RBS: Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Fiscal Year 2019
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 2019. The two specific grant programs included in the announcement are: 1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Deadlines are included in this notice, based upon funding amount requested for each of the grant programs. The final total amount of funding available through the REAP program will be published on the USDA Rural Development websi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 14, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - April through June 2018
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 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 - August 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by September 12, 2018 on the modification of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) OASIS-C2/ICD-10 that home health agencies are required to collect when participating in the Medicare program. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year Proposed Rule
Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014-2018 benefit years. Comments are due by September 7, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates; Correction
Correction to aJuly 19, 2018 Federal Register notice from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service related to maximum reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Program Integrity: Exchange, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards; Amendments to the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014; Final Rule II; and 2) Essential Community Provider Data Collection to Support QHP Certification for PYs 2021-2023. Comments are due by September 10, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations Pathways to Success
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make changes to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operated under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Among other things, the proposed changes will encourage ACOs to transition to two-side models where they share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses. Includes considerations for small and rural providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days from the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for August 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to Figure A, as filed in theJuly 27, 2018 proposed rule to revise payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Adoption of the Methodology for the HHSOperated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year Proposed Rule
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014-2018 benefit years. Comments are due by September 7, 2018. Official publication of this notice will appear in the August 10, 2018 Federal Register. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Ru...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FDA: Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Notice from the Food and Drug Administration seeking comment on a draft guidance entitled "Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment," as well as comments on when the use of placebo or active controls is most appropriate in clinical trials for such drugs. Comments are due by October 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on their intent to re-establish a matching program between CMS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) entitled “Determining Enrollment or Eligibility for Insurance Affordability Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” The program allows CMS and SSA to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability prog rams and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations a...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to Figure A, as filed in theJuly 27, 2018 proposed rule to revise payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 7, 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 final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updating the prospective payment rates for FY 2019 for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. Also updated labor-related share and wage indexes, as well as quality and reporting measures. The rule is effective October 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2019 and remove certain measures and assessment instruments in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of paperwork for IRFs. Also makes updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program requirements. The rule is effective on October 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 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 final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019. Also updates regulatory text to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019 and makes changes to the Hospice Quality Report Program. This final rule is effective on October 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
USDA's Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is accepting loan applications for the Rural Energy Savings Program. Letters of Intent should be submitted by September 30, 2019 with the full loan application package should due 60 days from the date of a written RUS invitation to proceed. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: FDA: Guidance: Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment
Pre-publication notice from the Food and Drug Administration seeking comment on a draft guidance entitled "Opioid Use Disorder: Endpoints for Demonstrating Effectiveness of Drugs for Medication-Assisted Treatment," as well as comments on when the use of placebo or active controls is most appropriate in clinical trials for such drugs. Comments are due within 60 days of official publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for August 7, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 6, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IRS, HHS, EBSA: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. Under the new definition, contracts issued must have an expiration date that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract and, taking into account renewals or extensions, has a duration of no longer than 36 months in total. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage and is designed to fill temporar...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
The Health Resources and Services Administration will convene a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages (ACICBL) on August 16, 2018. The full agenda will be posted on theACICBL website and will include a discussion of how to prepare the healthcare workforce to practice in age-friendly health systems while addressing the quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs while improving the work life of healthcare providers. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; 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
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 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. The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2018 and...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 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 final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019. Also updates regulatory text to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019 and makes changes to the Hospice Quality Report Program. This final rule is effective on October 1, 2018 and will be published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: IRS, HHS, EBSA: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. Under the new definition, contracts issued must have an expiration date that is less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract and, taking into account renewals or extensions, has a duration of no longer than 36 months in total. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage and is designed to fill temporar...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Official publication of this final rule in the Federal Register is scheduled fo...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: Medicare Program: CMS: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2019 and remove certain measures and assessment instruments in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of paperwork for IRFs. Also makes updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program requirements. Official publication of this final rule in the Federal Register is scheduled for August 6, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updating the prospective payment rates for FY 2019 for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. Also updated labor-related share and wage indexes, as well as quality and reporting measures. The rule is effective October 1, 2018. Official publication of this notice will appear in the August 6, 2018 issue of the Federal Register. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspecition: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Official publication of this final rule in the Federal Register is scheduled fo...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Proposed Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Requests for Information on Promoting Interoperability and Electronic Health Care Information, Price Transparency, and Leveraging Authority for the Competitive Acquisition Program for Part B Drugs and Biologicals for a Potential CMS Innovation Center Model
