimum urban area population to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area from 50,000 to 100,000. Recommendations and supplemental materials are located at regulations.gov. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice of proposed rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would amend certain regulatory provisions in order to allow faith-based organizations to participate in SBA business loan and disaster assistance programs. Comments are due by February 18, 2021.
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Jan 19, 2021 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that amending regulations to provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide a second round of direct payments to producers of eligible commodities who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule includes information on eligibility requirements, payment calculations and application procedures. This rule is effective January 19, 2021.
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Jan 15, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking approval for and comments on non-substantive changes to the Small Business Pulse Survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jan 15, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency revising the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) to address lead contamination in drinking water. This rule will better identify high levels of lead, improve the reliability of lead tap sampling results, strengthen corrosion control treatment requirements, expand consumer awareness, and improve risk communication. This rule also requires community water systems to conduct lead-in-drinking-water testing and public education in schools and childcare facilities. This rule is effective March 16, 2021.
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Jan 15, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) on February 11, 2021 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Current agenda items include reports from the Access to Capital Working Group, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, and the Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group.
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Jan 15, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of meetings in January 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
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Jan 15, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on including a Disadvantaged Background (DB) form to the Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) application. Comments are due by February 16, 2021.
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Jan 15, 2021 - Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service making corrections to the November 25, 2020 notice of solicitation of applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
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Jan 14, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period on a request for information regarding the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is used to measure the health and nutrition status of the general U.S. population. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is accepting proposals from eligible Tribal Organizations to participate in a self-determination demonstration project to purchase agricultural commodities through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Proposals are due by March 15, 2021.
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Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health on January 29, 2021 from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize recommendations to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health for improving access to and utilization of preventive services among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the meeting is required by January 28, 2021.
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Jan 14, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration (SBA) allowing new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers flexibility in choosing 2019 or 2020 as the base period to calculate maximum loan amounts. This interim final rule also consolidates and restates interim final rules regarding borrower eligibility, lender eligibility, and PPP application and origination requirements for new PPP loans. This interim final rule is effective January 12, 2021. Comments are due by February 16, 2021.
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Jan 14, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement section 311 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act). Section 311 of the Economic Aid Act allows SBA to guarantee Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans, which are intended to provide additional economic relief to small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This interim final rule is effective January 12, 2021. Comments are by February 16, 2021.
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Jan 13, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing a virtual meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic on January 15, 2021. The meeting will be open to the public from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Meeting objectives include updating interested parties on the status of the implementation of FEMA's Voluntary Agreement.
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Jan 12, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services enacting changes to certain provisions in the Department's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS awards (UAR). This rule is effective February 11, 2021.
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Jan 12, 2021 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) revising the definition of rural used to determine the eligibility for services funded by FORHP's rural health grants. This notice also responds to comments received on the proposed modifications to the methodology for designating areas eligible for rural health grant programs. These changes are effective for new rural grant opportunities anticipated to start in fiscal year 2022.
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Jan 11, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission establishing July 31, 2021 as the invoicing deadline for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This notice also provides COVID-19 Telehealth Program awardees with additional information on the post-program report.
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Jan 11, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to provide application requirements for funding reserved under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority program. USDA is implementing SECD in fiscal year 2021 through reserving funds from the covered program and is giving priority to projects implementing strategic community investment plans through select Rural Development programs.
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Jan 11, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2021 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The funding supports organizations that will provide technical assistance and training regarding the essential community facilities programs. Electronic submissions are due March 22, 2021 and paper submissions must be postmarked and mailed by March 29, 2021.
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Jan 11, 2021 - The USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative, which provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications addressing USDA's goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with substance use disorder in high-risk rural communities are encouraged, including those addressing the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from substance use disorder. Electronic applications are due by March 22, 2021 and paper applications must be received by March 29, 2021.
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Jan 8, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC) on February 16, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Agenda items include updates on the BSC Opioid workgroup, NCIPC health equity activities, suicide prevention, firearm research awards and surveillance activities, and NCIPC COVID-19 activities. Participants are required to register for the meeting.
