Federal Register Notices Relevant to Rural Health

Selected Federal Register notices of interest to the rural health community from the past 90 days.

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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Data Collection Materials for the Evaluation of the Administration for Community Living's American Indian, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAA Title VI)
    Feb 23, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to implement a new set of elder and caregiver focus groups, staff interviews, and caregiver surveys. The information collected will help ACL evaluate its American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian programs, and document the value of Title VI programs for affected groups. Comments regarding the proposed collection must be submitted by April 24, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - October Through December 2016
    Feb 23, 2017 - Quarterly notice listing all Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices published from October through December 2016.
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    HHS: Meetings Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
    Feb 21, 2017 - Announces meeting dates for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The Committee will hear presentations on models that are ready for deliberation and vote on recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Meetings will be held March 13-14, 2017 and April 10-11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern, and may be attended in person or via conference call. Space is limited and online registration is encouraged.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; The National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps Interest Capture Form
    Feb 21, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue using the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps Interest Capture Form. The optional form can be completed by students, licensed clinicians, faculty members, or clinical site administrators to request information about opportunities and updates from the NHSC and/or NURSE Corps programs. Comments regarding this information collection request are due no later than April 24, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model; Delay of Effective Date
    Feb 17, 2017 - Delays the effective date of a January 3, 2017 final rule which, among other things, implements a series of new episode payment models and modifies the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. In order to comply with the "regulatory freeze pending review" issued January 20, 2017, the effective date for certain provisions has been changed from February 18, 2017, to March 21, 2017.
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    HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Market Stabilization
    Feb 17, 2017 - Proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designed to help stabilize the individual and small group insurance markets. Proposed changes include modifying the open enrollment period, increasing the level of pre-enrollment verification, allowing issuers to apply premium payments to past debt, and giving issuers greater flexibility in new plan formulation. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on March 7, 2017.
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    HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
    Feb 13, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) will hold an open meeting on March 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, and March 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, to discuss issues related to the integration of behavioral health into primary care and oral health training, and clinical trainee and faculty well-being. The meeting may be attended in person or electronically via webinar or conference call.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Feb 13, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to collect information related to the Re-engineered Visit for Primary Care (REV) project. Information will be collected through surveys, interviews, and work flow and process mapping with the goal of enhancing primary care and reducing avoidable readmissions. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by April 14, 2017.
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    ACF: Administration for Native Americans; Request for Information; Extension of Comment Period
    Feb 10, 2017 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks additional information to help with the formulation of policy, legislative proposals, and strategic plans in consultation with tribes. The original request for information was published in the Federal Register on January 9, 2017. In order to address concerns that the original comment period provided insufficient time to craft meaningful and comprehensive feedback, the comment deadline has been extended from March 10, 2017 to May 9, 2017.
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    HHS: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
    Jan 31, 2017 - Announces the updated 2017 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 26, 2017. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for a number of federal programs.
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    VA: Proposed Information Collection Activity: (PACT: Veteran's Health and Well-Being)
    Jan 26, 2017 - Announces an opportunity for public comment on a proposed collection of information by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The proposed study seeks to capture predictors and measure factors that increase Veterans' risk of hospitalization such as life stressors, social support, loneliness, sleep problems, and more. Information will be collected by surveying a nationally representative sample of 10,000 patients who utilize the VA for primary care. Comments regarding the proposed collection are due March 27, 2017.
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    EOP: Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
    Jan 24, 2017 - Executive Order stating the Administration's intent to seek repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pending such repeal, directs federal agencies to allow maximum flexibility for states and minimize any financial burdens imposed on ACA affected entities. Also encourages the development of a free and open market for healthcare services with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.
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    HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
    Jan 24, 2017 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting on February 13, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the objectives for the Healthy People 2030 initiative. Participation will be available via webinar and registration must be completed by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on February 13, 2017.
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    VA: Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants
    Jan 19, 2017 - Final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing eligible tribal organizations to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. The rule also allows tribal government employees to become accredited through a recognized state organization and is intended to address the needs of Native American populations that are geographically isolated or otherwise unable to utilize existing Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). Provisions of the rule take effect February 21, 2017.
