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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: 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.
Source: Federal Register
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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).
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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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.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Notification of a Public Meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission)
Sep 11, 2017 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will hold its third meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will consist of statements from invited stakeholders regarding innovative pain management and prevention measures for diversion, followed by a discussion of the prepared statements. Meeting participation will be available via livestreaming.
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA or Notice) for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program Under Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516
Sep 5, 2017 - The USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting pre-applications for the fiscal year 2017 Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program. The MPR program seeks to extend the affordable use of properties currently financed under Section 514, Section 515, or Section 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. Applicants requesting multiple MPR funding tools must submit pre-applications no later then 5:00 p.m. Eastern on December 1, 2017, and applicants requesting debt deferral only must submit pre-applications no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on September 28, 2018.
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ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Aug 30, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect information as part of the Impact Study of the second round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The goal of the HPOG program is to provide TANF recipients and other low-income individuals with education, training, and advancement opportunities in the healthcare field. The proposed collection will help ACF evaluate the effectiveness of approaches used by certain HPOG grantees. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted within 60 days of this publication.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 30, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue collecting information as part of the Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) conditions of participation. Information collected is used by surveyors to ensure CAHs are eligible to participate in the Medicare program. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by September 29, 2017.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 28, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments through September 27, 2017, regarding their intent to collect information through the Office of Women's Health (OWH). Information collected will be used to assess the impact of energy development on the behavioral health of women in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. HHS plans to collect data through surveys and focus groups of women, key leaders, and stakeholders living in the geographical area.
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HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Aug 28, 2017 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) will hold an open meeting on September 11-13, 2017, at the Spring Hill Suites in Boise, Idaho. The meeting will consist of a discussion on the issues of Rural Health Clinic modernization and suicide in rural areas, and conclude with a planning session to discuss plans for the next quarter. Committee site visits are also scheduled on the morning of September 12. The final agenda will be posted on NACRHHS's website prior to the meeting start date, and members of the public may attend the meeting in person.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Regulatory Agenda
Aug 24, 2017 - Semiannual regulatory agenda from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining the rulemaking activities HHS expects to undertake in the foreseeable future. Includes abstracts for prospective HHS rules that are expected to have major economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
Aug 21, 2017 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would further delay a January 5, 2017, final rule setting forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defining civil monetary penalties for manufacturers who knowingly charge covered entities more than the ceiling price. If implemented, provisions of the final rule would take effect July 1, 2018. Comments regarding HHS's proposal must be submitted on or before September 20, 2017.
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IHS: Division of Behavioral Health; Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Zero Suicide Initiative-Support
Aug 21, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications through October 12, 2017, for Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI) cooperative agreements, which are to be used to develop comprehensive, culturally sensitive frameworks for suicide care in Indian health systems. Total funding available is approximately $2 million, and IHS anticipates issuing five awards averaging $400,000 each.
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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 (CMS-5524-P)
Aug 17, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would cancel the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model. Proposed rule would also make changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model and give certain hospitals, including low-volume and rural hospitals, a one-time option to discontinue participation. Additional information is available on the August 15, 2017, CMS fact sheet. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 16, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Provider-Based Status of Indian Health Service and Tribal Facilities and Organizations; Costs Reporting and Provider Requirements; Agreement Termination Notices
Aug 14, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that updates Medicare payments and policies, relieves regulatory burdens for providers, supports the patient-doctor relationship, and promotes transparency, flexibility, and innovation. Final rule includes changes to Medicare termination notices for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and other providers, and finalizes details of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration extension, among other things. Additional information is available on the August 2, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
Source: Federal Register
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IHS: Division of Behavioral Health; Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I)
Aug 14, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications through September 16, 2017, for its Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I). BH2I provides grants to federally recognized tribes and/or tribal organizations to plan, develop, and implement a coordinated system of care between behavioral health and primary care providers. Approximately $6 million is available, and IHS anticipates making 12 awards at $500,000 each.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Health Insurance Marketplace SM
Aug 11, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold an open meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern on September 13, 2017, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. The agenda includes a welcome and listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, a review of CMS programs and initiatives, an opportunity for public comment, and a review of recommendations and next steps. Pre-registration is required by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 30, 2017, and public attendance is limited to the space available.
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DOS: 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: J-1 Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
Aug 10, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is requesting comments regarding their intent to continue collecting information as part of the J-1 visa waiver recommendation application. Information collected is used to determine the eligibility of a J-1 visa holder for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement. Comments must be submitted to the DOS no later than September 11, 2017.
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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)
Aug 9, 2017 - Announces the next meeting of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee which will be held on September 7-8, 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 will include discussions and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models submitted by the public. Those wishing to participate may attend in person, over teleconference, or via livestream. Pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2018 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System-Rate Update
Aug 7, 2017 - Notice with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating prospective payment rates for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs), including freestanding IPFs and psychiatric units of acute care hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Updated rates are effective for discharges occurring October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Comments regarding the updates must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 6, 2017.