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Jan 8, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on February 10-11, 2021. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life while saving money. Agenda items include deliberation on systematic reviews of the literature on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and health equity/social determinants of health.
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Jan 8, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amending its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B registrations for filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. This rule is effective March 9, 2021.
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Jan 8, 2021 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by February 12, 2021. Appointments are effective May 2021.
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Jan 8, 2021 - Announcement of public meetings of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) to take place throughout the 2021 calendar year. The COGME makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on policy and program development for section 762 of Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act). Agenda items may include a discussion of topics surrounding the rural health workforce and training. Draft agendas and meeting materials will be posted 30 calendar days before each meeting.
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Jan 8, 2021 - Announcement of public meetings of the National Advisory Committee on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) to take place throughout the 2021 calendar year. The NACNHSC provides recommendations to the Secretary of HHS and HRSA Administration on matters related to the National Health Service Corps program.
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Jan 8, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) extending the deadline for filing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications for economic injury due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deadline for EIDL applications is December 31, 2021.
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Jan 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is extending the comment period for an information collection request regarding the pilot implementation of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in the United States study. Subjects of the study will include a representative sample of 13-24 year olds from Baltimore, MD and a representative sample of youth the same age located in rural Garrett County, MD. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Jan 7, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responding to a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit directing the FCC to assess the effects its Restoring Internet Freedom Order on public safety, pole attachments, and the statutory basis for broadband internet access service's inclusion in the universal service Lifeline program. This rule also amends the FCC's rules to remove broadband internet service from the list of services supported by the universal service Lifeline program, while maintaining the FCC's authority to fund broadband internet access service through the program. This Order on Remand is effective February 8, 2021.
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Jan 7, 2021 - Notice from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service making corrections to the September 1, 2020 notice regarding the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percent for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for FY 2021.
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Jan 6, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2021 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will include discussion and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). The 2021 meeting dates are: June 10-11, September 27-28, and December 16-17.
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Jan 5, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that implements changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). The rule adds workforce partnerships as a way for SNAP participants to meet their work requirements and modifies work requirements for ABAWDs. This rule is effective March 8, 2021.
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Jan 4, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on two information collections: 1) Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts and 2) CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022 to collect plan bids to establish Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plan benefit package options for the next contract year. Comments are due by February 3, 2021.
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Jan 4, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeking comment on a reestablished computer matching program between FNS and the state agencies that administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The matching program allows state agencies access to the Electronic Disqualified Recipient System (eDRS), a national database operated by FNS that assists state agencies in determining eligibility for SNAP benefits. This matching program is effective no sooner than 30 days from the publication of this notice. Comments are due by February 3, 2021.
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Jan 4, 2021 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicaid CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Appointments are effective May 2021. Letters of nomination and resumes are due by January 26, 2021.
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Jan 4, 2021 - The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking public comments on an information collection regarding forms used for application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by March 5, 2021.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective March 1, 2021.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopting a new standard for the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program's (Part D) e-prescribing program as required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). This rule amends regulations to require Part D plan sponsors to support a National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT standard for use in certain electronic prior authorization transactions. This rule is effective February 1, 2021.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Announcement from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service of the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The rates are effective January 1, 2021.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Announcement of public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) to take place throughout the 2021 calendar year. The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as develops, publishes, and implements performance measures and guidelines for evaluations of programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Announcement of public meetings of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) to take place throughout the 2021 calendar year. The NACNEP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on policy and program development nurse workforce, education, and practice improvement activities carried out under Title VIII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
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Dec 31, 2020 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2021 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2021.
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Dec 31, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on two surveys being developed as part of the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data grant: 1) a one-time survey to employers of behavioral health providers and, 2) a one-time survey of licensed clinical behavioral health providers. The information gathered by these surveys will be used to gain critical new insights into, and to document, challenges in recruiting and retaining behavioral health staffing and to assess the strength of available data on the clinical behavioral health workforce actively providing care for mental health and substance use disorders. Comments are due by March 1, 2021.
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Dec 30, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information requests: 1) State Permissions for Enrollment in Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-Facilitated Exchange & Non-Exchange Entities and 2) Transparency in Coverage. Comments are due by March 1, 2021.
