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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.

CMS: Medicare Program; Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model
Dec 1, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cancelling the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment Model. The rule also finalizes revisions to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model, making participation in CJR voluntary for all low-volume and rural hospitals, regardless of geographic location. Additionally, the included interim final rule provides flexibility when determining episode costs for providers located in areas affected by extreme circumstances, such as hurricanes, in 2017. Comments regarding provisions of the interim final rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January 30, 2018. Additional information is available on the November 30, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program. Proposed revisions include adding the Deferment-HRSA Form 519, which is used to document borrower's deferment status, and the AOR-HRSA Form 501, which provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with information about HPSL and NSL program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, OMB No. 0915-0301-Revision
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. The proposed revisions will incorporate a new CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify participant transfers to critical shortage facilities, and update the Initial Employment Verification Form to include all eligible service sites listed in the NURSE Corps SP Application and Program Guidance. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program
Nov 28, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) regulations to implement certain provisions contained in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also clarifies the "any willing pharmacy" requirement, which may work to support independent community pharmacies often found in rural areas, and improve rural beneficiaries' access to specialty drugs. Comments regarding provisions of the rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January 16, 2018. Additional information is available on the November 16, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts related to the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program, which supports mature, integrated rural healthcare networks that have combined the functions of participating entities to address the healthcare needs of a specific rural community. The proposed revisions will change several measures in the areas of network infrastructure, sustainability, community impact, and access and quality of healthcare. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program OMB No. 0915-0140-Revision
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The revisions will add two new forms: (1) The CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify transfers to critical shortage facilities not already recorded in the online portal; and (2) the NURSE Corps Nurse Faculty Employment Verification Form, which is used to determine if nurse faculty participants are eligible to transfer to another approved school of nursing. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems (PIMS) Measures, OMB No. 0906-0009-Revision
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts related to the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems (PIMS). The revisions will reduce the number of measures collected from Outreach Program grantees, and add requirements for data collection to help inform the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Heart Age Calculator and BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program
Nov 27, 2017 - Corrects errors that were published in an October 12, 2017, notice (82 FR 47446) announcing funding levels and application deadlines for the fiscal year 2017 Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program. Corrections apply to the scoring of high poverty areas, clarifying that areas of high poverty will receive 10 priority points rather than 15.
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RUS: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Programs
Nov 27, 2017 - Final rule from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) designed to streamline, revise, and update the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The DLT Program works to encourage and improve telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas through the use of computer networks and other advanced technologies. Included changes seek to reduce the regulatory burden of applying for the grants and ensure funds are awarded to projects with the most demonstrable need. Provisions of the rule take effect December 27, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Nov 21, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible, and hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished under Medicare Part A during calendar year (CY) 2018. The updated deductible and coinsurance amounts take effect January 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Nov 21, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. Effective January 1, 2018, the CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2018
Nov 21, 2017 - Presents the calendar year 2018 monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled beneficiaries enrolled in part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program. Also announces the monthly premium for aged and disabled beneficiaries, the deductible for 2018, and the income-related monthly adjustment amounts to be paid by beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. Rates become effective on January 1, 2018.
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Nov 21, 2017 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting via webinar on December 11, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The committee will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention priorities and provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks by the year 2030. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on December 11, 2017.
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HRSA: Supplemental Award to the National Network for Oral Health Access
Nov 21, 2017 - Announces a $250,000 supplement to the HRSA-funded National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) cooperative agreement. The supplement will fund demonstration projects aimed at improving the integration of oral health competencies among non-dental healthcare providers in health center settings, focusing on services for pregnant women and children.
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
Nov 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). IHS seeks to collect professional, educational, financial, and general applicant information to help determine eligibility for loan repayment. Successful applicants receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to practice full-time in an eligible, often remote, IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by January 19, 2017.
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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program
Nov 20, 2017 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is requesting letters of intent and loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Loans through the RESP are designed to help rural families and small businesses implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Approximately $8 million was appropriated for use through September 30, 2018. Letters of intent must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern on January 19, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program; and Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year
Nov 16, 2017 - Final rule and interim final rule providing updates for the second and future years of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), and establishing guidelines for MIPS-eligible clinicians who may face uncontrollable circumstances due to widespread catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, during calendar year 2017. Also finalizes the low-volume threshold, which exempts clinicians and groups providing care to fewer than 200 Medicare Part B beneficiaries annually, or submitting $90,000 or less to Medicare Part B annually. Comments regarding provisions of the rule, which take effect January 1, 2018, must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Nov 15, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Also includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model, and information about new care coordination services and payments for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQCHs). Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018. Additional information is available on the November 2, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
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HHS: Meetings Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
Nov 15, 2017 - Announces the next meeting of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which will be held on December 18-20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern each day at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public and will include deliberations and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models submitted by members of the public. Those wishing to participate may attend in person, over teleconference, or via livestream. Pre-registration is requested.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Nov 13, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2018. Included in the rule is a provision that reduces Medicare Part B payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs) and Rural Referral Centers (RRCs) for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Effective January 1, 2018, payments to affected facilities will be reduced from average sales price (ASP) plus 6 percent, to ASP minus 22.5 percent. Among others, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs) are excluded from this payment adjustment. Comments regarding provisions of the rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on December 31, 2017.
