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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.

Jun 18, 2019 - Announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of a National Advisory Council meeting on July 1, 2019. The meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public. The committee provides advice on improving substance use treatment and prevention services, promoting mental health, and protecting the legal rights of people with substance abuse or mental health issues.
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Jun 17, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period on potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey 5.0. The survey is used to evaluate topics important to consumers, such as access to healthcare services and communication with providers. Comments are now due June 28, 2019.
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Jun 17, 2019 - Announcement of tribal consultation sessions and meetings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on August 13-14, 2019. The meetings and consultation provide opportunities for tribal officials to speak about public health issues affecting their tribes and help inform CDC priorities.
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Jun 17, 2019 - Corrects information on how to file comments for the rule proposed May 22, 2019 regarding reallocating the 1675-1680 MHz band both for federal operations and for flexible wireless (mobile or fixed use) operations. The proposed rule could encourage deployment of wireless broadband services to tribal lands and rural areas and offer rural service providers a bidding credit.
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Jun 17, 2019 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing a new standard for the e-prescribing program under the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The proposed rule would require Part D plan sponsors to support a secure SCRIPT standard for electronic prior authorization transactions. Comments are due August 16, 2019.
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Jun 14, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Office for Civil Rights revising the Section 1557 regulation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, national origin, race, color, or disability for a number of health activities and programs. Comments are due August 13, 2019.
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Jun 14, 2019 - Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extending the comment period for the April 5, 2019 Federal Register notice, which proposed additional flexibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for food retail stores. Comments are now due June 20, 2019.
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Jun 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requests nominations for the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), particularly people familiar with healthcare delivery to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. The NACMH provides recommendations regarding migrant health centers (MHC) and other entities under the Public Health Service Act to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NACMH currently has 5 open positions; nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis.
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Jun 14, 2019 - Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on July 2, 2019. Agenda items include an update on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, the National Institute of Mental Health Strategic Plan, and updates related to healthcare access and other issues.
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Jun 13, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comments on establishing a cap for the Universal Service Fund (USF) or methods for evaluating the financial impact of USF's 4 programs: Connect America Fund, the Lifeline program, the schools and libraries program, and the Rural Health Care program. These programs support access to high-speed broadband. Comments are due July 15, 2019.
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Jun 13, 2019 - Pre-publication notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Health and Human Services Administration (HHS), and Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of a final rule intended to increase the flexibility and use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and account-based group health plans. The notice will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for June 20, 2019.
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Jun 12, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regards to AHRQ's mission. Nominations are due in 60 days from publication of this notice.
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Jun 12, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission renewing the charter for the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment for another two years, effective July 5, 2019. The committee provides recommendations for empowering disadvantaged communities, including broadband access for rural communities, and promoting small business entry into media and digital industries, particularly those owned by minorities and women.
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Jun 12, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and announcing a validation study and field test. The changes primarily address vaping and marijuana. Comments are due August 12, 2019.
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Jun 11, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extending the timeline for the final rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care, until June 16, 2020. The final rule will update requirements for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals to participate in Medicare and Medicaid in regards to quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI), infection control and antibiotic stewardship, licensed independent practitioners, and ordering privileges in CAHs for dietitians and nutrition professionals.
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Jun 11, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting ideas for changes to reduce the administrative burden for healthcare providers, patients, and families. Includes an appendix listing what CMS has done to date as part of this effort. Comments are due August 12, 2019.
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Jun 7, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) correcting technical and typographical errors in the rule published April 16, 2019. The corrections are effective as if they had been included in the April 16, 2019 notice. The original notice increased access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, changed how star ratings are calculated, and more.
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Jun 7, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comments on a proposed information collection that requires carriers to test and report speeds and latency under the Connect America Fund. Comments are due August 6, 2019.
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Jun 6, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requests nominations for the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee advises the VA Secretary and Congress in relation to healthcare, benefits, and services for minority veterans, including Native Americans. Nominations are due July 15, 2019.
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Jun 5, 2019 - Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 19-20, 2019 and the Panel's new members. The Panel is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on issues concerning the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.
