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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.

Sep 18, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry; 2) Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; 3) Part D Coordination of Benefits Data; and 4) State Collection and Reporting of Dental Provider and Benefit Package Information on the Insure Kids Now! Website and Hotline. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
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Sep 18, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the FY 2021 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, updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals for FY 2021, and establishes new requirements and revises existing requirements for eligible hospitals CAHs participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs, among other things. This rule is effective on October 1, 2020.
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Sep 18, 2020 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on September 30, 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.
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Sep 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting expressions of interest for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board to serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021. The membership of the Board must include rural representation. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of the FirstNet Authority to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. Expressions of interest are due by October 19, 2020.
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Sep 18, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding 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 COVID-19 and telehealth utilization. Comments are due by November 17, 2020.
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Sep 17, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on reestablishing the "Do Not Pay Initiative" computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury. The program provides CMS with information from Treasury's Working System which CMS will use to identify Medicare providers and suppliers who are ineligible for Medicare enrollment; to promptly suspend or revoke the Medicare billing privileges of the identified disqualified providers and suppliers; to enable recoupment of past payments made to those providers and suppliers; to assist CMS in detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse and in avoiding making future improper payments to disqualified providers and suppliers; and to enhance patient safety for beneficiaries in CMS programs. Comments are due by October 19, 2020.
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Sep 17, 2020 - Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of April through June 2020 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
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Sep 17, 2020 - Provides corrections to payment rate table published in the May 21, 2020 rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This correction is effective upon official publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 21, 2020.
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Sep 17, 2020 - 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 September 30, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include the discussion of the member grant review process, substance use prevention during the pandemic, prevention data, and updates on CSAP program developments.
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Sep 16, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission to designate 988 for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Includes a discussion of rural considerations. This rule is effective October 16, 2020.
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Sep 16, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health on October 20-23. Agenda items are being finalized.
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Sep 15, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on October 21-22, 2020. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. The agenda will consist of deliberation on systematic reviews of literature on topics including heart disease and stroke, obesity, and asthma.
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Sep 15, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on the extension of a data collection through October 31, 2020 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. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Sep 15, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a revision to an information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey." The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that helps CMS and stakeholders understand and evaluate the impact of Medicare programs and new policy initiatives. Comments are due by November 16, 2020.
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Sep 15, 2020 - 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 2021. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on achieving e-connectivity for rural communities, developing the rural economy, and supporting the rural workforce, among other things.
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Sep 15, 2020 - Notice of final rule to allow up to ten percent of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee from the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service to be used to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by minimum acceptable level of broadband service. Comments on the final rule are due by November 16, 2020. This rule is effective September 15, 2020.
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Sep 14, 2020 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a request for information regarding the deployment and use of elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMR) in healthcare settings and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. Submissions are due by October 14, 2020.
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Sep 14, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) to be held on October 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern and October 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include agency updates from CDC, CMS, and FDA. The focus of the meeting is Clinical Laboratory Medicine in the Age of COVID-19 and will include presentations and discussions on preparedness and response: the partnership between clinical laboratories and public health; laboratory data exchanges during COVID-19; and the clinical laboratory's role in identifying health inequities during the COVID-19 response.
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Sep 14, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces an information collection associated with the rule for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and adds the effective date of September 14, 2020 to the rule which was originally published in the Federal Register on March 10, 2020.
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Sep 14, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is announcing an extension of a comment request on an information collection on the NTIA Internet Use Survey. The survey is used to inform the development of policies related to digital inclusion and other internet-related issues. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Sep 11, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; 2) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams; 3) Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency; and 4) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration. Comments are due by October 13, 2020.
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Sep 11, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration announced four Emergency Use Authorizations for drugs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA has revoked one Emergency Use Authorization issued to Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) effective June 15, 2020.
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Sep 10, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding the ability of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified/accredited commercial, academic, medical center, and public health laboratories to provide additional COVID-19 testing capability if supplementary testing instruments are made available. Submissions are due by September 21, 2020.
