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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.

CDC: Partnership Opportunity To List in a Public Database (PPE-Info) Appropriate Personnel Protective Equipment Products That Protect Workers Against Fentanyl Exposure
Oct 18, 2018 - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invites manufacturers to submit products identified as protection against fentanyl exposure to the national Personal Protective Equipment Information (PPE-Info) database. The database allows healthcare workers and others to search for protective equipment like gloves, overalls, and more that are compliant with CDC standards. Comments expressing a willingness to participate must be received by November 19, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulation to Require Drug Pricing Transparency
Oct 18, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Federal Health Insurance Programs for the Aged and Disabled by amending the Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D programs, as well as the Medicaid program, to require direct-to-consumer television advertisements of prescription drugs and biological products for which payment is available through or under Medicare or Medicaid to include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost of the product. This is in an effort to allow beneficiaries to make informed decisions and minimize cost for themselves as well as for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments are due by December 17, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in calendar year 2019 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2019. This premium is effective on January 1, 2019.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2019
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2019. It also announced the monthly premium, the deductible for 2019, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective as of January 1, 2019.
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Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; The American Community Survey
Oct 16, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking public comment on the American Community Survey and related burden estimates, ways to improve the quality, utility, and clarity of information collected, and whether the information has practical utility. Comments are due by December 17, 2018.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Oct 15, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a re-established matching program between CMS and each State-Based Administering Entity (AE) titled, "Determining Eligibility for Enrollment in Applicable State Health Subsidy Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." This program will allow CMS to provide information, including information it received from other federal agencies, to AEs to assist with applicant information verification for determining eligibility. It will also allow sharing of information between CMS and AEs, as well as among different AEs, to prevent dual enrollment. Comments accepted through November 14, 2018.
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FCC: Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment
Oct 15, 2018 - Summary of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on wireless and broadband deployment. Includes guidance and rules to streamline the wireless infrastructure siting review process and identifies specific fee levels for the deployment of Small Wireless Facilities, among other things.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is withdrawing the September 17, 2018 notice related to the Medicaid Statistical Information System because it was prematurely published. A revised notice will be published at a later date.
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HRSA: Charter Renewal for the Council on Graduate Medical Education
Oct 9, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing that the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been rechartered, effective September 30, 2018 through September 30, 2020.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on the FY 2020 Applications for New Medical Services and Technologies Add-On Payments
Oct 5, 2018 - Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services announcement of a town hall meeting to be held on December 4, 2018 to discuss FY 2020 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget
Oct 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has submitted a request for emergency OMB review of changes to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Changes include, among other things, the addition of questions about medication-assistance treatment (MAT) for opioids and alcohol and two questions related to use of kratom, an easily accessible, unregulated, opioid-like drug which is still legal in the U.S. Comments are due by October 24, 2018 and OMB approval is requested by October 25, 2018.
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Oct 4, 2018 - Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) allowing for an additional 30 day comment period on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices. The first comment period, opened on July 16, 2018, did not receive any substantive comments. New comments are due by November 5, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 4, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by November 5, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System; 2) Medicare Subpart D — Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria.
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EOP: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring October 2018 as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness of the potential harm caused by alcohol and drugs, including opioids, in the United States.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program; Correction
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the August 8, 2018 final rule with the same title. The changes are effective as of October 1, 2018. Includes considerations for rural providers throughout.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Veterans Health Administration Plan." Under this program, VHA will provide CMS, when requested and authorized to do so, information related to an individual's health insurance eligibility under a VHA health plan when they are applying or enrolled in a private plan through the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by November 2, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures
Oct 2, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise regulations related to the process for filing appeals for adverse determinations regarding claims for benefits under Medicare Part A and Part B or determinations for prescription drug coverage under Part D. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 3, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment on a request for changes to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment (N-SSATS) data collection which is used to collect national and state-level data on patients and facilities providing substance abuse treatment services. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Oct 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is seeking approval to test the use of electronic health records by behavioral health providers to determine the level and type of support needed to bring them forward to readiness for participation in value-based incentive payment systems in the future. Comments are due by October 31, 2018.
