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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) on August 2, 2018. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services' Operating Divisions; updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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BIA: Change of Address; Office of Federal Acknowledgment Federal Register
Jul 18, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of a change of address for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment for filing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority Federal Register
Jul 18, 2018 - Announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services making changes to the statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The changes were mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act to address threats which harm public health, access to healthcare, access to emergency medical services, and national security.
Source: Federal Register
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'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include an assessment of SAMHSA's current strategies and a discussion on American Indian/Native American women with behavioral health needs. Additionally, the ACWS will speak with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use regarding access to behavioral health services for women and children.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment by September 14, 2018 on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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