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Sep 8, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection for the Medical Monitoring Project to obtain information and data to describe the health-related behaviors, experiences, and needs of adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States. This data collection will address the need for national estimates of access to, and utilization of, HIV-related medical care and services, the quality of HIV-related ambulatory care, and HIV-related behaviors and clinical outcomes. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020.
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Sep 8, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2021.
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Sep 8, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the actual speeds and performance of fixed and mobile broadband connections as part of the Measuring Broadband America Program. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020.
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Sep 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection to obtain information in order to assess Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) applicants' eligibility, qualifications for the program, and information on eligible site applicants. Comments on the information collection are due by October 8, 2020.
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Sep 8, 2020 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service requests nominations for the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research. The Task Force should represent a broad spectrum of individuals with interest and expertise in agricultural air quality issues including, but not limited to, representatives from the agricultural production and processing sector, academia, agribusiness, regulatory organizations, environmental organizations, and local or State agencies. The Task Force advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to agricultural air quality. Nominations are due by November 9, 2020.
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Sep 4, 2020 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2019 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by October 5, 2020.
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Sep 4, 2020 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) to be held on September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED), including recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED.
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Sep 3, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a temporary order to halt evictions through December 31, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This rule is effective on September 4, 2020.
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Sep 3, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule and comment request from the Department of Defense to waive certain requirements for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, acute care hospitals, and long-term care hospitals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the rule adds coverage for treatment use of investigational drugs under expanded access authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when for the treatment of COVID-19, and revises diagnosis related group (DRG) reimbursement. This interim rule is effective on September 3, 2020 through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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Sep 3, 2020 - Notice of a proposed 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. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 19, 2020.
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Sep 3, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) on September 18, 2020 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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Sep 2, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period revising long-term care facility reporting and testing requirements related to COVID-19. Also creates new requirements in the hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation for tracking the incidence and impact COVID-19. These regulations are effective on September 2, 2020 and comments are due by November 2, 2020.
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Sep 2, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Louisiana in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through September 30, 2020. Provides detail on the amount of cost sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Sep 2, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on updates to the FCC ex parte rules. Provides details on specific changes and proposed exemptions to the ex parte rules, including for certain government-to-government consultations between FCC and federally recognized Tribal Nations. Comments are due by October 2, 2020.
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Sep 1, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish a Medicare coverage pathway to provide beneficiaries with faster access to innovative medical devices designated as breakthrough by the Food and Drug Administration. Comments on the proposed rule are due by November 2, 2020.
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Sep 1, 2020 - Announcement of funding decisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the following programs: FY 2017 HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program; FY 2018 HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program; FY 2018 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants; FY 2019 Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (Section 4); FY 2019 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP); FY 2019 Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program; and FY 2018/2019 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program — Competitive Grants.
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Sep 1, 2020 - Announcement from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service of guarantee fee rates, guarantee percent for guaranteed loans, the periodic retention fee, and fees for the issuance of the loan note guarantee prior to construction completion for FY 2021 for the following loans programs: 1) Community Facilities, 2) Water and Waste Disposal (WWD), 3) Business and Industry, and 4) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These fees are effective on October 1, 2020.
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Aug 31, 2020 - The Agency for Health Research and Quality is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Aug 31, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a correcting amendment to the August 6, 2015 final rule. Corrections are applicable beginning October 1, 2015.
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Aug 31, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold virtual symposium on September 22, 2020. The focus on the meeting will be on developing national spectrum policies and the evolution of new techniques and wireless technologies. Complete meeting information is available on the NTIA website.
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Aug 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on the National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS), which is used to collect data on tobacco use among students in grades 6-12.
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Aug 27, 2020 - Provides corrections to the statement of economic significance published in the August 4, 2020 final rule for FY 2021 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). The correction is effective October 1, 2020.
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Aug 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) extending the timeline for publication of a final rule to modernize and clarify the physician self-referral regulations, originally proposed in October 2019. This allows CMS more time to analyze comments received on the proposed rule and make revisions where necessary. The final rule will be published by August 31, 2021.
