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News by Topic: Policy

May 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on May 28, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to discrimination and xenophobia. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2021 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announcing a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 5, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; special enrollment periods; direct enrollment entities; income verification by exchanges; and more. This final rule is effective July 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and 2) Administrative Requirements for Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act. Comments are due by July 2, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March 2021, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a virtual public meeting on June 24, 2021, to receive recommendations and comments regarding payment amounts for new or substantially revised test codes Medicare is considering under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for calendar year 2022. Written comments are due by June 3, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extending the length of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model through December 31, 2024, by adding an additional 3 performance years. This final rule revises certain aspects of the CJR model including the episode of care definition, the target price calculation, the reconciliation process, the beneficiary notice requirements, and the appeals process. This final rule also extends the additional flexibilities provided to participant hospitals related to certain Medicare program rules. Includes information regarding rural hospital participation and time frames in which they can participate in the CJR model. This final rule is effective July 2, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 3, 2021 - Describes bipartisan legislation, Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021, that fixes a technical issue to protect existing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) from sudden, unexpected Medicare payment rate changes that were part of the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 3, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 29, 2021 - The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) extended its application deadline for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program to May 27, 2021. Includes information on program eligibility and service commitment.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration