CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the information collection request related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. 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 - May 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) Residents, Clients, and Staff
Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and staff when availa...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: National Advisory Committee on Individuals With Disabilities and Disasters
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters (NACIDD). The Advisory Committee will advise and consult with the Secretary of HHS regarding the medical, public health, and accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities related to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for member...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters: Establishment
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD). NACSD will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS to support and enhance all-hazards public health and medical preparedness, response activities, and recovery aimed at meeting the unique needs of older adults. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NACSD. Applications are due withi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Request for Nominations and Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) May 26, 2021 Virtual Meeting
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). APOE advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the CMS Administrator on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nominations are due by June 11, 2021. In addition, APOE will hold a virtual public meeting on May 26, 2021, from 12:00 – 5:00 p...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: AR16-Notice of Listening Sessions on the Department of Veterans Affairs Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold two public virtual listening sessions to seek input on implementing section 201 of theCommander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. The listening sessions will help to inform the VA's development of the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which aims to reduce veteran suicide through a three-year community-based grant program that would provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide or coordinate providing suicide prevention services to eligible veterans and their families. (Source...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Request for Nominations: Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). APOE advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the CMS Administrator on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nominations are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for May 12, 2021. In additio...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Residents, Clients, and Staff
Pre-publication notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and s...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2022 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals; Proposed Changes to Medicaid Provider Enrollment; and Proposed Changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022. Contains details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH); Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals, including how to distribute additional slots for rural residency training programs; inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals; quality reporting programs; and changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things. Comments a...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Modification of Limitations on Redesignation by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB)
Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amending regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located. These changes align CMS policy with the decision inBates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. This interim final rule is effective May 10, 2021. Comments are due by June 28, 2021. (Sour...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 10, 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) will hold a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. 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 - May 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Health Outcomes Survey which is used to track patient-reported qualify of life and daily function data, and 2) Evaluating Coverage to Care in Communities (C2C) to analyze the effectiveness of consumer messaging materials about health insurance coverage options. Comments are due by June 7, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2021 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 comments on a proposed information collection project titled A Baseline of Injury and Psychosocial Stress for Applied Behavior Analysis Workers. This information collection is intended to better understand the work-related injuries and psychosocial stressors encountered by applied behavior analysis workers. Comments are due by July 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 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 May 28, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to discrimination and xenophobia. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CDC: Meetings: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announcing a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. 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 - May 6, 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
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; special enrollment periods; direct enrollment entities; income verification by exchanges; and more. This final rule is effective July 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 5, 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; Policies and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extending the length of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model through December 31, 2024, by adding an additional 3 performance years. This final rule revises certain aspects of the CJR model including the episode of care definition, the target price calculation, the reconciliation process, the beneficiary notice requirements, and the appeals process. This final rule also extends the additional flexibilities provided to participant hospitals related to certain Medicare program rules. Includes information regarding rural hospita...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-January Through March 2021
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March 2021, 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 - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and 2) Administrative Requirements for Section 6071 of the Deficit Reduction Act. Comments are due by July 2, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Public Meeting on June 24, 2021 Regarding New and Reconsidered Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Test Codes for the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2022
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a virtual public meeting on June 24, 2021, to receive recommendations and comments regarding payment amounts for new or substantially revised test codes Medicare is considering under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for calendar year 2022. Written comments are due by June 3, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs; Establishment
Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcing the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 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 of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extending the length of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model through December 31, 2024, by adding an additional 3 performance years. This final rule revises certain aspects of the CJR model including the episode of care definition, the target price calculation, the reconciliation process, the beneficiary notice requirements, and the appeals process. This final rule also extends the additional flexibilities provided to participant hospitals related to certain Medicare program rules. Includes information regardi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Standards
Pre-publication notice of final from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) related to risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges; special enrollment periods; direct enrollment entities; income verification by Exchanges; and more. This final rule is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for May 5, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issuing practice guidelines allowing eligible practitioners to treat up to 30 patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) using buprenorphine without having to meet certain federal certification requirements related to training, counseling, and other ancillary services. This guidance is intended to expand access to buprenorphine for OUD treatment. This guidance is effective April 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2022 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals; Proposed Changes to Medicaid Provider Enrollment; and Proposed Changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022. Includes details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals, inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals, quality reporting programs, as well as changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things. Comments are due by June 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates vi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Modification of Limitations on Redesignation by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board
