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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.

AHRQ: Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Feb 19, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include behavioral medicine, health equity, public health, application of science to health policy, and communicating scientific findings to multiple audiences. Nominations of members of minority populations, people with disabilities, and women are encouraged. Nominations are due May 15th.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-October Through December 2018
Feb 19, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of CMS regulations, instructions, and Federal Register notices published October through December 2018. Includes contact information for general questions and additional information about a specific section.
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FCC: Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and Certifications, Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime
Feb 19, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) summarizing their Report and Order & Order on Reconsideration regarding measures to expand broadband to the rural U.S., final rules related to telecommunications companies and uniform service, and denying three petitions related to reconsidering an earlier decision. The final rules are effective March 21, 2019, with exceptions listed on the FR notice.
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
Feb 19, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) will have a public meeting on April 8-9, 2019. The meeting will be held via webinar and address issues related to improving the health of pregnant women and infants, reducing infant mortality, and addressing factors related to maternal and child healthcare. Registration is required.
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CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Feb 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on a previously published information collection request entitled "Evaluation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands." The chronic disease self-management program will target people with diabetes, lung disease, and other chronic health problems in Guam, American Samoa, and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Comments are due thirty days from publication of this notice.
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FCC: Federal Advisory Committee Act; Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, GN 17-83
Feb 15, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces a renewal of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee's charter for another two years, effective March 1, 2019. The Committee will continue to provide recommendations on how the FCC can accelerate deployment of broadband across the U.S.
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HHS: Retail Pharmacy Interest in Utilization of Innovative Educational Technology To Increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates in Rural Areas
Feb 15, 2019 - The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests information from retail pharmacies with more than 100 stores in rural areas regarding their interest in educational models for increasing HPV vaccination. NVPO is also requesting information on experience in developing or implementing innovative educational models and recommendations or lessons learned. Responses are due February 25, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Feb 14, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on proposed information collection related to the following items: 1) Transformed—Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), which is used to monitor Medicaid trends; 2) External Quality Review of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs); 3) Report of a Hospital Death Associated with Restraint or Seclusion, which applies to rehabilitation or psychiatric distinct part units (DPUs) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs); and 4) Marketplace Quality Standards. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
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FCC: Open Commission Meeting, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces a meeting on February 14, 2019 which will address the Connect America Fund and several other topics. The Connect America Fund relates to expanding high-speed internet access in rural areas.
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Feb 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the 2019 public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). Meetings will be held in person, online, and via teleconference on June 11 and August 8, 2019. They will discuss their annual report and policy and program matters related to Section 747 of Title VII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
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HRSA: Meeting of the Council on Graduate Medical Education
Feb 14, 2019 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces an electronic meeting of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) on June 5-6, 2019. The meeting will include a discussion of rural health graduate medical education financing and workforce development, among other topics. See the notice for additional details, including a webinar link and call-in information.
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Census Bureau: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Feb 13, 2019 - The U.S. Census Bureau again requests comments on the 2020 Census data collection minus the Address Canvasing portion, which was posted separately. This is a repost of a December 28, 2018 Federal Register Notice due to the partial government shutdown and has been updated to reflect pending litigation regarding the citizenship question. Comments are due in 30 days from publication of this notice.
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HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Feb 13, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on April 3-5 in California. The meeting will address "Supportive Services and Caregiving for the Rural Elderly" and "Cancer Prevention and Control in Rural America" and includes site visits to Northern Valley Indian Health Clinic and the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
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USDA: Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH)
Feb 13, 2019 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) corrects the wording defining rural for a June 24, 2010 final ruling establishing Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) regulations. The change is effective February 13, 2019.
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CDC: Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge
Feb 12, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of the 2019 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which seeks to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks by 2022. Million Hearts recognizes health systems, clinicians, and clinical practices that have significantly impacted hypertension control rates. Applications will be accepted February 14 through April 1, 2019.
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RHS: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) requests comments on extending information collection for the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program, which helps repair or rehabilitate housing, co-ops, and rental properties for low-income people in rural areas. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Final FY 2017 and Preliminary FY 2019 Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments, and Final FY 2017 and Preliminary FY 2019 Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits
Feb 11, 2019 - Announces the final federal share Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2017 and the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2019. This notice also describes the methodology used to determine amounts of states' FY DSH allotments. The notice is effective March 13, 2019.
