Census Bureau: Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee
The Census Bureau is accepting nominations to fill four vacancies on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The CSAC provides scientific and technical expertise to the Director of the Census Bureau on all Census Bureau programs and activities. The committee should have representatives with a variety of experience and from varied backgrounds in order to have balanced representation in terms of geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, technical expertise, community involvement, and knowledge of census programs. Nominations are due by September 30, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DOT: Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee Notice of Public Meeting
The U.S. Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public meeting of the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing (AAPB) Advisory Committee on August 11, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a discussion of the impact of the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) on the ability of states to regulate air ambulance operations and whether to recommend that the ADA be amended as a means of improving the regulation of air ambulance providers. Registration is required to attend. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on September 29-30, 2021. The agenda will include discussions on cholera vaccine, hepatitis vaccines, herpes zoster vaccines, orthopoxvirus vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, and tickborne encephalitis vaccine. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C & M) Committee Meeting
Announces a virtual 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 September 14-15, 2021. The agenda includes a discussion of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS topics, a list of which is provided in the notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Best Practices for Advancing Cultural Competency, Language Access and Sensitivity toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services correcting an email address printed in the July 16, 2021 notice with the same title. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities, OMB No. 0906-XXXX New
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on a proposed information collection titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation, as well as to report on how funds were used during the spending period. Comments are due by September 24, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Inviting Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program
Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) prior to the passage of final appropriations for FY 2022. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency Improvements and Energy Efficient Equipment and Systems Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based on the funding amount requested for each of the grant programs. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be publis...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2022 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation Updates; Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-Payment Medical Review Requirements
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare provider enrollment policies; 6) requirements for prepayment and post-payment medical review activities; 7) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a prescription dru...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 23, 2021. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website one week before the meeting. Comment and presentation submissions to...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations
on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). The NAC provides advice to the Director of the Census Bureau on the economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral, and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy, and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census. The committee aims to have balanced representation among its members in terms of geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, technical expertise, community involvement, and knowledge of census programs. Nominations are due by September 30, 2021. (Source: Federa...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Authorization of Emergency Use of Certain Medical Devices During COVID-19; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for certain medical devices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These authorizations are effective on their date of issuance. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Notice of Meeting for the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) on August 27, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED). The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on theSAMHSA website one week before the meeting. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Meetings: Medicare Program: Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 23, 2021. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website one week before the meeting. Comment an...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extending the comment period on the proposed information collection titled "The AHRQ Safety Program for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Prevention." This project will assist hospital units and long-term care facilities in adopting and implementing technical approaches to reduce MRSA infections. Comments are due by August 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 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 (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS); 2) Transitional Pass-through payments related to Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceuticals to determine eligibility under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System; and 3) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS). Comments are due by August 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: National Practitioner Data Bank: Change in User Fees
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing a change in user fees charged to individuals and entities authorized to request information from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This change will be effective October 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 11, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include the discussion of substance abuse prevention priorities and updates on CSAP program developments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

OSHA: Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
Notice from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extending the comment period of theJune 21, 2021, interim final rule regarding an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. Comments are now due by August 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; etc.
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2022, updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, update Hospital Price Transparency requirements, and update and refine the design of the Radiation Oncology Model. This proposed rule also includes a request for information on the health and safety standards, quality measures and reporting requirements, and payment policies for Rural...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on July 22, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on COVID-19 vaccine safety. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a l ive webcast. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA: Identifying Barriers in Programs and Services; Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extending the comment period for an information collection request regarding the barriers that people of color and underserved communities and individuals may face in obtaining information from USDA. Comments are now due by August 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

GAO: Request for Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Nominations
The Government Accountability Office is requesting nominations for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC), which provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure. Nominations are due by August 24, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on an information collection regarding efforts to evaluate the COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, including the COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (CABS) and the Monthly Outcome Survey (MOS). Information collected will be used to determine whether the campaign is having the intended impact on target audiences' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and adherence to preventative behaviors. Comments are due by September 17, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeking comments on a new information collection project titled " Evaluating the use of EHMRs in health settings to improve organizational implementation and worker adoption during and after the COVID-19 pandemic." The purpose of this the study is to understand how elastomeric half mask respirators (EHMRs) are being perceived and used by healthcare and first responder settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due by September 17, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