Notice of proposed rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2019. The proposed rule also updates requirements for the Hospital Outpatient quality reporting (OQR) program and ASC quality reporting program, requests information on promoting interoperability and the exchange of electronic health care information, and proposes to modify the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey measure by removing pain-related questions...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Possible Revision or Elimination of Rules; Proposed Rule
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment from the public by October 29, 2018 on a list of ten-year old rules in order to determine if they should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded. The FCC will review comments and consider what action, if any, needs to be taken with regard to the rules. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)will hold an open full committee meeting on September 13-14. The agenda is posted on theNCVHS website and includes a discussion on several health data policy topics, continued work on projects outlined in the NCVHS 2018 workplan, and discussion on plans for the NCVHS 13th Report to Congress, among other things. Additionally, the NCVHS Population Health Subcommittee will hold a session with panelists to provide input to the Committee regarding strategies and resources/tools to increase access to small area data. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Adoption of the Methodology for the HHS-Operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the 2017 Benefit Year
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a final rule adopting the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2017 benefit year. This action is a result of the February 2018 district court ruling that vacated the use of statewide average premium as a basis for the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 benefit years. This rule is effective July, 30, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
The Secretary ’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 will hold an open meeting September 6-7, 2018. The committee will continue deliberations from its previous meeting to further develop recommendations regarding stakeholder engagement; the roles of health equity, complex systems science and modeling, and summary measures in Healthy People 2030; and activities for implementing Health People 2030. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 27, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS)
Announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a public meeting for the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Health Disparities Subcommittee (ACD, CDC-HDS) on October 9, 2018. Agenda items are focused on providing new members of the Subcommittee with information related to their roles and responsibilities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 27, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Broadband e-Connectivity Pilot Program
USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is seeking comment by September 10, 2018 on the implementation of the pilot broadband program (e-Connectivity Pilot). The e-Connectivity Pilot provides loans and grants for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural communities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 27, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) for Continued Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) has submitted their application to continue as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Comments on their application must be received by August 27, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Proposed Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Requests for Information on Promoting Interoperability and Electronic Health Care Information, Price Transparency, and Leveraging Authority for the Competitive Acquisition Program for Part B Drugs and Biologicals for a Potential CMS Innovation Center Model
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2019. The proposed rural also updates requirements for the Hospital Outpatient quality reporting (OQR) program and ASC quality reporting program, requests information on promoting interoperability and the exchange of electronic health care information, and proposes to modify the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey measure by removing pain-...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Secretarial Review and Publication of the National Quality Forum 2017 Annual Report to Congress and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Submitted by the Consensus-Based Entity Regarding Performance Measurement
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledging that the Secretary has received and reviewed the 2017 National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Report. The Secretary's comments are included in section II of the notice, including the response to NQF's work in addressing challenges faced by rural communities when implementing certain quality measures. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2018-2022
The Indian Health Service is seeking public comment by August 23, 2018 on the draft IHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2018-2022. A series of virtual town hall sessions seeking input on the plan will also be held. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 24, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

BIA: Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Publishes the current list of 573 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 - July 23, 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 public comment by September 18, 2018 on its intention to collect information for the evaluation of CMS Quality Improvement Organizations' medication safety and adverse drug event prevention activities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDFI: Funding Opportunities: Capital Magnet Fund; 2018 Funding Round
Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in Grants.gov by August 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 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: FY2017 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB); FY2017 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP); and FY2017 The Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations and Data Analysis and Utilization Program. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC)
Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Advisory Council (SAMHSA NAC) on August 2, 2018. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services' Operating Divisions; updates from the ex-officio members, and a council discussion. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2018 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, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2018 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 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, 2018, through June 30, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention 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 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority
Announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services making changes to the statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The changes were mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act to address threats which harm public health, access to healthcare, access to emergency medical services, and national security. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 18, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

BIA: Change of Address; Office of Federal Acknowledgment
Notice of final rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of a change of address for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment for filing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 18, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news