CDC: Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the 2020 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of the 2020 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which seeks to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks by 2022. Million Hearts recognizes health systems, clinicians, and clinical practices that have significantly impacted hypertension control rates. Applications will be accepted February 21 through April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Revisions of Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions of Coverage; Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Covered Outpatient Department Services; Potential Changes to the Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Changes to Grandfathered Children's Hospitals-Within-Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity To Apply for Available Slots; Correcting Amendment
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is correcting errors found in theNovember 12, 2019 issue of the Federal Register. The correction is effective February 14, 2020 and is applicable beginning January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Inviting Applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. The application deadline is May 14, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-October Through December 2019
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 2019, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting; Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a public meeting on March 17, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, including priorities for women veterans, foster care systems of care, direction around access to behavioral health services. Registration to attend in person or online is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals (MOPS-HP)
Notice from the Census Bureau of consideration of a proposal to conduct a Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP) as a joint project with the Harvard Business School. The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general, medical, and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. Comments on the proposal are due by March 13, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases beginning May 11, 2020 and October 8, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans
The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of over $34 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications will be evaluated monthly starting February 15, 2020 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs
Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) of scholarship program availability and deadlines for the Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship, which are intended to help meet the workforce needs of IHS and its healthcare system partners. Applications are due by February 28, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2021
Notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the proposed methodology and data sources to be used in determining program year 2021 federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments on the proposed methodology are due by March 11, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

BIA: National Tribal Broadband Grant; Solicitation of Proposals
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) announces funding for Indian Tribes to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for the expansion and deployment of broadband services. Applications are due by May 8, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are due by March 9, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2021
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the proposed methodology and data sources to be used in determining program year 2021 federal payment amounts to states establishing a Basic Health Program offering benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Comments on the proposed methodology are due within 30 days of this publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 10, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Notice of Establishment and Solicitation of Nominations for Tribal Advisory Council
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments and recommendations on its intent to create the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), as well as nominations of tribal officials for consideration as voluntary delegates to serve on the HRSA TAC. The council will meet to discuss policies that have tribal implications and a substantial direct effect on Indian tribes, and to assist in the determination of the impact of HRSA programs on American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Nominations are due by May 7, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicaid, Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Changes are intended to reduce "red tape" to allow providers adequate time for patient care. Includes rural implications throughout, including those impacting Medicare Advantage and Cost Plan Network adequacy and Part D pharmacy performance measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comments and burden estimates on FCC Form 183, which is used to collect information on applicants for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Comments are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Health Care Providers' Understanding of Opioid Analgesic Abuse Deterrent Formulations
The Food and Drug Administration is requesting comment on a research project entitled "Health Care Providers' Understanding of Opioid Analgesic Abuse Deterrent Formulations (ADFs)," which will examine providers' perceptions, understanding, and behaviors related to opioid analgesic ADFs, as well as explore the effectiveness of terminology and descriptions for these products. Comments are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is requesting comments on a case study collection to determine the impact of the"Talk. They Hear You." campaign. The campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers of effective ways to talk to their children about alcohol and other substances. Comments are due by March 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 5, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Open Commission Meeting, Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Federal Communications Commission announces a public meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. and via webcast on January 30, 2020. The agenda includes items related to the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund - Connect America Fund, the video relay service program, and enforcement actions, among other things. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Census Bureau is seeking public comments on a program change for the 2020 Census collection, specifcially, the addition of Mobile Questionnaire Assistance, a component of internet Self-Response. Also updates related burden estimates. 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 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs, OMB No. 0912-0127 Revision
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on revisions to forms required for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program. Comments are due March 4, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeking comment on methodological field tests for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Comments are due March 4, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Notice Meeting of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment
Announcement of a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment to be held via webinar on March 5, 2020. The agenda includes a discussion of a pilot program on recency assay-based incidence estimation and the President'sEnding the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America strategy. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on March 2-4, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. Agenda items will be centered around the challenges in maternal and obstetric care and HIV prevention and treatment in rural America. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a web conference of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on February 12, 2020, which will be open to the public during the afternoon. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life, while saving money. Agenda items for the public portion of the meeting include a systematic review of literature on HIV prevention, cardiovascular disease prevention and control, and a proposal for new reviews on mental health, sleep health, or tobacco prevention and co...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C & M) Committee Meeting
Announces a public meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Classifications and Public Health Data Standards, ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee to be held on March 17-28, 2020. The agenda includes a discussion of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS topics, a list of which is provided in the notice. Registration is required by March 6, 2020 to attend in person. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comment on an information collection for the Universal Service— Rural Health Care Program (RHC Program). Information will be used to evaluate the extent to which the RHC Program is meeting statutory objectives. Comments are due by March 30, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Summer Food Service Program 2020 Reimbursement Rates
Announcement from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service of the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The rates are effective January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

