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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.

HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Jun 20, 2018 - Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Standards Subcommittee on July 17-18, 2018. The agenda is posted on the NCVHS website and includes a discussion of the draft Environmental Scan Report which assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the health terminology and vocabulary environment; a discussion of governance, coordination, and communications across terminology and vocabulary developers; and the identification of gaps in U.S. health terminology and vocabulary coverage; among other things.
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RHS: Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Jun 20, 2018 - USDA's Rural Housing Servicing is seeking comment by August 20, 2018 on a proposal to amend current regulations for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to increase flexibility in loan terms for interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Revolving Fund Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $1,000,000 will be available for lending programs to finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
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ERS: Notice of Intent To Request Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Jun 19, 2018 - USDA's Economic Research Service is seeking comment on the renewal of an information collection to assess food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service in order to monitor the prevalence of food security and severity of food insecurity in the United States. Comments are due by August 20, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program; Correction
Jun 15, 2018 - Correction of technical and typographical errors in a final rule published on April 16, 2018. The original rule revised the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) to implement provisions designed to reduce beneficiary misuse or overdose of opioids as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). It included information on changes to improve program integrity policies related to payments in MA, Medicare cost plan, Part D, and PACE programs, among other things. It also included CMS's response to comments submitted on the final rule, including its effect on small and rural providers. The rule, and these corrections, are effective June 15, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Survey of State Underage Drinking Prevention Policies and Practices to provide input for the state-by-state report on prevention and enforcement activities related to underage drinking component of the Annual Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. This survey will be sent to each state and to Washington, DC. Comments will be accepted through July 16, 2018.
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OWCP: Black Lung Benefits Act: Medical Benefit Payments
Jun 14, 2018 - This final rule revises the regulations under the Black Lung Benefits Act governing the payment of medical benefits and maintains the level of care available to miners. The final rule establishes methods for determining the amounts that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund will pay for covered medical services and treatments provided to entitled miners to more accurately reflect prevailing community rates for authorized treatments and services. In addition, it eliminates two provisions considered obsolete. This rule will be effective August 31, 2018.
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HHS: Regulatory Agenda
Jun 11, 2018 - 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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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members
Jun 8, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for public members to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, particularly those with experience in the following areas: 1) conducting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to healthcare; 2) the fields of healthcare quality research or healthcare improvement; 3) the practice of medicine; 4) other health professions; 5) the private healthcare sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of healthcare delivery systems; 6) the fields of healthcare economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, 7) representing the interests of patients and consumers of healthcare. Nominations are due 60 days from publication of this notice.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jun 8, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 9, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations; 2) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; 3) Section 1115 Demonstration Projects Regulations; 4) Medicare Fee-for-Service Early Review of Medical Records; 5) Hospice Information for Medicare Part D Plans; and 6: Good Cause Processes.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR): Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the CJR Model
Jun 8, 2018 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalizing a policy to provide flexibility in the determination of episode spending for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR) participant hospitals located in areas impacted by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances for performance years 3 through 5, such as the hurricanes and wild fires in Fall 2017.
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HHS: Facilitation of Public-Private Dialogue to Increase Innovation and Investment in the Healthcare Sector
Jun 7, 2018 - The Office of the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning a workgroup to facilitate constructive, high-level dialogue between HHS leadership and those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry. HHS is seeking comments through Friday, July 6, 2018 on the structure of the workgroup and on opportunities for increased engagement and dialogue between HHS and those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry.
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HRSA: Notice of Single Source Award Based on Non-Statutory Earmark to the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program
Jun 6, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Rural Health Resource Center an additional $2,000,000 to provide technical assistance services to all eight Delta Region communities as part of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program.
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ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for MIPPA Program Funds
Jun 5, 2018 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is accepting state plans for Low Income Subsidy and Prescription Drug Enrollment Outreach and Assistance grant funding as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Grants will be awarded to state agencies across three priority areas: State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). MIPPA program state plans must be submitted by August 3, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Jun 5, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the addition of 31 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) items that require prior authorization as a condition of payment. Prior authorization for these codes will be implemented nationwide, effective September 1, 2018.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation; Rule
Jun 5, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to further delay the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule that set forth the calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The new effective date of the final rule will be July 1, 2019.
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VA: Case Management Services Grant Program: Rule
Jun 5, 2018 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs amending regulations to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program to provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Comments on the final rule must be received by August 6, 2018.
