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Oct 5, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on proposed changes to the Application for Deemed Health Center Program Award Recipients to Sponsor Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) for Deemed Public Health Service Employment for Calendar Year 2022. VHPs of deemed health centers may be deemed as Public Health Service employees and are thus qualified for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage. Comments are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology employed to determine the rate of COVID-19 cases in counties, affecting nursing homes who are required to test staff for COVID-19 based on the positivity rate of their respective counties. The changes help to reduce the burden on nursing homes in rural counties with seemingly high comparative positivity rates.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sep 25, 2020 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security to change the admission period of F, J, and I nonimmigrants from a duration of status without a specified end date to an admission for a fixed time period. Comments are due by October 26, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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Sep 24, 2020 - Notice from the Secretary for Health and Human Services authorizing the Health Resources and Services Administrator to pay Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for the training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. This delegation of authorities is effective September 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) will hold a virtual meeting on December 8-9, 2020. Login information and meeting materials will be available on the COGME website.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2020 - Provides overview of a study that found staff at rural hospitals worry that a lack of training, experience, and equipment could hurt their chances of safely managing emergency births. Describes how rural residents have more difficulty getting maternity care and face higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. Explains how continued training via telemedicine could be a solution.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 18, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, many barriers to telehealth services were removed due to new regulatory changes, benefitting both mental healthcare providers and their patients. Describes how telehealth can increase access to mental health services in rural areas as clinicians can work across state lines and discusses how the public could benefit from the telehealth expansions remaining in place after the pandemic.
Source: Vox
Sep 18, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting expressions of interest for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board to serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021. The membership of the Board must include rural representation. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of the FirstNet Authority to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. Expressions of interest are due by October 19, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection to obtain information in order to assess Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) applicants' eligibility, qualifications for the program, and information on eligible site applicants. Comments on the information collection are due by October 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2020 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) extending the timeline for publication of a final rule to modernize and clarify the physician self-referral regulations, originally proposed in October 2019. This allows CMS more time to analyze comments received on the proposed rule and make revisions where necessary. The final rule will be published by August 31, 2021.
Source: Federal Register