CDC: Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC)
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing a public meeting of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) on November 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include discussions on mining safety and health research projects and outcomes. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Discussions and Reopenings with DME Suppliers and Part A Providers; 3) Medicare Program: Conditions for Payment of Power Mobility Devices, including Power Wheelchairs and Power-Operated Vehicles; 4) State Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control Sample Selection Lists; and 5) Quality Improvement Strategy Implementation Plan, Progress Report Form and Modification Summary Supplement. Comments are due by October 26, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Secretarial Review and Publication of the 2019 Annual Report to Congress and the Secretary Submitted by the Consensus-Based Entity Regarding Performance Measurement
The National Quality Forum 2019 Annual Activities Report to Congress and the Secretary, and the Secretary's comments on the report, are published by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) in the Federal Register in accordance with the Social Security Act. The report includes summaries of the National Quality Forum's work on developing rural quality measures and addressing rural measurement challenges. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Delegation of Authority
Notice from the Secretary for Health and Human Services authorizing the Health Resources and Services Administrator to pay Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for the training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. This delegation of authorities is effective September 18, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Connect America Fund-Alaska Plan
Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) is adopting the Alaska Population Distribution Model. The model provides a methodology for estimating the number of Alaskans who receive mobile service within census blocks in remote areas of Alaska and creating a list of census blocks eligible for use of frozen support under the Alaska Plan. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Revised Geographic Eligibility for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Grants
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on proposed modifications to the methodology for designating areas eligible for rural health grant programs. Comments are due by October 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Meeting of the Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) will hold a virtual meeting on December 8-9, 2020. Login information and meeting materials will be available on theCOGME website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 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 comments and burden estimates on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data collected through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by November 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Notice of a final rule from the Secretary of Agriculture that implements additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide a second round of direct payments to producers of eligible commodities who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule includes information on eligibility requirements, payment calculations and application procedures. This rule is effective September 22, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS, RHS, RBCS, FSA: Strategic Economic and Community Development
Notice of a final rule from the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service implementing statutory provisions found in Section 6401 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. Section 6401 expands Strategic Economic and Community Development plans to include all programs covered by Title XIV of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT) or programs administered through the Rural Development mission area. The name of SECD plans is updated to "Strategic Community Investment Plans." This rule is effective September 22, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Reasonable Charges for Inpatient Medical Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG) and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medical Services; v4.21 Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Update
Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs updating the acute inpatient and skilled nursing facility/sub-acute inpatient facility charges. The charges in this notice are effective October 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures
Pre-publication notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implementing two new mandatory Medicare payment models: the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserves or enhances the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. The ETC Model adjusts Medicare payments on certain dialysis and dialys...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance in Healthcare Facilities. The information collected by NHSN is used to inform the overall real-time COVID-19 response efforts and possible resource allocation. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DOL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is seeking comment on the information collection request titled "Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act." Comments are due by October 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Request for Information: STI National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 Available for Public Comment
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on the draft Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (STI Plan). The STI Plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for all stakeholders at all levels to guide the development of policies, initiatives, and actions for STI prevention and control. Comments are due by October 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: USDA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Pre-publication notice of a final rule from the Secretary of Agriculture that implements additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide a second round of direct payments to producers of eligible commodities who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule includes information on eligibility requirements, payment calculations and application procedures. This rule will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 22, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program; Correction
Provides corrections to payment rate table published in the May 21, 2020 rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This correction is effective September 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 21, 2020 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) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry; 2) Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; 3) Part D Coordination of Benefits Data; and 4) State Collection and Reporting of Dental Provider and Benefit Package Information on the Insure Kids Now! Website and Hotline. Comments are due by November 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FRNA: 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 September 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and 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 - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