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Feb 11, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection related to the program application guide and applications for Rural Broadband Access loans and loan guarantees. Comments are due March 13, 2019.
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Feb 8, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces two upcoming meetings regarding proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives. The meetings will be held online February 26, 2019 and March 27, 2019 and are open to the public. Registration is required.
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HHS: Request for Information (RFI): Improving Efficiency, Effectiveness, Coordination, and Accountability of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Prevention, Care, and Treatment Programs
Feb 8, 2019 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) requests comments on how to improve national response to HIV and viral hepatitis. Feedback will inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Comments are due March 11, 2019.
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CDC: Request for Nominations: Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel
Feb 6, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requests nominations for the Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panels (SEP) in the the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Reviewers with research and evaluation expertise in opioid use disorder, child abuse and neglect, elder maltreatment, suicide, environmental health, policy evaluation, and other areas related to injury and violence prevention are being sought. Nominations are due April 1, 2019.
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HHS: Fraud and Abuse: Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Creation of New Safe Harbor Protection for Certain Point-of-Sale Reductions in Price on Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Certain Pharmacy Benefit Manager Service Fees
Feb 6, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a proposed rule intended to encourage manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
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IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2019
Feb 6, 2019 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2019 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2019
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CDC: Draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Hearing Loss Prevention
Feb 5, 2019 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requests comments on a draft of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Hearing Loss Prevention. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
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CDC: Final National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health
Feb 5, 2019 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of the final National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health on the CDC website.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Performance, OMB No. 0915-0363-Extension
Feb 5, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks comments regarding their plans to continue collecting Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Performance Measures without changes. Comments are due April 8, 2019.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Telehealth Resource Center Performance Measurement Tool, OMB No. 0915-0361-Revision
Feb 5, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requests comments on a revised set of performance measures for evaluating technical assistance provided by Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs). The measures address rural specific issues. Comments are due March 7, 2019.
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BIA: Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Feb 1, 2019 - Publishes the current list of 573 federally recognized tribal entities. Each tribal entity is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as an Indian Tribe.
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FNS: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
Feb 1, 2019 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agricultural that would limit the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in a work program at least 20 hours per week, or participating in workfare. Includes actions taken since the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this subject was first published in February 2018. Comments on the proposed rule are due on April 2, 2019.
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HHS: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
Feb 1, 2019 - Announces the updated 2019 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 11, 2019. 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 several federal programs.
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting Cancellation
Feb 1, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announces the cancellation of the February 27, 2019 meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jan 31, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Lifetime Limits; Required Notice of Rescission of Coverage; and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; 2) Rate Increase Disclosure and Review Requirements (45 CFR part 154); 3) Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration; 4) The Fiscal Soundness Reporting Requirements; 5) Prepaid Health Plan Cost Report; 6) Testing of Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys; and 6) Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Comments are due by April 1, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jan 31, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Contract Year 2020 Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software and Formulary Submission; 2) Federal Qualified Health Center Cost Report; 3) Prospective Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services; 4) Medicare EDI Enrollment Form and EDI Registration; 5) Hospitals and Health Care Complex Cost Report; 6) Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) for Individuals Under Age 21 and Supporting Regulations; 7) 21st Century Cures Act Section 12002 IMD Study; and 8) Medicare Advantage Application—Part C and 1876 Cost Plan Expansion Application Regulations under 42 CFR 422 (Subpart K) & 417.400. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
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GAO: Request for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Nominations
Jan 31, 2019 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicaid CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) by February 20, 2019. Appointments are effective May 1, 2019.
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GAO: Request for Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Nominations
Jan 31, 2019 - The Government Accountability Office is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by March 8, 2019. Appointments are effective May 2019.
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HHS: Administrative Simplification: Modification of the Requirements for the Use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard
Jan 31, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements for retail pharmacy transactions related to Schedule II drugs. This change to the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs will require covered entities to use the Quantity Prescribed field in order to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill. Comments on this proposed rule are due by April 1, 2019.
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HHS: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee 2019 Schedule
Jan 31, 2019 - Notice from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announcing the 2019 Health Information Technology Advisory Committee schedule for the review of policy recommendations and priorities.