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Jun 5, 2019 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing eligible veterans to access urgent care from non-VA entities without prior approval, as per the VA MISSION Act of 2018. The rule is intended to increase veterans access to care in their communities, including the approximately 1/3 of veterans who live in rural areas. The rule goes into effect June 6, 2019.
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Jun 5, 2019 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implementing the VA MISSION ACT of 2018, which allows veterans to receive healthcare services from non-VA entities under certain circumstances. The final rule reiterates many items from the proposed rule, including the average drive time and wait time standards used to determine whether veterans can use community healthcare providers instead of VA facilities; a higher payment rate allowance for highly rural areas; and how payments to providers are calculated. The rule goes into effect June 6, 2019.
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Jun 4, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests comments on a proposed update to the definition of health literacy used by the Healthy People 2030 objectives. Comments are due August 5, 2019.
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Jun 3, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) requirements under Medicare and Medicaid. The updates are intended to codify existing practice, provide greater flexibility, and remove outdated information and redundancies. The rule goes into effect August 2, 2019.
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Jun 3, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a virtual meeting on June 12, 2019 of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, which is required to develop an action plan for preventing opioid addictions and improving access to Medication-Assisted Treatment under Medicare and Medicaid under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The meeting will focus on service delivery models, payment and coverage policies for chronic and acute pain, and access to medical devices and therapy.
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Jun 3, 2019 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host 4 listening sessions with Tribal Nations to identify best practices for including American Indians and Alaska Natives in the All of Us Research Program. The sessions will take place in June and August in California, Nevada, Colorado, and Washington D.C.
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May 30, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on a proposed information collection that would include 1-2 surveys annually on priority groups of interest under the Medicare Beneficiary Experiences with Care Survey System. The data would be intended to provide better information on difficult-to-study populations in order to better serve them, particularly minority populations. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
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May 30, 2019 - Notice of a public meeting and webinar from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussing development of a proposed rule for public drinking water systems. Related discussions will address the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), minimum reporting levels, and more. The meeting and webinar will be held July 16, 2019.
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May 30, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) requesting comments on changes to the qualifications and form used to establish peer review groups for reviewing grants related to prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues. Changes include adding tribes or tribal organizations to the target population section, adding rural communities to the expertise section, adding opioid use disorders and medication assisted treatment (MAT) to the substance abuse and clinical issues section, among others. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
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May 29, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services corrects the total minutes for the clinical staff time and admission time for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) quality reporting program initially published in the April 24, 2019 proposed rule.
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May 29, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a public meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Agenda items include removing barriers to accelerate broadband deployment, a report from the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group, and an introduction of new members and assignment of them to working groups.
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May 29, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. The program is intended to help tribes prepare to assume management of IHS programs, services, functions, and activities and improve Tribal health management. Applications are due July 1, 2019.
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May 29, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting nominations for the Veterans' Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee. Among the committee's responsibilities, members will advise the VA Secretary on initiatives such as access to care, homelessness, and suicide prevention. Nominations are due July 1, 2019.
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May 24, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the extension and reinstatement of 4 information collections: End Stage Renal Disease Death Notification, End Stage Renal Disease Medical Evidence Report Medicare Entitlement, HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS), and state quality improvement information related to Medicaid managed care programs. Comments are due June 24, 2019.
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May 24, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces revisions to information collection related to Prepaid Calling Card Service Provider Certification and the Universal Service-Rural Health Care Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund Program, the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program, and a completed Pilot Program. The RHC Program information collection will determine funding eligibility, determine rule compliance, and evaluate how well the program is meeting performance goals. Comments are due June 24, 2019.
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May 24, 2019 - The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) announces revisions to information collection for the Federal Housing Administration Section 242 Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program to determine eligibility of applicant hospitals for FHA mortgage insurance, ensure there is adequate collateral, process endorsement, and more. The revisions add 2 forms, remove 1 form, and modify 5 forms. Comments are due July 23, 2019.