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NTIA: BroadbandUSA Webinar Series
Sep 28, 2018 - Announcement of new webinar dates for November and December 2018 for the BroadbandUSA series hosted by National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Sep 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the revision of a currently approved information for the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services, a project that is designed to improve methods for investigating and prosecuting fraud in the provision of home health services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due by October 29, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Sep 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on a currently approved information collection titled “Medicaid Program: Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.” Comments are due by November 26, 2018.
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CDC: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Sep 25, 2018 - The Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services has been amended to reflect the reorganization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to increase scientific capacity, strengthen infrastructure, create efficiencies across the organization, and improve links between the national centers.
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VA: Definition of Domiciliary Care
Sep 25, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amending the agency's definition of domiciliary care. This revised definition encompasses the VA's Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) and clarifies that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans. The rule is effective on October 25, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reform Medicare regulations that have been identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers, allowing them to devote more time to delivering high quality patient care. Discusses the impact on rural providers and facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 19, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Appeals; Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2019
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2019 AIC threshold amounts are $160 for ALJ hearings and $1,630 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2019.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entitled "Verification of United States Citizenship and Immigration Status Data for Eligibility Determinations." The program allows CMS and DHS/USCIS to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by October 22, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Sep 19, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a potential demonstration project called the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. If approved, the demonstration would test whether exempting clinicians who participate in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) with Medicare Fee-for-Service from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements and payment adjustment will increase or maintain participation in MAOs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Comments are due by October 19, 2018.
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EOP: Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2018 as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in the United States.
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CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Sep 18, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment by November 19, 2018 on revisions to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is the annual survey used to collect state-level information on health risk behaviors, health conditions, and preventive health services.
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EOP: National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2018
Sep 18, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2018 as National Farm Safety and Health Week to raise awareness of the contributions of farmers, ranchers, and foresters, as well as safe operating practices needed to prevent injury given the dangerous nature of these occupations.
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
Sep 18, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) to be held on November 14-15, 2018. The agenda includes a discussion of patient engagement strategies, the recruitment and retention of providers, human trafficking in agriculture, and health literacy. The full agenda will be posted to the NACMH website prior to the meeting.
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RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program Under Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516; Correction
Sep 18, 2018 - Correction to the September 5, 2017 notice of solicitation of applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program to revise application due dates. Applications will now be accepted until April 30, 2019.
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Sep 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the name change for the system that tracks Medicaid data and new data elements to be tracked. The new system is called Transformed-Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) and it will allow for more accurate data collection, improved program monitoring, and provides access to data needed to improve the assessment of the quality of care and enrollment for beneficiaries.
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2019; Correction
Sep 17, 2018 - Corrected notice from USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service related to the review sections of the FY 2019 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) application process.
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RUS: Telecommunications Program: Notice of availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact
Sep 17, 2018 - Notice from the USDA Rural Utilities Services of a finding of no significant impact for a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of its Telecommunications Program. The PEA provides a broad analysis of the Agency's preliminary decisions and includes site-specific analysis for each project to be completed before funds are dispersed to applicants and prior to any construction.
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VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Sep 17, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on October 9-10, 2018. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general healthcare access.
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HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Sep 14, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on October 16, 2018. Agenda items include finalizing recommendations for innovative systems of care, barriers to effective data collection, and primary prevention related serious mental illness, among other things.
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RUS: Announcement of Disaster Assistance Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Sep 12, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announcement of supplemental funding available through the Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) grant to be used toward repairs of drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
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CDC: Surgeon General's Call to Action: “Community Health and Prosperity”
Sep 6, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments by November 5, 2018 on an upcoming Surgeon General's Call to Action entitled "Community Health and Prosperity." The purpose of the Call is to show that investments in community health can improve the health and prosperity of communities and to encourage the private sector and policymakers to invest in community health improvements.