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Dec 29, 2020 - Notice of final rule with comment period and interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The final rule revises the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2021, updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and establishes and updates the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating beginning with the 2021 calendar year, among other things. The interim final rule modifies the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) Model performance period for CY 2021, and establishes new requirements in the hospital and critical access hospital (CAH) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for tracking COVID-19 therapeutic inventory and usage and the incidence and impact of Acute Respiratory Illness during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Comments on the final rule are due by January 4, 2021. Comments on the interim final rule are due by February 2, 2021. The final rule is effective January 1, 2021.
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Dec 29, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by January 28, 2021.
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Dec 29, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on an application Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) must submit to receive payment for the average training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by January 28, 2021.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Professionals; Quality Payment Program; Coverage of Opioid Use Disorder Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D Drug; Payment for Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management Services; Hospital IQR Program; Establish New Code Categories; Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Emergency Policy; Coding and Payment for Virtual Check-in Services Interim Final Rule Policy; Coding and Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Interim Final Rule Policy; Regulatory Revisions in Response to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19; and Finalization of Certain Provisions from the March 31st, May 8th and September 2nd Interim Final Rules in Response to the PHE for COVID-19
Dec 28, 2020 - Notice of final rule and interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The final rule includes changes to Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice, relative value of services, and changes in the statute; Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program requirements for Eligible Professionals; updates to the Quality Payment Program; Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; Medicare enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; payment for office/outpatient evaluation and management services; Requirement for Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model Emergency Policy. The interim final rule with comment period establishes coding and payment for virtual check-in services and for personal protective equipment (PPE). Comments on the interim final rule are due by February 1, 2021. No comments will be accepted on the final rule. The final rule is effective January 1, 2021.
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Dec 28, 2020 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of public meetings for calendar year 2021 for the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL). Meetings will be held on January 14, 2020; February 17, 2021; and August 5, 2021.
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Dec 23, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Application for Enrollment in Medicare the Medical Insurance Program; 2) Request for Retirement Benefit Information; 3) Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); 4) Fast Track Appeals for Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage and Detailed Explanation of Non-Coverage and how to file the appeals request. Comments are due by January 22, 2021.
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Dec 23, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on an information collection for the development and testing of questionnaires, instrumentation, and data collection protocols for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Comments are due by January 22, 2021.
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Dec 23, 2020 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of meetings in December 2020 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
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Dec 23, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services correcting the July 30, 2020 notice of extension to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. The expiration date, January 19, 2021 is not 120 days from the date of issuance, so that reference is removed.
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Dec 23, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requiring health centers funded by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act to provide their low-income patients with access to insulin and injectable epinephrine at the price at which the drugs were purchased through the 340B Program. This rule is effective on January 22, 2021.
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Dec 22, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include public health, health equity and the reduction of health disparities, application of science to health policy, dissemination and implementation, behavioral medicine, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. Nominations of individuals with clinical expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and advanced practice nursing will receive the strongest consideration. Nominations are due by March 15th.
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Dec 22, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) on January 25-26, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized but may include updates from HRSA and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, continued discussion of COVID-19 and infant and maternal health, immigrant maternal and child health issues, environmental contributions to infant mortality and maternal mortality, and updates on priority topic areas for ACIM to address (equity, data, access, and quality of care).
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Dec 21, 2020 - Notice of a final rule to amend the federal regulations to withdraw human health criteria (HHC) for toxic pollutants applicable to waters in Maine because the state adopted other EPA-approved HHC regulations. This rule is effective December 21, 2020.
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Dec 21, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on a range of issues related to mammography including determining whether there exists a shortage of mammography facilities in rural and health professional shortage areas and determining the effects of personnel on access to the services of such facilities in such areas. Nominations received by February 19, 2021, will be given first consideration.
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Dec 18, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the addition of COVID-19 related questions to the following surveys: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), National Electronic Health Records Survey (NEHRS), and National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). The new questions are designed to provide information that is essential to CDC's emergency response to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus. Comments are due by February 16, 2021.
