IHS: Healthy Lifestyles in Youth Project
The Indian Health Service is accepting applications for a single entity to promote healthy lifestyles for American Indian and Alaska Native youth through collaboration with selected Native American Boys and Girls Club sites. Applications are due September 15, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 12, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Federal Advisory Committee Act; Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council
The Federal Communications Commission will hold a virtual meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) on September 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. The CSRIC will provide recommendations to the FCC to improve the security, reliability, and interoperability of communications systems. Questions arising during the meeting should be sent toCSRIC@fcc.gov and will be answered at a later date. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 12, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

BIA: Self-Governance PROGRESS Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Notice of Meeting
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold the first public meeting of the Self-Governance PROGRESS Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on August 29, 2022 at 1:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior on a proposed rule to implement the Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act of 2019 (PROGRESS Act). Comments on the PROGRESS Act should be submitted on or before October 11, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 11, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Securing Access to Reproductive and Other Healthcare Services
Executive Order from the Office of the President to further protect and secure healthcare service delivery and promote access to critical reproductive healthcare services for women, following theoriginal Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services Executive Order, published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 11, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2023 Rates; etc.
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2023. Among other things, this rule establishes new requirements and revises existing requirements for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, updates policies for quality reporting programs, and revises the hospital and CAH conditions of participation (CoPs) for infection prevention and control and antibiotic st...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) September 15, 2022 Virtual Meeting
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a virtual public meeting on September 15, 2022, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by September 8, 2022. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the June 2022 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more.Registration is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Suspension of Required Prior Authorization for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items Under Certain Circumstances
Notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the suspension of prior authorization for specified orthoses items on theRequired Prior Authorization List that require prior authorization as a condition of payment under certain circumstances. The suspension of the prior authorization requirement took effect on April 13, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Notice of Denial of Medical Coverage (or Payment); 2) Emergency and Foreign Hospital Services and Supporting Regulation in 42 CFR Section 424.103; 3) Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and 4) Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program —Contracting Forms. Comments are due by October 4, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 5, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities
Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reinstate regulatory protections from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs and activities. Among other things, HHS is proposing revisions to its interpretation regarding whether Medicare Part B constitutes Federal financial assistance for purposes of civil rights enforcement and to nondiscrimination provisions to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in reg...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Rural eConnectivity Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will begin to accept applications for the Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Program on September 6, 2022. The ReConnect Program provides loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. Applications that will assist rural communities to recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April Through June 2022
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 2022, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FRNA: Public Combined Board and Board Committees Meeting
Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on August 17, 2022, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific. An agenda will be published on theFirstNet Authority website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Hospital Wage Index Occupational Mix Survey and 2) Basic Health Program (BHP) Supporting Regulations. Comments are due by October 3, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation and 2) Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations for Insurance Affordability Programs and Enrollment through Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Agencies. Comments are due by September 6, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2023; Changes to the Requirements for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services and Physical Environment Requirements in Long-Term Care Facilities
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the skilled nursing facility (SNF) payment rates for fiscal year 2023, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) parity adjustment, the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, and more. Among other things, this rule establishes a permanent cap policy to smooth the impact of year-to-year changes in SNF payments related to changes in the SNF wage index and announces the application of a risk adjustment for the SNF Readmission Measure for COVID-19 beginning in FY 2023. Includes rural references thr...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news