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News by Topic: Legislation and regulations

Oct 26, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2023 Contracts; 2) Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program; 3) Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation Analyses and Compliance Under MHPAEA; and 4) Exchange Functions: Standards for Navigators and Non-Navigator Assistance Personnel-CAC. Comments are due by November 26, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 22, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Statement of Deficiency and Plan of Correction; 2) Medicare-Funded GME Residency Positions in accordance with Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020; and 3) Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges. Comments are due by December 21, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 21, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021" final rule. The timeline for publication of a rule to finalize the November 1, 2018, proposed rule has been extended to November 1, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2021 - Notice of proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposing to establish a regulatory category for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids to improve access to hearing aid technology for people 18 years old or older. This notice is also proposing related amendments to update the regulatory framework for hearing aids. Includes considerations for hearing aid access in rural and underserved communities. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 18, 2022. Comments on the information collection are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2021 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing to repeal the December 7, 2020, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Good Guidance Practices" and the January 14, 2021, final rule titled "Department of Health and Human Services Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement Actions." Comments are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection that addresses the requirement that certain carriers with high-cost reporting obligations must file information about the locations to which they have deployed broadband service meeting applicable public interest requirements. This information will be used to monitor the deployment progress of reporting carriers and to verify the reporting carriers' claims of service at the reported locations. Comments are due by November 18, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 15, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to provide application requirements for funding reserved under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority program. USDA is implementing SECD in fiscal year 2021 through reserving funds from the covered program and is giving priority to projects assisting rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities; ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA-Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects; and reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 14, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Independent Rural Health Clinic Cost Report; 2) Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); and 3) Implementation of Medicare and Medicaid Programs;—Promoting Interoperability Programs (Stage 3) (CMS-10552). Comments are due by December 13, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 7, 2021 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking comment on revised draft guidance that, when finalized, will describe how FDA intends to apply certain provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to human drug products compounded by State-licensed pharmacies that are not outsourcing facilities and distributed for use within a hospital or health system. The draft guidance addresses the requirement that compounding be based on the receipt of a valid prescription order for an identified individual patient and the provision concerning compounded drug products that are essentially copies of a commercially available drug product. Comments are due by December 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register