ACF: Native American Programs
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Administration for Native Americans (ANA) proposing changes to ANA regulations to allow grant recipients to apply for an emergency waiver of all or part of their proposed non-Federal share (NFS) due to emergency circumstances, such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, acts of terrorism, public health emergencies, or other qualifying events. Comments are due by February 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Bureau of Health Workforce Performance Data Collection
Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeking comments on an information collection regarding the HRSA Performance Report for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. Proposed changes to the current Bureau of Healthcare Workforce performance management strategy will reduce burden, simplify reporting, reflect new Department of Health and Human Services and HRSA priorities, and include elements to enable a longitudinal analysis of program performance. Comments are due by January 6, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Ask U.S. Panel
The Census Bureau is seeking comment on a new information collection titled "the Ask U.S. Panel." The Ask U.S. Panel will be a probability-based nationwide nationally representative survey panel for tracking public opinion on a variety of topics of interest to numerous federal agencies and their partners and for conducting experimentation on alternative question wording and methodological approaches. The Ask U.S. Panel may also be used to collect nationwide rapid-response data to address emerging data needs. Comments are due by February 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 7, 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 an information collection regarding the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. CMS launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to accelerate the transition to Medicare and non-Medicare alternative payment models by collaborating with a broad array of healthcare delivery stakeholders, identifying best practices in implementation, and monitoring the adoption of value-based alternative payment models across the U.S. healthcare system. Comments are due by February 4, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 6, 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 comment on the following information collections: 1) Information Collection Requirements in HSQ-110, Acquisition, Protection and Disclosure of Peer review Organization Information and Supporting Regulations; 2) Information Collection Requirements in 42 CFR 478.18, 478.34, 478.36, 478.42, QIO Reconsiderations and Appeals; and 3) Generic Beneficiary and Family Centered-Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) Data Collection Research. Comments are due by January 5, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics (BSC, NCHS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics (BSC NCHS) on February 10, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update by the NCHS Director; a welcome and introduction for new board members; a discussion of plans and revisions to NCHS surveys; a report from the Population Health Survey Planning, Methodology and Data Presentation (PHSPMDP) Workgroup; and an update on approaches to better identify opioid-involved hospitalizations. Instructions on how to view the live meeting will b...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Announcement of Solicitation of Written Comments on Proposed Healthy People 2030 Objectives and Request for Information on the Relationship Between Voter Participation and Health
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking comments on 3 proposed objectives to be added to Healthy People 2030, which was launched in August 2020, and evidence-based information regarding the relationship between voter participation and health status as a measure of civic engagement. The public is also invited to submit proposals for additional new core, developmental, or research objectives to be included in Healthy People 2030. Comments are due by January 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations to serve as members of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH). The NACMH consults with and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Helath and Human Services concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers (MHC) and other entities funded under grants and contracts under the Public Health Service Act. There are currently 7 open positions on the council and nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Tribal Consultation Session
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will hold a virtual tribal consultation session on February 3, 2022, from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. This consultation session will provide opportunities for elected American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal officials to provide input on the draftAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Worker Safety and Health Strategic Plan, 2022-2031. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 30, 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 Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2022 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals; Changes to Medicaid Provider Enrollment; and Changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making typographical corrections to theAugust 13, 2021, final rule and the relatedOctober 20, 2021, correcting amendment. Corrections are effective November 29, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use of Health Care
Notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration seeking comment on an information collection regarding the VA Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use of Health Care. This survey gathers information from veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care System about factors that influence their healthcare utilization choices including enrollees' perceived health status and need for assistance, barriers to seeking care, and ability and comfort level with accessing virtual care, among other things. 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 - November 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Grants Regulation; Removal of Non-Discrimination Provisions and Repromulgation of Administrative Provisions Under the Uniform Grant Regulation
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has postponed the effective date of portions of theJanuary 12, 2021, final rule, which amended the Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS awards. The affected portions of the rule are now effective January 17, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new system of records for payment-related records containing information about any sole proprietor healthcare providers who participated in one of the Health Resource and Services Administration's (HRSA) provider support programs, and about patients identified in certain claims records submitted to HRSA for payment. This new system of records is applicable November 26, 2021. Comments are due by December 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 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 the following information collections: 1) Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services; 2) Continuation of Data Collection to Support QHP Certification and other Financial Management and Exchange Operations; 3) Notice of Rescission of Coverage and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; and 4) Requirements Related to Surprise Billing: Qualifying Payment Amount, Notice and Consent, and Disclosure on Patient Protections Against Balance Billing, and State Law Opt-in. Comments are due by January 25, 2022. (S...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2022 Through September 30, 2023