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VA: Fund Availability Under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Jun 5, 2018 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs that grant renewal funds are available for the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program. Funds are designed to support innovative approaches to transportation of veterans in highly rural areas to VA medical centers for healthcare appointments. Applications are due by July 30, 2018.
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BIA: Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice
Jun 4, 2018 - Notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs announcing the list of designated tribal agents for service of notice, a provision allowed by the Indian Child Welfare Act stating that Indian Tribes may designate an agent other than the tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings under the Act.
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ACF: Reallotment of Fiscal Year 2017 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2018 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by July 2, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), June 20, 2018
Jun 1, 2018 - The CMS Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a public meeting on June 20, 2018 to discuss CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities, especially those that relate to education and outreach programs for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Health Insurance Marketplace enrollees.
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HHS: Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements: Proposed Rule
Jun 1, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to revise Title X regulations to ensure compliance with the statutory requirement that none of the Title X funds may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and other related statutory requirements. Also clarifies grantee responsibilities to provide a broad range of family planning methods, to require documented compliance with laws requiring the reporting of abuse and human trafficking, and to provide free or low cost access to family planning services for women without employer-sponsored insurance coverage for certain contraceptive services due to their employers' religious beliefs or moral convictions, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days from official publication of this notice in the Federal Register which is scheduled for July 31, 2018.
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 31, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking comment by July 30, 2018 on the nursing home survey on patient safety culture database. The survey is used by nursing homes to assess provider and staff perspectives about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 31, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 30, 2018 on the revision of a currently approved information collection for the pre-claim review demonstration for home health services. CMS hopes that the demonstration project will lead to improved procedures for the identification, investigation, and prosecution of Medicare fraud by home health agencies providing services to Medicare beneficiaries.
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HHS: Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
May 31, 2018 - Announces an online meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 on July 10, 2018. The Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives to be implemented by the year 2030.
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NTIA: Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Broadband Availability Data
May 30, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting comment on ways to improve the quality and accuracy of broadband availability data, particularly in rural areas. Information will be used to identify gaps in availability which can then be used to improve policymaking and inform public investments. Comments are due by July 16, 2018.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
May 30, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2018 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. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2018, and electronic applications must be received by July 24, 2018.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants
May 30, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2018 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. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2018, and electronic applications must be received by July 24, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
May 30, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment by June 29, 2018 on minor revisions planned for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to incorporate questions related to medication-assisted treatment for opioids and alcohol, and wording changes to improve the flow of the survey. The survey is used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States.
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RUS: Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and Grantees
May 24, 2018 - Correction to a link in the final rule from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service to amended regulations for its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) adopted by the USDA on December 26, 2014. This rule also expands regulations to include grant recipients, amend its peer review requirements, reporting requirements, and other audit requirements. The rule will become effective on July 6, 2018 and is applicable for financial audits for period ending on or after December 15, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
May 23, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by June 22, 2018 on a revision of a current information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey" which is used to help determine the cost and utilization of health care over a period of time.
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HRSA: Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy; etc.; Corrections
May 23, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is amending the subject and timeline of the Challenge Competition for Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy that was issued on September 26, 2017. The new focus will be on Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women and New Moms Challenge, with the goal of improving access to care and support services for pregnant women with opioid misuse disorder, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas. Submissions will be due in December 2018.
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HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
May 23, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations on a continuous basis to serve as members of the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC). Nominations should represent the areas of primary care, dental health, and mental health and demonstrate expertise in the following areas: working with underserved populations, health care policy, recruitment and retention, site administration, customer service, marketing, organizational partnerships, research, or clinical practice.
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FCC: Connect America Fund; Universal Service Reform-Mobility Fund
May 22, 2018 - Notice of ruling from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the reconsideration of certain aspects of the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) challenge process procedures and modification of certain parameters for speed test measurements needed to file a successful challenge to an area that was previously deemed ineligible for MF-II support.
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HUD: Implementation of the Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program
May 22, 2018 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is consolidating previous notices about the Tribal HUD-VASH program requirements into one notice. This program provides rental assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless living on or near a reservation. This notice supersedes the previous notices and establishes procedures for issuing renewal funding, subject to the availability of future appropriations.
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USDA: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2018
May 22, 2018 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2018. The agency will select successful applications and funding will be awarded to the extent that appropriation funding is made available.
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HRSA: Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Participants
May 21, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of eligible entities that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients available for service October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 is posted on the Health Workforce Connector website. Also includes Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores for eligible facilities and instructions on how to submit information in support of a higher priority determination, due by June 20, 2018.