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Aug 7, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, will hold an open meeting on September 6, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and September 7, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern to identify critical health issues and set goals for the Healthy People 2030 initiative. The meeting may be attended in person and will be held at the 20 F Street NW Conference Center located in Washington, D.C. Required pre-registration must be completed by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on September 1, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April through June 2017
Aug 4, 2017 - 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, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Aug 4, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The rule also adds new quality measures and makes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Additional information is available on the August 1, 2017, CMS fact sheet. Provisions of the rule take effect October 1, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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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
Aug 4, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating fiscal year (FY) 2018 prospective payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), resulting in a roughly one percent increase over FY 2017. The rule also finalizes revisions to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Additional information is available on the July 31, 2017, CMS final rule fact sheet.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2018
Aug 3, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that updates the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in fiscal year 2018, removes the 25 percent payment penalty for IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI) late transmissions, refines the 60 percent rule presumptive methodology, finalizes technical IRF process revisions, and makes changes to the IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). IRF payment updates include the discontinuation of the rural adjustment. Additional information is available on the July 31, 2017, CMS fact sheet.
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services; Notice of Meeting
Aug 2, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's main office in Rockville, Maryland. Topics for the meeting include a discussion with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the invisibility of American Indian/Alaska Native women, legislative updates, a follow-up discussion on the Office of Women's Health Report on Women and Opioids, and more. The meeting may be attended in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
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CMS: Health Insurance MarketplaceSM
Jul 31, 2017 - Notice of charter renewal for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). APOE makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Administrator of CMS on ways to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The renewed charter authorizes the APOE through January 19, 2019.
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HHS: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Notice of Meeting
Jul 31, 2017 - Notice of the combined meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) four national advisory councils: the SAMHSA National Advisory Council (NAC), the Center for Mental Health Services NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment NAC; and the two SAMHSA advisory committees: the Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS), and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC). The meeting is open to the public, may be accessed via telephone, web conference, or in person, and will be held at SAMHSA's Rockville, Maryland office on August 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Online pre-registration is requested.
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VA: Advisory Committee Charter Renewals
Jul 31, 2017 - Notice of charter renewal for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Special Medical Advisory Group, which makes recommendations to the Secretary and Under Secretary for Health on issues related to research, education, training of health manpower, contingency planning, and the care and treatment of veterans. Also renewed is the charter for the VA's National Research Advisory Council. Both charters are renewed for a two-year period.
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CMS: Medicaid Program; State Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotment Reductions
Jul 28, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining the methodology for calculating and implementing the annual Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotment reductions. Aggregate annual reductions are scheduled to begin in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and continue through FY 2025. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on August 28, 2017.
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CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
Jul 28, 2017 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect July 29, 2017, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states.
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CMS: Proposed Rule Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Proposed CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements
Jul 28, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would update payment rates for home health agencies (HHAs) in calendar year 2018 and beyond, including the sunset of the rural add-on payment. Proposed rule would also implement a new case-mix methodology and reduce the unit of payment from a 60-day to 30-day episode of care beginning January 1, 2019, among other things. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on September 25, 2017.
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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
Jul 28, 2017 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels 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, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
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IHS: Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Funding Opportunities: Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative
Jul 28, 2017 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing a three-year funding opportunity for the planning, development, and implementation of the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI). Approximately $3.6 million in total funding is available, and IHS expects to allocate the funding across each of the 12 IHS service areas. Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting
Jul 27, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold an open meeting on August 10, 2017, to discuss the substance use prevention workforce, the changing landscape of prevention, and the latest CSAP program developments. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern at the SAMHSA building, located in Rockville, Maryland. Pre-registration is requested.
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HRSA: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Jul 26, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) will hold an open meeting on August 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The primary focus of the meeting is to discuss ongoing issues related to ACTPCMD reports that are currently under development. The meeting may be attended in person or via teleconference and webinar, and the final agenda will be posted on the ACTPCMD website.
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EOP: Establishing a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure
Jul 25, 2017 - Executive order establishing the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Housed within and supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Council will consist of 15 appointed members and make recommendations to the President regarding federal support of infrastructure projects across the U.S. The Council's recommendations shall cover several sectors including water resources, renewable energy generation, broadband, pipelines, aviation, and more.
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HHS: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee; Call for Applications
Jul 25, 2017 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking applicants to fill two open positions on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). HITAC members serve three-year, unpaid terms and make recommendations to the National Coordinator on ways to advance an interoperable HIT infrastructure. Applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on August 4, 2017.
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RUS: Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Jul 25, 2017 - Notice from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announcing the second application window for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, which provides loans for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of broadband facilities and equipment in eligible rural areas. Loan amounts will range from $100,000 to $20 million, and RUS is accepting applications through September 30, 2017.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Jul 24, 2017 - As part of the evaluation process for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to collect information to help inform the annual report to Congress and address research related questions. The CCBHC demonstration is designed to more fully integrate primary care and behavioral health services, ensure more consistent use of evidence-based practices, and assess the quality of care provided by CCBHCs. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by August 23, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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