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    RHS: Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program 2017 Industry Forums - Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
    Jan 18, 2017 - Announces a series of teleconference and/or web meetings scheduled to occur in 2017 and 2018 discussing ways to enhance the effectiveness of the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing (GRRH) program. The meetings will also update GRRH program participants and staff on developments and forces that impact the GRRH program. Registration link is provided, and notices containing the dates and times will be sent via email to registered participants.
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    IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2017
    Jan 18, 2017 - Announces the calendar year 2017 rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. Rates apply to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, beneficiaries of other federal programs, and for recoveries under the Federal Care Recovery Act. Does not include rates for Medicare Part A inpatient services, which are paid based on the prospective payment system. Rates are effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
    Jan 18, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP), which provides loan repayment assistance to nurses in exchange for full-time employment at eligible facilities. The information collected will be used to verify LRP applicant eligibility, and monitor compliance for currently enrolled LRP participants. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by March 20, 2017.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jan 17, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue collecting information that helps determine the level of compliance with Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) conditions of participation necessary to participate it the Medicare/Medicaid program. CMS will also collect information through the Conditions of Certification for Rural Health Clinics, which helps CMS ensure RHCs are meeting the requirements necessary to participate in the Medicare program. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities are due by February 16, 2017
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    VA: Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program
    Jan 17, 2017 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for the fiscal year 2017 Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program. SAHAT awards grants of up to $200,000 per year for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies that will help veterans or service members live independently in their adapted homes. Grant applications must be submitted electronically and are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on February 26, 2017.
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    VA: Repayment by VA of Educational Loans for Certain Psychiatrists; Correction
    Jan 17, 2017 - Corrects paragraph and section numbering errors that were published in a September 29, 2016 final rule which expanded the loan repayment program for psychiatrists who agreed to a period of obligated service with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Major provisions of the rule remain unchanged and corrections take effect January 17, 2017.
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    ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
    Jan 13, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect additional information as part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation. PACE evaluates nine promising career paths and seeks to increase empirical knowledge about the effectiveness of programs that help low-income individuals and families achieve career advancement and self-sufficiency. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by March 14, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies
    Jan 13, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The revisions reflect an interdisciplinary view of patient care, and focus on eliminating unnecessary procedural requirements and allowing HHAs more flexibility in meeting quality standards. Provisions of the rule take effect July 13, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Information
    Jan 12, 2017 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments from healthcare delivery organizations about current challenges they are facing as well as solutions they are implementing as they strive to become learning healthcare systems. Recommendations on ways in which AHRQ can assist healthcare providers in achieving their learning network goals are also being requested. Submission deadline for comments is on or before February 28, 2017.
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    ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
    Jan 12, 2017 - Proposal from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to collect information as part of the Impact Study of the first round of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The goal of the HPOG program is to provide TANF recipients and other low-income individuals with education, training, and advancement opportunities in the healthcare field. The proposed collection will help ACF evaluate the effectiveness of approaches used by certain HPOG grantees. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by March 13, 2017.
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    GAO: Request for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Nominations
    Jan 12, 2017 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). MACPAC reviews Medicaid and CHIP access payment policies, and advises Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. Nominations are due by February 24, 2017, and appointments take effect May 1, 2017.
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    HUD: Announcement of Funding Awards; Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program; Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
    Jan 11, 2017 - Announces the award recipients of the fiscal year 2016 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program. Grants are intended to help rural housing development organizations improve their technical and administrative capabilities, participate in local, regional, and state planning processes, and provide developmental and financial assistance to rural housing organizations, local governments, Indian tribes, and other eligible entities.
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    IHS: Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loan; Announcement Type-Initial
    Jan 11, 2017 - Announces the application window and review procedures for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional education loans. Applications will be accepted and reviewed monthly beginning January 15, 2017, and continue until either all funds are exhausted for FY 2017, or the final award cycle deadline date of August 15, 2017 is reached. Approximately 400 awards averaging $46,000.00 each are available for new two-year contracts, and 373 awards averaging $25,000.00 each are available for one-year contract extensions.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program
    Jan 11, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) outlining proposed changes to the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program application. HRSA plans to streamline the application process by reducing the number of data collection tables from three to two, and combining certain aspects of the collection related to rural, underserved, and public health practice settings. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be received no later than February 10, 2017.