Pre-publication notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amending regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located. These changes align CMS policy with the decision inBates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. This interim final rule is effective May 10, 2021. Comments are due by June...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Application by American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a request for continued recognition of the American Diabetes Association as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due by May 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Application by Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a request for continued recognition of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due by May 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBCS: Rural Energy for America Program
Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) regarding the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This rule removes the provisions relating to guaranteed loans, makes revisions to enhance program delivery and customer service for the REAP program, and incorporates changes to support a greater distribution of funds and processing and servicing clarifications. This rule is effective July 26, 2021. Comments are due by June 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas; Extension of Timeline for Final Rule Publication
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the continuation of theMay 11, 2018 interim final rule. The provisions adopted in the interim final rule will continue until May 11, 2022. The timeline for publication of the final rule is also extended until May 11, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DOT: Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee Matters
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing (AAPB) Advisory Committee on May 27-28, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include discussion of the reports and recommendations from the Subcommittee on Disclosure and Distinction of Charges and Coverage for Air Ambulance Services, Subcommittee on Prevention of Balance Billing, and Subcommittee on State and DOT Consumer Protection Authorities. R egistration is required to attend. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Application by American Diabetes Association for Continued CMS Approval of its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a request for continued recognition of the American Diabetes Association as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for April 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Application by Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists for Continued CMS Approval of its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a request for continued recognition of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for April 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Award of a Single-Source Supplement for the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a single-source supplement to the current cooperative agreement held by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment (NCBOE). This supplemental funding will support NCBOE's outreach and education efforts targeting older adults with the greatest economic need by expanding work of the Benefits Enrollment Centers, making enhancements to the benefits eligibility and screening tool, and expanding the capacity of the benefits call center. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 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 - April 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 - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Center Program: COVID-19 Data Collection Tools, OMB No. 0906-0062-Revision
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on forms related to the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program. HRSA uses the data collected to optimize COVID-19 testing and vaccination; track health center capacity and the impact of COVID-19 on operations, patients, and staff; and better understand training and technical assistance, funding, and other health center resource needs. Comments are due by June 22, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) on June 21, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include discussions on mining safety and health research projects and outcomes and an update from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Associate Director for Mining. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection regarding the implementation of the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey. Data collected from OAS CAHPS can enable consumers to make more informed decisions when choosing an outpatient surgery facility, aid facilities in their quality improvement efforts, and help CMS monitor the performance of outpatient surgery facilities. Comments are due by June 22, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on the re-establishment of a matching program between CMS and each state-based administering entity (AE), titled "Determining Eligibility for Enrollment in Applicable State Health Subsidy Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." The program will assist AEs in verifying individuals' eligibility for enrollment in applicable state health subsidy programs through an exchange established under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Comments are due by May 24, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rur...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FRNA: Combined Board and Board Committees Meeting
Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on May 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items are being finalized and will be published on theFirstNet Authority website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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 April 23, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on Janssen (Johnson& Johnson) 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 live webcast. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: 2020 Census Tribal Consultation; Virtual Public Meeting
The Census Bureau will hold a 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) tribal consultation webinar on May 19, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the Privacy-Protected Microdata Files (PPMFs) and Detailed Summary Metrics. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by May 17, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 20, 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 April 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to mental and behavioral health across the life course. 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 - April 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on May 5, 2021, from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls and priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children.Registration is required to attend. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 19, 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 April 23, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on Janssen (Johnson& Johnson) 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 live webcast. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

State Department: Change to Certification Authority for the Alien Physician Category of the Exchange Visitor Program
Notice of final rule from the U.S. State Department changing the certification authority for alien physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This rule is effective May 19, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project titled SimpleReport Mobile Application. SimpleReport is a free web-based application that provides an easy way to manage the COVID-19 testing workflow, record results for rapid point-of-care COVID tests, and report the results to the appropriate public health department on behalf of the testing site. Comments are due by June 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule includes proposals to rebase and revise the SNF market basket, suppress the use of the SNF readmission measure for scoring and payment adjustment purposes in the FY 2022 SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and update to the diagnosis code mappings used under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Includes rural considerations throughout. Co...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and proposes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also proposes making permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and proposes changes to public reporting for the...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news