CMS: Medicaid Program: Disproportionate Share Hospital Third-Party Payer Rule
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)-related provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This rule provides more clarity on how the hospital-specific payment limit, the change that took effect on October 1, 2021, will be calculated. This rule also enhances administrative efficiency by making technical changes and clarifications to the DSH program. These regulations are effective April 23, 2024. Sections 447.295(b) and (d), 447.299(c)(6), (7), (10), and (16), and 455.304(d)(1), (3), (4), and (6) are applicable as ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2024 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 14-15, 2024. 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 21, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural eConnectivity Program for Fiscal Year 2024
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will begin to accept applications for the Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Program for fiscal year 2024 on March 22, 2024. The ReConnect Program provides loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. Applications that will assist rural communities to recover economically, ensure rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefit from Rural Development funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities are encourag...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 21, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Disproportionate Share Hospital Third-Party Payer Rule
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)-related provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This rule provides more clarity on how the hospital-specific payment limit, the change that took effect on October 1, 2021, will be calculated. This rule also enhances administrative efficiency by making technical changes and clarifications to the DSH program. These regulations are effective 60 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for February 23, 2024. Sections 447.295(b) and (d), 447...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 21, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Members
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to serve 3-year terms and replace seven current members whose terms will expire in November 2024. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding AHRQ's mission. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. Nominations are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines
Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the adjusted income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. In 2024, states and Indian Tribal Organizations that administer the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Program will also begin to use these guidelines. These guidelines are applicable from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025....
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Notice of Funding Opportunity for Rural Energy for America Program Technical Assistance Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2024
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America (REAP) Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program for fiscal year 2024. The purpose of the REAP TAG Program is to technical assistance to agricultural producers and rural Small businesses applying to REAP. Applications that will assist agricultural producers and tribal entities, assist projects located in a disadvantaged or distressed community, support projects using underutilized renewable energy technologies, and/or support grant applications of $20,000 or less will receive priority. Appl...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying its regulations to implement provisions of Section 3221 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other things, requires HHS to bring 42 CFR part 2 ("Part 2") into greater alignment with certain aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. This notice also summarizes and responds to public comments on theDecember 2, 2022, proposed rule. This rule is effective April 16, 2024. Persons subject to this regu...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Medical Monitoring Project (MMP)." Information gathered will guide national and local HIV-related service organization and delivery and monitor the receipt of HIV treatment and prevention services and clinical outcomes. 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 16, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Meeting Cancellation
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing the March 25 –26, 2024, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry is canceled. Future meetings this calendar year will be held on August 2, 2024, and on another date that will be announced at least 30 days before the meeting date. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Prior Authorization Demonstration for Certain Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Services and 2) Medicare Enrollment Application for Institutional Providers. Comments are due by April 16, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Strengthening Oversight of Accrediting Organizations (AOs) and Preventing AO Conflict of Interest, and Related Provisions
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) that would set forth provisions to strengthen accrediting organization oversight by addressing conflicts of interest, establishing consistent standards, processes and definitions, and updating the validation and performance standards systems. Additionally, this proposed rule would revise the psychiatric hospital survey process, add a limitation on terminated deemed providers and suppliers when reentering the program, and provides technical corrections for End-Stage Renal Disease facilities and Kidney Transplant Programs. Comments are due April 1...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on March 14, 2024, from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include updates on the Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council (SNAC) for AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) Investments, the 20th Anniversary of Digital Healthcare, an update on the National Action Alliance to Advance Patient and Workforce Safety, and a discussion on diagnostic safety. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on theNational Advisory Council website before the mee...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program Application for Payment, OMB No. 0906-0061
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on a revision to update the burden estimate for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) application process for reimbursement under the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program, which supports the cost of training for purposes of receiving a DATA 2000 waiver for their physicians and practitioners to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by March 18, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on March 27, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will provide information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED). The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on theSAMHSA website before the meeting. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news