NTIA: Recruitment of First Responder Network Authority Board Members
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is requesting expressions of interest for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board to serve 3-year terms beginning January 2021. The membership of the Board must include rural representation. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of the FirstNet Authority to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. Expressions of interest are due by October 19, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Non-Substantive Change Review by the Office of Management and Budget
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to COVID-19 and telehealth utilization. Comments are due by November 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 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 Final Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2021 Rates; Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the FY 2021 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals, make changes to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also provides the market basket updated that applies to the rate-of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis, updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital servi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on reestablishing the "Do Not Pay Initiative" computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury. The program provides CMS with information from Treasury's Working System which CMS will use to identify Medicare providers and suppliers who are ineligible for Medicare enrollment; to promptly suspend or revoke the Medicare billing privileges of the identified disqualified providers and suppliers; to enable recoupment of past payments made to those providers and suppliers; to assist CMS in detecting and preventing f...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Medicare Program; Administrative Law Judge Hearing Program for Medicare Claim and Entitlement Appeals; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April Through June 2020
Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of April through June 2020 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on September 30, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include the discussion of the member grant review process, substance use prevention during the pandemic, prevention data, and updates on CSAP program developments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: USDA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program; Correction
Provides corrections to payment rate table published in the May 21, 2020 rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This correction is effective upon official publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Implementation of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018
Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission to designate 988 for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Includes a discussion of rural considerations. This rule is effective October 16, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health on October 20-23. Agenda items are being finalized. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Household Pulse Survey
The Census Bureau is seeking comment on the extension of a data collection through October 31, 2020 to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and to gauge the level of education disruptions. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on October 21-22, 2020. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. The agenda will consist of deliberation on systematic reviews of literature on topics including heart disease and stroke, obesity, and asthma. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a revision to an information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey." The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that helps CMS and stakeholders understand and evaluate the impact of Medicare programs and new policy initiatives. Comments are due by November 16, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS, RHS, FSA, RBCS: Special Authority To Enable Funding of Broadband and Smart Utility Facilities Across Select Rural Development Programs
Notice of final rule to allow up to ten percent of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee from the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service to be used to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by minimum acceptable level of broadband service. Comments on the final rule are due by November 16, 2020. This rule is effective September 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBCS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2021
Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service inviting applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2021. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on achieving e-connectivity for rural communities, developing the rural economy, and supporting the rural workforce, among other things. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)
Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) to be held on October 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern and October 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include agency updates from CDC, CMS, and FDA. The focus of the meeting is Clinical Laboratory Medicine in the Age of COVID-19 and will include presentations and discussions on preparedness and response: the partnership between clinical laboratories and public health; laboratory data exchanges during COVID-19; and the clinical laboratory's role in identifying health inequities durin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Connect America Fund
The Federal Communications Commission announces an information collection associated with the rule for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and adds the effective date of September 14, 2020 to the rule which was originallypublished in the Federal Register on March 10, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: A National Elastomeric Half Mask Respirator (EHMR) Strategy for Use in Healthcare Settings During an Infectious Disease Outbreak/Pandemic
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a request for information regarding the deployment and use of elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMR) in healthcare settings and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. Submissions are due by October 14, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

NITA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NTIA internet Use Survey
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is announcing an extension of a comment request on an information collection on the NTIA Internet Use Survey. The survey is used to inform the development of policies related to digital inclusion and other internet-related issues. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2020 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) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; 2) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams; 3) Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency; and 4) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration. Comments are due by October 13, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Authorizations and Revocation of Emergency Use of Drugs During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration announced four Emergency Use Authorizations for drugs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA has revoked one Emergency Use Authorization issued to Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) effective June 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Request for Information (RFI): Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Surge Capacity
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding the ability of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified/accredited commercial, academic, medical center, and public health laboratories to provide additional COVID-19 testing capability if supplementary testing instruments are made available. Submissions are due by September 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection for the Medical Monitoring Project to obtain information and data to describe the health-related behaviors, experiences, and needs of adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States. This data collection will address the need for national estimates of access to, and utilization of, HIV-related medical care and services, the quality of HIV-related ambulatory care, and HIV-related behaviors and clinical outcomes. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Ru...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-New
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection to obtain information in order to assess Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) applicants' eligibility, qualifications for the program, and information on eligible site applicants. Comments on the information collection are due by October 8, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

NRCS, USDA: Request for Nominations to the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research
The Natural Resources Conservation Service requests nominations for the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research. The Task Force should represent a broad spectrum of individuals with interest and expertise in agricultural air quality issues including, but not limited to, representatives from the agricultural production and processing sector, academia, agribusiness, regulatory organizations, environmental organizations, and local or State agencies. The Task Force advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to agricultural air quality. Nominations are due by November 9, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updat...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation; Continuation of Effectiveness and Extension of Timeline for Publication of the Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on an information collection regarding the actual speeds and performance of fixed and mobile broadband connections as part of the Measuring Broadband America Program. Comments on the information collection are due by November 9, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACF: Reallotment of Fiscal Year 2019 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2019 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by October 5, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
Announcement of a virtual public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) to be held on September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED), including recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a temporary order to halt evictions through December 31, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This rule is effective on September 4, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DOD: TRICARE Coverage of Certain Medical Benefits in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Notice of interim final rule and comment request from the Department of Defense to waive certain requirements for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, acute care hospitals, and long-term care hospitals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the rule adds coverage for treatment use of investigational drugs under expanded access authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when for the treatment of COVID-19, and revises diagnosis related group (DRG) reimbursement. This interim rule is effective on September 3, 2020 through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. (Source: Federal Register updat...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
The Federal Communications Commission announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) on September 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Current agenda items include reports from the Access to Capital Working Group, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, and the Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news