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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities
Apr 16, 2014 -- This proposed rule would amend the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospices which provide inpatient services, religious non-medical health care institutions (RNHCIs), and programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) facilities.

VA: Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection (Statement in Support of Claim for Disability and Related Compensation Benefits Due to Exposure) Comment Request
Apr 16, 2014 -- The Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection. The VA will use the information collected on VA Form 21-0964 to gather information related to exposure. The form will be used to determine if a Veteran has been exposed for the purposes of benefits.

HHS: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Revisions to the Vaccine Injury Table
Apr 15, 2014 -- This document announces a public hearing to receive information and views on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Revisions to the Vaccine Injury Table.

NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request: NIMH Database of Cognitive Training and Remediation Studies (DCTRS) (NIMH)
Apr 15, 2014 -- The National Institute of Health is seeking comment on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Database of Cognitive Training and Remediation Studies (DCTRS) which is an integrated database that includes study- and subject-level data from studies of cognitive remediation (CR) in schizophrenia.

NIH: Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Option License: Immunotherapy Vaccine for Treating Lymphoma and Leukemia
Apr 15, 2014 -- The National Institute of Health is seeking comment on a notice concerning the contemplation of a grant to University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

CMS: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Apr 14, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are seeking comment on an information collection used to provide technical assistance to colleges and universities interested in alternative solutions for providing sexually transmitted infection health care services to their students.

FDA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Adverse Event Program for Medical Devices (Medical Product Safety Network)
Apr 14, 2014 -- The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comment on a collection of information concerning the mandatory reporting by user facilities of deaths, serious injuries, and serious illnesses associated with the use of medical devices.

NIH: Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs
Apr 14, 2014 -- The National Institute of Health is seeking comment on a loan repayment program for a variety of healthcare workers who perform biomedical or behavioral research in NIH intramural laboratories.

ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reinstatement With Changes to Title III Supplemental Form to the Financial Status Report
Apr 11, 2014 -- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency.

ACL: Paralysis Resource Center
Apr 11, 2014 -- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is proud to announce the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is moving to ACL as a result of the 2014 budget recently signed by President Obama.

CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Apr 11, 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on a collection of statistics on the extent and nature of illness and disability; environmental, social and other health hazards; and determinants of health of the population of the United States.

CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Apr 11, 2014 -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks comment on a data collection project aimed to determine eligibility of entities to deliver community-based type 2 diabetes prevention services, monitor and evaluate the services, and provide technical assistance.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 11, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are seeking comment on a collection of information concerning a cooperative agreement to support navigators in federally-facilitated and state partnership exchanges.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Apr 11, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are seeking comment on a collection of information concerning a quarterly statement of budget for medical assistance.

HRSA: Notice of Availability of Final Policy Document     Top Story 
Apr 11, 2014 -- Notice of the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) clarifying governance requirements for section 330-funded health centers and look-alikes which support the delivery of preventive and primary care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Apr 10, 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are seeking comment on proposed data collections aim to assess risk factors for laboratory-confirmed infections and characterization of illnesses by microbiological characteristics.

HHS: Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Data Supporting Decisions Challenge”
Apr 10, 2014 -- CMS data made publicly available for the first time in recent months has great potential to further the nation's understanding of health care spending and physician practice patterns. Because this data exists in raw forms that require interpretation and context, to make an impact on the average consumer it must be presented in ways that they can understand. Only then can consumers use the data to help make health choices that are the most appropriate for their specific, individual needs. This challenge seeks the creation of interactive data visualization tools that communicate complex data from multiple sources in ways that support consumer decision making for value based health care.

NIH: National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Notice of Meeting
Apr 10, 2014 -- Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

FDA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of Office of Management and Budget Approval; Application for Participation in the Medical Device Fellowship Program
Apr 9, 2014 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a collection of information entitled “Application for Participation in the Medical Device Fellowship Program.

FDA: Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Prescription Point-of-Care Use; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Extension of Comment Period
Apr 9, 2014 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on a draft guidance document entitled “Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Prescription Point-of-Care Use.”

FDA: Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Extension of Comment Period
Apr 9, 2014 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on a draft guidance document entitled “Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use.”

IHS: Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Apr 9, 2014 -- The purpose of this re-organization proposal is to update the current approved Navajo Area IHS organization structure due to the decrease in Area shares from Federal facilities transitioning to 93 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act facilities.

NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) Fellowship Program and Summer Student Applications (NCI)
Apr 9, 2014 -- The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) Office of Education (OE) administers a variety of programs and initiatives to recruit pre-college through post-doctoral educational level individuals into the Intramural Research Program to facilitate their development into future biomedical scientists and is seeking comment on the proposed collection.

NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Process Assessment Review of the Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (DAIDS) Critical Events Policy Implementation (CEPI) Program (NIAID)
Apr 9, 2014 -- This is a new data collection to assess the CEPI program's progression to fulfillment of its program goals and will assess whether the CEPI program is implemented and functioning as intended.

CDC: Draft Guideline-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections
Apr 8, 2014 -- Extension of comment period for a notice published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Federal Register requesting public comment on the Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site.

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974, Report of New System of Records
Apr 8, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are establishing a new System Of Records (SOR) titled, “Hospice Item Set (HIS) System.” The new system will support the collection of data required for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).