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Aug 27, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection related to the Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Information obtained through the information collection will be used to evaluate whether or not the programs are in compliance with appropriate rules and procedures. Comments are due by September 28, 2020.
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Aug 27, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of tribal officials for consideration as voluntary delegates to serve on the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC). Nominations from the following Indian Health Service (IHS) geographic areas are specifically sought: Alaska; Albuquerque; Billings; Navajo; Phoenix; and Tucson. Nominations are due by September 30, 2020.
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Aug 26, 2020 - Notice from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reopening the comment period for the April 14, 2020 notice of interim final rule to update the regulatory requirements used by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to test and approve air-purifying particulate respirators for use in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due by September 25, 2020.
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Aug 26, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services correcting dates published in the August 20, 2020 notice regarding the release and maintenance of guidance documents.
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Aug 25, 2020 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) on September 23-24, 2020. Agenda items are being finalized but may include updates from HRSA and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, discussion of COVID-19 and infant and maternal health, and updates on priority topic areas for ACIM to address (equity, data, access, and quality of care).
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Aug 24, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) on September 23, 2020 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to the designated federal official by September 9, 2020. Current agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS programs and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment. Registration is due by September 9, 2020.
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Aug 24, 2020 - Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to allow state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and certain pharmacy interns to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends for people age 3-18. Also clarifies the category of diseases, health conditions, or threats for which covered countermeasures should be used to include not only COVID-19, but also others conditions that may have been caused by COVID-19, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which could lead to an increase in the rate of infectious disease. This amendment is effective as of August 24, 2020.
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Aug 21, 2020 - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking comments on future delivery models proposed for the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). TTAP is a program that provides technical assistance to tribes to support the management of transportation systems and assets. Includes information and responses to feedback on a 2-year national pilot program and provides detail on two proposed delivery models. Comments are due by September 21, 2020.
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Aug 21, 2020 - Notice announcing the implementation of certain provisions published in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 related to funding allocations for persistent poverty counties served by Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBSC), Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) agencies. The notice is applicable beginning August 21, 2020.
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Aug 20, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection to obtain information and data about the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will ask questions about general health, psychological distress, chronic conditions, health behaviors, testing and treatment for COVID-19, the pandemic's impact on healthcare access, and how individuals are changing their behavior because of COVID-19. Comments on the information collection are due by October 19, 2020.
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Aug 20, 2020 - In an effort to ensure that the public receives adequate notice of new guidance, the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to release regulations governing its release and maintenance of guidance documents. Comments on the proposal are due by September 16, 2020.
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Aug 19, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) on September 22, 2020. The agenda will include discussions on SAMHSA's Strategic Plan, SAMHSA's response to prevent suicide due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the latest findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Registration is required to participate.
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Aug 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold monthly webinars beginning in October 2020 as part of its BroadbandUSA program. The goal of the webinars is to seek public input on way to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
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Aug 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comments and recommendations for questions asked on the NTIA Internet Use Survey. The survey is used to inform the development of internet policies and to provide information on the adoption of different types of devices and internet access technologies, locations of internet use, online activities, and challenges preventing some Americans from taking full advantage of the internet. Comments are due by September 17, 2020.
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Aug 17, 2020 - In light of the economic hardship faced by individuals and small employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting the review of a new information collection request to collect health insurance premium credit data related to the COVID-19 Emergency under the emergency clearance process. The use of normal clearance procedures will not allow CMS to update its enrollment data in a timely fashion and would likely not be able to provide a timely distribution of 1095-A tax forms to affected consumers. Health Insurance Exchanges furnish Form 1095-A to individuals to allow them to reconcile the credit on their returns with advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) and file an accurate tax return. Comments on the emergency clearance review are due by August 24, 2020.
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Aug 17, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program requirements for Eligible Professionals; 4) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 5) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 6) Medicare enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; 7) payment for office/outpatient evaluation and management services; 8) requirement for Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan; and 9) Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model Emergency Policy. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 5, 2020.
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Aug 17, 2020 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces the formation of a voluntary agreement under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act for the manufacture and distribution of critical healthcare resources necessary to respond to a pandemic. The activities included in the agreement are limited to those necessary to respond to a pandemic, at the sole determination, direction, and supervision of FEMA.
