Nov 27, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the renewal of the Board of Scientific Counselors Infectious Diseases (BSC ID), formerly known as the Board of Scientific Counselors, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (BSC, DDID). The charter is effective for a 2-year period through October 31, 2025.
Nov 27, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the renewal of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC). The charter is effective for a 2-year period through November 5, 2025.
Nov 24, 2023 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a hybrid public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on December 6, 2023. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the PACHA website prior to the meeting. Preregistration is encouraged by November 27, 2023.
Nov 21, 2023 - New grant funding will allow Missouri clinicians to increase long COVID care access and improve outcomes for rural and other underserved communities. The project will support primary care clinicians with support and education as well as offer case managers to assist long COVID patients with insurance and other resources.
Source: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Nov 20, 2023 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Hospice Quality Reporting Program and 2) Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. Comments are due by December 20, 2023.
Nov 20, 2023 - Highlights research exploring recent trends in distance to dialysis treatment for rural and urban residents. Discusses policy measures that have improved access to dialysis for rural residents over time, particularly for rural African Americans, as well as barriers to care that remain.
Nov 18, 2023 - Discusses financial struggles for rural hospitals since COVID-19 related funding has ended. Highlights the increase in rural hospitals either closing completely or ending in-patient services. Notes the economic impact when a rural facility or services close.
Nov 17, 2023 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing its intent to establish an Advisory Committee on Long COVID. The Committee will help inform executive branch actions on Long COVID and associated conditions, focusing on health equity. HHS also invites nominations of individuals to serve on the Committee. Specific areas of expertise are being sought from Long COVID and related groups, professional associations, disability and chronic illness groups, public health and related groups, healthcare and social providers, employee and employer-related groups, research, and non-voting industry representatives. Nominations are due by January 16, 2024.
Nov 17, 2023 - Describes childhood vaccine uptake in Idaho, noting that rates are trending downward. Discusses the public health implications for unvaccinated children and possible reasons for lower rates, including less access in rural areas.
Nov 16, 2023 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) payment for dental services inextricably linked to specific covered medical services; 3) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 4) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 5) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 6) updates to certain Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment policies; 7) electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan; 8) updates to the Ambulance Fee Schedule regulations and the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System; 9) expansion of the diabetes screening and diabetes definitions; 10) pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and intensive cardiac rehabilitation expansion of supervising practitioners; 11) appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging; 12) early release of Medicare Advantage risk adjustment data; and 13) a social determinants of health risk assessment in the annual wellness visit and Basic Health Program. This rule also codifies provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. Includes rural references throughout. These regulations are effective on January 1, 2024.