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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.

Oct 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded JBS International, Inc. an additional $3,000,000 annually through FY 2022 through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance (RCORP-TA). The original funding for the RCORP-TA program was designed to allow technical assistance for 75 grantees and additional funds will support technical assistance services to an additional 243 opioid award recipients. Funds are contingent upon availability and satisfactory performance of the recipient.
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Oct 14, 2019 - Final rule from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service to formalize a December 2018 proposed rule that eliminates the requirement for annual publication of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The change allows the agency to accept and process applications in a more fluid manner. The final rule will be effective on November 14, 2019.
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Oct 11, 2019 - Notice of rulemaking from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote transparency and predictability, and the efficient allocation of Rural Health Care Program resources while preventing waste, fraud and abuse. Many parts of the rule will be effective on November 12, 2019, with others sections to be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.
Oct 10, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking public comment through December 9, 2019 on a new form and changes to existing forms required during the application process for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The NURSE Corps LRP provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas.
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Oct 10, 2019 - Pre-publication 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. Comments on the proposed rule are due within 75 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Registration which is scheduled for October 17, 2019.
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Oct 9, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of the implementation of an expedited process for the review of requests for relief from regulatory and administration requirements for Public Housing Agencies affected by major disasters during calendar year 2019.
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Oct 8, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcing a town hall meeting to be held on December 16-17, 2019 to discuss FY 2021 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). Registration to participate in the meeting is required by December 9th.
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Oct 8, 2019 - Final notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program, which offers scholarships for students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in a nursing school or an eligible health profession program. Includes HRSA's response to comments received on the May 22, 2019 proposed rule and subsequent changes to the program.
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Oct 7, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2020 AIC threshold amounts are $170 for ALJ hearings and $1,670 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2020.
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Oct 7, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of public meetings for calendar year 2020 for the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL). Meetings will be held February 20-21, 2020, May 1, 2020 and October 20, 2020.
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Oct 7, 2019 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking public comment on non-substantive changes to an already approved information collection for the Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Mission Program: Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP) to update the title of VA forms and citations, as well as burden hour estimates. Comments on the changes are due by November 6, 2019.
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Oct 3, 2019 - Announcement from the USDA Rural Housing Service and Rural Utilities Service of the implementation of provisions from the 2018 Farm Bill, including a population increase to 50,000 as the definition for rural areas for the Community Facilities (CF) Guaranteed Loan Program and the Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) Guaranteed Loan Program for FY 2020. Also provides established fee levels for for the CF Guaranteed Loan Program for FY 2020. The Agency will not act on any applications received under this Notice until December 2, 2019.
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Oct 3, 2019 - The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a notice establishing standards for quality for hospital care, medical services, and extended care services provided by the VA and non-VA providers treating veterans.
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Oct 2, 2019 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requesting information on strategies to improve access to high quality, affordable child care across the United States. Includes a series of questions and topics that ACF is looking for public feedback one, including one addressing the need in rural and underserved communities. Comments are due by December 2, 2019.
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Oct 2, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration of the extension of a current rule regarding the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records. A proposed rule on the same topic was released on August 26, 2019 but is not expected to reach final rule publication status until after the current rule expires, thus requiring the extension.
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Sep 30, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a proposed information collection titled "Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs)." Data submitted by hospitals during this information collection will be used to determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program. Comments are due by November 29, 2019.
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Sep 30, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise discharge planning requirements that hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and home health agencies participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs must meet. Also implements discharge planning requirements to provide patients and their families with access to information that will help them make informed decisions about post-acute care, and updates a provision regarding patient rights which is intended to promote innovation and flexibility to improve patient care. The final rule will be effective on November 29, 2019.
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Sep 30, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that removes unnecessary and burdensome regulations, reduces requirements that impede or divert resources away from providing high quality care, and updates fire safety standards for End-State Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Also updates the requirements that hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Includes implementation dates for CAHs related to Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Programs (QAPI) and for hospitals and CAHs related to antibiotic stewardship programs. The final rule will be effective on November 29, 2019.
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Sep 30, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service is seeking public comment on a new information collection to obtain information on job characteristics and work histories of non-disabled adult SNAP participants. Comments are due by November 29, 2019.
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Sep 30, 2019 - Announces an open meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on November 13-14, 2019. Agenda items include Committee deliberation of draft recommendations for the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11, a continuation of 2019 NCVHS workplan items, and discussion on various health data policy topics.
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Sep 30, 2019 - The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) will hold a public meeting on November 5-6, 2019. Agenda items include a welcome of new Council members and discussion of priorities in preparation for the development of the Report to Congress.
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Sep 26, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting comments on the revision of the Medicare enrollment application for clinics/group practices and other suppliers form, which now includes an attachment to be completed by opioid treatment programs. Comments on the revision are due by November 25, 2019.