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HHS, CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Sep 5, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment by October 5, 2018 on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) entitled "Verification of Household Income and Family Size for Insurance Affordability Programs and Exemptions." The program allows CMS and IRS to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations.
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice; Notice of Public Meeting
Sep 5, 2018 - The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) will hold a public meeting on September 26-27, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion on areas in which nurses can lead the transition of healthcare toward one emphasizing value and quality of care, which is also the focus on the Council's 15th annual report to the Secretary, and discussion of strategic priorities for NACNEP.
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RUS: Announcement Process for Rural Utilities Service Grant Programs
Sep 5, 2018 - Final rule, effective September 5, 2018, from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to conform with newly implemented uniform posting requirements for federal grants. Notices of funding availability for RUS grants will be posted in the Federal Register and on Grants.gov and will include all pertinent information that the public will need to apply for each of the grant programs will be included in the FOA.
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USDA: OneRD Guaranteed Loan Platform
Sep 5, 2018 - Announces a series of public listening sessions of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD), including the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) divisions, to receive comments on the development of a common platform to deliver four guaranteed loan programs. The OneRD Guaranteed loan platform will help the agencies improve the customer experience by streamlining processing for similar loan programs, reducing complexities, and improving cross-program coordination for the loan programs. Written comments must be sent by October 22, 2018.
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Sep 4, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking comment by October 4, 2018 on the nursing home survey on patient safety culture database. The survey is used by nursing homes to assess provider and staff perspectives about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting.
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Sep 4, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period through October 4, 2018 on a change to a currently approved information collection titled "Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component and MEPS Medical Provider Component." The survey is used to analyze healthcare use, expenses, and health policy.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request
Sep 4, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 4, 2018 on the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and Federal Financial Report Attachment (SF-425A) forms as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) form as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF-424C) form as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Project Abstract Summary which is used by applicants to provide a summary of grant projects and objectives as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Assurances for Construction Programs form which allows applicants to provide specific assurances as part of their federal grant proposal.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form which is used to provide lobbying details as part of federal grant proposals.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Federal Domestic Assistance-Short Organizational form which is used to provide organizational details as part of the federal grant proposal process.
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HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request
Aug 31, 2018 - The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by October 1, 2018 on the Assurances for Non-Construction Programs form which requests that applicants certify specified required assurances as part of federal grant proposals.
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Notice Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), September 26, 2018
Aug 31, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) to be held on September 26, 2018. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, recap of previous meetings, discussion of CMS programs and priorities, and more.
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RHS: Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs
Aug 31, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from USDA's Rural Housing Services (RHS) to amend regulations for the direct and guaranteed single family housing loan and grant programs. Proposed changes include the revision of the definition of very low-, low-, and moderate-income; clarification of the net family assets during the calculation of repayment income; and revision of the methodology used to determine loan limits, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 30, 2018.
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RBS: Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
Aug 29, 2018 - USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is seeking applications for the FY2018 Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of the program is to address the unmet healthcare needs in the Delta Region through financial assistance, economic development, and cooperation between health professionals and institutions in the region. Applications are due by November 26, 2018.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Aug 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by October 26, 2018 on 1) the Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2020 Contracts; and 2) Medicare Advantage Application—Part C and 1876 Cost Plan Expansion Application Regulations.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 27, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Blueprint for Approval of State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges, which makes revisions to data reporting tools; and 2) the Quality Improvement Strategy Implementation Plan and Progress Form, which is used to evaluate the compliance and adequacy of Qualified Health Plan issuers' quality improvement efforts. Comments are due by September 26, 2018.
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HHS: Request for Information Regarding the 21st Century Cures Act Electronic Health Record Reporting Program
Aug 24, 2018 - Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program, established by the 21st Century Cures Act. Specifically requested is input on priorities on the intersection of health IT product-related reporting criteria and healthcare provider reporting criteria, as well as input on specific focus areas, including the reporting criteria categories required by the 21st Century Cures Act. Comments accepted through October 17, 2018.
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HRSA: Request for Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Aug 24, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations to serve on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act. There will be a balanced representation of members from rural and urban areas and between health professions. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis.
