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Public Inspection: FNS: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Pre-publication advanced notice of proposed rulemaking from the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agricultural that would limit the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in a work program at least half-time, or participating in workfare. Also includes other exemptions to the time limit as well as options for States to request waivers of the time limit. Comments on the proposed rule are due within 45 days of final publication in the Federal Register...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 22, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IRS, HHS, EBSA : Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance; Proposed Rule
Notice from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration requesting comments on a proposed rule to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to lengthen the maximum period from 3 to 12 months. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted by March 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: IRS, HHS, EBSA : Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance; Proposed Rule
Pre-publication notice from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration requesting comments on a proposed rule to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to lengthen the maximum period from 3 to 12 months. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage. Final publication of this proposed rule is scheduled for February 21, 2018 and comments are due by April 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 21, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Revision and Extension of Approved Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Notice from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting qualitative feedback from public stakeholders, including individuals, businesses, and state, local, or tribal government, to help improve service delivery and alert the Department of areas where communication, training, and changes in operations might be needed. Comments are due by March 22, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Redesign of Existing Data Collection; National Longitudinal Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NLSOAAP)
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comment by March 22, 2018 from Area Agencies on Aging and their clients on additional changes to a current information collection. In response to previous comments received, the Agency has responded with a new survey that addresses commenter concerns and is better designed to track grantee performance, provide national benchmarks, and inform program development over a long period of time. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs: Request for Information; Extension of Comment Period
USDA Food and Nutrition Service has extended the public comment request,originally published on December 14, 2017, through April 23, 2018. Public comments on Child Nutrition Program crediting, the process by which food items are determined to contribute to Child Nutrition Program meal patterns, are encouraged, especially as they relate to benefits and negative impacts of changes to how food is credited. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments through March 8, 2018, regarding quality improvement initiatives that may help AHRQ improve clinical practice, improve patient safety or reduce harm, address healthcare disparities, improve prevention practices, and/or collaborate with community groups to improve healthcare. AHRQ is also seeking comments on ways to tailor and improve the use of AHRQ quality improvement measures. Specifically, AHRQ is requesting comments from hospitals and other healthcare organizations, clinicians, quality improvement experts, researchers, quality measure developers,...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 16, 2018 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: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to continue collecting information as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Programs, which provide long-term, low-interest loans to students pursuing eligible degrees. Information will be collected through the Deferment Form (HRSA Form 519) and Annual Operating Report (HRSA Form 501), and is used to determine borrowers' deferment status and monitor program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the need and use of the information collecting activities must be submitted no...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. To ensure consideration, comments regarding the proposed information collection extension should be submitted by March 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Health Professions Student Loan Program and Nursing Student Loan Program Administrative Requirements
Pre-publication notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to continue collecting information as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Programs, which provide long-term, low-interest loans to students pursuing eligible degrees. Information will be collected through the Deferment Form (HRSA Form 519) and Annual Operating Report (HRSA Form 501), and is used to determine borrowers' deferment status and monitor program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the need and use of the information collecting activities must...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: IHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
Pre-publication notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection extension must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for Febr...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Low Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating income levels used to identify a low-income family for the purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health professions and nursing training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS ’s poverty guidelines. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HRSA: Low Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs
Pre-publication notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating income levels used to identify a low-income family for the purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health professions and nursing training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS ’s poverty guidelines. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for February 12, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a combined meeting of the four National Advisory Councils and the two Advisory Committees. The meeting will include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from center and office directors, a presentation on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee's (ISMICC) report to Congress, a presentation on SAMHSA's role in recent behavioral health responses to disasters, and a council discussion. Scheduled for February 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Eastern, the mee...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on February 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's office in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from HHS's operating divisions, updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion. The meeting is open to the public and may be attended in person or via telephone. Pre-registration is requested. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meetings Announcement for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2018 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). All meetings are open to the public, will include voting and deliberations on proposals for physician-focused payment models, and will be held in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHS: Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Notice of intent from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) to revise information collection efforts related to the Community Facilities Grant Program, which makes grants to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes to develop essential community facilities, such as clinics and hospitals, in rural communities. Information collected will be used to evaluate the overall scope of the project. Comments regarding the proposed revisions and information collection activities must be submitted by April 3, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: SAMHSA: Meetings: National Advisory Council
Pre-publication notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a combined meeting of the four National Advisory Councils and the two Advisory Committees. The meeting will include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from center and office directors, a presentation on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee's (ISMICC) report to Congress, a presentation on SAMHSA's role in recent behavioral health responses to disasters, and a council discussion. Scheduled for February 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: SAMHSA: Meetings: National Advisory Council
Pre-publication notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on February 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's office in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates from HHS's operating divisions, updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion. The meeting is open to the public and may be attended in person or via telephone. Pre-registration is requested. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Meetings: Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee
Pre-publication notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2018 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). All meetings are open to the public, will include voting and deliberations on proposals for physician-focused payment models, and will be held in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for February 5, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 2, 2018 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 open meeting on February 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's main office in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will include a discussion on assessing SAMHSA's current strategies related to women with beh avioral health needs who are either in the criminal justice system or experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the ACWS will be speaking with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse regarding priorities and directions for behavioral health...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Summer Food Service Program 2018 Reimbursement Rates
Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Includes rates specific to rural areas. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 30, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Panel advises the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (ACP) group and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. Some of the panel members must be from rural regions and/or represent Critical Access Hospitals (CAH...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - October Through December 2017
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: FNS: Summer Food Service Program 2018 Reimbursement Rates
Pre-publication notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Includes rates specific to rural areas. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 29, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Requests for Nominations: Medicare Program; Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Panel advises the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (ACP) group and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. Some of the panel members must be from rural regions and/or represent Critical Acce...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances: October through December 2017
Pre-publication quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DEA: Implementation of the Provision of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 Relating to the Dispensing of Narcotic Drugs for Opioid Use Disorder
Final rule from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) expanding the categories of practitioners who may, under certain conditions on a temporary basis, dispense a narcotic drug for the purpose of treating opioid use disorders. In an effort to make treatment more accessible for rural patients, "qualifying practitioner" now includes physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The rule brings the DEA's regulations into agreement with provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was signed into law in 2016. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by The Compliance Team for Continued CMS Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program
Proposed notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the receipt of an application from The Compliance Team (TCT) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). TCT's current 6-year term expires July 18, 2018. Comments on whether TCT's requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for certification of RHCs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 22, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
The Secretary ’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting via webinar on February 28, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The committee will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention priorities and provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks by the year 2030. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by 9:00 a.m. Eastern on February 28, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
Announces the updated 2018 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 13, 2018. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for several federal programs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 18, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America; Correction
Corrects the reply date that was incorrectly published in a January 3, 2018, proposed rule seeking comments on how to strengthen the Rural Health Care Program and improve access to telehealth in rural America. Reply comments are due on or before March 5, 2018, rather than the originally published February 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

GAO: Request for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Nominations
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). MACPAC reviews Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies, and advises Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. Nominations are due by February 5, 2018, and appointments take effect May 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: HHS Poverty Guidelines; Update
Announces the updated 2018 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii, which took effect January 13, 2018. The HHS poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and are used to determine eligibility for several federal programs. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Supporting Broadband Tower Facilities in Rural America on Federal Properties Managed by the Department of the Interior
Official memorandum from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) outlining the Administration's intent to use all appropriate and available tools to accelerate the deployment of modern, affordable, and reliable high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America. The memorandum also directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop a plan to support these efforts by increasing access to tower facilities and other infrastructure assets managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI). (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Regulatory Agenda
Semiannual regulatory agenda from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining the rulemaking activities HHS expects to undertake in the foreseeable future. Includes abstracts for prospective HHS rules that are expected to have major economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Streamlining and Expediting Requests To Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America
Executive order designed to improve access to broadband internet service in rural America by reducing barriers to capital investment, removing obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employing government resources. The order also directs the Administrator of General Services to review and streamline the process for expediting requests to locate broadband facilities on federal property. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 11, 2018 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 meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC), which is scheduled on February 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The meeting is open to the public and will include discussions on opioid use prevention, the substance use prevention workforce, and recent CSAP program developments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Outcome Measures, OMB No. 0915-0311-Revision
Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts as part of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth's Telehealth Network Grant Program. Information collected will be used to evaluate and monitor grantees' progress in the following areas: improving access to needed services, reducing rural practitioner isolation, improving health system productivity and efficiency, and improving patient outcomes. Additionally, newly added measures will help evaluate telehealth services delivered through rural schools. Comments regarding the proposed information colle...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387-Revision.
Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program, which provides support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. Information collected will help the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) measure the impact of the grant funding on access to rural healthcare, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted no later than March 12, 2018. (So...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program
Pre-publication notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect information as part of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program, which provides support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. Information collected will help the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) measure the impact of the grant funding on access to rural healthcare, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted within 60 days of...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations for voting members to fill eight vacancies on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues concerning migrant health centers. Nominees must be board members of a migrant health center or other entity funded under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, and familiar with the delivery of primary care to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. Additionally, five nominees must also be patients of the entitie...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2018
Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2018 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EBSA: Definition of “Employer” Under Section 3(5) of ERISA-Association Health Plans
Proposed rule from the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) that would modify the definition of "employer" and broaden the criteria for determining when an employer may join together in a group or association that is treated as the sponsor of a "group health plan" or "employee welfare benefit plan." The goal of the proposed rule is to expand access to affordable health coverage by removing undue restrictions on association health plans and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. Comments regarding provisions of the proposed rule must be submitted on or before Marc...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 5, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: IHS: Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2018
Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2018 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2018. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 5, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: EBSA: Definition of Employer under Section 3(5) of ERISA -- Association Health Plans
Pre-publication proposed rule from the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) that would modify the definition of "employer" and broaden the criteria for determining when an employer may join together in a group or association that is treated as the sponsor of a "group health plan" or "employee welfare benefit plan." The goal of the proposed rule is to expand access to affordable health coverage by removing undue restrictions on association health plans and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. Comments regarding provisions of the proposed rule must be submitted w...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news