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Sep 25, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlining the methodology for implementing reductions to annual allotments for Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) beginning in FY 2020 through FY 2025. Provides reference to previous versions of the proposed rule as well as updates that have occurred based on commenter feedback, including those that impact small and rural hospitals. This final rule will be effective on November 25, 2019.
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Sep 25, 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 Miami, FL on October 21-22, 2019. The meeting will include an update on HIV and the Latinx Community, activities taking place in Florida and Puerto Rico through the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative, a panel discussion regarding federal efforts to ensure continued community engagement, and a presentation on performance indicators for tracking the Initiative. Preregistration is required and is due by October 15, 2019.
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Sep 24, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public input to inform the National Vaccine Plan for 2020-2025. The five questions/categories that comments should address are: 1) What do you recommend as the top priorities for vaccines and immunizations in the United States; 2) What changes should be made to the 2010 National Vaccine Plan to make it more current and useful; 3) What are the goals, objectives, and strategies for each of your top priority areas; 4) What indicators can be used to measure your top priorities and goals; and 5) Identify which stakeholders you believe should have responsibility for enacting the objectives and strategies listed in the 2020 National Vaccine Plan, as well as for any new objectives and strategies you suggest. Comments are due by October 24, 2019.
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Sep 23, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment and burden estimates on two information collections. 1) The Medicaid Program Face-to-Face Requirements for Home Health Services and Supporting Regulations which requires providers to document a face-to-face encounter with the beneficiary prior to certifying that home health services are required. 2) The Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans requires Medicare Advantage organizations and Prescription Drug Plans to submit an actuarial pricing bid for each plan offered to Medicare beneficiaries for approval by CMS. Comments are due by November 22, 2019.
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Sep 23, 2019 - Notice acknowledging that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has received an application from The Compliance Team for recognition as an accrediting organization for accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments on the application must be received by October 23, 2019.
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Sep 23, 2019 - Notice acknowledging that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has received an application from The Compliance Team for recognition as an accrediting organization for suppliers of home infusion therapy services that participate in the Medicare program. Comments on the application must be received by October 23, 2019.
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Sep 20, 2019 - The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) provides notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC) on November 7-8, 2019. The meeting will provide updates on the 2020 Census, including plans for data products, evaluation, and dissemination.
Sep 17, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comment on a generic information clearance related to the assessment of private well drinking water. The generic information collection will allow CDC to expedite assessments of private well water in response to specific requests from health departments. Comments are due by November 18, 2019.
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Sep 17, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the Medicare Participation Agreement for Physicians and Suppliers, or the CMS-460 form. The agreement requires medical providers and suppliers to accept Medicare assignment for all services provided to all Medicare patients. Comments are due by October 17, 2019.
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Sep 17, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting October 2, 2019 via webinar. The Committee will discuss the role of data partnerships and deliberate recommendations for establishing data partnerships designed to implement and achieve the Healthy People 2030 objectives. Public comments on the development of the 2030 objectives can be sent to HP2030@hhs.gov.
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Sep 16, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on September 27, 2019 to be held via teleconference. The meeting will focus on the discussion of strategies to address HIV-related health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the call is required by September 25, 2019.
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Sep 12, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collection extensions and reinstatements: 1) Health Insurance Common Claims Form; 2) Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities (IDTFs) Site Investigation Form Revisions; 3) Applications for Part C Medicare Advantage, 1876 Cost Plans, and Employer Group Waiver Plans to Provide Part C Benefits; 4) Physician Certifications/Recertification's in Skilled Nursing Facilities Manual Instructions; 5) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)—Level II Code Modification Request Process; and 6) Home Office Cost Statement. Comments are due by November 12, 2019.
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Sep 12, 2019 - Announcement of a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT) to be held via webinar and in person on November 13-14, 2019. The agenda includes a discussion of the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America strategy and activities related to building community capacity, engaging those with HIV who are not in care, workforce issues, and more.
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Sep 12, 2019 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting on September 26, 2019 to be held in person and via webinar. 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.
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Sep 11, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the availability of new Common Formats for Nursing Homes Version 1.0 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 seeks ongoing public input and there is no deadline for comments.
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Sep 11, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following items: 1) Revision with change of a previously approved collection for Part C Medicare Advantage Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 422.516(a); 2) Extension of a currently approved collection for Medical Necessity and Contract Amendments Under Mental Health Parity; 3) Revision of a currently approved collection for External Quality Review (EQR) of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and Supporting Regulations; 4) Extension of a currently approved collection for Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol; and 5) Extension of a currently approved collection for Hospital Wage Index Occupational Mix Survey. Comments are due by October 11, 2019.
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Sep 10, 2019 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that requires Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers and suppliers to disclose affiliations with other providers and suppliers. This rule will allow CMS to address program integrity issues and vulnerabilities to fraudulent activity in the programs. Comments on the rule are due by November 4, 2019 which is also the day the rule goes into effect.
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Sep 10, 2019 - Announcement of the availability of supplemental funding through the Rural Housing Service's Community Facilities Program for expenses related to natural disasters that occurred in 2018-2019, including wildfires, tornadoes, flooding, and Hurricanes Michael and Florence. Applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted.