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    IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Proposed Information Collection: Environmental Health Assessment of Tribal Child Care Centers in the Pacific Northwest
    Jan 10, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking approval to conduct an environmental health assessment of tribal child care centers in Portland Area Indian Country (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho). The research will help IHS and the EPA understand the potential for exposure to lead, allergens, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in area child care centers, and eliminate existing data gaps. Comments regarding this proposed collection of information must be received by February 9, 2017.
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    IHS: Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs
    Jan 10, 2017 - Announces the availability of the fiscal year 2017 Indian Health Service (IHS) Indian Health Professions, Preparatory, and Pre-Graduate Scholarships. Approximately 20 new and 10 continuing awards averaging $31,919.52 each will be made under the Preparatory and Pre-Graduate programs, and 263 awards averaging $48,500.00 each will be made under the Health Professions program. For continuing students, applications are due by February 28, 2017. For new students, applications are due by March, 28, 2017.
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    RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
    Jan 10, 2017 - Announces the application window for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Community Connect Grant Program. Grant amounts will range from $100,000 to $3 million, and funding priority will be given to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services. Applications are scored using multiple criteria including healthcare related needs. Paper applications must be postmarked, and electronic applications must be received no later than March 13, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
    Jan 9, 2017 - In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2017, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program Specific Data Collection Forms
    Jan 9, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to adapt forms from the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program to use with the new Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. Information collected on the forms will be used to determine eligibility for the statutory funding preference and special consideration, and capture data for projected students in subsequent years. Comments regarding this information collection must be submitted by February 8, 2017.
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    ACF: Request for Information
    Jan 9, 2017 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks comments by March 10, 2017, regarding prospective ways in which ACF can work with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) leadership, tribes, tribal organizations, and populations to achieve ACF's vision. Questions are provided to guide responses, but general comments are also welcome.
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    RUS: Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program
    Jan 9, 2017 - Announces that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will accept fiscal year 2017 applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program during two windows: the first running from March 1 through March 31, 2017, and the second from September 1 through September 30, 2017. Loan amounts will range from $100,000 to $10 million, and will be made available for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband services to eligible rural areas.
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    CDFI Fund: Announcement Type: Notice and Request for Information
    Jan 9, 2017 - Presents questions and requests public comments regarding the current policies and procedures used to certify an organization as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Written comments must be received on or before March 10, 2017.
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    HRSA: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps; Notice of a Meeting
    Jan 6, 2017 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold an open meeting on January 25, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the priorities for 2017. The meeting can be attended via webinar or conference call, and the final agenda will be available on the NACNHSC website 3 days beforehand.
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    FDA: Food and Drug Administration Tribal Consultation Policy; Availability
    Jan 5, 2017 - Announces the availability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tribal Consultation Policy, which is intended to further the government-to-government relationship between the FDA and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, provide background on FDA's mission and structure, and serve as a platform for the FDA to create consistent and meaningful tribal consultation across FDA centers and offices.
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    HHS: Delegation of Authority Under Title III, Part D, Section 340B(d)(1)(B)(vi) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA)
    Jan 5, 2017 - Delegates to the Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General, the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose monetary penalties against manufacturers that knowingly and intentionally charge a 340B covered entity a price for a drug above the calculated ceiling price. Delegation became effective immediately upon signature.
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    HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
    Jan 5, 2017 - Final rule from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) setting forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defining civil monetary penalties for manufacturers who knowingly charge covered entities more than the ceiling price. Provisions of the rule take effect March 6, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
    Jan 5, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to modify forms used to collect information for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The changes will combine two currently used forms and add a new form called the NHSC Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services Checklist. Comments regarding the proposed changes must be submitted by February 6, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR)
    Jan 3, 2017 - Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B payment models, a Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment model, and modifications to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. Additionally, acute care hospitals in certain markets will participate in retrospective episode payment models, making them accountable for cost and quality of certain procedures for 90 days after discharge. Provisions of the rule take effect February 18, 2017, and bundles begin July 1, 2017.
