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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 22, 2021 - Notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on November 2-3, 2021. The agenda will include discussions on adult immunization schedule, child/adolescent immunization schedule, Ebola vaccine, hepatitis vaccines, Orthopoxviruses vaccine, and COVID vaccines. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 22, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Statement of Deficiency and Plan of Correction; 2) Medicare-Funded GME Residency Positions in accordance with Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020; and 3) Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges. Comments are due by December 21, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 21, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021" final rule. The timeline for publication of a rule to finalize the November 1, 2018, proposed rule has been extended to November 1, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 21, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations for membership on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention and care of HIV infection and AIDS. Nominations are due by January 3, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2021 - Notice of proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposing to establish a regulatory category for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids to improve access to hearing aid technology for people 18 years old or older. This notice is also proposing related amendments to update the regulatory framework for hearing aids. Includes considerations for hearing aid access in rural and underserved communities. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 18, 2022. Comments on the information collection are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2021 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing to repeal the December 7, 2020, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Good Guidance Practices" and the January 14, 2021, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement Actions." Comments are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on an information collection request titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation, as well as to report on how funds were used. Comments are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection titled "Teen and Parents Surveys of Health (TAPS)." This project will inform the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health's (DASH) key school-based programmatic strategies of improving family- and school-level protective factors, bolstering health education, and increasing adolescent access to quality health services. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2021 - The Census Bureau will hold a 2020 Census Data Products tribal consultation webinar on November 18, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to review 2020 Census Data Product Planning Crosswalk (Crosswalk) and the proposed 2020 Census data products, view the Census Bureau's demonstration of the features and information in the Crosswalk, and provide input on these products. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by November 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

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