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HUD: Announcement of Funding Awards
May 17, 2018 - Announcement of funding decisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the following programs: FY2016 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages; FY2016 Research and Evaluation, Demonstration and Data Analysis and Utilization; FY2017 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program; FY2014-FY2016 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Award Amendments; FY2017 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages; FY2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program; and FY2017 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants.
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HHS: HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs
May 16, 2018 - Notice that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment on the Administration's plan to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket prescription costs for consumers, including actions already taken. Comments are due by July 16, 2018.
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HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Council on Graduate Medical Education
May 14, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations on a continuous basis for the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), including representatives of practicing primary care physicians, national and specialty physician organizations, foreign medical graduates, medical student and house staff associations, schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine, public and private teaching hospitals, and representatives of health insurers, business, and labor. Nominations of medical students, residents, and/or fellows are also encouraged.
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CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
May 11, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on changes to data collection instruments administered by the National Healthcare Safety Network, which is a system designed to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare associate infections, antimicrobial use and resistance, blood transfusion safety events, and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. Comments are due by July 10, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
May 11, 2018 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase fee schedule rates for certain durable medical equipment. Amends the regulation to resume a blended fee schedule rate for items furnished in rural areas and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories) not subject to the Competitive Bidding Program from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Comments on the interim final rule are due by July 9, 2018.
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HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Correction
May 11, 2018 - Makes technical corrections to an April 17, 2018 final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018.
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HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
May 11, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on June 19, 2018. Agenda items include finalizing recommendations for creating a culturally sensitive system of care related to opioid misuse, discussion of recommendations for serious mental illness, and determining future agenda items.
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VA: Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program
May 11, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs related to the Veterans Choice Program. Includes responses to comments received on the December 1, 2015 interim final rule and does not make further regulatory revisions. The rule is effective on May 11, 2018.
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VA: Publication of the Date on Which All Amounts Deposited in the Veterans Choice Fund Will Be Exhausted
May 11, 2018 - Department of Veterans Affairs announcement that it will have exhausted funds for the Veterans Choice Program no earlier than May 31, 2018 and they could last as long as June 15, 2018. If funds are available beyond those dates, they will post an update on the VA Choice Program website.
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USDA: Strategic Economic and Community Development-Reservation of Fiscal Year 2018 Program Funds
May 10, 2018 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service superseding the March 17, 2016 Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) notice that had used set-aside funding allocations for certain rural projects. Instead, funding allocations for FY 2018 will utilize priority points under the SECD provisions.
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AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
May 9, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Version 0.2 Beta to allow Patient Safety Organizations to collect data that has comparable clinical meaning. Comments on the Common Formats will be accepted ongoing in order to guide future improvements.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 9, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 9, 2018 on an extension of a currently approved information collection for the National Implementation of the Hospital CAHPS Survey which is used to measure patients' perspectives of hospital care.
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps; Notice of Meeting
May 9, 2018 - Announces a May 15, 2018 public meeting of the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to discuss issues related to current focus areas of NHSC.
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CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019, as well as make changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Additionally, the proposed rule would make conforming regulations text changes to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 prospective payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities, including extended units of acute care or Critical Access Hospitals. Also updates quality measures and includes a request for information related to health information technology, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 26, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) for FY 2109. Also seeks comment on removing the face-to-face requirement for rehabilitation physician visits and expands the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet IRF requirements. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Proposed Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
May 8, 2018 - Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018.
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FNS: Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines
May 8, 2018 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced its annual adjustments to the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price meals and milk for the period running July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Guidelines are used by schools and other institutions to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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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 Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
May 7, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, 2018.
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
May 7, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment by May 22, 2018 on a proposed rule to further delay the January 5, 2017 final rule that sets 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, 2019.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Rural Health Opioid Program Grant Performance Measures, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-NEW
May 7, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration stating that comments already received related to performance measures for the Rural Health Opioid grant program will be forwarded to OMB for review. Further comments will be accepted during the review and approval period and must be submitted by June 6, 2018.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387-Revision
May 7, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration stating that comments already received on the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program and the associated impact of grant funding on access to healthcare, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes will be forwarded to OMB for review. Further comments will be accepted during the review and approval period and must be submitted by June 6, 2018.