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HHS: Medicare Program; Administrative Law Judge Hearing Program for Medicare Claim and Entitlement Appeals; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - October Through December 2018
Jan 31, 2019 - Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of October to December 2018 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims.
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision
Jan 31, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on revisions to information collected through the Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Jan 31, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has extended the comment period on for the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey is used to used to determine the prevalence of the use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by people 12 years and older in the United States. Comments are due by March 4, 2019.
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VA: Urgent Care
Jan 31, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking comment on a proposed to allow eligible veterans access to urgent care services from qualifying non-VA providers without prior approval from the VA. Includes detailed information defining services that qualify for urgent care visits. Comments on the proposed rule are due by March 4, 2019.
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CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Jan 29, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the comment period for responses to the September 18, 2018 information collection for the National Hospital Care Survey. The survey is used to collect data on patient care from a sample of hospitals in order to describe patterns of care delivery and utilization in the United States. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
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CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020
Jan 24, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a proposed rule related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; policies related to prescription drug costs; the Navigator program; and more. Includes meaningful quality reporting measures intended to help improve rural access. Comments are due February 19, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations Pathways to Success and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policies for Performance Year 2017
Dec 31, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the final rules for the Medicare Shared Savings Program participation options to encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models. Discusses issues specific to rural throughout, addresses the impact on small rural hospitals starting on PDF page 857, and offers some options for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and hospitals with swing bed agreements. The rules take February 14, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Fees
Dec 31, 2018 - Notice from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing increased fees under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), specifically for certificates, compliance fees, and non-accredited laboratory inspections. Small rural hospital laboratories are subject to CLIA fees and CMS does not expect this notice to have a significant impact on them, but requests comments from them and other affected laboratories. Comments are due March 1, 2019.
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HHS: Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee; Meetings
Dec 31, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2019 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will include discussion and voting on physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). The meetings are open to the public and may be attended in person, via livestream, or by conference call. The 2019 meeting dates are: March 11-12, June 17-18, September 16-17, and December 9-10.
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HHS: Request for Public Comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations
Dec 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests comments on the draft report Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations, which updates best practices and offers recommendations for addressing gaps and inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain, taking into consideration issues such as opioids and access to care. Comments are due in 90 days.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Dec 28, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to technical and typographical errors in the November 21, 2018 final rule entitled "Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs." Corrections are effective on January 1, 2019.
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DOC: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Dec 28, 2018 - The Department of Commerce requests comments on remaining operations for the 2020 Census data collection described in this notice. Comments are due 30 days from publication of this notice.
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FCC: Regulation of Business Data Services for Rate-of-Return Local Exchange Carriers; Business Data Services in an Internet Protocol Environment; Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers
Dec 28, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces a final rule allowing certain rural rate-of-return carriers to transition to a different regulatory framework where they would receive incentives to use savings to improve existing service and networks. The rule is intended to improve business data services in rural areas. The rule will go into effect February 26, 2019.
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HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
Dec 28, 2018 - The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) will hold a public meeting on January 28-20, 2019 to finalize its 15th report focused on how nursing can help lead the transition to value-based care and to discuss topics for the 16th report. The meeting will be held in-person in Rockville, Maryland and is also accessible by webinar and teleconference.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Risk Adjustment Data Validation
Dec 27, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extending the comment period for the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions in the proposed rule "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021" filed November 1, 2018. Comments for this portion of the proposed rule are due April 30, 2019.
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces the Following Advisory Committee Meeting
Dec 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on February 6-7, 2019 in Washington D.C. The agenda includes reviewing the December 2018 meeting proceedings which addressed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) updates, drafting recommendations for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, discussing health data policy topics, and more.
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CMS: Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), January 16, 2019
Dec 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) on January 16, 2019. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to the meeting coordinator by January 2, 2019 to be included in the agenda. Current agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS program and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment.
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IHS: Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Dec 26, 2018 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) regarding a proposed reorganization of their headquarters to establish an Office of Quality. Details the responsibilities of the proposed office and the functions of other headquarters offices in relation to it.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Application for Continued Approval of its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Dec 21, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces its continued recognition of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. through December 20, 2024 as a national accrediting organization for ambulatory surgical centers who want to participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs.
