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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.

Feb 3, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Manufacturer Submission of Average Sales Price (ASP) Data for Medicare Part B Drugs and Biologicals; and 2) CAHPS Hospice Survey. Comments are due by April 4, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 2, 2023 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), amending regulations regarding coverage of certain preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires non-grandfathered group health plans and non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage to cover certain contraceptive services without cost sharing. Proposed changes include rescinding the moral exemption rule for entities and individuals with religious or moral objections to coverage of contraceptive services, establishing a new individual contraceptive arrangement that individuals enrolled in plans or coverage sponsored, arranged, or provided by objecting entities may use to obtain contraceptive services at no cost directly from a provider or facility that furnishes contraceptive services. Comments are due by April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 2, 2023 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on February 15, 2023, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Central. An agenda will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the January 27, 2023, information collection request titled "Emergency Ambulance Transports and Beneficiary Signature."
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December 2022, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing policies to improve program integrity and payment accuracy in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. This final rule codifies that, as part of the MA Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) program audit methodology, CMS will extrapolate RADV audit findings beginning with payment year (PY) 2018 and will not extrapolate RADV audit findings for PYs 2011 through 2017. A policy is also being finalized whereby CMS will not apply an adjustment factor in RADV audits. This final rule is effective April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has revoked four Emergency Use Authorizations issued to the Mammoth Biosciences, Inc., University of Arizona Genetics Core for Clinical Services, and ChromaCode, Inc., related to COVID-19 detection and diagnosis tests.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking comments on revisions to the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Market Research," which includes five components: 1) COVID-19 Current Events Tracker (CET); 2) qualitative data collection in the form of focus groups, interviews, and dyads; 3) copy testing surveys; 4) message matrix surveys; and 5) creative testing surveys and experiments. Information collected will be used to inform the development of campaign messaging and strategy. Comments are due by March 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) revise the Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) Loans and Grants program regulations. These revisions are being made to to implement changes recommended by the May 15, 2018, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Audit Report, "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects." This final rule also implements other changes to clarify terminology and policies, update scoring criteria, and allow the program to run more efficiently. This rule is effective May 2, 2023. Comments are due by April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2023 - The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the Orthopoxvirus (mpox) public health emergency. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance.
Source: Federal Register

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