CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interoperability and Patient Access for Medicare Advantage Organization and Medicaid Managed Care Plans, State Medicaid Agencies, CHIP Agencies and CHIP Managed Care Entities, Issuers of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges and Health Care Providers; Supplement and Extension of Comment Period
Notice of from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period for theMarch 4th proposed rule with the same title. Comments are now due on June 3, 2019 and effective dates of policies related to the rule will be adjusted as necessary based on public comments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2020 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2019 (FY 2020)
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2020 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also requests comment on the IPF wage index and proposes updates to quality and reporting measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due on June 17, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology extending the comment period of apreviously published proposed rule implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information technology developer certification requirements, provisions to support interoperability, and more. Comments are now due June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Broadband Pilot Program-ReConnect Program
Announcement from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that applications for all three Rural e-Connectivity (Reconnect) Loan and Grant Program funding categories will begin accepting applications on April 23, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items; Update to the Master List of Items Frequently Subject to Unnecessary Utilization
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adding four codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS) Master List of Items Frequently Subject to Unnecessary Utilization that could potentially be subject to prior authorization as a condition of payment. The rule is effective on May 22, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the addition of 12 codes to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items that require prior authorization as a condition of payment. Implementation of Phase 1 of this rule will be effective on July 22, 2019 and Phase 2 will be effective on October 21, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 R&R forms which are used as an alternative to the Standard Form 424 data set as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Application for Federal Assistance SF 424 form which is used as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by June 21, 2019 on the Project/Performance Site Location(s), Project Abstract, and Key Contacts forms, which are used as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interoperability and Patient Access for Medicare Advantage Organization and Medicaid Managed Care Plans, State Medicaid Agencies, CHIP Agencies and CHIP Managed Care Entities, Issuers of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges and Health Care Providers; Supplement and Extension of Comment Period
Pre-publication notice of from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period for theMarch 4th proposed rule with the same title. Comments are now due on June 3, 2019 and effective dates of policies related to the rule will be adjusted as necessary based on public comments. This notice will officially be published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Fiscal Year 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. Provides details of the proposed changes, including those that impact rural hospice programs, as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. This notice will officially be published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019 and comments are due by June 18, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Fiscal Year 2020 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2019
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2020 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also requests comment on the IPF wage index and proposes updates to quality and reporting measures, among other things. The notice will be officially published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2019 and comments are due on J...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: 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 2020
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2020, including changes for the Patient Drive Payment Model (PDPM). Includes proposals for the SNF quality reporting program and the value-based purchasing program that will affect Medicare payment to SNFs. Comments are also sought on the appropriateness of the wage index used to adjust SNF payments. Includes rural considerations throughout. The official publication of this notice in the Federal Register is April 25, 2...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; policies related to prescription drug costs; the Navigator program; and more. The rule will be effective 60 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for April 25, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program
Pre-publication notice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology extending the comment period of apreviously published proposed rule implementing several provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information technology developer certification requirements, provisions to support interoperability, and more. This notice will be officially published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2019 and comments are now due June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HUD: Review of HUD Policy in Opportunity Zones
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to leverage Opportunity Zones in accordance with the Executive Order "Establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council" and invites public input. Opportunity Zones target rural and urban economically distressed communities to help spur job creation and economic development through long-term investments. Public comments are due June 17, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HUD: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act; Establishment of Funding Formula
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces a formula for distributing funding to states to provide temporary housing for individuals recovering from substance use disorder as part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The formula identifies states with the highest, age-adjusted, overdose mortality rate and then adds additional weights based on unemployment and labor force participation. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 5-6, 2019. Agenda items include discussion of a draft report on a health information privacy and security protection framework, updates from the Subcommittee on Population Health regarding community data needs, and a timeline review from the Subcommittee on Standards regarding ICD-11 and refinements to ICD-10 standards. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) of revisions to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and a new information collection, Testing of Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys, which would test online data collection for a wide variety of surveys, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). Comments are due May 16, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, etc.
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule regarding changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D policies. The changes increase access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, revise how the star ratings are calculated and technical changes related to quality improvement, update the grievances and appeals requirements, and more. Some provisions will go into effect June 17, 2019, some go into effect January 1, 2020, and others go into effect January 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: The National Healthcare Safety Network's Proposed Requirement for Submission of Billing Codes as Part of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event Reporting; Request for Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting feedback on a proposal that would require facilities to include billing codes when reporting on surgical site infections. Comments are due May 31, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Broadband Pilot (ReConnect) Program
Notice from the Rural Utilities Service regarding changes made to the ReConnect Program as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. The ReConnect program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas. Changes include updates to the service area eligibility, data used in the broadband service mapping, and the definition of a broadband loan. The amendments go into effect April 12, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are due June 11, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Performance Measures, OMB No. 0906-xxxx, New
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of proposed performance measures for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The RCORP grant initiatives address prevention and treatment of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high-risk rural communities. Comments are due June 11, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Commission Proposes To Reconfigure the 900 MHz Band To Facilitate Broadband Services; Correction
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) corrects the comment dates for a proposed rule published in theApril 3, 2019 Federal Register related to 900 MHz band broadband licenses. Comments are now due June 3, 2019 and reply comments are due July 2, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 11, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that they are extending the comment period for the previously proposed rule "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance" published in the February 4, 2019 Federal Register. Comments will be extended 60 days past the original April 5, 2019 deadline and are now due June 4, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program awards grants up to $200,000 to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Inviting Applications for Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program. The SDGG Program seeks to improve the quality of life of socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas by providing technical assistance through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Focus areas include broadband access, rural workforce development, quality of life improvement, and technological innovation. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019, and electronic applications must be received by June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the R...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Providing Regulatory Flexibility for Retailers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), modifying the variety requirements for SNAP authorized retail food stores. The changes would allow retailers more flexibility in what they would need to stock to be a SNAP eligible retailer, including more "shelf-stable food" options, which could help rural locations. It also offers more plant-based protein sources and dairy alternatives for people with different dietary needs and preferences. Comments are due June 4, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: National Advisory Committee Meeting
The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) provides notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC) on May 2-3, 2019. The meeting will provide updates from working groups and on the 2020 Census. NAC provides recommendations on data collection issues related to rural populations, Native Americans, and hard-to-reach populations. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the U.S. Census Bureau describing information collection plans for the American Community Survey (ACS). The 2020 ACS will include some changes to make it consistent with the 2020 Census. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, etc.