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May 24, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2019 Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides public agencies and other nonprofit entities with grant funds to help low-income rural homeowners repair and/or rehabilitate their homes. HPG funds may also be used to help rental property owners or cooperative housing complexes repair their units if they make them available to low-income renters. Pre-applications must be submitted by July 8, 2019.
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May 24, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the preloan procedures and requirements for their Telecommunications Program, which is used to help provide telephone service to rural subscribers. The information collection will be used to determine applicant's eligibility and loan security.
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May 23, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a final rule amending Medicare Advantage regulations and the Prescription Drug Benefit program regulations to help reduce out-of-pocket costs and lower drug prices. The regulations will take effect January 1, 2020.
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May 22, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission regarding reallocating the 1675-1680 MHz band both for federal operations and for flexible wireless (mobile or fixed use) operations. FCC proposes licensing on a partial economic area basis which would consider factors such as encouraging deployment of wireless broadband services to tribal lands and rural areas. They are also requesting comments on whether to offer rural service providers a bidding credit. Interested parties may file comments by June 21, 2019 and reply comments by July 22, 2019.
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May 22, 2019 - Correction to a May 15 Federal Register notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting nominations for an Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee. Adds a non-federal membership category for a public safety officer with experience interacting with adults with substance use disorders.
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May 22, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting comments on updates to the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program, which offers scholarships for students with financial need, from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are enrolled in a nursing school or eligible health profession program. The changes would allow HRSA to target health professions experiencing the most severe shortages, increase the maximum scholarship award to $40,000 per student, and use a 3-year average for determining disadvantaged background eligibility. Comments are due June 21, 2019.
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May 22, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requests comments on a proposed information collection that would evaluate veterans satisfaction with receiving telehealth, used particularly to help veterans a long distance from healthcare providers. The information would help the VA understand facilitators and detractors of patient experience and help local and national staff identify areas for improvement. Comments are due July 22, 2019.
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May 21, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) renews the authority of the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) to accredit preferred provider and health maintenance organizations for Medicare Advantage. The renewal is effective May 31, 2019 until June 2, 2025.
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May 21, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces changes to the State-Provided Physician Records for the Application Submission & Processing System, which is used for shortage area and underserved area and population designations. The changes include adding a National Provider Identifier to the system, changing the name to "Health Professional Service Delivery Data Used to Designate Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/Ps)," and also using the records for workforce analyses and validating provider data for automatically designated health professional shortage facilities. Comments are due June 20, 2019.
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May 21, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) revising existing regulations to ensure enforcement of Federal anti-discrimination and conscience laws. It also encourages HHS fund recipients to post notices regarding the rights of entities and individuals to be free from discrimination or coercion based on their moral convictions or religious beliefs. The rule goes into effect July 22, 2019.
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May 20, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on two information collections. One revision would approve an electronic version of hospital reports of deaths associated with seclusion or restraint and the other would continue requiring rate filing justifications for unreasonable increases in health insurance premiums. Comments are due June 19, 2019.
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May 16, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of funding for the Indians into Medicine Program (INMED), which is intended to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) into health professions. IHS plans to issue two awards to accredited colleges or universities with medical and allied health programs. Applications are due June 20, 2019.
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May 16, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces new and continuing funding for the American Indians into Nursing Program, which is intended to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) to become registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. IHS plans to issue 5 awards to accredited nursing schools, Tribally controlled post-secondary institutions, and nurse practitioner and nurse midwife programs. Applications are due June 20, 2019.
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May 16, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces new and continuing funding for the American Indians into Psychology program, which is intended to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to become Clinical Psychologists. IHS plans to issue 3 awards to colleges and universities that offer American Psychological Association accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. clinical programs. Applications are due June 20, 2019.
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May 15, 2019 - Notice of a funding opportunity from the Federal Transit Administration for funding under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. At least 10% of the amount is set aside for projects in rural areas. Proposals are due June 21, 2019.
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May 15, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is establishing an Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee to identify areas for improved coordination across Federal agencies and with state and local efforts on substance abuse, as directed by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. HHS is seeking nominations for the committee, including at least one member with research or clinical mental health experience working with medically underserved populations. Nominations are due June 14, 2019.