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Aug 14, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Annual Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and Rebate Calculation Report and MLR Rebate Notices; 2) Data Collection for Medicare Facilities Performing Carotid Artery Stenting with Embolic Protection in Patients at High Risk for Carotid Endarterectomy; 3) Conditions for Coverage of Suppliers of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Services and Supporting Regulations; and 4) Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Regulations. Comments are due by September 14, 2020.
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Aug 14, 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 by October 13, 2020.
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Aug 13, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on changes made to the data collected for the hospice quality reporting program. Comments are due by October 13, 2020.
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Aug 13, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing the federal payment methodology for states establishing a Basic Health Program offering health benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. This methodology is effective January 1, 2021.
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Aug 13, 2020 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council (NAC) virtual public meeting on September 3, 2020. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from SAMHSA Centers Directors, and discussion on clinical trends and emergency issues.
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Aug 12, 2020 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 2020, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
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Aug 12, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2021. Also updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, as well as establishes and updates the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating beginning with the 2021 calendar year, among other things. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed changes are due on October 5, 2020.
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Aug 12, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Arizona in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through September 30, 2020. Provides detail on the amount of cost sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Aug 12, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in California in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through September 30, 2020. Provides detail on the amount of cost sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Aug 12, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Connecticut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through September 30, 2020. Provides detail on the amount of cost sharing for these activities and timelines for their expiration.
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Aug 12, 2020 - The Veterans Health Administration (VA) will hold a virtual tribal consultation session on August 25, 2020 to discuss care coordination for veterans receiving care under the VA's Indian Health Service/Tribal Health Program (IHS/THP) Reimbursement Agreements Program. The goal is to ensure that veterans that need care beyond what is offered within IHS/THP facilities are able to get that care either in VA medical facilities or in the community.
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Aug 10, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Application and Instructions; 2) Retiree Drug Subsidy Payment Request and Instructions; 3) Manufacturer Submission of Average Sales Price (ASP) Data for Medicare Part B Drugs and Biologicals; and 4) Consumer Experience Survey Data Collection. Comments are due by September 9, 2020.
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Aug 10, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2021. Among other things, this rule adopts the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations, with a 5% cap on wage index decreases; removes the post-admission physician evaluation requirement; and allows non-physician practitioners to perform certain IRF coverage requirements that are currently required to be performed by a rehabilitation physician. This rule is effective on October 1, 2020.
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Aug 10, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2020 on August 31, 2020. The agenda will focus on the announcement of four new members to the panel, which is charged with providing recommendations to CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services on matters concerning the hospital outpatient prospective payment system. Comment and presentation submissions to be considered at the meeting are due by August 14, 2020.
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Aug 10, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold a virtual public meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council on September 16, 2020. Questions arising during the meeting should be sent to CSRIC@fcc.gov and will be answered at a later date.
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Aug 6, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish a policy for the treatment of patient days associated with those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan for the purpose of calculating a hospital's disproportionate patient percentage for cost reporting periods beginning before fiscal year 2014. This proposed rule is in response to the ruling in Azar v. Allina Health Services on June 3, 2019. Comments on the rule are due by October 5, 2020.
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Aug 6, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through December 31, 2020 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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Aug 6, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Florida in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through December 31, 2020. The cost of these activities will be fully funded by the federal government.
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Aug 6, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through December 31, 2020. The cost of these activities will be fully funded by the federal government.
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Aug 6, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President intended to increase access to, improve the quality of, and improve the financial economics of rural healthcare, including by increasing access to care through telehealth. Provides information and timelines for implementation of various initiatives to accomplish these goals.
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Aug 6, 2020 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) virtual public meeting on August 27, 2020. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director, a presentation from the SAMHSA Statistics and Data Demonstration, and discussion from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use on SAMHSA's response to COVID-19.
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Aug 5, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2021. Makes changes to the case-mix classification code mappings used under the SNF PPS, adopts the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations, and makes changes to the SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) program. Includes rural considerations throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2020.