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NTIA: Requests for Comments: Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America's Future
Dec 21, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requests comments regarding the development of a long-term national spectrum strategy to increase spectrum access for all users, create flexible models for spectrum management, and more. The spectrum strategy will address Fifth Generation (5G) cellular services and emerging space-based applications. Comments are due January 22, 2019.
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting
Dec 21, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces that the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will meet February 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment, recovery housing, and more. The meeting may be accessed in person or via telephone; pre-registration is requested.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Accrediting Organizations Conflict of Interest and Consulting Services; Request for Information
Dec 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on whether or not it is appropriate for a Medicare-approved Accrediting Organization to provide fee-based consultant services for Medicare-participating providers and suppliers, the same providers for which they determine accreditation status. Comments are due February 19, 2019.
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EPA: Meetings: Local Government Advisory Committee and the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee
Dec 20, 2018 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides notice of an open meeting for the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). The SCAS will discuss environmental issues affecting small communities, including water infrastructure and community revitalization. SCAS will meet on January 11, 2019, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Eastern in Washington, D.C.
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HHS: Administrative Simplification: Rescinding the Adoption of the Standard Unique Health Plan Identifier and Other Entity Identifier
Dec 19, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a proposed rule that would rescind the unique health plan identifier (HPID) and other entity identifier (OEID) specifications and use requirements. Comments will inform future plans to create a more effective standard HPID and are due February 19, 2019.
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VA: Notice of Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Dec 19, 2018 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces funding and grant application information for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, both for existing grantees and new applicants. The program focuses on ending homelessness among veterans and seeks to support services equitably across geographic regions, including rural and tribal areas. Grant applications are due February 22, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE)
Dec 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking nominations to serve on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). The APOE is charged with advising the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS on the development and implementation of education programs for individuals eligible for insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Nominations are due by January 16, 2019.
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HRSA: Notice Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Dec 17, 2018 - A public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) has been scheduled for January 9-10, 2019. The committee provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy, program development, and other activities under Title VII, part C of the Public Health Service Act. The agenda will be available on the ACTPCMD website at least 14 days prior to the meeting.
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RHS: Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program Notice of Funding Availability Elimination
Dec 17, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Rural Housing Service to amending regulations to eliminate the annual publication of Notice of Funding Availability requirement for the Rural Rental Housing Guaranteed Loans program. This would allow the agency to accept and process applications in a more fluid manner. Comments on the proposed rule are due by February 15, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Dec 14, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services Under 42 CFR 447.203 and 447.204; 2) Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010; and 3) Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP). Comments are due by January 14, 2019.
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HHS, OCR: Request for Information on Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care
Dec 14, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking comments on potential modifications to HIPAA rules to promote information sharing for care coordination and value-based healthcare. Comments will be due by February 12, 2019.
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RUS: Broadband Pilot Program
Dec 14, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Services announces the policy and application procedures for funding to create a Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program which will provide grants and loans to expand broadband development in rural areas where 90 percent of households have insufficient access to broadband service. Applications are expected to be available in Grants.gov on February 22, 2019.
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CDC: Requests for Information: Advancing Tobacco Control Practices to Prevent Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, and Identify and Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities
Dec 11, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests information on ways to identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities, eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, and prevent youth and young adults from initiating tobacco use. Written comments are due February 11, 2019.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Dec 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces revisions to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) or CAHPS Hospital Survey. The revision removes three pain management questions to help address concerns related to opioid prescriptions. CMS also announces an extension of Student Health Insurance Coverage information collection.
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Census Bureau: Innovations for Public Opinion Research
Dec 10, 2018 - The Census Bureau is requesting comments on innovations in tracking public opinion towards the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau. They would also like comments on innovations for tracking information-seeking and sharing behaviors that could affect participation in the decennial census or public opinion or knowledge regarding the census or the Census Bureau. The Census is particularly interested in public opinion research based on internet searches and social networking sites and may be interested in collaborating on research with a nonprofit or government agency. Comments are due February 8, 2019.
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CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year Final Rule
Dec 10, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014-2018 benefit years.