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Dec 18, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would place new requirements on state Medicaid and CHIP fee-for-service (FFS) programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) to improve the electronic exchange of health care data and streamline processes related to prior authorization. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is also proposing the adoption of certain specified implementation guides (IGs) needed to support the proposed Application Programming Interface (API) policies included in this rule. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
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Dec 18, 2020 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking applications for appointment or reappointment to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The purpose of NEMSAC is to serve as a nationally recognized council of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to DOT. Applications are due by January 15, 2021.
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Dec 17, 2020 - Notice of final rule to amend general regulations in order to provide clarity about the rights and obligations of faith-based organizations participating in federal financial assistance programs and activities. This rule is effective on January 19, 2021.
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Dec 17, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services making technical and typographical corrections to the November 16, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective December 17, 2020.
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Dec 16, 2020 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announcing its draft report on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety is available to the public for review and comment. The report includes measures determined appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to encourage the appropriate use of such strategies, including use in any federally funded programs. Comments are due by February 16, 2021.
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Dec 15, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by January 14, 2021.
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Dec 15, 2020 - Notice of final rules from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage that would provide flexibility for certain plans to make changes to some cost-sharing requirements, without causing a loss of grandfather status. These rules are effective January 14, 2021.
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Dec 15, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Services is accepting applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) which provides loans to families and small businesses through eligible entities to implement energy efficiency measures.
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Dec 14, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) establishing a 340B Administrative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Board. This rule also sets the requirements and procedures for the 340B Program's ADR process to assist covered entities and manufacturers in resolving disputes regarding overcharging, duplicate discounts, or diversion. This rule is effective January 13, 2021.
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Dec 14, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) amending the regulation governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, to clarify one of the conditions under which a court may authorize disclosure of confidential communications made by a patient to a part 2 program. This final rule is effective January 13, 2021.
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Dec 11, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the renewal of the CDC/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT) charter. The charter is effective for a 2-year period through November 25, 2022.
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Dec 11, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics (BSC, NCHS) on January 27, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update by NCHS leadership, a presentation on National Center for Health Statistics Strategic Planning, a presentation on integrating Pulse and RANDS Surveys into the National Health Interview Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey update, and an update on the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey workgroup.
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Dec 11, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the renewal of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) charter. The charter is effective for a 2-year period through November 30, 2022.
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Dec 10, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection request for continued approval of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection. Comments are due by February 8, 2021.
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Dec 10, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on an information collection related to the OneRD Guaranteed Loan Program. This program will combine the following existing program under one regulatory platform: 1) The Community Facilities Program; 2) the Water and Waste Disposal Program; 3) the Business and Industry Program; and 4) the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA Rural Development has revised the forms in this burden package to accommodate all four programs. Comments are due by January 11, 2021.
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Dec 9, 2020 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to allow healthcare personnel to use telehealth to order or administer medical countermeasures against COVID-19 for patients in a state other than the state where the healthcare personnel are permitted to practice. Among other things, this amendment also modifies and clarifies the training requirements for certain licensed pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer certain routine childhood or COVID-19 vaccinations. This amendment is effective as of February 4, 2020.
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Dec 8, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021 for several states and territories. Provides detail on the amount of cost-sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Dec 8, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Iowa in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021. Provides detail on the amount of cost-sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Dec 8, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on issues to inform the location identification report for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This notice also clarifies that the designation of 988 as the universal telephone number within the United States for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline will take effect on October 17, 2021. Comments by December 21, 2020 and reply comments by January 11, 2021.
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Dec 8, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing the activation of a Plan of Action to establish a National Strategy for the manufacture, allocation, and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to respond to COVID-19. This Notice contains the text of the Plan of Action.
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Dec 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH). The NACMH consults with and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers (MHC) and other entities funded under grants and contracts under the Public Health Service Act. The NACMH currently has 3 open positions. Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis.
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Dec 7, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; 2) Part D Coordination of Benefits Data; and 3) Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Comments are due by January 6, 2021.
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Dec 7, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) for fiscal year 2021. IRP provides direct loans to intermediaries for the establishment of revolving loan programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community developments in rural areas. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and compete for available funds on a quarterly basis.
