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HRSA: Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Participants
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of eligible entities that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients available for service October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 is posted on theHealth Workforce Connector website. Also includes Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores for eligible facilities and instructions on how to submit information in support of a higher priority determination, due by June 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 21, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HUD: Announcement of Funding Awards
Announcement of funding decisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the following programs: FY2016 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages; FY2016 Research and Evaluation, Demonstration and Data Analysis and Utilization; FY2017 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program; FY2014-FY2016 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Award Amendments; FY2017 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages; FY2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program; and FY2017 Choice Neighbor...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs
Notice that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment on the Administration's plan to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket prescription costs for consumers, including actions already taken. Comments are due by July 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs
Pre-publication notice that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment on the Administration's plan to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket prescription costs for consumers, including actions already taken. Comments are due 60 days after the official publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for May 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations on a continuous basis for the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), including representatives of practicing primary care physicians, national and specialty physician organizations, foreign medical graduates, medical student and house staff associations, schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine, public and private teaching hospitals, and representatives of health insurers, business, and labor. Nominations of medical students, residents, and/or fellows are also encouraged. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 14, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Notice of an interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase fee schedule rates for certain durable medical equipment. Amends the regulation to resume a blended fee schedule rate for items furnished in rural areas and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories) not subject to the Competitive Bidding Program from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Comments on the interim final rule are due by July 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 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 comment on changes to data collection instruments administered by the National Healthcare Safety Network, which is a system designed to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare associate infections, antimicrobial use and resistance, blood transfusion safety events, and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. Comments are due by July 10, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Correction
Makes technical corrections to anApril 17, 2018 final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health
Announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH), which will be held via conference call on June 19, 2018. Agenda items include finalizing recommendations for creating a culturally sensitive system of care related to opioid misuse, discussion of recommendations for serious mental illness, and determining future agenda items. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Publication of the Date on Which All Amounts Deposited in the Veterans Choice Fund Will Be Exhausted
Department of Veterans Affairs announcement that it will have exhausted funds for the Veterans Choice Program no earlier than May 31, 2018 and they could last as long as June 15, 2018. If funds are available beyond those dates, they will post an update on theVA Choice Program website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program
Notice of final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs related to the Veterans Choice Program. Includes responses to comments received on the December 1, 2015 interim final rule and does not make further regulatory revisions. The rule is effective on May 11, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Strategic Economic and Community Development-Reservation of Fiscal Year 2018 Program Funds
Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service superseding the March 17, 2016 Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) notice that had used set-aside funding allocations for certain rural projects. Instead, funding allocations for FY 2018 will utilize priority points under the SECD provisions. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Pre-publication notice of an interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase fee schedule rates for certain durable medical equipment. Amends the regulation to resume a blended fee schedule rate for items furnished in rural areas and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories) not subject to the Competitive Bidding Program from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Comments on the interim final rule are due by July 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps; Notice of Meeting
Announces a May 15, 2018 public meeting of the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to discuss issues related to current focus areas of NHSC. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability ofCommon Formats for Surveillance —Hospital Version 0.2 Beta to allow Patient Safety Organizations to collect data that has comparable clinical meaning. Comments on the Common Formats will be accepted ongoing in order to guide future improvements. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 9, 2018 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 by July 9, 2018 on an extension of a currently approved information collection for the National Implementation of the Hospital CAHPS Survey which is used to measure patients' perspectives of hospital care. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019, as well as make changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Additionally, the proposed rule would make conforming regulations text changes to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 prospective payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities, including extended units of acute care or Critical Access Hospitals. Also updates quality measures and includes a request for information related to health information technology, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) for FY 2109. Also seeks comment on removing the face-to-face requirement for rehabilitation physician visits and expands the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet IRF requirements. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Proposed Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced its annual adjustments to the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price meals and milk for the period running July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Guidelines are used by schools and other institutions to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 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 Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 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 Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program, Value-Based Purchasing Program, and new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comment by May 22, 2018 on a proposed rule to further delay theJanuary 5, 2017 final rule that sets forth the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and defining civil monetary penalties for manufacturers who knowingly charge covered entities more than the ceiling price. If implemented, provisions of the final rule would take effect July 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Rural Health Opioid Program Grant Performance Measures, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-NEW