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Aug 4, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has extended the comment period for an information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - Household Component, Social and Health Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire. The survey is used to measure the use of, and expenditures for, health care, sources of payment for that health care, insurance status, employment, health status and health care quality. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
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Aug 4, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking input on whether CMS should include exceptions to the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), which will required for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage Drug Plans beginning January 1, 2021. Feedback on circumstances that exceptions should be made and whether CMS should impose penalties for noncompliance with this mandate in its rulemaking, and what those penalties should be are specifically sought. Comments are due by October 5, 2020.
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Aug 4, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2021. Includes changes related to the adoption of the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations, with a 5% cap on wage index decreases. Also summarizes the changes to the hospice election statement finalized in the FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Rate Update final rule; and provides hospices with a model election statement and sample addendum. Includes rural considerations throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 4, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2021 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also adopts the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations, and applies a 2-year transition for all providers negatively impacted by wage index changes. Also includes responses to comment submitted on the proposed rule. This rule is effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 4, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is making corrections to a date published in the May 1, 2020 final rule to implement several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 31, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information requests: 1) Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans; Exchange Standards for Employers which is used and 2) Medicare Quality of Care Complaint Form. Comments are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 31, 2020 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs to revise regulations governing the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Changes to the program allow the VA to make improvements to meet the needs of veterans from all eras and standardize the program to focus on veterans with moderate and severe needs. This rule is effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services extending the March 23, 2020 Executive Order to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. Also includes modifications and additions to the original list of scarce or threatened materials. This action took effect July 23, 2020 and terminates January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - 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 November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - 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 November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding programs that provide services to help youth age 16-24 advance education and employment outcomes, with a focus on disconnected or opportunity youth (those from lower income families and communities). Information submissions will be compiled in a program compendium to be released at a later date. Submissions are due by September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 19, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children, and the current ethnic/racial climate and related economic and health disparities on women, among other things. Registration is required to attend.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the deadline for comments on the residential care community (RCC) and adult day services center (ADSC) survey components of the National Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Study (NPALS). Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on the pilot implementation of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in the United States study. Test subjects 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 by September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on September 8-9, 2020. The agenda includes a discussion of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS topics, a list of which is provided in the notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 22, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking stakeholder perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including, but not limited to, the benefits and harms of opioid use. Feedback from a wide variety of groups, including patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers, is encouraged. Those interested in being interviewed should contact InjuryCenterEngage@cdc.gov.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 22, 2020 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels and reimbursement rates 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, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 22, 2020 - USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) will hold listening sessions on July 28th and 30th to hear from the public about the new Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program and regulation. The RISE program is intended to assist rural job accelerator partnerships in improving the ability of distressed rural communities to create high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 21, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is requesting the review of an information collection related to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey under the emergency clearance process. This emergency clearance is needed to incorporate the collection of COVID-19's impact on beneficiaries prior to the expiration of the currently approved information collection. Comments on the change are due by July 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 21, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on a revision to an information collection titled "Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) for Deemed Public Health Service Employment." VHPs of deemed health centers may be deemed as Public Health Service employees and are thus qualified for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage. Comments are due by September 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the comment period for an information collection for the Injection Drug Use Surveillance Project. The project will assess the drug use risk and prevention behaviors, and the infectious disease consequences of high-risk drug use in rural and urban areas of the United States that have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on a 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 by September 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on 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 on the survey are due by September 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services correcting the comment period due date published in the June 30, 2020 proposed rule regarding home health and home infusion therapy services. Comments are due by August 24, 2020 rather than August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services correcting dates published in the May 1, 2020 final rule implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is creating a new department-wide system of records called the Records Used for Surveillance and Study of Epidemics, Preventable Diseases and Problems, which will replace the existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Investigation Case Records system. This allows all parts of HHS to report and maintain epidemiological and surveillance records to support the HHS response to the pandemic. Comments on the new system are due by August 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on information collected during the Community Facility Loan program application process. Comments are due August 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 17, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Information Collection for Machine Readable Data for Provider Network and Prescription Formulary Content for Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Qualified Health Plans (QHPs); and 2) Beneficiary and Family Centered Data Collection, which is used to collect data on services provided by quality improvement organizations (QIOs). Comments are due by September 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 17, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved The Joint Commission (TJC) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approval is effective July 15, 2020 - July 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 17, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) to be held on August 6, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion of COVID-19 and HIV, and Ready, Set, PrEP enrollment. Email PACHA@hhs.gov by July 30, 2020 to register.