OMB: 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas
Notice of decision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announcing the adoption and content of the 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas. This notice also summarizes comments received in response to theJanuary 19, 2021, Federal Register Notice on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards. Among other decisions, OMB does not accept the recommendation to increase the minimum urban area population to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area from 50,000 to 100,000. This notice is effective immediately. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels and reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Best Practices for Advancing Cultural Competency, Language Access and Sensitivity Toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking information to inform the development of guidance describing best practices for advancing cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the context of the Federal Government's COVID-19 response. Comments are due by August 17, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee (ISUDCC) on August 26, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on support for the mission and work of the Committee, federal advances to address challenges in substance use disorder (SUD), and non-federal advances to address challenges in SUD. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Intent To Award 54 Single-Source Supplements for Current Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) State Grantees
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award 54 administrative supplements as cooperative agreements to existing Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project grantees to further support activities in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SMP grantees work to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse. The additional funding is intended to expand and enhance the virtual capacity of the existing SMP programs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CDC: Meetings: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on July 22, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on COVID-19 vaccine safety. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a l ive webcast. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: USDA: Identifying Barriers in Programs and Services; Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
Pre-publication notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extending the comment period for an information collection request regarding the barriers that people of color and underserved communities and individuals may face in obtaining information from USDA. Comments are now due by August 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

OSHA: Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
Notice from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) making minor corrections to theJune 21, 2021, interim final rule. Corrections are effective July 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: OMB: 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas
Pre-publication notice of decision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announcing the adoption and content of the 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas. This notice also summarizes comments received in response to theJanuary 19, 2021, Federal Register Notice on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards. Among other decisions, OMB does not accept the recommendation to increase the minimum urban area population to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area from 50,000 to 100,000. This notice is effective immediately. (Source: Federal Register update...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2022 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation Updates; Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-payment Medical Review Requirements
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare provider enrollment policies; 6) requirements for prepayment and post-payment medical review activities; 7) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a p...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers
Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offering further guidance on the administration of the Connected Care Pilot Program, including guidance on eligible services, competitive bidding, invoicing, and data reporting for selected participants, allowing selected Pilot Program participants to begin their Pilot projects. This rule is effective August 13, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

OPM, IRS, EBSA, HHS: Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I
Notice of interim final rule from the Office of Personnel Management, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that protect participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees in group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage from surprise medical bills. These regulations are applicable for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. This notice also includes interim final rules that apply to emergency departments of hospitals and independent freestanding emergency departments, healthc...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Privacy Act; Matching Program
Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on new computer matching programs between the Federal Communications Commission and the Virginia Department of Social Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The EBBP was created specifically to assist American families' access to broadband during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due by August 12, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) July 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a virtual public meeting on July 28, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by July 14, 2021. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the May 2021 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more.Registration is required by July 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). The Committee is charged with advising CDC and HRSA on objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other STD prevention and treatment efforts. Nominations are due by August 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on July 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations addressing future pandemic preparedness, mitigation, and resilience needed to ensure equitable response and recovery in communities of color and other underserved populations. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on theCOVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: FCC: Privacy Act; Matching Program
Pre-publication notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking comment on new computer matching programs between the Federal Communications Commission and the Virginia Department of Social Services to verify the eligibility of applicants and subscribers to the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The EBBP was created specifically to assist American families' access to broadband during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for July 13, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, and End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes related to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payments for calendar year 2022 and proposing updates to the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Also includes proposed updated requirements for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing; Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theMay 3, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Streamlining Electric Program Procedures
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) revising regulations to streamline its procedures for Electric Program borrowers, including its loan application requirements, approval of construction work plans, contract bidding procedures, and contract approval procedures, among other procedures. This rule will also remove unnecessary sections of the regulations. This rule is effective September 7, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Standards; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) making technical corrections to theMay 5, 2021, final rule. Corrections are effective July 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Federal Advisory Committee, Communications Equity and Diversity Council
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, renamed the Communications Equity and Diversity Council. The Communications Equity and Diversity Council makes recommendations to the FCC on advancing equity in the provision of and access to digital communication services and products. The charter is effective for a 2-year period beginning June 29, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on August 3-4, 2021. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePACHA website one week before the meeting. Preregistration is required by July 26, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing; Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theMay 3, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Requirements and Proposed Model Expansion; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements; Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs; Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Requirements; and Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the home health and home infusion therapy services payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2022. This rule also proposes changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP), making permanent selected regulatory waivers related to home health aide supervision implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expanding the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model. Also discusses survey and enforcement requirements for hospice programs and quality reporting program requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-te...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news