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Correction
Nov 13, 2017 - Corrects the effective date of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) charter renewal, which was incorrectly printed in the original October 31, 2017, notice. The effective date for the renewed charter is October 29, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements
Nov 7, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating several payment parameters within the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS). The rule also finalizes the sunset of the rural add-on provision, effective for episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments, and Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits
Nov 3, 2017 - Announces the final federal share Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2017. This notice also describes the methodology used to determine amounts of states' FY DSH allotments.
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of Decision To Lift the Temporary Moratorium on Enrollment of Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers in Texas
Nov 3, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the lifting of a temporary enrollment moratorium on non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Texas. This notice also applies to non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas. Suspension of the temporary moratorium took effect September 1, 2017, as part of an overall effort to improve Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts.
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HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019
Nov 2, 2017 - Proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) setting forth payment parameters and provisions related to risk adjustments, cost-sharing reductions, and user fees for federally-facilitated and state-based Exchanges. Proposed changes seek to enhance state flexibility in determining essential health benefits (EHBs), certifying qualified health plans (QHPs), and establishing Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 27, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, and End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program
Nov 1, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating and revising the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year 2018. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and updates payment rates for renal dialysis services furnished by ESRD facilities to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Provides information specific to small rural hospitals and treatment facilities located in rural areas. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018.
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HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Nov 1, 2017 - Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on December 5, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The primary focus during the meeting will be finalizing recommendations for improving access to and the quality of data related to opioid usage and health disparities. Pre-registration is required, and the call will be limited to 125 participants.
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EOP: Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis
Oct 31, 2017 - Official memorandum from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) outlining the Administration's policy for addressing the opioid crisis, and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare a public health emergency.
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Oct 31, 2017 - Announces the charter renewal for the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), which provides advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues concerning the financing and provision of healthcare in rural areas. Effective October 31, 2017, the renewed charter authorizes the NACRHHS through October 31, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of an Application From the Joint Commission (TJC) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program
Oct 27, 2017 - Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to approve the Joint Commission's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The Joint Commission's new term takes effect November 21, 2017, and runs through November 21, 2023.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-July Through September 2017
Oct 27, 2017 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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HHS: Removing Barriers for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations To Participate in HHS Programs and Receive Public Funding
Oct 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks input from faith-based organizations and other interested parties on how to identify and remove regulatory or other barriers that restrict these institutions from participating in HHS-funded and/or regulated programs. Comments regarding potential changes that may help HHS strengthen its relationships with faith-based institutions, thereby improving HHS's ability to deliver quality services, must be submitted by November 24, 2017.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program
Oct 23, 2017 - Corrects a form number that was incorrectly identified in an October 12, 2017, notice (82 FR 47446) announcing the availability of competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The correct form is titled Form AD-1047: Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters — Primary Covered Transactions.
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CMS: Analyses, Research and Studies To Address the Impact of CMS Programs on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Beneficiaries and the Health Care System Serving These Beneficiaries
Oct 20, 2017 - Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to expand research on how CMS programs impact the delivery of healthcare to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) beneficiaries. Expansion will occur through a single source award to the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) totaling $4 million, dispersed over a five-year period beginning September 29, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by Community Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Home Health Agency Accreditation Program
Oct 20, 2017 - Acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies (HHAs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments regarding the continued recognition of CHAP must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 20, 2017.
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EOP: Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States
Oct 17, 2017 - Executive order designed to facilitate the purchase of health insurance across state lines, increase health plan choice and competition, and improve access to affordable healthcare by focusing on three main areas: association health plans (AHPs), short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
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VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee; (Amended) Notice of Meeting
Oct 17, 2017 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing an open meeting of the Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, which examines programs and policies that affect the delivery of rural VA healthcare and advises the VA Secretary on rural healthcare issues. The meeting is scheduled for November 1-2, 2017, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern each day. Agenda items include an update from department leadership, and presentations on general healthcare issues.