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RUS: Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and Grantees
May 7, 2018 - Final rule from USDA's Rural Utilities Service to amend regulations for its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) adopted by USDA on December 26, 2014. Also expands regulations to include grant recipients, amend its peer review requirements, reporting requirements, and other audit requirements. The rule will become effective on July 6, 2018 and is applicable for financial audits for period ending on or after December 15, 2018.
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CDC: Draft-National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health; Extension of Comment Period
May 4, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period to July 13, 2018 for responses to the draft agenda of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-January Through March 2018
May 4, 2018 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March, 2018. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) Meeting on August 20-21, 2018
May 4, 2018 - Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 20-21, 2018. 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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IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement; Correction of Due Date
May 4, 2018 - Updates the due date for applications for the Indian Health Service's Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) Negotiation Cooperative Agreement funding to June 18, 2018.
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IHS: Planning Cooperative Agreement; Correction of Due Date
May 4, 2018 - Updates the due date for applications for the Indian Health Service's Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) Planning Cooperative Agreement funding to June 18, 2018.
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VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting Amended
May 4, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on May 23-24. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, Network Director South Central VA Health Care Network, Director Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and the Director Office of Rural Health and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general health care access.
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant for Fiscal Year 2018
May 3, 2018 - USDA's Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide technical assistance and/or training to help rural communities access funding under the USDA essential community facilities programs. Applications are due by July 2, 2018.
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HHS: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority; Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
May 2, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services to reorganize the functions and offices within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Includes current and proposed organization charts to highlight the changes.
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FCC: Connect America Fund: Rule
May 1, 2018 - Rule from the Federal Communications Commission to increase the amount of operating costs that carriers that predominantly serve Tribal lands can recover through the Universal Service Fund because the cost to bring voice and broadband services to these areas is higher than those not serving Tribal lands.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Assurances for Non-Construction Programs form which requests that applicants certify specified required assurances as part of federal grant proposals.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Project Abstract Summary which is used by applicants to provide a summary of grant projects and objectives as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form which is used to provide lobbying details as part of federal grant proposals.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) form as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Instructions for the SF-429 Real Property Status Report, SF-429 Real Property Status Report (Cover Page), SF-429-A Real Property Status Report Attachment A (General Reporting), SF-429-B Real Property Status Report Attachment B (Request to Acquire, Improve or Furnish), and SF-429-C Real Property Status Report Attachment C (Disposition or Encumbrance Request) forms, which allow applicants to provide real property details as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Federal Domestic Assistance-Short Organizational form which is used to provide organizational details as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Assurances for Construction Programs form which allows applicants to provide specific assurances as part of their federal grant proposal.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF-424C) form as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and Federal Financial Report Attachment (SF-425A) forms as part of the federal grant proposal process.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
May 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment on its request to add 13 new questions to an existing survey instrument used to evaluate community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery grants administered through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Comments are due by July 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
Apr 30, 2018 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement of a public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to be held on June 13-14, 2018. 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 mental health, obesity prevention and control, physical health, and women's health, among others.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Voluntary Partner Surveys To Implement Executive Order 12862 in the Health Resources and Services Administration, OMB No. 0915-0212-Extension
Apr 27, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking public comment on the continued use of a survey for grantees and partners to assess strengths and weaknesses in HRSA programs services and processes. Comments are due by May 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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NHTSA: Request for Information: Improving Prehospital Trauma Care
Apr 27, 2018 - On behalf of the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment and response to 24 specific questions from the public, governmental agencies, and professional and public interest groups on improving prehospital trauma care in all locations, including rural, suburban, urban, and wilderness areas. Comments are due by July 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking comment by June 25, 2018 on an extension of a currently approved collection for Skilled Nursing Facilities participating in the Medicare program and their related cost reports.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Extension of the Payment Adjustment for Low-Volume Hospitals and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Program Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2018
Apr 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a one-year extension of certain temporary changes to the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals and extends the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program through FY 2022.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2018
Apr 26, 2018 - The USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative, which provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications are due June 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Apr 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection for coverage of certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act and related religious and moral exemptions. Comments are due by May 21, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Apr 18, 2018 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting via webinar on May 14, 2018. The committee will discuss health promotion and disease prevention priorities and provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks by 2030. The agenda also includes the development of recommendations for Leading Health Indicators and setting targets for the Healthy People 2030 objectives.