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May 14, 2019 - Request for information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Health Plan Survey (CAHPS), which addresses access to healthcare services among other areas. AHRQ would like feedback on current uses of the survey, what should stay the same, what should be added, and more. Comments are due June 13, 2019.
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May 14, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces an upcoming meeting regarding proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives. The meeting will be held online June 26, 2019 and is open to the public. Registration is required and will open May 23.
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May 14, 2019 - Interim final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) establishing the parameters of agreements for furnishing services to veterans outside of VA facilities, including in rural areas. It also allows payment rates for highly rural areas to exceed the limits set for other areas. The rule goes into effect May 14, 2019.
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May 10, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require television advertisements of prescription drugs and biological products for which payment is available through Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price of the product to help beneficiaries make informed decisions and reduce costs. The rule will go into effect July 9, 2019.
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May 10, 2019 - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces funding available for public transportation on tribal reservations in rural areas. The funding may support capital, planning, and limited operational assistance for tribal public transit services. Proposals should include information on the need for access to healthcare or jobs, mobility needs, or other services and destinations not currently accessible by transit. Applications are due July 9, 2019.
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May 10, 2019 - Notice from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology updating the 2019 Health Information Technology Advisory Committee schedule for the review of policy recommendations and priorities.
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May 9, 2019 - Presidential proclamation declaring May 5, 2019 as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day to raise awareness about missing persons and violence in Indian country, particularly against women and children.
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May 9, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services (HRSA) requests comments on a revised information collection related to the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The forms will be completely online and some forms are being revised, with one clarification and a few additional changes to help HRSA determine entity eligibility. Comments are due July 8, 2019.
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May 8, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about an information collection from veterans seeking and using mental health services offered by both the VA and non-VA facilities. The information collected will be compiled into a final report for the President, the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Comments are due June 7, 2019.
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May 7, 2019 - Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminating the rate floor requirement in an effort to reduce telephone rates for rural subscribers. After a year of monitoring residential retail rates, the rule will also eliminate related reporting obligations beginning July 1, 2020. The rule goes into effect June 6, 2019.
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May 7, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of a final rule revising the appeals process for claim benefits under Medicare Part A and B and for prescription drug coverage under Part D. The regulations will go into effect July 8, 2019.
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May 7, 2019 - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the different consumer price indexes and income measures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis and how they may influence the estimation of income measures from the Census Bureau, including the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). The OPM is used by Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other programs to determine income eligibility. Comments are due 45 days after publication of this notice.
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May 6, 2019 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) removing text that allowed states to make Medicaid payments to third parties. The rule goes into effect July 5, 2019.
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May 3, 2019 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement of a public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to be held on June 12-13, 2019. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Topics for consideration at the meeting include asthma, obesity prevention and control, and health equity in relation to homelessness, among other issues.
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May 3, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a proposed rule regarding changes to critical access hospital (CAH) payments, Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals, and Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals. The rule also proposes new quality requirements and revisions related to current requirements. Comments are due June 24, 2019.
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May 3, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting input on how federal agencies can better improve the national response to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Comments are due June 3, 2019.
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May 3, 2019 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting comments on extending an approved information collection "IHS Forms to Implement the Privacy Rule." The forms relate to authorization to use or disclose protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Comments are due July 2, 2019.
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May 3, 2019 - Notice from the Treasury Department and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting waiver ideas for states to consider in relation to section 1332 waiver plans, including how they could align with section 1115 Medicaid waivers. Comments are due July 2, 2019.
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May 2, 2019 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) requests comments on an extension of a currently approved information collection related to the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program. Comments are due July 1.
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May 1, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding proposed updates to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component. The changes include adding a questionnaire about mental health, conducting a pilot study on response rate, and collecting a health insurance cost-sharing document. MEPS-HC collects data on healthcare access and barriers to care, among other factors. Comments are due July 1, 2019.