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Dec 4, 2020 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to revise its regulations to conform with a provision of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, which amended the Controlled Substances Act to allow for the partial filling of prescriptions for schedule II controlled substances under certain conditions. Comments are due by February 2, 2021.
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Dec 4, 2020 - Notice from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) making typographical corrections to the November 4, 2020 interim final rule. Corrections are effective December 4, 2020.
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Dec 4, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; policies related to prescription drug costs; the Navigator program; and more. Comments are due by December 30, 2020.
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Dec 4, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of candidates for consideration to serve on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. The Committee provides advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on the development of goals and specific program activities for improving the health and the quality of healthcare minorities receive and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities consistent with the Public Health Service Act. Nominations are due by March 4, 2021.
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Dec 3, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing the effective and compliance dates for rules adopted in the following previously published final rule: Implementing Kari's Law and RAY BAUM'S Act; Inquiry Concerning 911 Access, Routing, and Location in Enterprise Communications Systems; Amending the Definition of Interconnected VoIP Service. This rule is effective December 3, 2020.
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Dec 3, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) amending its regulation to remove the stated amount that RHS will charge for the initial and annual guarantee fees. RHS is making this change to allow for flexibility and to allow the program to create the maximum housing affordability to residents by lowering program costs when practical. This rule is effective January 4, 2021.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the physician self-referral law to allow exceptions to the law for referral for certain value-based compensation arrangements between physicians, providers, and suppliers. This final rule is effective January 19, 2021.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical and typographical corrections to the September 29, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective December 2, 2020.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General announcing a final rule to add safe harbor protections under the Federal anti-kickback statute for certain coordinated care and associated value-based arrangements between or among clinicians, providers, suppliers, and others that meet all safe harbor conditions. Also adds other protections and new safe harbors related to the Department of Health and Human Services' Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care. These regulations are effective January 19, 2021.
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Dec 2, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on the draft HIV National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to End the HIV Epidemic (2021-2025) (HIV Plan). The HIV Plan articulates goals, objectives, and strategies to prevent new infections, treat people with HIV to improve health outcomes, reduce HIV-related disparities, and better integrate and coordinate the efforts of all partners to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. Comments are due by December 14, 2020.
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Dec 2, 2020 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking comment on an information collection on the Veterans Community Care Program, which is designed to increase access to care for veterans by allowing non-VA providers in their local communities to provide needed care when the VA is unable to meet the need for the veteran. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 1, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt certain changes to the risk adjustment data validation error estimation methodology beginning with the 2019 benefit year. These regulations are effective December 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 1, 2020 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on September 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 30, 2020 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection regarding the challenges and unique opportunities of administering human services programs in rural contexts. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services releasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rates for the period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. The rates are used to determine the amount of Federal matching for state Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Contingency Funds, and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP) rates for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures, among other federal assistance programs.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General announcing a final rule intended to create incentives for pharmaceutical manufacturers to lower their list prices; reduce the incentives for Part D plans to choose high-cost, highly rebated drugs over comparable drugs with lower prices; lower beneficiary out-of-pocket spending; and increase transparency to improve plan choice and program integrity. This final rule will be effective January 29, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 30, 2020 - 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, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of an interim final rule with comment period implementing the Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model. The MFN Model will test whether more closely aligning payment for Medicare Part B drugs and biologicals with international prices and removing incentives to use higher-cost drugs can control growth in Medicare Part B spending without adversely affecting the quality of care for beneficiaries. Comments are due by January 26, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 27, 2020 - Notice of a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist the Department in identifying redundant, overlapping, or inconsistent regulations. HHS plans to use comments from the public to improve existing regulations and eliminate unnecessary or duplicative regulations through future exercise of rulemaking authority. Comments are due by December 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 27, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposing to increase its receipts-based small business size definitions for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sectors related to Education Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; and Other Services. SBA proposes to increase size standards for 70 industries in those sectors, including 18 industries in Sector 62 (Health Care and Social Assistance). SBA seeks comments on its proposed changes to size standards and the data sources it evaluated to develop the standards. Comments are due by January 26, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

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