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 16, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new system of records to collect data on COVID-19 in an effort to better understand, track, and respond to the pandemic. Comments on the proposed records system are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 16, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information to inform the development of a federal interagency Council on Economic Mobility. The Council will examine submissions to development priorities to promote economic mobility, recovery, and resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions are due by October 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to align substance use disorder (SUD) care information exchange with other health information while maintaining patient privacy. Also incorporates elements of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) related to SUD information sharing for patients and healthcare providers. This final rule is effective August 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2020 - Notice of proposed rulemaking 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. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2020 - The Small Business Administration is requesting comments on changes it has made to the Community Advantage Pilot Program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas, specifically the Community Advantage Recovery Loans (CA Recovery Loans). Through this program CA lenders will provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses in underserved areas that need to make changes to their business models to adapt to the COVID-19 environment and to build resiliency against future disruptions. These changes are effective on July 15, 2020 and comments are due August 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project to develop, implement, disseminate, and evaluate clinical decision support tools for the management of chronic pain. The goal of the program is to reduce opioid doses for patients at risk of harm from opioids. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2020 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued and reissued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2020 - Provides a correction to the application and review timelines published in the July 2, 2020 notice of funding availability for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG).
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Business-Cooperative Service to create a single common platform to deliver four guaranteed loan programs: Community Facilities (CF) administered by the Rural Housing Service; Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) administered by the Rural Utilities Service; and, Business and Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America (REAP), administered by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. The OneRD Guaranteed loan platform will help the agencies improve the customer experience by streamlining processing for similar loan programs, reducing complexities, and improving cross-program coordination for the loan programs. This rule is effective October 1, 2020 and comments are due on September 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 14, 2020 - The Small Business Administration is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget for, and seeking public comments on, an information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by September 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 13, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes related to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payments for calendar year 2021 and proposing updates the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Also includes proposed updated requirements for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP). Comments on the proposed rule are due September 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 13, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revise an information collection related to the Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization. The changes to the information collection are necessary to restore the roles that state and federal government entities have in designating eligible telecommunications carriers and to eliminate the Lifeline Broadband Provider category.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 13, 2020 - The Small Business Administration is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget for, and seeking public comments on, an information collection regarding application forms used for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (EIDL) COVID-19 program. Comments are due by September 11, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 10, 2020 - USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is seeking applications for the FY2020 Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of the program is to address the unmet healthcare needs in the Delta Region through financial assistance, economic development, and cooperation between health professionals and institutions in the region. Applications are due by August 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 8, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on an information collection to gather customer and stakeholder feedback to inform service delivery improvement strategies within the agency. Comments are due by August 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 7, 2020 - Provides an update to the contact information and scarce materials list in the March 30, 2020 Department of Health and Human Services notice designating medical resources as scarce materials. Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine HCl are no longer listed as scarce or threatened materials, as of June 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 7, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comment on its intent to add 66 questions currently known as the NTIA Internet Use Survey to a future edition of the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. Information gathered from the survey will be used to inform investment decisions and resource allocations for broadband development. Comments are due by September 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 6, 2020 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's accomplishments in Research, Practice Improvements and Data and Analytics, an update on AHRQ and COVID-19, and a presentation on Improving Health Services Research Across the Federal Enterprise.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 6, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period of a January 27, 2020 Federal Register notice seeking public comment on a new information collection called the Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP). The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general medical and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. Comments on the survey are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 6, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Division of Practitioner Data Bank that it will continue to temporarily waive user fees for National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) queries from March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, to support eligible entities in making credentialing, hiring, privileging, and licensing decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fees for self-queries will not be waived.