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Federal Register Notices Relevant to Rural Health & Human Services

Selected Federal Register notices of interest to the rural health community from the past 90 days.

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    CMS: Medicare Program; Evaluation Criteria and Standards for Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization Contract
    Jul 28, 2014 - This notice with comment period describes the general criteria we intend to use to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) that will enter into contracts with CMS. The purpose of the BFCC-QIO contract is to improve healthcare services for Medicare beneficiaries through BFCC performance of numerous statutory and regulatory review functions.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April Through June 2014
    Jul 25, 2014 - This quarterly notice lists CMS manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices that were published from April through June 2014, relating to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and other programs administered by CMS.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jul 25, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public concerning two collections: 1) Improving Quality of Care in Medicaid and CHIP through Increased Access to Preventive Services State Survey and 2) Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond; Correction
    Jul 24, 2014 - This document corrects technical and typographical errors that appeared in the final rule, published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2014, entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond.”
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Availability of Interpretive Rule: Implementation of the Exclusion of Orphan Drugs for Certain Covered Entities Under the 340B Program
    Jul 23, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, is announcing the availability of an interpretive rule providing HHS's interpretation of section 340B(e) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), entitled “Implementation of the Exclusion of Orphan Drugs for Certain Covered Entities Under the 340B Program.”
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    GAO: Vacancy on Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
    Jul 23, 2014 - The Government Accountability Office is seeking letters of nomination and resumes to fill a vacancy on the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) representing quality improvement or independent health services researchers. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted by August 15, 2014.
    Source: Federal Register
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    GAO: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Nominations
    Jul 22, 2014 - The Government Accountability Office is seeking nominations for Medicaid and CHIP payment and access commission. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) established the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP.
    Source: Federal Register
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    RHS: Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2014
    Jul 21, 2014 - This is a correction to an announcement made on June 11, 2014 by the Rural Housing Service soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant Program. The listing for the Central Contractor Registration, Rural Development Vermont State Office address, West Virginia State Office address, and Wyoming State Office telephone and TDD number were incorrectly identified in the notice.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: VizRisk Prize Competition Challenge
    Jul 21, 2014 - VizRisk is the first-ever behavioral health data visualization challenge hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This 3 month challenge, July 28th to October, 28th 2014 will call on talented designers, coders, data scientists, public health experts, and others from around the country to analyze, organize, and visualize behavioral health risk data. All submissions will be evaluated and monetary awards will be given based on a set of criteria.
    Source: Federal Register
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    Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Initial Approval of The Compliance Team's (TCT's) Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Accreditation Program
    Jul 18, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces its decision to approve The Compliance Team (TCT) for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. This final notice is effective July 18, 2014 through July 18, 2018.
    Source: Federal Register
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    DOD: TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselors; Final Rule
    Jul 17, 2014 - Department of Defense final rule on TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselors which allows licensed or certified mental health counselors to be able to independently provide care to TRICARE beneficiaries and receive payment for those services.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
    Jul 17, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments on a proposal to collect data from the Title X Family Planning grantees on efforts related to outreach and enrollment to assist individuals in obtaining health insurance available as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
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    HUD: Removal of HOPE for Homeowners Program Regulations; Final Rule
    Jul 16, 2014 - The Housing and Urban Development Department is removing expired regulations from the HOPE for Homeowners program. Mortgages are no longer being issued under the program, but those mortgages that are currently insured will continue to be governed by the regulations that existed prior to this final rule.
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    HHS: Secretarial Review and Publication of the Annual Report to Congress and the Secretary Submitted by the Contracted Consensus-Based Entity Regarding Performance Measurement
    Jul 16, 2014 - The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges receipt of, and has made comments on, the National Quality Forum Report of 2013 Activities to Congress and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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    Food and Nutrition Service: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training Study
    Jul 15, 2014 - The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comments on a study of the SNAP Employment and Training Program which assists SNAP participants in gaining skills, training or experience to increase their ability to obtain regular employment.
    Source: Federal Register
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Jul 14, 2014 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comments on the Common Data Platform which includes new data collection instruments to be used by SAMHSA grantees and contractors. The primary purpose of this data collection will allow SAMHSA to have the capacity to report on a consistent set of performance measures across its various grant programs.
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    HRSA: Clarifications Regarding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Reconciliation of Advanced Premium Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act; Request for Comment
    Jul 14, 2014 - HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau is seeking comments on a recently released clarification to a policy which requires Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees and subgrantees that use program funds to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace to pursue any excess premium tax credit a client receives from the IRS upon submission of the client's tax return.
