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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.

May 16, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services under a State plan must be paid directly to the practitioner or institution providing the service. Under this rule, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. This rule is effective June 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 16, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) seeking comment related to the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program. The information collected will be used to assure that it funds responsible grantees proposing feasible projects in areas of greatest need. Comments are due by July 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 16, 2022 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing the renewal of several advisory committees. The Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee charter was renewed for a two-year period on March 21, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2022 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March 2022, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for Public Health Nursing Case Management: Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections. The purpose of this program is to mitigate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) within Indian Country through a public health nursing case management model with an emphasis on raising awareness of STIs as a high-priority health issue among American Indian/Alaska Native communities and to support prevention and control activities of comorbid conditions. Applications are due by August 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program for fiscal year 2022. 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 July 12, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on June 14, 2022, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. 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 directions around behavioral health services and access for women and children. Registration is required to attend.
Source: Federal Register
May 11, 2022 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a single-source supplement to the current cooperative agreement held by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment (NCBOE). This supplemental funding will support NCBOE's outreach and education efforts targeting older adults with the greatest economic need by expanding the work of the Benefits Enrollment Centers, making enhancements to the benefits eligibility and screening tool, and expanding the capacity of the benefits call center.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual public meeting on May 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of COVID-19 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 will be available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2023. Contains details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH); Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals; inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals; and quality reporting programs, among other things. This proposed rule also provides updates on the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program and the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP). Comments are due by June 17, 2022.
Source: Federal Register

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