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Feb 20, 2024 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to serve 3-year terms and replace seven current members whose terms will expire in November 2024. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding AHRQ's mission. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. Nominations are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 20, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the adjusted income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. In 2024, states and Indian Tribal Organizations that administer the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Program will also begin to use these guidelines. These guidelines are applicable from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Medical Monitoring Project (MMP)." Information gathered will guide national and local HIV-related service organization and delivery and monitor the receipt of HIV treatment and prevention services and clinical outcomes. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Prior Authorization Demonstration for Certain Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Services and 2) Medicare Enrollment Application for Institutional Providers. Comments are due by April 16, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying its regulations to implement provisions of Section 3221 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other things, requires HHS to bring 42 CFR part 2 ("Part 2") into greater alignment with certain aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. This notice also summarizes and responds to public comments on the December 2, 2022, proposed rule. This rule is effective April 16, 2024. Persons subject to this regulation must comply with the applicable requirements of this final rule by February 16, 2026.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing the March 25–26, 2024, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry is canceled. Future meetings this calendar year will be held on August 2, 2024, and on another date that will be announced at least 30 days before the meeting date.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2024 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 14, 2024, from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include updates on the Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council (SNAC) for AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) Investments, the 20th Anniversary of Digital Healthcare, an update on the National Action Alliance to Advance Patient and Workforce Safety, and a discussion on diagnostic safety. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the National Advisory Council website before the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2024 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would set forth provisions to strengthen accrediting organization oversight by addressing conflicts of interest, establishing consistent standards, processes and definitions, and updating the validation and performance standards systems. Additionally, this proposed rule would revise the psychiatric hospital survey process, add a limitation on terminated deemed providers and suppliers when reentering the program, and provides technical corrections for End-Stage Renal Disease facilities and Kidney Transplant Programs. Comments are due April 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on a revision to update the burden estimate for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) application process for reimbursement under the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program, which supports the cost of training for purposes of receiving a DATA 2000 waiver for their physicians and practitioners to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by March 18, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2024 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on March 27, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will provide information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED). The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the SAMHSA website before the meeting.
Source: Federal Register