    Source: Federal Register
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    Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Physician-Owned Hospitals: Data Sources for Expansion Exception; Physician Certification of Inpatient Hospital Services; Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Sponsors: Appeals Process for Overpayments Associated With Submitted Data; Proposed Rule
    Jul 14, 2014 - CMS proposed rule to revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2015. Also would update the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) programs.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
    Jul 11, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a major proposed rule that addresses changes to the physician fee schedule, and other Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute.

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    CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies
    Jul 11, 2014 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services are proposing a rule and seeking comment on it. This rule proposes to update and make revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2015. This rule also proposes to set forth requirements for the ESRD quality incentive program (QIP), including payment years (PYs) 2017 and 2018.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Jul 10, 2014 - The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) of the Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, is seeking comment on an information collection concerning NHSC approval of site certification applicants. The information obtained from the NHSC Site Application and Site Recertification Application will be utilized to determine the eligibility of sites to participate in the NHSC as an approved service site.
    Source: Federal Register
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Jul 9, 2014 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking comment on a proposed collection of information concerning the clinical informed consent process. Clinical informed consent is the process by which a patient is told about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments or procedures, as well as alternatives, and makes a decision based on that information.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Home Health Agencies
    Jul 7, 2014 - This proposed rule would update the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates, including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversion factor under the Medicare prospective payment system for home health agencies (HHAs), effective January 1, 2015.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IHS: Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; Tribal Management Grant Program
    Jul 3, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive grant applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) program. The TMG Program is a competitive grant program that is capacity building and developmental in nature and has been available for Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations.
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    VA: Agency Information Collection (Veterans Health Benefits Handbook Satisfaction Survey) Activities Under OMB Review
    Jun 27, 2014 - The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is seeking comment on the Veterans' Health Benefits Handbook, which will contain general eligibility and benefits information and most importantly, information specific to the recipient. VHA will use the information gathered to determine how well the Handbook meets Veterans' needs and make changes to the Handbook where needed.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
    Jun 27, 2014 - Health Resources and Services Administration is revising and is seeking comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report.
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    ACL: Availability of Program Instructions for MIPPA Funds Program Title: Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act: State Plans for Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy & Prescription Drug Enrollment Outreach and Assistance
    Jun 27, 2014 - The Administration on Community Living seeks plans from states that will describe how the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act funds will be used for beneficiary outreach and education over the next three years. The purpose of the funding is to enhance efforts through statewide and local coalition building focused on intensified outreach activities to help beneficiaries likely to be eligible for the Low Income Subsidy program (LIS), Medicare Savings Program (MSP),Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) and in assisting beneficiaries in applying for benefits.
    Source: Federal Register
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jun 25, 2014 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment concerning in an information collection which is needed to provide SAMHSA with objective information to document the reach and impact of the Co-location and Integration of HIV Prevention and Medical Care into Behavioral Health program. The program is designed to support integrated behavioral health and physical health services for racial/ethnic populations at high risk for behavioral health disorders and at high risk for contracting HIV.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IRS, EBSA, HHS: Ninety-Day Waiting Period Limitation
    Jun 25, 2014 - Under the final regulations, a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group health insurance coverage may not apply any waiting period that exceeds 90 days. These final regulations apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
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    HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
    Jun 25, 2014 - This notice advises the public of the published lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of May 23, 2014. Through use of a Shortage Area Location tool, users can quickly determine if their geographic area is a designated shortage area.
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    Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jun 24, 2014 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years old or older. The data are used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs.
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    HHS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Division of Acquisition; Public Availability of the Department of Health and Human Services FY 2013 Service Contract Inventory
    Jun 20, 2014 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of its FY 2013 Service Contract Inventory. This inventory provides information on service contract actions over $25,000 that were made in FY 2013.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Jun 18, 2014 - The Office on Women's Health (OWH) is seeking a new clearance to conduct a one year data collection associated with the pilot and evaluation of an eLearning course developed as part of the “Education and Training of Healthcare Providers as a Coordinated Public Health Response to Violence Against Women Project”.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Jun 17, 2014 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is requesting an approval on a new information collection, the Blue Button Connector. It is a Web site that helps consumers and patients find their own health information online from the entities that collect their information (i.e. hospitals, physicians, labs, immunization registries, state health information exchanges etc.).
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Additional Extension of the Payment Adjustment for Low-Volume Hospitals and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Program Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2014
    Jun 17, 2014 - Federal register notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announces changes to the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals and to the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program under the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for the second half of FY 2014.