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May 1, 2019 - The Food and Drug Administration requests public comment on proposed information collection related to the Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements. Comments are due July 1, 2019.
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Apr 30, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the release of additional data underlying the proposed policies for the Fee-for-Service (FFS) Adjuster. The notice also extends the comment period on the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions of the proposed rule 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 until August 28, 2019.
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Apr 30, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding Civil Money Penalties under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The enforcement discretion is effective indefinitely.
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Apr 26, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting comment on extension of a current information collection that is used to determine a rate floor for fixed voice and broadband services to help rural consumers have access to these services. Comments are due June 25, 2019.
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Apr 25, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2020, including changes for the Patient Drive Payment Model (PDPM). Includes proposals for the SNF quality reporting program and the value-based purchasing program that will affect Medicare payment to SNFs. Comments are also sought on the appropriateness of the wage index used to adjust SNF payments. Includes rural considerations throughout. Comments are due by June 18, 2019.
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Apr 25, 2019 - Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; policies related to prescription drug costs; the Navigator program; and more. The rule will be effective June 24, 2019.
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Apr 25, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. Provides details of the proposed changes, including those that impact rural hospice programs, as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. Comments are due by June 18, 2019.
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Apr 24, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on a proposed information collection that would require Medicare Advantage plans to report telehealth benefits, and on extension of a current information collection that requires hospitals to report employee occupational mix. Comments are due June 24, 2019.
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Apr 24, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of revision to an approved information collection that would implement and test the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. Comments are due May 24, 2019.
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Apr 24, 2019 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2020, including amendments to the weighting factors for the case-mix groups, updates to the IRF wage index, and new measures for the IRF Quality Reporting Program. Includes rural considerations throughout. Comments are due by June 17, 2019.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Notice of from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period for the March 4th proposed rule with the same title. Comments are now due on June 3, 2019 and effective dates of policies related to the rule will be adjusted as necessary based on public comments.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2020 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also requests comment on the IPF wage index and proposes updates to quality and reporting measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due on June 17, 2019.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology extending the comment period of a previously published proposed rule implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information technology developer certification requirements, provisions to support interoperability, and more. Comments are now due June 3, 2019.
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Apr 23, 2019 - Announcement from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that applications for all three Rural e-Connectivity (Reconnect) Loan and Grant Program funding categories will begin accepting applications on April 23, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adding four codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS) Master List of Items Frequently Subject to Unnecessary Utilization that could potentially be subject to prior authorization as a condition of payment. The rule is effective on May 22, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the addition of 12 codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items that require prior authorization as a condition of payment. Implementation of Phase 1 of this rule will be effective on July 22, 2019 and Phase 2 will be effective on October 21, 2019.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 R&R forms which are used as an alternative to the Standard Form 424 data set as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 form which is used as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 22, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Project/Performance Site Location(s), Project Abstract, and Key Contacts forms, which are used as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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Apr 17, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 5-6, 2019. Agenda items include discussion of a draft report on a health information privacy and security protection framework, updates from the Subcommittee on Population Health regarding community data needs, and a timeline review from the Subcommittee on Standards regarding ICD-11 and refinements to ICD-10 standards.
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Apr 17, 2019 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to leverage Opportunity Zones in accordance with the Executive Order "Establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council" and invites public input. Opportunity Zones target rural and urban economically distressed communities to help spur job creation and economic development through long-term investments. Public comments are due June 17, 2019.
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Apr 17, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces a formula for distributing funding to states to provide temporary housing for individuals recovering from substance use disorder as part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The formula identifies states with the highest, age-adjusted, overdose mortality rate and then adds additional weights based on unemployment and labor force participation.
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Apr 16, 2019 - Notice from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of revisions to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and a new information collection, Testing of Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys, which would test online data collection for a wide variety of surveys, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). Comments are due May 16, 2019.
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Apr 16, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule regarding changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D policies. The changes increase access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, revise how the star ratings are calculated and technical changes related to quality improvement, update the grievances and appeals requirements, and more. Some provisions will go into effect June 17, 2019, some go into effect January 1, 2020, and others go into effect January 1, 2021.
