HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906-0056-Extension
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection request for continued approval of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection. Comments are due by March 26, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 24, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Office of Economics and Analytics and Wireline Competition Bureau Adopt Adjustment Factor Values for the 5G Fund
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireline Competition Bureau announces the adoption of adjustment factor values for purposes of bidding in the 5G Fund auctions and applied to the methodology for disaggregating legacy high-cost support. This action is effective February 24, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 24, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council (CMHS NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include updates from the SAMHSA CMHS director and a discussion from the SAMHSA Chief of Staff and the Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. Registration for the meeting is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 22, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks and discussion with the Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates on SAMHSA priorities, new grant opportunities and initiatives, and a council discussion on clinical trends and emerging national issues with SAMHSA NAC members. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DOD: Notice of Waiver of the Referral Requirement for TRICARE Prime Enrollees, Not Including Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs), So They May Receive COVID-19 Vaccines From Any TRICARE-Authorized Non-Network Provider Without Incurring Point-of-Service Charges Where Applicable
Notice from the Department of Defense waiving the requirement for TRICARE Prime enrollees to receive a referral before obtaining care so they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine from any TRICARE-authorized non-network provider without incurring point-of-service charges. This waiver does not include Active Duty Service Members. This waiver is effective December 13, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SBA: Data Collection Available for Public Comments
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking comments on a new application form to collect the necessary information to implement the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance authority. TheEconomic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act authorized additional funds to the SBA to provide Targeted EIDL Advances to eligible entities that previously received an EIDL Advance of less than $10,000; entities that previously applied for a COVID-EIDL, but did not receive an EIDL Advance because there were no funds available; and to new COVID-EIDL applicants, subject to the availability of fund...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Sixth Amendment to Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services making technical corrections to theFebruary 2, 2021, andFebruary 16, 2021, final rules. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Father Generic Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comments on a generic information to gather customer and stakeholder feedback to inform service delivery and program management improvement strategies within the agency. Comments are due by April 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 8-9, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on thePACHA website. PACHA members are seeking comments on 1) actions that can be taken to implement the HIV National Strategic Plan and improve implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative; and 2) how domestic HIV/AIDS programs can better meet the needs of underserved communities and address the systemic barriers that communities face in order to achieve the goals of theJanuary 20, 2021, Executive Order....
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs, etc.; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical and typographical corrections to theDecember 29, 2020, final rule. This correction is effective upon publication of this notice, which is scheduled for February 25, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Urban Areas for the 2020 Census-Proposed Criteria
The Census Bureau is seeking comments on proposed criteria for defining urban areas based on the 2020 decennial census. Proposed changes include adopting a housing unit density threshold of 385 housing units per square mile as the primary criterion for determining whether a census block qualifies for inclusion in an urban area and that an area will qualify as urban if it contains at least 4,000 housing units or has a population of at least 10,000. The Census Bureau also proposes to no longer differentiate urbanized areas from smaller urban areas. Comments are due by May 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the R...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Fraud and Abuse: Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Creation of New Safe Harbor Protection for Certain Point-of-Sale Reductions in Price on Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Certain Pharmacy Benefit Manager Service Fees; Delayed Effective Date
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the delay of the effective date of certain amendments in theNovember 30, 2020, final rule in accordance with an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. These amendments will now be effective January 1, 2023. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDFI: Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance Awards or Technical Assistance Grants under the Community Development Financial Institutions Program Fiscal Year 2021 Funding Round
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for 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. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for small and/or emerging CDFIs, persistent poverty counties, disability funds, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Appli...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDFI: Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for Financial Assistance Awards or Technical Assistance Grants Under the Native American CDFI Assistance Fiscal Year 2021 Funding Round
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations or Native American areas 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. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for persistent poverty counties, disability funds, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiati...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Authorizations of Emergency Use of Certain Drug and Biological Products During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces five Emergency Use Authorizations for drugs and biological products for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 31, 2021, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include an update on CSAT activities, a discussion with SAMHSA leadership, the use of technology in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, and a discussion on rural and frontier communities.Registration for the meeting is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Fraud and Abuse: Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Creation of New Safe Harbor Protection for Certain Point-of-Sale Reductions in Price on Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Certain Pharmacy Benefit Manager Service Fees; Delayed Effective Date
Pre-publication notice from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the delay of the effective date of certain amendments in theNovember 30, 2020, final rule in accordance with an order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. These amendments will now be effective January 1, 2023. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Sixth Amendment to Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19
Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services extending limited liability protections to any Federal government employee, contractor, or volunteer who prescribes, administers, delivers, distributes, or dispenses COVID-19 vaccines or other COVID-19 medical countermeasures. This amendment is effective February 16, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Professionals; Quality Payment Program; Coverage of Opioid Use Disorder Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D Drug; Payment for Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management Services; Hospital IQR Program; Establish New Code Categories; Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Emergency Policy; Coding and Payment for Virtual Check-In Services Interim Final Rule Policy; Coding and Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Interim Final Rule Policy; Regulatory Revisions in Response to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19; and Finalization of Certain Provisions From the March 31st, May 8th and September 2nd Interim Final Rules in Response to the PHE for COVID-19; Correcting Amendment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making typographical corrections to theDecember 28, 2020, final rule. Corrections are effective February 16, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Application for Enrollment in Medicare Part A internet Claim (iClaim) Application Screen Modernized Claims System and Consolidated Claim Experience Screens; 2) Medical Necessity and Claims Denial Disclosures under MHPAEA; 3) Data Collection and Submission, Registration, Attestation, Dispute and Resolution, Record Retention, and Assumptions Document Submission, for Open Payments; and 4) Disclosure of State Rating Requirements. Comments are due by March 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America
Notice from the Federal Communications Commission announcing the amended operational date of certain rules introduced in the FCC'sPromoting Telehealth in Rural America Report and Order (FCC 19-78). Effected rules include updated site and service substitution rules, corrective and operational Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) change rules, service delivery deadline extension rules, and invoicing deadline extension rules. This order is effective March 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on February 26, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on theOffice of Minority Health website. Pre-registration for the meeting is required by February 24, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Supporting Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is seeking comments from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and NHPI serving organizations to inform and guide the development of a new Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity. The Center will support research, education, service, and policy development efforts related to advancing Indigenous solutions to decrease health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native and NHPI populations. Comments are due by March 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Supporting Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is seeking comments from Federally-recognized Indian Tribes/American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes, Tribal organizations, Tribal-serving organizations, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and AI/AN-serving institutions of higher education to inform and guide the development of a new Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity. The Center will support research, education, service, and policy development efforts related to advancing Indigenous solutions to decrease health disparities in AI/AN and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Sixth Amendment to Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19
Pre-publication notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services extending limited liability protections to any Federal government employee, contractor, or volunteer who prescribes, administers, delivers, distributes, or dispenses COVID-19 vaccines or other COVID-19 medical countermeasures. This amendment is effective upon publication of this notice, which is scheduled for February 16, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Survey of Eligible Users of the National Practitioner Data Bank, OMB No. 0915-0366-Reinstatement With Change
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments and burden estimates on a proposed survey of the users National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This survey, a reinstatement of the 2012 NPDB survey with some changes, will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as a flagging system, source of information, and its use in decision making. This survey will also collect information from organizations and individuals who query the NPDB to understand their satisfaction with NPDB products and services. Comments are due by March 12, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2021 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 February 24, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include the discussion of substance abuse prevention priorities and updates on CSAP program developments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Fire and Rescue Loans —7 CFR 1942, Subpart C; and 2) 7 CFR 1902-A, Supervised Bank Accounts. 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 - February 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
The Rural Utilities Service is seeking comments on a revision of an information collection regarding the Water and Waste Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for water and waste disposal projects serving the most financially needy rural communities with a population of 10,000 or less. Comments are due by April 12, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 9, 2021 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; American Community Survey Methods Panel Tests
The Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel is seeking comments and burden estimates on proposed tests related to self-response, group quarters, and nonresponse follow-up data collection operations. Tests will focus on methods for reducing data collection costs, improving data quality, improving the respondent experience, revising content, and testing new questions for the Decennial Census Program. Comments are due by April 12, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DHS: Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions; Delay of Effective Date
Notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of theJanuary 8, 2021, final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective December 31, 2021. Comments on this delay are due by March 10, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 8, 2021 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; National Survey of Children's Health
The Census Bureau is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on proposed changes to the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). The NSCH is designed to collect data on the physical and emotional health of children age 18 and younger, including information related to access to healthcare, family interactions, and school and after-school experiences, among other things. 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 - February 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Census Scientific Advisory Committee
The Census Scientific Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting on March 18-19, 2021. The Committee will discuss policy, research, and technical issues for a range of Census Bureau activities, including decennial, economic, field operations, information technology, and statistics. Participation is available in person or via webcast. Meeting information will be published on theCensus Advisory Committees website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 8, 2021 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; Generic Clearance for Emergency Economic Information Collections