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration stating that comments already received related to performance measures for the Rural Health Opioid grant program will be forwarded to OMB for review. Further comments will be accepted during the review and approval period and must be submitted by June 6, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387-Revision
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration stating that comments already received on the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program and the associated impact of grant funding on access to healthcare, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes will be forwarded to OMB for review. Further comments will be accepted during the review and approval period and must be submitted by June 6, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and Grantees
Final rule from USDA's Rural Utilities Service to amend regulations for its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) adopted by USDA on December 26, 2014. Also expands regulations to include grant recipients, amend its peer review requirements, reporting requirements, and other audit requirements. The rule will become effective on July 6, 2018 and is applicable for financial audits for period ending on or after December 15, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Draft-National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health; Extension of Comment Period
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period to July 13, 2018 for responses to thedraft agenda of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-January Through March 2018
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March, 2018. 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 - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) Meeting on August 20-21, 2018
Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 20-21, 2018. The Panel is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on issues concerning the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement; Correction of Due Date
Updates the due date for applications for the Indian Health Service's Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) Negotiation Cooperative Agreement funding to June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Planning Cooperative Agreement; Correction of Due Date
Updates the due date for applications for the Indian Health Service's Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) Planning Cooperative Agreement funding to June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting Amended
Announces a meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on May 23-24. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, Network Director South Central VA Health Care Network, Director Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and the Director Office of Rural Health and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general health care access. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid/CHIP Program; Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control and Payment Error Rate Measurement Programs in Response to the Affordable Care Act; Correction
Makes technical corrections to the July 5, 2017 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule entitled"Medicaid/CHIP Program; Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control and Payment Error Rate Measurement Programs in Response to the Affordable Care Act". (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IRS, EBSA, HHS: Clarification of Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act
Clarification of a November 18, 2015 final rule entitled"Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act" in response to a complaint from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) filed on August 31, 2017. The clarification is applicable beginning May 3, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant for Fiscal Year 2018
USDA's Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide technical assistance and/or training to help rural communities access funding under the USDA essential community facilities programs. Applications are due by July 2, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority; Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services to reorganize the functions and offices within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Includes current and proposed organization charts to highlight the changes. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Connect America Fund: Rule
Rule from the Federal Communications Commission to increase the amount of operating costs that carriers that predominantly serve Tribal lands can recover through the Universal Service Fund because the cost to bring voice and broadband services to these areas is higher than those not serving Tribal lands. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Federal Domestic Assistance-Short Organizational form which is used to provide organizational details as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Assurances for Non-Construction Programs form which requests that applicants certify specified required assurances as part of federal grant proposals. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Assurances for Construction Programs form which allows applicants to provide specific assurances as part of their federal grant proposal. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Project Abstract Summary which is used by applicants to provide a summary of grant projects and objectives as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form which is used to provide lobbying details as part of federal grant proposals. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) form as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF-424C) form as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) and Federal Financial Report Attachment (SF-425A) forms as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment and burden estimates by July 2, 2018 on the Instructions for the SF-429 Real Property Status Report, SF-429 Real Property Status Report (Cover Page), SF-429-A Real Property Status Report Attachment A (General Reporting), SF-429-B Real Property Status Report Attachment B (Request to Acquire, Improve or Furnish), and SF-429-C Real Property Status Report Attachment C (Disposition or Encumbrance Request) forms, which allow applicants to provide real property details as part of the federal grant proposal process. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment on its request to add 13 new questions to an existing survey instrument used to evaluate community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery grants administered through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Comments are due by July 2, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement of a public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to be held on June 13-14, 2018. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Topics for consideration at the meeting include mental health, obesity prevention and control, physical health, and women's health, among others. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019, as well as make changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Additionally, the proposed rule would make conforming regulations text changes to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. This notice will be officially published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news