Source: Federal Register
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DOL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
Dec 10, 2018 - On behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Department of Labor (DOL) requests comments on revisions to the "Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses" (SOII). The BLS would add Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assigned identification numbers to the SOII on a voluntary basis to improve OSHA and BLS data matching. Comments are due January 9, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band
Dec 7, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a final rule adopting changes to Priority Access Licenses (PAL) to encourage the rapid development of advanced wireless technologies, including 5G. Changes the license area from census tracts to counties, revises the competitive bidding rules, and more. Addresses the potential impacts for rural areas.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures, Correction
Dec 6, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces corrections to the October 10, 2018 proposed rule revising the process for filing appeals for adverse claims benefits determinations.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030; Correction
Dec 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services corrects the previously announced comment due date for the Healthy People 2030 Framework. Comments are now due January 17, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Charter Renewals: National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
Dec 3, 2018 - The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) charter, authorizing the Council to operate until November 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the comment period end date for the rule with the same title. The corrected date is January 2, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations to support the health and drug plans' negotiation for lower prices and to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare enrollees. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
Nov 30, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces an effective date change for the January 5, 2017 final rule setting the 340B ceiling price calculation and defining civil monetary penalties. The final rule will now be effective January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Meetings: Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; Correction
Nov 30, 2018 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) correcting the 2018 Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting dates originally announced February 05, 2018. Corrections include updating the registration link and shortening the December meeting to one day.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
Nov 29, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Version 0.2 Beta for patient safety and healthcare quality reporting. Comments are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Nov 29, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment regarding revisions to an information collection for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2020 Contracts and a new information collection to evaluate the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) current focus on Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Prevention, including opioid misuse and overdose. Comments are due December 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA: Revision of Delegations of Authority
Nov 29, 2018 - Notice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a final rule adding and modifying delegations of authority. Among other changes, the rule transfers some authority from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), and Rural Housing Service (RHS) to the Rural Development (RD) Business Center.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2019 Through September 30, 2020
Nov 28, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services has released the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP), and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Solicitation for Written Comments on Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030
Nov 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives and invites newly proposed objectives for consideration to be included in the plan. The Healthy People 2030 Framework is available on the Healthy People website. Comments are due by January 11, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Nov 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Notice of Research Exception under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; 2) Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations for Insurance Affordability Programs and Enrollment through Affordable Insurance Exchanges, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Agencies (CMS-10440); and 3) State-based Exchange Annual Report Tool (SMART). Comments are due by January 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Nov 26, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Peace Corps entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Peace Corps Health Benefit Plan." Under this program, the Peace Corps will provide CMS with data identifying all volunteers and the dates when each is eligible for coverage under a Peace Corps health benefit plan. The data will be used to determine eligibility and the amount of financial assistance available to them when they are applying for or enrolled in a private plan through a state- or federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by December 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Nov 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection to measure the prevalence and cause of food security, food insecurity, and very low food security for the U.S. population and selected subgroups. Comments on the information collection are due by December 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Quality Payment Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the 2019 MIPS Payment Year; Provisions From the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care OrganizationsPathways to Success; and Expanding the Use of Telehealth Services for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act
Nov 23, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule and interim final rule to address changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies and finalize policies included in the interim final rule entitled "Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program; and Quality Payment Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance Policy for the Transition Year" to address the uncontrollable circumstances that MIPS eligible clinicians faced due to hurricanes in calendar year 2017. Also addresses some of the changes proposed in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations that were included in the August 2018 proposed rule. Finally, the interim final rule implements changes to permissible telehealth originating sites for treatment of a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorder for telehealth services furnished on or after July 1, 2019. Includes comments received and CMS's response to them for all sections of the rule.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA: Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects; Proposed Rule
Nov 23, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and its sub-agencies have issued a proposed rule to update the Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation to allow the agencies limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review, while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of any RD funding. This proposed rule is being filed concurrently with a direct final rule on the same action as the Agency considers this a non-controversial action and does not anticipate any adverse comments. Comments are due by December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA: Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects; Rule
Nov 23, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and its sub-agencies have issued a final rule to update the Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation to allow the agencies limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review, while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of any RD funding. The rule is being filed concurrently with a proposed rule on the same action and is effective January 7, 2019, unless significant adverse comments are received before the deadline of December 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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