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    BIA: Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act
    Dec 30, 2016 - Announces the availability of the Bureau of Indians Affairs' (BIA) new Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The new guidelines explain the statute and regulations, and also encourage consistent application of the ICWA in order to protect Indian children, their parents, and Indian tribes.
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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Alzheimer's and Dementia Program Data Reporting Tool (ADP-DRT) (Previously Entitled: Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program Data Reporting Tool (ADSSP-DRT) and Alzheimer's disease Initiative- Specialized Supportive Services (ADI- SSS) project))
    Dec 29, 2016 - Proposal by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to expand information collection activities related to the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP). The ADSSP helps state efforts to expand the availability of community-level supportive services for persons with Alzheimer's, including underserved populations. Proposed changes will update the Data Reporting Tool (DRT) to collect information about the delivery of direct services by program grantees and basic demographic information about service recipients. Also incorporates the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) project, which helps persons with Alzheimer's or related dementias remain in their communities by improving home and community-based services. Comments on the collection of information must be submitted by January 30, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program
    Dec 28, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue collecting information which is used to evaluate and quantify the effects of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Grant Program. The Rural Quality program is designed to improve health outcomes for patients by promoting and supporting the quality improvement activities of rural primary care providers. Comments regarding this collection of information must be received no later than February 27, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Evaluation and Assessment of HRSA Teaching Health Centers
    Dec 28, 2016 - As part of the statutory requirements for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, George Washington University (GW) is conducting an evaluation of the training, administrative and organization structures, clinical services, challenges, innovations, associated costs, and outcomes of THCs. The THCGME program, which is designed to increase the production and distribution of primary care doctors and dentists who are well prepared to practice in underserved community settings, requires annual reporting on the types of primary care resident approved training programs provided, the number of training positions, the number of residents who completed the program and now provide care in underserved communities, and other demographic information. Comments on this information collection request must be received no later than January 27, 2017.
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    Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 National Survey of Children's Health
    Dec 28, 2016 - Notice of intent from the U.S. Census Bureau to administer the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The NSCH covers topics related to the well-being of children such as healthcare access, in-home medical care, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and neighborhood characteristics. Comments regarding the proposed NSCH must be submitted on or before February 27, 2017.
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    RHS: Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
    Dec 28, 2016 - The USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) is requesting comments by February 27, 2017 regarding their intent to continue collecting information for the Community Facilities loan program. Designed to help rural areas attract residents and jobs, the program makes loans to public entities, nonprofit corporations, and Indian tribes for the development of public use community facilities in rural areas. Information collected is used to determine applicant/borrower eligibility, project feasibility, and ensure proper use of funds.
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    SAMHSA: Protecting Our Infants Act Report to Congress
    Dec 27, 2016 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking public comments to help inform a report to Congress that will provide background information on prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome, summarize Health and Human Services (HHS) activities, present clinical and programmatic recommendations, and identify a strategy to address gaps and challenges. Specifically, comments are being sought regarding strategy to help protect our infants from opioid exposure, and will be incorporated into HHS's final strategy as appropriate. Comments may be submitted electronically or by mail, and must be received by January 26, 2017.
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    HHS: Regulatory Agenda
    Dec 23, 2016 - 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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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Dec 23, 2016 - Comments are being accepted until January 23, 2017 regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to collect information for the purpose of evaluating a pilot mobile health (mHealth) program in California, Louisiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The mHealth project is being conducted to help track states' health efforts and maternal and infant health outcomes in the Medicaid and CHIP populations.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Renewal of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment and Solicitation of Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
    Dec 23, 2016 - Announces that the charter for the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) has been renewed for an additional two-year period running through November 21, 2018. Additionally, nominations are being accepted until February 21, 2017 for up to two new HOP panel members. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System.