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    IHS: American Indians Into Psychology
    Jun 16, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Public Health Support (OPHS) is accepting competitive cooperative agreement applications for the American Indians into Psychology Program; which gives preference programs whose curriculum has a rural health care focus.
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    HHS: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
    Jun 13, 2014 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued an inventory of rulemaking actions under development to provide the public a summary of forthcoming regulatory actions.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Jun 13, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on five different proposed information collections; 1) Fast Track Appeals Notices: NOMNC/DENC, 2) Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and Your Rights, 3) Data Use Agreement (DUA) Certificate of Disposition (COD) for Data Acquired from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 4) Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation, and 5) Survey Tool for www.medicare.gov and www.cms.hhs.gov.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans; Notice of Meeting
    Jun 12, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice that a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans will be held July 1 and 2, 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with an on-going assessment of the effectiveness of the policies, organizational structures, and services of VA in assisting homeless Veterans.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Proposed Information Collection: Application for Extended Care Services, VA Form 10-10EC Activity: Comment Request
    Jun 12, 2014 - The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on an application for extended care services, VA Form 10-10EC. This form provides hospital care, medical services, domiciliary care and nursing home care to eligible Veterans.
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    RHS: Notice of Funds Availability for Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2014
    Jun 11, 2014 - This Notice announces that the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
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    HRSA: Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality; Notice of Meeting
    Jun 11, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces a public, advisory committee meeting on Infant Mortality and health status of infants and pregnant women.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    Jun 9, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' Certification in the Medicare and/or Medicaid Program to Provide Outpatient Physical Therapy and/or Speech Pathology Services, and Outpatient Physical Therapy—Speech Pathology Survey Report; Medicare Ombudsman Customer Service Feedback Survey; and Independent Renal Dialysis Facility Cost Report Form.
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    CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
    Jun 9, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) are encouraged.
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    VA: Agency Information Collection (The Veterans' Outcome Assessment (VOA) (Veteran Survey Interview)) Activities Under OMB Review
    Jun 6, 2014 - The Department of Veterans' Affairs is seeking comment on a survey created to allow the program office to ensure that the target audience is being reached effective treatments are being offered, and tangible, quantitative results are being measured and tracked for continual improvement.
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    SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jun 5, 2014 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is seeking comment on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) which is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years old or older. The data are used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. The results are used by SAMHSA, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Federal government agencies, and other organizations and researchers to establish policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources.
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    HRSA: Discretionary Grant Program
    Jun 5, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will be issuing a 1-year non-competitive continuation budget period beyond the planned 3-year project period for the Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network) and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P Network) programs.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    Jun 4, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on a Data Collection Tool for Rural Health Community-Based Grant Programs. These grants are to provide expanded delivery of health care services in rural areas, for the planning and implementation of integrated health care networks in rural areas, and for the planning and implementation of quality improvement and workforce activities.
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    HRSA: Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority
    Jun 3, 2014 - This notice reflects organizational changes in the Health Resources and Services Administration. It amends Part R of the Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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    ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Extension of Certification of Maintenance of Effort for the Title III and the Certification of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Expenditures
    Jun 3, 2014 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comment on the proposed collection of Certification on Maintenance of Effort for the Title III and Certification of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Expenditures.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Jun 2, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are seeking comment on hospice conditions of participation and supporting regulations. The conditions of participation and accompanying requirements are used by federal or state surveyors as a basis for determining whether a hospice qualifies for approval or re-approval under Medicare.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
    May 30, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice that the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on June 24-25, 2014 that will be open to the public. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on health care issues affecting enrolled Veterans residing in rural areas.
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    VA: Proposed Information Collection (Request for Employment Information in Connection With Claim for Disability Benefits) Activity: Comment Request
    May 30, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is requesting comment on a revision of current practice concerning request for employment information in connection with claim for disability benefits. The collected data is used to determine the claimant's eligibility for increased disability benefits based on unemployability.
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    HHS: Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin: Independent Charity Patient Assistance Programs
    May 30, 2014 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services concerning the Patient Assistance Program (PAP). This Supplemental Bulletin provides additional guidance regarding PAPs operated by independent charities (Independent Charity PAPs) that provide cost-sharing assistance for prescription drugs.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    May 29, 2014 - This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: “Voluntary Customer Survey Generic Clearance for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.”
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 28, 2014 - The need and purpose of this information collection is to create a database where interested parties can search for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Ambassadors (that meet specific search criteria) to serve as local resources on the NHSC programs. The other purpose is that NHSC can have access to volunteers who are available to spread important programmatic information on behalf of the NHSC.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items
    May 28, 2014 - This proposed rule would establish a prior authorization process for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items that are frequently subject to unnecessary utilization and would add a contractor's decision regarding prior authorization of coverage of DMEPOS items to the list of actions that are not initial determinations and therefore not appealable.
