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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    HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
    Mar 28, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, will hold an open meeting on April 27, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern to identify critical health issues and set goals for the Healthy People 2030 initiative. The meeting will be available to the public via webinar, and the required pre-registration must be completed by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on April 26, 2017.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Reconciliation Tool for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program
    Mar 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement a reconciliation tool in the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Data collected will allow THCGME's prospective payments, whether they were overpaid or underpaid, to be equalized at the end of the fiscal year. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by May 26, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations
    Mar 24, 2017 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting information submissions from the public to inform their review on Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations. Specifically, AHRQ is seeking scientific studies that report on the efficacy of using telehealth consultations for acute and/or chronic conditions. Information must be submitted on or before April 24, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Mar 22, 2017 - Announces the cancellation of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, which was scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. The meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum. The next Council meeting is scheduled for July 26, 2017.
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    RBS: Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
    Mar 22, 2017 - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 2, 2017, and electronic applications must be received by May 26, 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
    Mar 21, 2017 - Further delays the effective dates 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. Comments regarding the appropriateness of this delay are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 19, 2017.
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    HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
    Mar 20, 2017 - Further delays the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule, which sets forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defines civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. Comments are being accepted through April 19, 2017 on whether a longer delay is necessary, potentially pushing back the effective date from May 22, 2017 to October 1, 2017.
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    HRSA: Notice of Meeting: Health Resources and Services Administration
    Mar 17, 2017 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) will hold open meetings on April 10 - 12, 2017 to examine the current delivery of healthcare and human services in rural areas, and develop a work plan for the next quarter. The meetings will be held in person at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Washington, D.C., with a visit to the Hubert H. Humphrey Building scheduled on April 11.
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    IHS: Community Based Model of PHN Case Management Services (Behavioral Health)
    Mar 16, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), Division of Nursing Services/Public Health Nursing (PHN) is accepting grant applications through May 15, 2017 for the Community Based Model of PHN Case Management Services program. Approximately ten awards ranging from $124,000 to $150,000 will be awarded to help improve behavioral health outcomes for certain high risk American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.
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    FNS: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 2017/2018 Income Eligibility Guidelines
    Mar 15, 2017 - Announces the maximum and minimum income eligibility guidelines by household size for persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Guidelines cover the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, and must be implemented by state agencies no later than July 1, 2017.
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    HRSA: Notice of Meeting: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
    Mar 14, 2017 - The National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NACNHSC) will hold an open meeting on March 22, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss provider retention in rural areas, the redesign of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), and provide an update on Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scoring. The meeting may be attended via webinar or conference call, and the final agenda will be available on the NACNHSC website three days in advance.
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    NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Application Process for Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at the NIH Clinical Center and Its Impact on Course and Training Program Enrollment and Effectiveness (Clinical Center)
    Mar 9, 2017 - Notice of intent from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect information as part of the application process for Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at the NIH Clinical Center. Information collected will be used to evaluate applicants' qualifications, determine eligibility for courses and training programs, and track enrollment over time. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be received by May 8, 2017.
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    GAO: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee Nominations; Request for Letters of Nomination and Resumes
    Mar 8, 2017 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations of individuals for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. The Committee, established by the 21st Century Cures Act, provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation of HIT, certification criteria, use of health information, and more. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted by April 14, 2017, and appointments will be made in July 2017.
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    HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties; Delay of Effective Date
    Mar 6, 2017 - Delays the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule, which sets forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defines civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. In order to comply with the "regulatory freeze pending review," the effective date is delayed until March 21, 2017.
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    AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Mar 1, 2017 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, discussions on the learning healthcare system, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and AHRQ's work in rural areas. The meeting may be attended in person or via webcast, and the final agenda will be available on the AHRQ website no later than Friday, March 17, 2017.
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    CDFI Fund: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance (FA) Awards or Technical Assistance (TA) Grants Under the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Funding Round
    Feb 27, 2017 - Announces a funding opportunity through the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to emerging and certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that serve native communities. Awards of up to $1 million will be made for CDFI financial assistance, and grants of up to $150,000 will be made to build organizational capacity of certified, certifiable, and emerging CDFIs.
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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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