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HRSA: Request for Nominations for the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
Aug 24, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). The council provides recommendations on policy for activities under Title III of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), including those related to nurse workforce, nursing education, and practice improvement. There will be a balanced representation of members from rural and urban areas and between nursing professions. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis.
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VA: Notice of Request for Information Regarding Health Care Standards for Quality
Aug 24, 2018 - Request for information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist in establishing health care standards for quality regarding hospital care, medical services, and extended care services furnished by the VA, including through non-Department healthcare providers. Comments accepted through September 24, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Certain Changes to the Low-Volume Hospital Payment Adjustment Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Years 2011 Through 2017
Aug 23, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing changes to the low-volume hospital payment adjustment under the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for acute care hospitals for fiscal years 2011-2017 relating to the application of mileage criterion for Indian Health Service (IHS) and non-IHS hospitals.
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ACF: Administration for Native Americans; Notice of Meeting
Aug 22, 2018 - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will hold a Tribal Consultation on September 13, 2018 to consult on ACF programs and tribal priorities. Topics for consultation include the Family First Services Act, barriers for tribes related to Title IV-E Planning Grants, Office of Head Start annual consultation, and TANF and Welfare reform.
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Aug 22, 2018 - A public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry has been scheduled for September 10-11, 2018. The Committee will have follow-up discussions on PHS Act section 747 and oral health training programs, finalize recommendations on appropriation levels to be included in its 16th report of committee activities, and complete the 16th report, as well as a report on promoting clinical trainee and faculty well-being to prevent burnout.
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CMS: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve DNV GL-Healthcare's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospital that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approve is effective for the period of August 17, 2018 through September 26, 2022.
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CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations Pathways to Success
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make changes to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operated under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Among other things, the proposed changes will encourage ACOs to transition to two-side models where they share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses. Includes considerations for small and rural providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 16, 2018.
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HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting
Aug 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a public meeting on September 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. Agenda items include a discussion of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of mortality in rural, and the provision of oral health services. Requests to submit a written statement or make oral comments should be sent to Steven Hirsch at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
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FCC: Connect America Fund
Aug 15, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an information collection associated with the rules for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, thus making the rules published on July 7, 2016 and April 13, 2018 effective.
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RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Fiscal Year 2019
Aug 14, 2018 - Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) prior to the passage of final appropriations for FY 2019. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based upon funding amount requested for each of the grant programs. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be published on the USDA Rural Development website at a later date.
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by September 12, 2018 on the modification of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) OASIS-C2/ICD-10 that home health agencies are required to collect when participating in the Medicare program.
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - April through June 2018
Aug 13, 2018 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 2018. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
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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 Proposed Rule
Aug 10, 2018 - Notice of proposed 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. Comments are due by September 7, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Aug 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Program Integrity: Exchange, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards; Amendments to the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014; Final Rule II; and 2) Essential Community Provider Data Collection to Support QHP Certification for PYs 2021-2023. Comments are due by September 10, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates; Correction
Aug 10, 2018 - Correction to a July 19, 2018 Federal Register notice from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service related to maximum reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
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; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Correction
Aug 9, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to Figure A, as filed in the July 27, 2018 proposed rule to revise payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
Aug 9, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018.
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Aug 8, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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FDA: Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Aug 7, 2018 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration seeking comment on a draft guidance entitled "Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment," as well as comments on when the use of placebo or active controls is most appropriate in clinical trials for such drugs. Comments are due by October 9, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS, CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Aug 7, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on their intent to re-establish a matching program between CMS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) entitled “Determining Enrollment or Eligibility for Insurance Affordability Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” The program allows CMS and SSA to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by September 6, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019. Also updates regulatory text to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019 and makes changes to the Hospice Quality Report Program. This final rule is effective on October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updating the prospective payment rates for FY 2019 for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. Also updated labor-related share and wage indexes, as well as quality and reporting measures. The rule is effective October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2019 and remove certain measures and assessment instruments in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of paperwork for IRFs. Also makes updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program requirements. The rule is effective on October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
Aug 6, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is accepting loan applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program. Letters of Intent should be submitted by September 30, 2019 with the full loan application package should due 60 days from the date of a written RUS invitation to proceed.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
Aug 3, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will convene a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages (ACICBL) on August 16, 2018. The full agenda will be posted on the ACICBL website and will include a discussion of how to prepare the healthcare workforce to practice in age-friendly health systems while addressing the quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs while improving the work life of healthcare providers.