GAO: Request for Nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)
The Government Accountability Office is requesting nominations for the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which will provide feedback on physician payment models to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Nominations are due February 28, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, OMB No. 0915-0140 Revision
The Health Resources and Services Administration has opened an additional 30-day comment period for feedback on a new form and changes to existing forms required during the application process for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The NURSE Corps LRP provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas. Comments are due by March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

BIA: Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Publishes the current list of 574 federally recognized tribal entities. Each tribal entity is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as an Indian Tribe. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking public comment on an information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey Database. Data collected through the survey provides comparative data for health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments 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 - January 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on the National Hospital Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey (NHAMCS), which is used to collect information on healthcare facilities and visits for ambulatory care services in non-federal, short stay hospitals. Comments are due by March 30, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Management and Organizational Practices Survey-Hospitals (MOPS-HP)
The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on a new information collection called the Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP). The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general medical and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. Comments on the survey are due by March 27, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 27, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 10-11, 2020. The meeting will include a discussion of the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (EHE) jurisdictional plans, focusing on pilot sites in Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; an update on the Ready, Set, PrEP National Program, Stigma as a Barrier — Shared Experiences and Challenges from International and Domestic Perspectives, and Women and HIV. Preregistration is required and is due by ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 27, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Administrative Simplification: Modification of the Requirements for the Use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements of the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007. This modification allows covered entities to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill in the HIPAA transactions and may help prevent impermissible refills of Schedule II drugs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Evaluation, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-New
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking public comment on the information collection request, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Evaluation. The evaluation purpose is to see if five programs aimed at increasing the access to the number of clinicians treating SUD have met their stated goals. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
The Heatlh Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of candidates for consideration to serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM). Written nominations must be received on or before February 24, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service intended to add flexibility to, and simplify meal pattern and monitoring requirements for, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program
Notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service amending regulations for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Changes include updates to definitions, application simplification, and enhanced monitoring requirements, among other things. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on the National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) which is used to collect data on tobacco use among students in grades 6-12. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: FNS: SimplifyingMeal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service intended to add flexibility to, and simplify meal pattern and monitoring requirements for, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Comments are due within 60 days of official publication of this notice in the Federal Register which is scheduled for January 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: FNS: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service amending regulations for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Changes include updates to definitions, application simplification, and enhanced monitoring requirements, among other things. Comments are due within 60 days of official publication of this notice in the Federal Register which is scheduled for January 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Medicaid-eligible Children with Medically Complex Conditions
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services seeking information on and best practices for the coordination of care from out-of-state providers for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions. Information received will be used to develop guidance provided to Medicaid directors. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Achieving Health Equity in the Advancement of Tobacco Control Practices To Prevent Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Product Emissions, and Identify and Eliminate Disparities in Tobacco Use and Secondhand Exposure Among Population Groups; Request for Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting information to inform future activities that support health equity in tobacco prevention and control among certain population groups. Factors impacting the disparity population groups include age, disability, rural/urban status, income, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, among other things. Information must be submitted to the CDC by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comment on an information collection for determining eligibility for free and reduced meals and free milk under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Program. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news