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Sep 26, 2022 - Presents findings of a study examining the impact of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) following the CMS Meaningful Use program. Notes that hospitals that met Meaningful Use requirements improved quality of care and reduced patient mortality more than hospitals that either did not implement EHRs or that did not meet Meaningful Use requirements and that the findings could be useful for rural hospitals.
Source: EHR Intelligence
Sep 22, 2022 - Announces $502 million in loans and grants for rural high-speed internet in the third funding round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program. Highlights specific awards to companies and tribal governments in Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma and notes that USDA is making 32 awards total.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 21, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations of individuals from populations underrepresented in medicine to serve as members to the AHRQ Initial Review Group (IRG). The AHRQ IRG conducts scientific and technical review for health services research and training grant applications and is comprised of five subcommittees or study sections: healthcare effectiveness and outcomes research, healthcare safety and quality improvement research, healthcare information technology research, healthcare systems and value research, and healthcare research training. Nominations are due by December 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 9, 2022 - Announces a $1 billion increase in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding to support rural broadband expansion. Describes the ReConnect Program and recent changes to eligibility guidelines, noting an application deadline of November 2, 2022.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 9, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, is designed to facilitate access to affordable broadband services for families. Comments are due by October 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 9, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, is designed to facilitate access to affordable broadband services for families. Comments are due by October 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 9, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, is designed to facilitate access to affordable broadband services for families. Comments are due by October 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 6, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishing the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program (Outreach Grant Program), which provides low-income households discounts on broadband service and connected devices. The Outreach Grant Program will provide eligible partners grant funds to conduct outreach in support of the Affordable Connectivity Program. This final rule discusses the goals and objectives of the Outreach Grant Program, provides examples of the types of outreach activities and expenses that may be considered for funding and types of eligible entities, allocates funding set-asides for specific types of grantees, and more. This rule is effective November 7, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 6, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishing a pilot program, titled "Your Home, Your internet." This pilot program is designed to increase awareness of and encourage participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program for households receiving Federal housing assistance. This pilot program is established as of September 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 6, 2022 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, is designed to facilitate access to affordable broadband services for families. Comments are due by October 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register