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Sep 9, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau of revisions to a currently approved information collection for the 2020 Census - Evaluations and Experiments. Includes detailed information about the different evaluations and experiments that are performed during the census which are then used to inform updates and improvements to the next census. Comments on the proposed items are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
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Sep 6, 2019 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families correcting the address information that was published in the August 27, 2019 notice for the reallotment of funds from the FY 2018 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
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Sep 6, 2019 - Announcement from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund of the availability of $3.5 billion through the New Markets Tax Credit program. Applications are due by October 28, 2019.
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Sep 6, 2019 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on an information collection related to the added flexibility for the integration of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans with individual health insurance coverage. Comments on the information collection are due by November 5, 2019.
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Sep 4, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) to be held via webinar on October 31, 2019. The Committee will discuss innovations in training as well as their annual report and recommendations.
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Sep 3, 2019 - The Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking public comment on economic development program policies, practices, planned actions, regulations, and guidance in order to inform its efforts to spur economic development in qualified Opportunity Zones and other distressed areas of the United States. Comments are due by October 18, 2019.
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Sep 3, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to codify new and revised statutory requirements included in the 2018 Farm Bill. These include a revision of the minimum Federal share of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) administrative costs and mandatory administrative match requirement amounts, revision of the administrative match waiver requirement, and other changes related to the administrative match requirements. The rule is effective September 3, 2019.
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Aug 30, 2019 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission of a public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on September 19, 2019. The agenda includes status reports and updates from three working groups: Disaster Response and Recovery, Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities, and Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities. Participants may attend in person or via webinar.
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Aug 30, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocating $6.875 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to grantees recovering from qualifying 2015, 2016, and 2017 disasters. In order to allow them more time because of ongoing governance and financial management challenges and capacity considerations, allocations of funds to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for mitigation and electrical power system improvements will be determined in separate notices at a later date.
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Aug 30, 2019 - Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) prior to the passage of final appropriations for FY 2020. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based upon funding amount requested for each of the grant programs. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be published on the USDA Rural Development website at a later date.
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Aug 28, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the extension of a currently approved information collection for Medicare Outpatient Observation Notices (MOON), which require hospitals to provide written notification and oral explanation for individuals who are under observation status as outpatients for more than 24 hours. Comments are due by October 28, 2019.
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Aug 28, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting comments on the extension of two currently approved information collections: 1) Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment for Employers in the Small Business Health Options Program; and 2) Provider Network Coverage Data Collection. Comments are due by September 27, 2019.
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Aug 28, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) on October 11, 2019 to be held via webinar. The agenda will focus on the review of pending Committee reports. Any changes to the agenda will be posted on the ACICBL website.
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Aug 28, 2019 - Announcement that the September 17-18, 2019 meeting of the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps has been cancelled.
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Aug 28, 2019 - Announcement of funding decisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the following programs: FY 2018 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) Competition; FY 2018 Continuum of Care Program Competition; FY 2018 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation; and the FY 2018 Veterans Housing Rehabilitation Modification Pilot Program.
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Aug 27, 2019 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2018 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2018 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by September 26, 2019.
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Aug 27, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on the burden estimates and other aspects of an information collection for the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program. Comments are due by October 28, 2019.
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Aug 27, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on the burden estimates for program measures for grantees of the Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Program. Comments are due by September 26, 2019.
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Aug 27, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on September 25-26, 2019. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general rural healthcare access.
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Aug 26, 2019 - The Census Bureau will hold tribal consultation meetings online and in-person in order to obtain feedback from tribes as it related to the 2020 Census data products. A national webinar will take place on September 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and an in-person meeting will be held on October 21, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by September 25, 2019.
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Aug 26, 2019 - The Census Bureau is seeking public comments by October 25, 2019 on an extension of a current information collection related to how the Bureau can improve efficiency, data quality, and response rates while reducing respondent burden in future census data collections.
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Aug 26, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on a currently approved information collection for Hospital Notices: IM/DND, which are used to inform beneficiaries and enrollees of their right as hospital inpatients and how to request a discharge appeal. Comments on due by September 25, 2019.
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Aug 26, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on an information collection for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Performance Improvement and Measurement System Database. The database is used to collect and measure successes and challenges based on information entered by grantees. Comments are due by October 25, 2019.
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Aug 26, 2019 - 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 are due by September 25, 2019.
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Aug 26, 2019 - 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 on the proposed rule are due by October 25, 2019.
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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 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 - The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women is seeking recommendations for members to serve on the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women. Nominations are due by September 13, 2019 and can be submitted via email to OVW.taskforce@usdoj.gov or by mail to Laura L. Rogers, Acting Director, Office on Violence Again Women, U.S. Department of Justice, 145 N Street NE, Washington, DC 20530. Self-recommendations will not be accepted.
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Source: Federal Register

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