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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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    HRSA: Council on Graduate Medical Education; Notice of Meeting
    Aug 29, 2014 - The Council on Graduate Medical Education provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress on a range of issues including the supply and distribution of physicians in the United States, current and future physician shortages or excesses, issues relating to foreign medical school graduates, the nature and financing of medical education training, and the development of performance measures and longitudinal evaluation of medical education programs.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program
    Aug 27, 2014 - The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) will award program expansion supplemental awards to the current Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Quality) program grantees. The goals of this supplemental funding are to (1) educate individuals about the benefits and primary care and preventive services to which they now have access, (2) educate individuals about their coverage options, and (3) enroll individuals into the Health Insurance Marketplaces or other available sources of insurance, such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health; Notice of Meeting
    Aug 26, 2014 - The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health will be meeting on October 22 and October 23, 2014. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss services and issues related to the health of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families and to formulate recommendations for the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IHS: Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education
    Aug 25, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) and the Office of Resource Access and Partnerships (ORAP) is accepting cooperative agreement applications for the National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE) III funding opportunity that includes outreach and education activities on the following: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). The application deadline is September 25, 2014.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IHS: Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes; National Indian Health Outreach and Education
    Aug 25, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive cooperative agreement applications for the National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE) I limited competition cooperative agreement program. Application deadline is September 25, 2014.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2015 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Reasonable Compensation Equivalents for Physician Services in Excluded Hospitals and Certain Teaching Hospitals; Provider Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review; Enforcement Provisions for Organ Transplant Centers; and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program
    Aug 22, 2014 - This final rule includes important updates for Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities, in addition to other regulation updates pertaining to graduate medical education, Hospital Value-Based purchasing program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, and the Electronic Health Records Incentives Program.
    Source: Federal Register
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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
    Aug 22, 2014 - This final rule will 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). Furthermore, it specifies time frames for filing notices and offer guidance and information on ICD-10 delay, among other information.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Notice
    Aug 21, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on revisions to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), including a proposal to extend the annual survey for three years. The purpose of the NHAMCS is to meet the needs for data about the provision of ambulatory medical care in the U.S.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review; Notice
    Aug 21, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on several revisions to the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) which is used to evaluate the health status of the general population and for planning programs and policy to improve healthcare delivery systems, among other things.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS: Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), September 12, 2014
    Aug 20, 2014 - This notice announces a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This group focuses on expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, such as rural communities.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CMS Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Hospital Conditions of Participation and Supporting Regulations
    Aug 15, 2014 - CMS is proposing to reinstate collection of information related to hospital Conditions of Participation and supporting regulations from hospitals and CAHs that have distinct part psychiatric or rehabilitation units.
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    VA: Specially Adapted Housing Eligibility for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Beneficiaries
    Aug 14, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amended by interim final rule its adjudication regulation regarding specially adapted housing (SAH) to authorize automatic issuance of a certificate of eligibility for SAH to all veterans and active-duty servicemembers with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) rated totally disabling under the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. This document adopts as a final rule, without change, the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2013.
    Source: Federal Register
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    HRSA: Rural Health Services Outreach Program
    Aug 14, 2014 - Notice Of Class Deviation From Competition Requirements For Rural Health Services Outreach Program (Outreach). The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) will provide program expansion supplemental awards to the current Rural Health Services Outreach Program grantees.
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Extension of Comment Period
    Aug 12, 2014 - This notice extends the comment period for a 60-day notice request for proposed information collection request associated with the notice entitled “Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation” that was published in the June 13, 2014 (79 FR 33927) Federal Register. The comment period for the information collection request, which would have ended on August 12, 2014, is extended to August 26, 2014.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans
    Aug 11, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs, is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.
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    HRSA: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Notice of Meeting
    Aug 8, 2014 - The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will convene its seventy sixth meeting in the time and place specified within. The Committee will assess how telehealth coverage opportunities in rural areas are affected by the Affordable Care Act. The Committee will also examine the issue of rural domestic violence.
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    HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
    Aug 6, 2014 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is requesting public comment on information collection activities concerning (1) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Implementation Partnership Grants and (2) Protection and Advocacy for TBI Grants.
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    CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2015
    Aug 5, 2014 - This final rule updates the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year (FY) 2015.
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    VA: Schedule for Rating Disabilities-Mental Disorders and Definition of Psychosis for Certain VA Purposes
    Aug 4, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the portion of its Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) dealing with mental disorders and its adjudication regulations that define the term “psychosis.”
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    CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
    Aug 1, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information on the extension of a currently approved collection, Independent Rural Health Clinic/Freestanding Federally Qualified Health Center Cost Report. A cost report is needed to determine the provider's reasonable costs incurred in furnishing medical services to Medicare beneficiaries and reimbursement due to or due from the provider.
    Source: Federal Register
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    USDA: Revision of Delegations of Authority
    Jul 30, 2014 - This document revises the delegations of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture and general officers of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reflect changes and additions to the delegations required by the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 4208 of the Act establishes a food insecurity nutrition incentive grants program, and section 4209 authorizes a competitively awarded food and agriculture service learning grant program to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children.
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    IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance Program, Negotiation Cooperative Agreement
    Jul 29, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG) is accepting limited competition Negotiation Cooperative Agreement applications for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
    Source: Federal Register
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    IHS: Office of Tribal Self-Governance Program; Planning Cooperative Agreement
    Jul 29, 2014 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG) is accepting limited competition Planning Cooperative Agreement applications for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that 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 in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
    Source: Federal Register
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    VA: Notice of Tribal Consultation
    Jul 29, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) will host a Tribal Consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between VA and the Indian Health Service (IHS) and how the MOU has affected health care for Veterans. The goal of the MOU is to bring together the strengths and expertise of each agency to actively improve the care and services provided by both of them.
    Source: Federal Register
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    CDC: Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Jul 29, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACD, CDC). The 15 member committee recommends ways to prioritize CDC's activities, improve results, and address health disparities.
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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.”
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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.”
    Source: Federal Register
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
    Source: Federal Register
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
    Source: Federal Register
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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.
    Source: Federal Register
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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.
    Source: Federal Register
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