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Oct 25, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the application fee for providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location. The new fee is $631 and is required for applications submitted January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 25, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of meetings in October 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 22, 2021 - Notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on November 2-3, 2021. The agenda will include discussions on adult immunization schedule, child/adolescent immunization schedule, Ebola vaccine, hepatitis vaccines, Orthopoxviruses vaccine, and COVID vaccines. 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
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 21, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations for membership on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention and care of HIV infection and AIDS. Nominations are due by January 3, 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 20, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on an information collection request titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation, as well as to report on how funds were used. Comments are due by November 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register