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - Summary of the proposed 2017-2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) project from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NSDUH is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years and older. Data obtained are used to determine the prevalence of substance use and abuse, and inform government agencies, policymakers, and researchers. Written comments should be received by February 21, 2017.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting approval to continue collecting information from clinical prescribers to support the Surgeon General's pledge to end the opioid crisis. The information collection asks prescribers to provide demographic information, and complete two short answer questions describing how prescription opioid addiction has impacted their patients and/or practice. Collected information will help improve the efficacy of the campaign to end opioid abuse by allowing targeted communication. Public comments are being accepted until January 23, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 22, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to continue collecting information for the AHRQ Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Database for Health Plans. Information in the database is obtained through the CAHPS Health Plan Survey, and used to provide comparative data to support public reporting of health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments regarding the information collection activities must be received by February 21, 2017.
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    HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018; Amendments to Special Enrollment Periods and the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program
    Dec 22, 2016 - Final rule that sets payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment program, cost-sharing parameters and reductions, and user fees for federally facilitated Exchanges and state-based Exchanges on the federal platform. Also provides additional guidance relating to standardized options, qualified health plans, consumer assistance tools, network adequacy, fair health insurance premiums, appeals, special enrollment periods, and more. Provision of the rule take effect January 17, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Common Formats for Reporting on Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
    Dec 20, 2016 - Announces the availability of the new Common Formats - Community Pharmacy Version 1.0, which will allow collection of medication-related data across different pharmacy providers, and facilitate detection and understanding of medication-related events that originate in pharmacies. Public input regarding the Common Formats is accepted on an ongoing basis.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Dec 20, 2016 - Notice of intent from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to collect data through field-based investigations for the purpose of improving healthcare delivery in diverse healthcare settings. Data will be collected through interviews, focus groups, implementation logs, recruitment and screening calls, surveys, and document reviews, and be used to support AHRQ's ACTION Program. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by February 21, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Start-Up Funding in Support of the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model-Cooperative Agreement
    Dec 16, 2016 - Announces the funding of a $9.5 million single source cooperative agreement between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Vermont Agency of Human Services to test the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model. The Vermont All-Payer ACO model will test an alternative payment model in which the major payers in the state - Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial - incentivize healthcare quality and value under the same payment structure for most of the state's providers. The Vermont All-Payer ACO Model will begin January 1, 2017, and end on December 31, 2022.
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    FNS: Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    Dec 15, 2016 - Final rule from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) updating Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations that set eligibility criteria for retail food store participation. The changes are designed to improve SNAP households' access to a variety of healthy food options by increasing the minimum number of item varieties in each staple food category from three to seven, and increasing the minimum number of staple food categories in which perishable foods are required from two to three. Also clarifies various definitions and language. Provisions of the rule take effect January 17, 2017.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities-Third Party Payment
    Dec 14, 2016 - Interim final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing new disclosure requirements for dialysis facilities that make premium payments for individual market health plans. The rule addresses concerns that patients with end-state renal disease (ESRD) who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid are being inappropriately steered to individual health insurance plans, which offer significantly higher reimbursement rates. Comments regarding the rule must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on January 11, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    Dec 14, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a final rule allowing Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) the ability to practice to the full extent of their training and education within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. Effective January 13, 2017, the change will improve access to VA healthcare by increasing the number of qualified professionals authorized to provide primary care without physician supervision. Comments regarding the exclusion of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) must be submitted by January 13, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
    Dec 13, 2016 - The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking approval to continue collecting information as part of the application process for researchers and foreign medical graduates wishing to waive the two-year home residence requirement. In exchange for the waiver, applicants agree to work as primary care providers in HHS designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Comments regarding the information collection request must be submitted on or before January 12, 2017.
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    VA: Tiered Pharmacy Copayments for Medications
    Dec 12, 2016 - Beginning February 27, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will adopt a new copayment structure for medications required to treat outpatient, non-service connected conditions. A 30-day or less supply of certain medications will be classified as Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, and copayments for each will be $5, $8, or $11, respectively. The change is designed to lower veterans' out-of-pocket costs, and encourage consistency in taking prescribed medications. The rule also lowers the annual out-of-pocket maximum for medication copayments from $960 to $700.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: (VA Health Professional Scholarship and Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professional Scholarship Programs)
    Dec 12, 2016 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing the continuation of information collection activities related to the applications for the VA Health Professional Scholarship Program, and the Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professional Scholarship Program. Comments regarding the revised applications must be submitted on or before January 11, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Council on Graduate Medical Education
    Dec 9, 2016 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing that the charter for the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been renewed, and authorizes the committee to operate until September 30, 2018. COGME provides advice to the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues related to supply and distribution of physicians in the U.S., current and future physician shortages or excesses, foreign medical school graduates, medical education, and more.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
    Dec 7, 2016 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Funding applications must be received by the SSVF office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on February 3, 2017, and awarded grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2017. Per program rules, grants are to be equitably divided among geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands.
    Source: Federal Register
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    RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
    Dec 7, 2016 - Announces the grant application window for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program, which provides grants to private nonprofit organizations to establish lending programs that provide low interest loans to individuals in rural areas for the purpose of constructing, refurbishing, or servicing household water well systems. Applications can be submitted in either paper or electronic format, and must be postmarked, time-stamped, or received by February 16, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IHS: Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative-Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative Support
    Dec 7, 2016 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting grant applications for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) - Generation Indigenous (GEN-I) Initiative Support, which is focused on reducing risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through early interventions that promote youth development and family engagement. Applications are due by January 9, 2017, and will be awarded in three IHS areas: Navajo Area, Phoenix Area, and the Tuscon Area.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2017 Through September 30, 2018; Correction
    Dec 6, 2016 - Corrects a technical error in a table that was published in a November 15, 2016 notice. Changes the Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (eFMAP) for Utah in fiscal year 2018 from 78.18 to 79.18.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: Meeting Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015
    Dec 5, 2016 - The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss the physician-focused payment model review process, and the role of non-physician stakeholders in payment models and the review process. The meeting can be attended in person or by teleconference.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Health Workforce Connector
    Dec 5, 2016 - In order to expand the function of the current National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Jobs Center, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is developing the Health Workforce Connector. The Health Workforce Connector will provide a central platform where users can create a profile, search for NHSC and NURSE Corps sites, find job opportunities, and search by site points of contact. The Health Workforce Connector will link healthcare professionals and students wishing to provide primary care services in underserved communities with facilities in need of providers. Comments regarding the information collection requirements of the Health Workforce Connector are being accepted until February 3, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    ACF: Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants
    Nov 30, 2016 - Announces the biennial state allotment percentages for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, which is one of the factors used by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to compute federal grant levels awarded under the Child Welfare Services State Grants Program.
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    CMS: Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP
    Nov 30, 2016 - Proposed rule with comment period that would implement certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid statute related to eligibility and appeals. Changes are intended to promote modernization and coordination of the Medicaid appeals process, and modify delegations of eligibility determinations and appeals. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on January 23, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP
    Nov 30, 2016 - Final rule implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that improve access to health coverage through improvements in Medicaid and coordination between CHIP, Medicaid, and Exchanges. Regulations are set to take effect January 20, 2017.
    Source: Federal Register
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    RBCS: Notice for Inviting Applications for the Position of National Fund Manager for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative
    Nov 28, 2016 - Invitation from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) calling for Community Development Financial Institutions to apply for the position of National Fund Manager (NFM) for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The primary role of the NFM is to raise private capital, provide financial and technical assistance to partnerships, and fund eligible projects to support retailers and suppliers that bring fresh, healthy food to underserved areas. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on December 28, 2016.
    Source: Federal Register
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    NIH: Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Storytelling About Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge
    Nov 28, 2016 - To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring the Storytelling About Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to incentivize contestants to develop a brief digital history that shows how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The submission period runs from November 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017 with judging and winner announcements to follow.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
    Nov 28, 2016 - The Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL), which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy, program development, and other matters related to interdisciplinary, community-based training grant programs, will hold an open meeting on December 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Available via webinar or teleconference, oral and written comments will be accepted regarding ACICBL's work on the 16th and 17th annual reports.
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