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Sep 26, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is announcing a challenge competition to explore the resources and infrastructure needed to integrate healthcare systems data into systematic review findings in order to help fill evidence gaps and to examine the applicability of systematic review findings to real-world populations. This process will help AHRQ understand if and how sources of data and information outside of traditional systematic reviews can be used alongside systematic reviews to improve healthcare decision making, healthcare delivery and potentially patient outcomes. There are two phases to this competition, with cash prizes awarded to those proceeding to Phase 2 and to winners of Phase 2. The deadline for Phase 1 is January 9, 2023, and for Phase 2 is July 10, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2022 - Describes efforts in North Dakota to utilize rural hospitals to provide initial care for patients experiencing mental health crises to stabilize and prepare them for transfer for treatment. Notes financial and reimbursement challenges for rural hospitals to provide psychiatric hospital services as well as transportation and staffing challenges.
Source: InForum
Sep 23, 2022 - Announces over $5 million in awards to 11 HRSA-funded community health centers to support cancer screening and early detection. Describes the scope and requirements of the awards and provides a list of funded centers.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 23, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) revising servicing requirements for the Business & Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Program to clarify the current regulation and update certain provisions to align with the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. This rule is effective October 24, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2022 - Announces the appointment of the Rural Health Redesign Center to provide technical assistance to hospitals interested in becoming an Rural Emergency Hospital (REH). Describes the new REH designation and the role of the REH Technical Assistance Center in supporting hospitals through the transition process. Notes a webinar scheduled for October 12 at 3:00 p.m. to explain the REH and the Technical Assistance Center.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Sep 21, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on a revision of an information collection request titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The revisions include adding the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural reporting requirements and allowing for data collection beyond the current January 31, 2023, expiration date. The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation and report on how funds were used. Comments are due by October 21, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 17, 2022 - Highlights the recovery of the oldest rural health clinic in Oregon, which was lost in a large 2020 wildfire that destroyed the town of Blue River. Describes the rapid relocation of services and the role of the clinic in providing care for patients of all ages in the McKenzie River valley.
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Sep 15, 2022 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) inviting comments on the Draft Health Center Program Scope of Project and Telehealth Policy Information Notice (Telehealth PIN), which establishes policy for health centers that provide services via telehealth within the HRSA-approved scope of project. The Telehealth PIN also describes considerations and criteria health centers must meet for providing services via telehealth within the Health Center Program scope of project. Comments are due by November 14, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 12, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled "National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance in Healthcare Facilities." The information collected through this version of NHSN is intended to inform the federal government's understanding of disease patterns, including the changing burden of disease, and develop policies for the prevention and control of problems related to COVID-19. Comments are due by November 14, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 6, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing its approval Det Norske Veritas for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. This approval is effective through September 26, 2026.
Source: Federal Register