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    VA: Copayments for Medications in 2014
    May 27, 2014 - This document adopts as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations to freeze the copayments required for certain medications provided by VA until December 31, 2014.
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    HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond
    May 27, 2014 - This final rule addresses various requirements applicable to health insurance issuers, Affordable Insurance Exchanges (“Exchanges”), Navigators, non-Navigator assistance personnel, and other entities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 23, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment from grantees on the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program which provides support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. HRSA collects this information to quantify the impact of grant funding on access to health care, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval: Public Comment Request
    May 23, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment from grantees on drafted performance measures for the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program which supports projects that demonstrate evidence based and/or promising approaches around cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or obesity in order to improve health status in rural communities throughout the Delta Region.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014; and Health Information Technology: Revisions to the Certified EHR Technology Definition
    May 23, 2014 - This proposed rule would change the meaningful use stage timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for the reporting of clinical quality measures for 2014.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs
    May 23, 2014 - The final rule will revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement statutory requirements; improve program efficiencies; and clarify program requirements. The final rule also includes several provisions designed to improve payment accuracy.
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    VA: Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
    May 22, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominees to be considered for membership on the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (Committee) for the 2014-2015 membership cycle.
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    HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 22, 2014 - The National Blood Collection & Utilization Survey (NBCUS) is a biennial survey of the blood collection and utilization community (industry) to produce reliable and accurate estimates of national and regional collections, utilization, safety, and availability of all blood products, some cellular therapeutic products, as well as information on bacterial testing and human tissue transplantation that are of interest to the transfusion medicine community.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
    May 21, 2014 - The Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee will meet on June 24-25, 2014 to hear updates from the Committee Chairman and the Director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH), as well as presentations on Delivery Models of Care, Recruitment and Retention of Rural Providers, Telehealth and Program Structures.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    May 21, 2014 - This project seeks to contribute to AHRQ's mission by assisting nursing homes to optimize antimicrobial (e.g., antibiotics and antifungals) prescribing practices, also referred to as antimicrobial stewardship. Antimicrobial stewardship programs reduce the development of drug-resistant organisms, enhance patient outcomes, and reduce unnecessary costs.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    May 21, 2014 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection on TeamSTEPPS (aka, Team Strategies and Tools for Enhancing Performance and Patient Safety). TeamSTEPPS resources have been developed for primary care, rapid response systems, long-term care, and patients with limited English proficiency.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 20, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has put out an information collection request titled Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Information System.
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    VA: Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting
    May 19, 2014 - The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    May 16, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). The collection of Medicare HOS is necessary to hold Medicare managed care contracts accountable for the quality of care they deliver to beneficiaries.
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    May 16, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requesting a three-year approval for a generic clearance to collect information related to domestic public health issues and services that affect and/or involve state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) government entities.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Agency Information Collection (Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for PTSD) Under OMB Review
    May 15, 2014 - The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking comment on a revision of a currently approved collection concerning Veterans seeking compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program
    May 15, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations concerning eligibility for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    May 14, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden, invites the general public to comment on cause-specific absenteeism in schools.
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    May 14, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden, invites the general public to comment on Assessing School-centered HIV/STD Prevention Efforts in a Local Education Agency.
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    May 14, 2014 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment on the effectiveness of the “TeamSTEPPS 2.0 Online Master Trainer Course.”
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    HRSA: Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation; Notice of Meeting
    May 13, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the public meeting of the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation where public comment is welcome.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment
    May 13, 2014 - This Committee is charged with advising the Director, CDC and the Administrator, HRSA, regarding activities related to prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and other STDs, the support of health care services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, and education of health professionals and the public about HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and other STDs.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
    May 13, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) plans to conduct a study to improve understanding of the reasons that individuals do not get screened for colorectal cancer (CRC).
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 12, 2014 - The fiscal year (FY) 2013 Supplemental Funding to the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program grantees is a one-time supplemental funding under Section 330A(e) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 254c(e)) to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services in rural areas.
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    OIG: Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General's Civil Monetary Penalty Rules
    May 12, 2014 - This proposed rule would amend the civil monetary penalty (CMP or penalty) rules of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to incorporate new CMP authorities, clarify existing authorities, and reorganize regulations on civil money penalties, assessments and exclusions to improve readability and clarity.
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    CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions To Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Part II
    May 12, 2014 - This final rule reforms Medicare regulations that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers, as well as certain regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).