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on an information collection project related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. Comments are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission of a virtual public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on July 29, 2020. The agenda includes reports from the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities, Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities, and Disaster Response and Recovery working groups.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) providing information and guidance for the implementation of FY 2020 supplemental funding appropriated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Includes funding for rural transit programs.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2020 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Applications are due by August 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period for submissions of innovative approaches to managing opioid medications for chronic pain in older adults. AHRQ will use the information for planning purposes and does not intend to comment on responses. Submissions are now due by August 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added to and is publishing a response to comments on the definition of the term "emergency response employees" which were solicited in 2018 Federal Register notice. The official definition retained and published is as follows: firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, funeral service practitioners, and other individuals (including employees of legally organized and recognized volunteer organizations, without regard to whether such employees receive nominal compensation) who, in the course of professional duties, respond to emergencies in the geographic area involved.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) QIC Demonstration Evaluation Contractor (QDEC): Analyze Medicare Appeals to Conduct Formal Discussions and Reopening's with DME Suppliers and Part A Providers; and 2) Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program—Contracting Forms. Comments are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on the following information collections: 1) HEDIS Data Collection for Medicare Advantage; 2) Examination and Treatment for Emergency Medical Conditions and Women in Labor (EMTALA); and 3) Quality Payment Program/Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Surveys and Feedback Collections. Comments are due by July 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 1, 2020 - Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of October 2019 to March 2020 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 30, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the calendar year (CY) 2021 payment rates and wage index for the home health prospective payment system and proposing permanent changes to the home health regulations regarding the use of technology that were adopted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also discusses policies finalized in the CY 2020 final rule with comment period related to home infusion therapy services, among other things. Comments on this proposed rule are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 29, 2020 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency describing the guidelines and application process for Fire Prevention and Safety grants. Applications were accepted on April 27, 2020 - May 29, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 29, 2020 - Provides a list of meetings of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee throughout 2020 that have changed dates and moved to a virtual meeting format.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public comment on an information collection that will allow HHS programs to better evaluate the effectiveness of their communication products. Comments are due by July 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 26, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration revising the previous interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Updates key provisions to conform to the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. Comments on the changes are due by July 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 25, 2020 - Provides corrections to a June 2, 2020 proposed rule to adopt certain changes to the risk adjustment data validation error estimation methodology beginning with the 2019 benefit year.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 25, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will hold a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on July 30, 2020. The agenda will include the development of a vision statement that emphasizes rural community transformation, sustainable services, and resiliency. Written statements and request to make oral comments should be submitted to Steven Hirsch at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released an interim final rule updating the minimum standards of character to ensure that individuals having regular contact with or control over Indian children have not been convicted of certain types of crimes or acted in a manner that placed others at risk. This rule is effective June 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period for the Customer Surveys Generic Clearance for the National Center for Health Statistics (NHCS) which is used to assess customer satisfaction with the content, quality, and relevance of the information provided by NCHS. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on August 25-26, 2020. The agenda includes reviewing a recent request from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) Board, to consider three new operating rules for federal adoption: (1) CAQH CORE Prior Authorization Data Content Rule; (2) CAQH CORE Prior Authorization Infrastructure Rule; and (3) CAQH CORE Connectivity Rule.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting application for the Dental Preventive and Clinic Support Centers Program. The two goals of the program are to provide support, guidance, training, and enhancement of IHS/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) dental programs within their area; and to ensure that the services of the support centers and the I/T/U dental programs result in measurable improvements in the oral health status of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) patients. Applications are due by September 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. The program is intended to help tribes prepare to assume management of IHS programs, services, functions, and activities and improve Tribal health management. Applications are due August 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Part C Medicare Advantage Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 422.516(a); 2) Generic Clearance for Medicaid and CHIP State Plan, Waiver, and Program Submissions; 3) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; and 4) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams. Comments are due by August 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on an information collection for the application for Connect American Fund Phase II and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Support. They are specifically seeking comments on how to reduce the burden of annual reporting requirements for small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Comments are due by July 22, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to remove regulations that have never been implemented and were referred to as "suspended" in a 1999 Federal Register Notice. Comments on this rule are due by August 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register

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