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services releasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rates for the period of October 2, 2021, through September 30, 2023. The rates are used to determine the amount of Federal matching for state Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Contingency Funds, and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP) rates for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures, among other federal assistance programs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing (the GAPB Advisory Committee), as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This committee will review options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for ground ambulance services, better inform consumers of insurance options for such services, and protect consumers from balance billing. The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury also seek nominations of qualified individuals for membership on the GAPB Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by Decem...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). NACNEP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress on policy, program development, and other matters concerning the activities under Title VIII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, including the range of issues relating to the nurse workforce, nursing education, and nursing practice improvement, as a means of enhancing the health of the public through ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comment on an extension of the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Evaluation Surveys," which includes 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 December 22, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RBS: Inviting Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program; Amendment
Notice from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service amending the scoring provisions of theJuly 26, 2021, notice of funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2022. This amendment outlines how the Agency intends to utilize State Director and Administrator priority points for FY 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

VA: Funding Opportunity Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of funding and grant application information for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The program focuses on ending homelessness among veterans and seeks to support services equitably across geographic regions, including rural and tribal areas. Eligibility for Priority 1 and 2 is limited to existing grantees only. Applications for new funding will be accepted under Priority 3. Applications are due by February 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Solicitation of Nominations
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing (the GAPB Advisory Committee), as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This committee will review options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for ground ambulance services, better inform consumers of insurance options for such services, and protect consumers from balance billing. The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury also seek nominations of qualified individuals for membership on the GAPB Advisory Committee. Nominations ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 22, 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; and Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-Payment Medical Review Requirements
Notice of final 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 drug plan or an M...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Opioid Treatment Programs: CY 2022 Methadone Payment Exception
Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) freezing the payment to Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) for methadone in calendar year (CY) 2022 at the CY 2021 rate. CMS is seeking comment on this exception to the payment methodology for the drug component of an episode of care and OTP utilization patterns for methadone, particularly, the frequency with which methadone oral concentrate is used compared to methadone tablets in the OTP setting. Comments are due by January 3, 2022. These regulations are effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 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 public meeting on November 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. 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 - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Delay of Effective Date for Provision Relating to Manufacturer Reporting of Multiple Best Prices Connected to a Value Based Purchasing Arrangement; Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definition of States and United States
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that will delay the effective date for amendatory instruction 10.a. of theDecember 31, 2020, final rule, which addresses manufacturers' reporting of multiple best prices connected to a value-based purchasing arrangement, to July 1, 2022. This final rule also delays the inclusion of U.S. Territories in the definition of "States" and "United States" that was originally announced in the Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drug final rule until January 1, 2023. These regulations are effective December 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register update...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Interventions To Prevent Work-Related Stress and Support Health Worker Mental Health; Request for Information; Extension of Public Comment Period
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extending the comment period on an information collection regarding current evidence-based, workplace and occupational safety and health interventions to prevent work-associated stress, support stress reduction, and foster positive mental health and well-being among the nation's health workers. Comments are now due by January 25, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Extension of the Deadline for Nomination of Delegates; Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee; Solicitation of Nominations for Delegates
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services extending the deadline for the submission of nominations for the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee (CIIHE TAC). CIIHE TAC will support research, education, service, and policy development advancing Indigenous solutions that ultimately address health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. Nominations are now due by January 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (Formerly the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on December 14-15, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized but may cover Federal program updates, COVID-19 updates, health of indigenous mothers and infants, birth defects and congenital anomalies, the impact of housing and eviction on birth outcomes, and state/community projects to improve maternal and infant health. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-July Through September 2021
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September 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 - November 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FNS: Request for Information: Center for WIC Modernization and Delivery
Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) making corrections to theNovember 8, 2021, notice titled "Request for Information: Center for WIC Modernization and Delivery." (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CDC: Meetings: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Pre-publication notice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual public meeting on November 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. 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 - November 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Delay of Effective Date for Provision Relating to Manufacturer Reporting of Multiple Best Prices Connected to a Value Based Purchasing Arrangement; Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definition of States and United States
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that will delay the effective date for amendatory instruction 10.a. of theDecember 31, 2020, final rule, which addresses manufacturers' reporting of multiple best prices connected to a value-based purchasing arrangement, to July 1, 2022. This final rule also delays the inclusion of U.S. Territories in the definition of "States" and "United States" that was originally announced in the Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drug final rule until January 1, 2023. These regulations are effective 30 days after the publication of th...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People
Executive Order directing the Attorney General, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Secretary of the Interior, and other leaders of executive department agencies, to take a series of actions in consultation with tribal governments and communities to address issues around violence against Native Americans, including missing or murdered indigenous people. Among other things, this executive order directs the Secretary of HHS to develop a comprehensive plan to support prevention efforts that reduce risk factors for victimization of Native Americans and increase protective factors, including by e...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Calendar Year 2022 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and coinsurance amounts for hospital and extended care services provided during calendar year 2022 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2022 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2022. The premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for Part A benefits and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. This premium is effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2022
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2022. It also announces the monthly premium, the deductible for 2022, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Virtual Public Meetings in December 2021 for New Revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Code Set
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual public meeting on December 1-2, 2021, to discuss the preliminary coding recommendations for new public requests for revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II code set. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on theCMS website. Registration is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

DEA: Regulation of Telepharmacy Practice
Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to obtain further information regarding the practice of telepharmacy, which is not specifically defined by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or DEA regulations. DEA is considering implementing regulations regarding telepharmacy and seeks to be fully informed about the practice, industry, and state regulations. Comments are due by January 18, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

EOP: Maximizing Assistance To Respond to COVID-19
Memorandum from the Executive Office of the President announcing the amount of cost-sharing for the use of National Guard Forces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through April 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Price Transparency of Hospital Standard Charges; Radiation Oncology Model
Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 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, updates Hospital Price Transparency requirements, and updates and refines the design of the Radiation Oncology Model. Comments on the final rule are due by December 2, 2021. The final rule is effective January 1, 2022. (Source...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Virtual Public Meetings in December 2021 for New Revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Code Set
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual public meeting on December 1-2, 2021, to discuss the preliminary coding recommendations for new public requests for revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II code set. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on theCMS website. Registration is required. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on an information collection request titled "Data Collection Through Web Based Surveys for Evaluating Act Against AIDS Social Marketing Campaign Phases Targeting Consumers." Information collected will be used to assess the effectiveness of social marketing messages aimed at increasing HIV/AIDS awareness, increasing prevention behaviors, and improving HIV testing rates among consumers. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation and the Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment for 2021
Notice of final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to update the maximum civil monetary penalty amounts for inflation. This rule also updates regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties. The rule is effective November 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of "Reasonable and Necessary"
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) repealing theJanuary 14, 2021, final rule titled "Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of 'Reasonable and Necessary.'" This rule is effective December 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FEMA: Meeting To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act
Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing a virtual meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic on December 16, 2021. The meeting will be open to the public from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Meeting objectives include updating interested parties on the status of FEMA's Voluntary Agreement, recently established National Multimodal Plan of Action, and other Plans of Action concerning PPE, medical devices, medical gases, diagnostic testing kits, and drug products/dru g substances. (Source: F...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Calendar Year 2022 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and coinsurance amounts for hospital and extended care services provided during calendar year 2022 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Calendar Year 2022 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2022. The premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for Part A benefits and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. This premium is effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible beginning January 1, 2022
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2022. It also announces the monthly premium, the deductible for 2022, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective on January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Tribal Self-Governance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement Program
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. Applications are due by February 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS: Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Program
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Funding will be used to provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs to fit the needs of their communities. Applications are due by February 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news