Source: Federal Register
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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
Aug 3, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. Under the new definition, contracts issued must have an expiration date that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract and, taking into account renewals or extensions, has a duration of no longer than 36 months in total. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage and is designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage that occur when individuals are transitioning from one insurance plan to another. This rule is effective on October 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: Proposed Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Requests for Information on Promoting Interoperability and Electronic Health Care Information, Price Transparency, and Leveraging Authority for the Competitive Acquisition Program for Part B Drugs and Biologicals for a Potential CMS Innovation Center Model
Jul 31, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2019. The proposed rule also updates requirements for the Hospital Outpatient quality reporting (OQR) program and ASC quality reporting program, requests information on promoting interoperability and the exchange of electronic health care information, and proposes to modify the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey measure by removing pain-related questions. Includes considerations for rural providers throughout. Comments on the rule are due by September 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Possible Revision or Elimination of Rules; Proposed Rule
Jul 31, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment from the public by October 29, 2018 on a list of ten-year old rules, including Universal Services rules that contain rural definitions and programs, in order to determine if they should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded. The FCC will review comments and consider what action, if any, needs to be taken with regard to the rules.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Jul 31, 2018 - The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)will hold an open full committee meeting on September 13-14. The agenda is posted on the NCVHS website and includes a discussion on several health data policy topics, continued work on projects outlined in the NCVHS 2018 workplan, and discussion on plans for the NCVHS 13th Report to Congress, among other things. Additionally, the NCVHS Population Health Subcommittee will hold a session with panelists to provide input to the Committee regarding strategies and resources/tools to increase access to small area data.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS, HHS: Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the 2017 Benefit Year
Jul 30, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a final rule adopting the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2017 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, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 benefit years. This rule is effective July, 30, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
Jul 30, 2018 - The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting September 6-7, 2018. The committee will continue deliberations from its previous meeting to further develop recommendations regarding stakeholder engagement; the roles of health equity, complex systems science and modeling, and summary measures in Healthy People 2030; and activities for implementing Health People 2030.
Source: Federal Register
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CDC: Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS)
Jul 27, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a public meeting for the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Health Disparities Subcommittee (ACD, CDC-HDS) on October 9, 2018. Agenda items are focused on providing new members of the Subcommittee with information related to their roles and responsibilities.
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; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Jul 27, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Broadband e-Connectivity Pilot Program
Jul 27, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is seeking comment by September 10, 2018 on the implementation of the pilot broadband program (e-Connectivity Pilot). The e-Connectivity Pilot provides loans and grants for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) for Continued Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Jul 26, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) has submitted their application to continue as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Comments on their application must be received by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Secretarial Review and Publication of the National Quality Forum 2017 Annual Report to Congress and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Submitted by the Consensus-Based Entity Regarding Performance Measurement
Jul 25, 2018 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledging that the Secretary has received and reviewed the 2017 National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Report. The Secretary's comments are included in section II of the notice, including the response to NQF's work in addressing challenges faced by rural communities when implementing certain quality measures.
Source: Federal Register
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IHS: Draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2018-2022
Jul 24, 2018 - The Indian Health Service is seeking public comment by August 23, 2018, on the draft IHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2018-2022. The three main goals of the plan are: 1) To ensure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people; 2) To promote excellence and quality through innovation of the Indian health system into an optimally performing organization; and 3) To strengthen IHS program management and operations. A series of virtual town hall sessions seeking input on the plan will also be held.
Source: Federal Register
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BIA: Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jul 23, 2018 - 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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