The Census Bureau is seeking public comments on a proposed information collection regarding emergency economic information collections (EEIC) in response to unanticipated international, national or regional emergencies. The proposed information collection will allow the Census Bureau to submit quick turnaround clearance requests to the Office of Management and Budget when future emergencies arise. Comments are due by April 9, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments regarding an extension of a generic clearance to collect information through the Drug Overdose Response Investigations (DORI). DORIs are conducted in response to urgent requests from state and local health authorities for epidemiological information to help select interventions to curb local epidemics of drug overdose. 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 - February 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SBA: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program - Loan Forgiveness Requirements and Loan Review Procedures as Amended by Economic Aid Act
Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration consolidating prior rules related to Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and loan reviews. This interim final rule also incorporates changes made by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, including revisions to certain PPP requirements and the permission of second-draw loans. This interim final rule is effective February 3, 2021. Comments are due by March 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: DHS: Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions; Delay of Effective Date
Pre-publication notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of theJanuary 8, 2021, final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective December 31, 2021. DHS will accept comments on this delay for 30 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for February 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Evaluation Metrics
The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comments on the metrics that should be used to evaluate applications for funding for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and how the FCC should treat applications filed during initial funding rounds. Comments were due by January 19, 2021, but the FCC will continue to accept comments at any time. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: SBA: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program - Loan Forgiveness Requirements and Loan Review Procedures as Amended by Economic Aid Act
Pre-publication notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration consolidating prior rules related to Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and loan reviews. This interim final rule also incorporates changes made by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, including revisions to certain PPP requirements and the permission of second-draw loans. This interim final rule is effective upon publication of this notice, which is scheduled for February 5, 2021. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Regi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Assumption of Responsibilities and Supporting Regulations; 2) ASC Forms for Medicare Program Certification; 3) Home Health Agency Survey and Deficiencies Report; and 4) Final Peer Review Organizations Sanction Regulations. Comments are due by March 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Inviting Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for grants under the Rural Business Development Grant Program for fiscal year 2021. Applications that will help advance equity and improve outcomes in rural areas through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation are encouraged. Applications are due by March 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 4, 2021 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 (CDC) of a temporary order to halt evictions through March 31, 2021, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This order is effective January 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Requirement for Persons To Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing an Agency Order requiring travelers into, within, or departing the United States to wear masks when travelling by airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, ferries, ships, trolleys, and cable cars. This order also requires people to wear masks while at any transportation hub, including but not limited to airports, bus terminals, marinas, train stations, seaports or other ports, and subway stations. This order is effective February 2, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act
Executive Order from the Executive Office of the President directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider establishing a Special Enrollment Period for uninsured and underinsured Americans to seek coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Executive Order also directs the leaders of all executive departments and agencies to review all existing regulations, guidance, and other agency actions regarding Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and revokesExecutive Order 13765 of January 20, 2017, andExecutive Order 13813 of October 12, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2021
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting pre-applications for Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units for domestic farm laborers, retired domestic farm laborers, or disabled domestic farm laborers. The purpose of this program is to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm laborers. Pre-applications will be accepted until November 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CDC: Agency Order: Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing an Agency Order requiring travelers into, within, or departing the United States to wear masks when travelling by airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, ferries, ships, trolleys, and cable cars. This order also requires people to wear masks while at any transportation hub, including but not limited to airports, bus terminals, marinas, train stations, seaports or other ports, and subway stations. This order is effective February 2, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Fraud and Abuse: Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Creation of New Safe Harbor Protection for Certain Point-of-Sale Reductions in Price on Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Certain Pharmacy Benefit Manager Service Fees
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of theNovember 30, 2020 final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective March 22, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Secure Electronic Prior Authorization For Medicare Part D Program; Delay in Effective Date
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the temporary delay of the effective date of theDecember 31, 2020 final rule. This delay is in accordance with the January 20, 2021 memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." The final rule is now effective March 30, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Fifth Amendment to Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures against COVID-19
Notice of amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services to allow additional categories of healthcare professionals —including physicians, registered nurses, and practical nurses with recently expired licenses—to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. This amendment is effective upon publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news