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule regarding changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D policies. The changes increase access to telehealth services for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, revise how the star ratings are calculated and technical changes related to quality improvement, update the grievances and appeals requirements, and more. Some provisions will go into effect 60 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for publication April 16, some go into effect January 1, 2020, and others go into effect January 1, 2021...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EPA: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Applications for Credit Assistance Under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests letters of interest from prospective borrowers regarding funding to cover the subsidy for larger credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA) program. WIFA offers low-cost, long-term, supplemental credit assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure investment projects and sets aside 15% for small communities with water infrastructures serving less than 25,000 people. Letters of interest are due July 5, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDFI: Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance (FA) Awards or Technical Assistance (TA) Grants Under the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA Program) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Funding Round
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million to Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American areas or populations to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $150,000 to create a CDFI serving Native Communities or to build their capacity to serve those markets. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allocated for per...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDFI: Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance (FA) Awards or Technical Assistance (TA) Grants Under the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Funding Round
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million to Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving rural and urban low-income populations in order to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $125,000 to build their service capacity or create a CDFI serving rural and urban low-income populations. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due June 6, 2019; see the notice for earlier deadlines related to CDFI certification and AMIS accounts. Some funds are allo...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Veterans Community Care Program-Organ and Bone Marrow Transplant Care
Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs proposing a clarification to the Community Care Program regulations regarding organ and bone marrow transplant care. Addresses disparities in care access and quality for rural areas in regards to transplants. Comments are due April 22, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that they are extending the comment period for the previously proposed rule "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance" published in the February 4, 2019 Federal Register. Comments will be extended 60 days past the original April 5, 2019 deadline. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 4, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Commission Proposes To Reconfigure the 900 MHz Band To Facilitate Broadband Services
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comment on proposed transition methods that would help create a geographically paired 3/3 megahertz broadband segment while reserving additional segments for narrowband operations in order to improve access to flexible-use broadband spectrum. They also request comment on the costs and benefits of various approaches for rural areas regarding geographic license areas for 900 MHz band broadband licenses and whether to offer designated entity bidding credit for rural service providers. Initial comments are due May 3, 2019 and reply comments are due June 3, 2019. (Source: Fed...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 3, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces an online meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality on April 11, 2019. The agenda includes an update on the Director's vision for AHRQ, a presentation of AHRQ's accomplishments, and an update of the budget. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 3, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force on May 9-10, 2019 that will address best practices for pain management and prescribing of pain medications. The public is invited to participate in person or online and must register ahead of time. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Years 2019 and 2020
Notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule determining federal payment amounts for 2019 and 2020 to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments are due May 2, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a new, proposed information collection, "Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE)." DOSE would provide information on emergency department (ED) visits related to suspected opioid, heroin, stimulant, and other drug overdoses and standardize related CDC case definitions. The data collection would be funded at a state level for the 50 state health departments, Puerto Rico, and D.C. and aggregate data already collected for monthly reporting to the CDC. Comments are due June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a proposed information collection, "Information Collection on Soil-transmitted Helminth Infections in Alabama and Mississippi." The collection would track possible risk factors for residents and the distribution and prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in order to plan and implement targeted disease control strategies. Comments are due June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on the Million Hearts ® Hospital/Health System Recognition Program, which recognizes cardiovascular health improvement efforts by institutions. Comments are due June 3, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women ’s Services (ACWS) will hold an online/phone meeting May 29, 2019. Agenda items include the substance use and mental health needs of pregnant and parenting women, access to behavioral health services for women and children, and related policies. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHS: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant for Fiscal Year 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The grants support rural communities through investment in partnerships, innovation, and infrastructure, including e-Connectivity, economic development, and quality of life investments, particularly those targeting substance use disorder (such as opioid misuse) prevention, treatment, and recovery in high-risk rural communities. Electronic submissions are due June 10, 2019 and mail submissions must be received by June 17, 2019. (Source: Fed...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Charter Renewal for the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) charter effective March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Charter Renewal for the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) charter from March 24, 2019 through March 24, 2021. The committee publishes, develops, and implements longitudinal evaluation performance measures and guidelines and recommends appropriations for programs under Title VII, Part D of the Public Health Service Act. These programs include Area Health Education Centers, allied health, graduate psychology, and more. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Radiological Health Regulations; Amendments to Records and Reports for Radiation Emitting Electronic Products; Amendments to Performance Standards for Diagnostic X-Ray, Laser and Ultrasonic Products
Proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updating performance standards for diagnostic x-ray systems, ultrasonic therapy, and laser products; related records and reporting; and recommendations for radiation protection. Comments are due July 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Its Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Services Accreditation Program
Final notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for outpatient speech language pathology and physical therapy services at public health agencies, clinics, and rehabilitation agencies that want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The approval is effective April 4, 2019 through April 4, 2025. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news