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    AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
    May 12, 2014 - This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: “Updating and Expanding the AHRQ (Quality Indicators) QI Toolkit for Hospitals.” These quality have been developed to increase quality and safety. Three sets of QIs are particularly relevant for hospitals and include: The Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs), the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), and the Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs).
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    CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
    May 9, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on a proposed information collection concerning the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General's Exclusion Authorities
    May 9, 2014 - This proposed rule amends the regulations relating to exclusion authorities under the authority of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or the Department). The proposed rule would incorporate statutory changes, propose early reinstatement procedures, and clarify existing regulatory provisions.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; The Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP Panel) Summer Meeting, August 25-26, 2014
    May 9, 2014 - This notice announces the summer meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) for 2014.
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    HRSA: Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation; Cancellation of Meeting
    May 9, 2014 - The meeting of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation scheduled for May 15, 2014, is cancelled. This cancellation applies to all sessions of the meeting. The meeting was announced in the Federal Register on April 22, 2014 (79 FR 22507).
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    SAMHSA: Current List of HHS-Certified Laboratories and Instrumented Initial Testing Facilities Which Meet Minimum Standards To Engage in Urine Drug Testing for Federal Agencies
    May 8, 2014 - A notice listing all currently HHS-certified laboratories and IITFs is published in the Federal Register during the first week of each month.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice
    May 8, 2014 - This proposed rule would update the hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2015 and continue the phase out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF).
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force)
    May 8, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the next meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). The Task Force is an independent, nonpartisan, nonfederal, and unpaid panel. Its members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in prevention, wellness, health promotion, and public health, and are appointed by the CDC Director.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2015
    May 7, 2014 - This proposed rule would update the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2015 (for discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015) as required by the statute.
    Source: Federal Register
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    ED: Applications for New Awards; Full-Service Community Schools Program
    May 6, 2014 - The Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE), which is authorized by section 5411 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), supports nationally significant programs to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education at the State and local levels and to help all children meet challenging academic content and academic achievement standards.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2015
    May 6, 2014 - This proposed rule would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year (FY) 2015. In addition, it includes a proposal to adopt the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations to identify a facility's urban or rural status for the purpose of determining which set of rate tables would apply to the facility and to determine the SNF PPS wage index including a proposed one-year transition with a blended wage index for all providers for FY 2015.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System-Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2014 (FY 2015)
    May 6, 2014 - This proposed rule would update the prospective payment rates for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs). These changes would be applicable to IPF discharges occurring during the fiscal year (FY) beginning October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
    May 5, 2014 - HRSA's Health Center Program awards grants to provide primary and preventive health care services to medically underserved and vulnerable populations. The proposed Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS) will collect national, in-depth information about health center patients, their health status, the reasons they seek care at the health centers, their diagnoses, the services they utilize at health centers and elsewhere, the quality of those services, and their satisfaction with the care they receive through personal interviews of a stratified random sample of health center patients.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    May 5, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are seeking comment to revise current information collection regarding registration, attestation, dispute & resolution, assumptions document and data retention requirements for open payments.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Methodology for Designation of Frontier and Remote Areas
    May 5, 2014 - Final notice from HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) describing the Frontier and Remote Area (FAR) Codes methodology for designating U.S. frontier areas. The methodology was developed in a collaborative project between ORHP and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
    May 1, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on the National Health Service Corps Site Application and Site Recertification Application.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Teleconference
    May 1, 2014 - The purpose of this teleconference of the full committee of the NCVHS is to discuss and vote for approval three letters addressed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (1) Letter regarding the Electronic Standards for Public Health Information Exchange. (2) A recommendation letter that focuses on the findings from the February 19, 2014 NCVHS Hearing on Prescriber Prior Authorization for Pharmacy Benefits, Health Plan Identifier (HPID), Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)/Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA), and Remaining Operating Rules; and (3) A letter emphasizing NCVHS's long-standing position on the adoption of ICD-10 code sets in the US.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid seek comment on an information collection purposed to keep pace with emerging new technologies and to make them accessible to Medicare beneficiaries in a timely manner.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on the Community Context Matters Study — National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on assessing the adoption and utility of National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) tools and resources for healthcare professionals and health education facilitators.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on a project with the purpose of reaching underserved populations through Learn the Signs- Act Early.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on developmental studies to improve the National Health Care Surveys. The goal is to enhance future surveys to increase the research capacity and improve healthcare data quality used to monitor public health.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
    Apr 30, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on a project with the purpose of improving the Understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury through Policy and Program Evaluation Research.
    Source: Federal Register
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