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EOP: Notification of a Public Meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission)
Oct 16, 2017 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will hold its fifth meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will include personal stories about coping with addiction, and a discussion and voting on the Commission's final report, which will be posted on ONDCP's website shortly before the meeting begins. Meeting participation will be available via livestreaming.
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HRSA: Proposed Standards for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program's Quality Bonus System
Oct 16, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting comments regarding the proposed establishment of a quality bonus system for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. Certain proposed elements of the program include reference to rural-specific measures and standards. Written comments must be submitted no later than December 15, 2017.
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IRS/EBSA/HHS: Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act
Oct 13, 2017 - Interim final rules expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to mandated contraceptive coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Provisions of the rules take effect October 6, 2017, and the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments regarding the interim rules through December 5, 2017.
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IRS/EBSA/HHS: Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act
Oct 13, 2017 - Interim final rules expanding exemptions to protect moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to mandated contraceptive coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Provisions of the rules take effect October 6, 2017, and the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments regarding the interim rules through December 5, 2017.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program
Oct 12, 2017 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is accepting applications for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. Approximately $10 million is available in fiscal year 2017 to help high cost areas acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or improve their energy generation, transmission, or distribution infrastructure. Applications must be submitted no later than December 11, 2017.
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Oct 11, 2017 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting via webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Eastern. A subcommittee meeting for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is also scheduled on the same day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, an update on AHRQ's work in learning healthcare systems, and an update on AHRQ's data platform. The final agenda will be posted on the AHRQ website no later than Friday, October 27, 2017.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Bureau of Primary Health Care Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision
Oct 11, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to modify portions of the Uniform Data System (UDS). UDS is used by HRSA-supported health centers to record and submit annual data reporting requirements. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be submitted no later than November 13, 2017.
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IHS: Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I); Extension of Due Dates
Oct 11, 2017 - Corrects or modifies several key dates that were published in the August 14, 2017, funding announcement for the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I). Includes changes to the following dates: application deadline date, review date, signed tribal resolution due date, and proof of nonprofit status due date.
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HHS: Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Oct 5, 2017 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), seeks nominations of candidates to be considered for appointment to one of four vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. Three appointees must represent the health interests of Hispanics/Latinos, and one appointee must represent the health interests of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Nominations must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January 3, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Withdrawal
Oct 4, 2017 - Withdrawal of the proposed Part B Drug Payment Model, which was designed to test whether alternative drug payment designs would help reduce Medicare expenditures while also preserving or improving care quality. The model details were originally published in a March 11, 2016, proposed rule.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, and Correction of the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza Vaccination Immunization Reporting Measure in the ESRD QIP for PY 2020; Correction
Oct 4, 2017 - Corrects several technical errors that were printed in an August 4, 2017, final rule, which updated fiscal year 2018 payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Corrections take effect October 1, 2017.
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EOP: Notification of a Public Meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission)
Oct 4, 2017 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will hold its fourth meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Eastern. The meeting discussion will focus on issues related to the opioid epidemic. Meeting participation will be available via livestreaming.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
Sep 29, 2017 - Final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) establishing July 1, 2018, as the effective date for a January 5, 2017, rule which sets forth calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for drug manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. HHS chose July 1, 2018, after careful consideration of public comments, and to allow regulated entities sufficient time to comply with the new requirements.
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HHS: Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Sep 28, 2017 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee) will hold an open meeting on October 16, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives to be implemented by the year 2030. The meeting will be held via online webinar, and pre-registration is required for those who wish to attend.
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
Sep 25, 2017 - The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) will hold an open meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 7-8, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern each day. Agenda items include an overview of general business, presentations from federal officials and experts, and a discussion on issues affecting migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. Written comments or questions related to the meeting topics should be submitted no later than October 27, 2017.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Sep 15, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing their intent to continue collecting information related to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) procedures and criteria. Information collected is used by CMS and the MGCRB to determine eligibility for prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals wishing to be considered part of neighboring geographic areas for payment purposes. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by October 16, 2017.
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USCIS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection; Reinstatement: National Interest Waivers; Supplemental Evidence to I-140 and I-485
Sep 15, 2017 - Notice from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcing their intent to continue collecting supplemental evidence to help determine eligibility for national interest waivers and finalize requests for adjustment to lawful, permanent resident status. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted no later than November 14, 2017.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: National Practitioner Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners-45 CFR Part 60 Regulations and Forms, OMB No. 0915-0126-Revision
Sep 12, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts related to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The NPDB serves as an information clearinghouse for tracking the actions of incompetent and/or unprofessional healthcare providers, practitioners, and suppliers. The proposed revisions seek to eliminate redundancy, improve user error recovery, and improve overall data integrity. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than November 13, 2017.
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