Source: Federal Register
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IHS: Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans Announcement Type: Initial
Apr 18, 2018 - The Indian Health Services (IHS) announces the availability of over $27 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications are accepted beginning immediately and will be evaluated monthly until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program; Notice
Apr 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on an application from DNV GL-Healthcare to continue as a national accrediting organization for hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments on whether or not requirements for hospital certification set forth by DNV GL-Healthcare meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals are due by May 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Rule
Apr 17, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Apr 17, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Standards Subcommittee on May 17, 2018. The agenda includes a discussion of standards for retail pharmacy and medical transactions to support the exchange of health information. An opportunity for public comment will be provided during the last 15 minutes of the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Apr 17, 2018 - A public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) will take place on May 15-16, 2018. Agenda items include a summary report of the September 2017 hearing on the national vital records and vital statistics systems, and updates from the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). A discussion on the CIO forum set for May 2018 and the NCVHS Standards Subcommittee activities around the Predictability Roadmap to improve predictability and improvements of processes related to updating standards for electronic administrative transactions will also take place.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry; Notice of Meeting
Apr 17, 2018 - A public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry has been scheduled for May 3-4, 2018. The Committee will review the impact of Title VII, Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act and oral health training programs, and make recommendations on funding and appropriation levels. Discussion of pending reports on the integration of behavioral health into primary care and oral health training will also take place.
Source: Federal Register
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IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement
Apr 17, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. Applications are due by June 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Planning Cooperative Agreement
Apr 17, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Funding will be used to provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs to fit the needs of their communities. Applications are due by June 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS); Notice of Meeting
Apr 16, 2018 - The CDC Advisory Committee to the Director, Health Disparities Subcommittee (CDC-HDS) will hold a public meeting on May 23, 2018. The agenda will include a discussion and status report on the Health Equity Leadership Network (HELN).
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 16, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a revision of a currently approved collection for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery (OAS CAHPS) Survey. The survey is used to provide quality of care information to consumers and to inform quality improvement efforts for healthcare facilities. Comments are due by June 15, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program; Rule
Apr 16, 2018 - Notice of final rule revising the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) to implement provisions designed to reduce beneficiary misuse or overdose of opioids as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Includes information on changes to improve program integrity policies related to payments in MA, Medicare cost plan, Part D, and PACE programs, among other things. Also includes CMS's response to comments submitted on the final rule, including its effect on small and rural providers. The rule will be effective on June 15, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Apr 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting public comment on an information collection for the request for certification in Medicare and Medicaid programs for providers of outpatient physical therapy and/or speech-language pathology which is used to determine if the provider conditions of participation are met. Comments are due by May 14, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and Certifications, Rural Broadband Experiments, Connect America Fund Phase II Auction; Rule
Apr 13, 2018 - Presents the Federal Communications Commission considerations in regard to concerns raised by those challenging its order to implement the Connect America Phase II auction as published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2018. Provides detail on the Commission's decisions and changes to the rule, which will go into effect on May 14, 2018, with the exception of amendments that require OMB approval. Such amendments will be published in a future Federal Register notice.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health; Notice of Meeting
Apr 12, 2018 - HRSA's National Advisory Council on Migrant Health will hold a public meeting on May 8-9, 2018. Agenda items include an overview of general activities; presentations on issues facing agricultural workers, including health issues at the local and national level; regional trends in the health of migrant workers; and occupational and environmental hazards impacting migrant workers.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 11, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking public comment by June 11, 2018 on an information collection related to the survey of State underage drinking prevention policies and practices. The survey will be completed by state agencies and results published in the "Annual Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking."