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Apr 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting feedback on a proposal that would require facilities to include billing codes when reporting on surgical site infections. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are due June 11, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of proposed performance measures for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The RCORP grant initiatives address prevention and treatment of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high-risk rural communities. Comments are due June 11, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Rural Utilities Service regarding changes made to the ReConnect Program as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. The ReConnect program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas. Changes include updates to the service area eligibility, data used in the broadband service mapping, and the definition of a broadband loan. The amendments go into effect April 12, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 11, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) corrects the comment dates for a proposed rule published in the April 3, 2019 Federal Register related to 900 MHz band broadband licenses. Comments are now due June 3, 2019 and reply comments are due July 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 8, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that they are extending the comment period for the previously proposed rule "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance" published in the February 4, 2019 Federal Register. Comments will be extended 60 days past the original April 5, 2019 deadline and are now due June 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 8, 2019 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 8, 2019 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program. The SDGG Program seeks to improve the quality of life of socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas by providing technical assistance through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving rural and urban low-income populations in order to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $125,000 to build their service capacity or create a CDFI serving rural and urban low-income populations. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American areas or populations to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $150,000 to create a CDFI serving Native Communities or to build their capacity to serve those markets. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) provides notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC) on May 2-3, 2019. The meeting will provide updates from working groups and on the 2020 Census. NAC provides recommendations on data collection issues related to rural populations, Native Americans, and hard-to-reach populations.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau describing information collection plans for the American Community Survey (ACS). The 2020 ACS will include some changes to make it consistent with the 2020 Census. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests letters of interest from prospective borrowers regarding funding to cover the subsidy for larger credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA) program. WIFA offers low-cost, long-term, supplemental credit assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure investment projects and sets aside 15% for small communities with water infrastructures serving less than 25,000 people. Letters of interest are due July 5, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), modifying the variety requirements for SNAP authorized retail food stores. The changes would allow retailers more flexibility in what they would need to stock to be a SNAP eligible retailer, including more "shelf-stable food" options, which could help rural locations. It also offers more plant-based protein sources and dairy alternatives for people with different dietary needs and preferences. Comments are due June 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 5, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs proposing a clarification to the Community Care Program regulations regarding organ and bone marrow transplant care. Addresses disparities in care access and quality for rural areas in regards to transplants. Comments are due April 22, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 3, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces an online meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality on April 11, 2019. The agenda includes an update on the Director's vision for AHRQ, a presentation of AHRQ's accomplishments, and an update of the budget.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 3, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comment on proposed transition methods that would help create a geographically paired 3/3 megahertz broadband segment while reserving additional segments for narrowband operations in order to improve access to flexible-use broadband spectrum. They also request comment on the costs and benefits of various approaches for rural areas regarding geographic license areas for 900 MHz band broadband licenses and whether to offer designated entity bidding credit for rural service providers. CORRECTION: initial comments are due June 3, 2019 and reply comments are due July 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a new, proposed information collection, "Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE)." DOSE would provide information on emergency department (ED) visits related to suspected opioid, heroin, stimulant, and other drug overdoses and standardize related CDC case definitions. The data collection would be funded at a state level for the 50 state health departments, Puerto Rico, and D.C. and aggregate data already collected for monthly reporting to the CDC. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a proposed information collection, "Information Collection on Soil-transmitted Helminth Infections in Alabama and Mississippi." The collection would track possible risk factors for residents and the distribution and prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in order to plan and implement targeted disease control strategies. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on the Million Hearts® Hospital/Health System Recognition Program, which recognizes cardiovascular health improvement efforts by institutions. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule determining federal payment amounts for 2019 and 2020 to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments are due May 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 2, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force on May 9-10, 2019 that will address best practices for pain management and prescribing of pain medications. The public is invited to participate in person or online and must register ahead of time.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revises and extends the information collection "The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use." The program intends to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions and help facilities implement antibiotic stewardship programs. It has been implemented in 400 acute care hospitals and is being implemented in 500 long-term care facilities; the 4th cohort will include 250-500 ambulatory care facilities. The extension will continue program activities and data collection through March 30, 2021. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on a final rule describing how to calculate rebates for line extension drugs. The rule goes into effect April 1, 2019. Comments are due May 31, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - Final notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for outpatient speech language pathology and physical therapy services at public health agencies, clinics, and rehabilitation agencies that want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The approval is effective April 4, 2019 through April 4, 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a public meeting on June 24, 2019 where they will receive recommendations and comments regarding payment amounts for new test codes Medicare is considering under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2020. Comments will be accepted online until June 10, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updating performance standards for diagnostic x-ray systems, ultrasonic therapy, and laser products; related records and reporting; and recommendations for radiation protection. Comments are due July 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) charter from March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee publishes, develops, and implements longitudinal evaluation performance measures and guidelines and recommends appropriations for programs under Title VII, Part D of the Public Health Service Act. These programs include Area Health Education Centers, allied health, graduate psychology, and more.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) charter effective March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The grants support rural communities through investment in partnerships, innovation, and infrastructure, including e-Connectivity, economic development, and quality of life investments, particularly those targeting substance use disorder (such as opioid misuse) prevention, treatment, and recovery in high-risk rural communities. Electronic submissions are due June 10, 2019 and mail submissions must be received by June 17, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an online/phone meeting May 29, 2019. Agenda items include the substance use and mental health needs of pregnant and parenting women, access to behavioral health services for women and children, and related policies.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 29, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approves the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems/Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AAHHS/HFAP) as a clinical laboratories accreditation organization for all specialty and subspecialty areas under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) program. The approval is effective March 29, 2019 to March 29, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 29, 2019 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides notice of an open meeting for the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). The SCAS will discuss environmental issues affecting small communities, including water infrastructure, agricultural issues, and community revitalization. SCAS will meet May 3, 2019 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Eastern in Washington, D.C.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 29, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a meeting of the Center For Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council (NAC) on April 22, 2019. The meeting will be held via telephone and WebEx, include a public comment portion, and address suicide prevention and the Hotline Improvement Act, the previous meeting minutes, and a report from the CMHS director. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 28, 2019 - Proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would update mammography service regulations to incorporate best practices and current science. Comments are due June 26, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 28, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing an online/phone meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) on April 29, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and will include discussions on the substance abuse prevention workforce, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, as well as CSAP program updates.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 27, 2019 - Notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring communities with water systems serving more than 3,300 people to complete assessments of risk and resilience and emergency response plans under the America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018. The EPA will publish additional tools and resources to assist community water systems with meeting these requirements. See the notice for additional details and deadlines.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 27, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. The application deadline is June 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 27, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service invites applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program, which provides matching funds to intermediary organizations providing financial and technical assistance to support community and economic development, community facilities including healthcare facilities, and housing. Additional points will be given for applications from high-risk rural communities focusing on substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery, including opioid misuse. Applications are due electronically June 5, 2019 and paper applications must be received by June 10, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 27, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans in Houston, Texas on April 9-11, 2019. The meeting will address the MISSION ACT/rural health initiatives; suicide prevention; leadership training programs; and outreach to minority, women, and homeless Veterans.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 26, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces the renewal through January 19, 2021 of the Charter for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), which provides recommendations on consumer education related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Their next meeting will be April 10, 2019 in Washington D.C. and will include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS initiatives and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 22, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the HHS Office of the Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services amending regulations that govern State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) in order to help them understand their authority, clarify flexibilities they have in operating Medicaid programs, and reduce administrative burden. The rule is effective on May 21, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 21, 2019 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of a public meeting of the Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recover (COVER) Commission on April 16-17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting will address evidence-based mental health treatment, telemental health, models of care, and more.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 20, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces a public meeting of the Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee April 17-18, 2019 in Iowa City, Iowa. The meeting will address rural healthcare access for Veterans as well as programs and policies impacting rural VA healthcare delivery, and include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman.
Source: Federal Register

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