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) - Correction
Apr 11, 2018 - Correction to the April 5,2018 notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) to clarify that members of the public may participate only via telephone or webcast, not in person.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, OMB #0915-0140-Revision
Apr 9, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking public comment through May 9, 2018 on a revision to two forms required during the application process for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The NURSE Corps LRP provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review; Notice
Apr 6, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on revisions to the residential care community (RCC) and adult day services center (ADSC) components of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Comments are due 30 days from publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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GAO: Request for Nominations for Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Apr 5, 2018 - Notice from the Government Accountability Office seeking nominations to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for terms beginning in Fall 2018 in the following categories: a physician, a nurse, a representative of patients and healthcare consumers, a representative of private payers, a representative of a state or federal health program, and a representative of pharmaceutical, device or diagnostic manufacturers. Nominations are due by May 4, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
Apr 5, 2018 - Announcement of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on June 8, 2018. Agenda items include an update on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, discussion of ISMICC member relationship to implementation workgroups, communication with non-federal organizations for support of ISMICC, and more.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 4, 2018 - Notice announcing an extension of a currently approved information collection from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning the State Exchange Blueprint Collection Tool. Previous comments on the tool resulted in modifications to simplify the tool and create separate tools for each type of health insurance exchange. The current revision updated current State Exchange model options, program requirements, and regulatory requirements, among other things. Comments are due by June 4, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Apr 4, 2018 - Notice announcing that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting comments on Federal Health Insurance Marketplace operations in order to help the Department of Health and Human Services determine compliance with federal standards. Comments are due by May 4, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FNS: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 2018/2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Apr 3, 2018 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced its annual adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies when making eligibility determinations for individuals participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program for the period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels; Notice
Apr 3, 2018 - USDA Rural Utilities Service announcement that applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program will be accepted through June 4, 2018. The DLT program provides funding to improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting
Apr 2, 2018 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a public meeting on April 16-18, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Agenda items include Assessing and Mitigating the Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health Insurance Markets in Rural Areas, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems Measures, OMB No. 0915-0009-Revision
Mar 30, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is extending the comment period on a previous information collection published on November 27, 2017 regarding the revision of the Performance Improvement and Measurement Systems (PIMS) for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program. Comments must be received by April 30, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Rural Health Network Development Program, OMB No. 0906-0010-Revision
Mar 30, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting comments during the OMB review and approval period of an information collection related to revision of the performance measures of the Rural Health Network Development Program that was originally published on November 27, 2017. Comments must be received by April 30, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program; Notice
Mar 28, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will accept applications for fiscal year 2018 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program through September 30, 2018. Loan amounts will range from $100,000 to $25 million, and will be made available for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband services to eligible rural areas.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 28, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment by May 29, 2018 on minor changes planned for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey is used to used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on several information collections: 1) Affordable Care Act Information and Collection Requirements for Section 1115 Demonstration Projects; 2) Hospice Information for Medicare Part D Plans; 3) Medicaid Drug Use Review (DUR) Program; 4) Essential Community Provider Data Collection to Support QHP Certification for PYs 2021-2023; and 5) Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Comments are due by May 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by April 26, 2018 on two information collections: 1) Hospice Quality Reporting Program, which is required by all Medicare-certified hospice providers; and 2) Limited Wraparound Coverage Reporting which is required by health insurance issuers that offer Multi-State Plan wraparound coverage.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; NURSE Corps Scholarship Program; Information Collection Request Title: Nurse Corps Scholarship Program, OMB No. 0915-0301-Revision
Mar 27, 2018 - HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce is seeking comment by April 26, 2018 on a revision of forms used in an information collection for the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP). The program provides scholarships to nursing students who agree to a minimum of 2-years of full-time service, or part-time equivalent, at an eligible healthcare facility with a critical shortage of nurses.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by May 25, 2018 on two information collections: 1) Administrative Requirements for Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act, specifically concerning the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration program; and 2) Changes to 2019 reporting requirements under the Organization Determinations and Reconsiderations section of the Part C Medicare Advantage Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations.
Source: Federal Register
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MSHA: Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust; Proposed Rule
Mar 26, 2018 - The Mine Safety and Health Administration's Labor Department has reopened its comment period for a proposed rule on Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust. The original request for information and comment was published on June 8, 2016 and sought feedback on existing standards and policy guidance on controlling exposure to diesel exhaust and to evaluate the effectiveness of current protections to preserve miner health. Comments are due by March 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Announcement of Medicaid Drug Rebate Program National Rebate Agreement
Mar 23, 2018 - Final notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates to the Medicaid National Drug Rebate Agreement (NDRA) which reflect regulatory and legislative changes that have occurred since the agreement was published on February 21, 1991. The NDRA is required by drug manufacturers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP).
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services-Exemptions for States With High Managed Care Penetration Rates and Rate Reduction Threshold; Proposed Rule
Mar 23, 2018 - In an effort to reduce burden on states, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule amending the process for states to document whether or not payments for fee-for-service payment systems are sufficient to enlist providers to assure beneficiary access to care and services consistent with the statute, also known as the access monitoring review plan (AMRP). Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 22, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Approval of the Community Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Home Health Agency Program
Mar 23, 2018 - Announces that the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) will continue to be recognized through March 31, 2024 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies that participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs.
Source: Federal Register
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