VA: Proposed Information Collection (Veterans Health Benefits Handbook Satisfaction Survey) Activity: Comment Request
Apr 8, 2014 -- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a notice requesting feedback from veterans on the content and presentation material contained in the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook. VA will use the data collected to determine how well the handbook meets Veterans' individual needs.

VA: Proposed Information Collection (Veterans Health Benefits Handbook-Veterans Satisfaction Survey) Activity: Comment Request
Apr 8, 2014 -- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a survey to determine the level of satisfaction with existing services among VHA customers. The survey will solicit voluntary opinions and are not intended to collect information required to obtain or maintain eligibility for a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program or benefit.

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Apr 7, 2014 -- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will conduct voluntary customer surveys to assess strengths in agency products and services and to evaluate how well it addresses the emerging needs of its data users. Results of these surveys will be used in future planning initiatives.

FDA: Proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report; Notice to Public of Availability of the Report and Web Site Location; Request for Comments     Top Story 
Apr 7, 2014 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing the availability of the report and website location where the Agency has posted the report entitled “Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Health IT Report: Proposed Risk Based Regulatory Framework.” In addition, FDA has established a docket where stakeholders may provide comments.

VA: Proposed Information Collection (Servicemember Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension Application); Comment Request
Apr 7, 2014 -- The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of information concerning SGLI Disability Extension Application.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 4, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is publishing and requesting comment on a summary of the Psychiatric Unit Criteria Work Sheet and Supporting Regulations collection. Document Citation: 79 FR 18915

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 4, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is publishing and requesting comment on a summary of the Psychiatric Unit Criteria Work Sheet and Supporting Regulations collection. Document Citation: 79 FR 18916

CMS: Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Apr 4, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is publishing and requesting comment on a summary of the Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Prepayment Review Demonstration and Prior Authorization Demonstration proposal.

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Apr 4, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on The Rural Health Network Development Planning program. The purpose of the Rural Health Network Development Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, if the network participants do not have a history of collaborative efforts.

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Apr 4, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's client-level data reporting system.

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
Apr 3, 2014 -- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) serves as the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health information technology (health IT). This information will be used to assess the need for communications on specific topics and to assist in the development and modification of communication messages.

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
Apr 3, 2014 -- The Office on Women's Health (OWH) is seeking a new clearance to a 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”. The purpose of this data collection is to gather data from healthcare providers who have volunteered to participate in the pilot and evaluation of an e-learning course designed to educate and train healthcare providers on how to respond to intimate partner violence (IPV) against women.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Apr 2, 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 Health Insurance Benefits Agreement and Ambulatory Surgical Request for Certification or Update of Certification Information in the Medicare Program.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Apr 2, 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 Medicare Advantage Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) and Quality Improvement (QI) Project Reporting Tools.

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request
Apr 2, 2014 -- The Department of Health and Human Services are seeking comment on the Blue Button Connector, which is a Web site that helps consumers and patients find their own health information online from the entities that collect their information (ie hospitals, physicians, labs, immunization registries, state health information exchanges etc).

HHS: National Legal Resource Center
Apr 2, 2014 -- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing the application deadline and a single case deviation from maximum competition for the National Legal Assistance and Support grants.

HHS: Technical Assistance: Senior Legal Helplines and Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems
Apr 2, 2014 -- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing the application deadline and a single case deviation from maximum competition for Technical Assistance (TA) grants providing support to Senior Legal Helplines (SLH) and Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems (Model Approaches) projects.

HRSA: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Part C Early Intervention Services Grant Under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Apr 2, 2014 -- Notice Of Ryan White Hiv/Aids Program Part C Early Intervention Services One Time Noncompetitive Replacement Award To Ensure Continued Hiv Primary Medical Care.

CMS: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Apr 1, 2014 -- This notice amends Part F, Section F.70 (Order of Succession) of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare Medicaid Service (CMS).

HRSA: Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority
Apr 1, 2014 -- This notice reflects organizational changes to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Specifically, this notice updates the functional statement for the Healthcare Systems Bureau (RR), Office of Pharmacy Affairs (RR7).

NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Special Volunteer and Guest Researcher Assignment, Office of the Director (OD)
Apr 1, 2014 -- The National Institute of Health is seeking comment necessary for the approving official to reach a decision on whether to allow a Guest Researcher to use NIH facilities or whether to accept volunteer services offered by a Special Volunteer.

VA: Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans
Apr 1, 2014 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Minority Veterans (CMV), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans.

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request     Top Story 
Mar 31, 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 changes to the currently approved information collection project: “Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Insurance Component.”

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants
Mar 31, 2014 -- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing that the proposed collection of information listed below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance

NIH: Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: Generic Clearance To Support the Safe to Sleep Campaign at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Mar 31, 2014 -- The National Institute of Health is seeking comment concerning Generic Clearance to Support the Safe to Sleep Campaign at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 28, 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: “Evaluation of the Educating the Educator (EtE) Workshop.”

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 28, 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: “The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange Innovator Interview and Innovator Email Submission Guidelines.”

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 28, 2014 -- The primary purpose of this data collection activity is to meet the reporting requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) by allowing SAMHSA to quantify the effects and accomplishments of SAMHSA programs.

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Mar 27, 2014 -- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting a generic clearance for purposes of conducting qualitative research.

HHS: Solicitation of Written Comments on the Maternal Immunizations Working Group's Draft Report and Draft Recommendations for Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations for Consideration by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee
Mar 26, 2014 -- NVPO, on behalf of the NVAC Maternal Immunizations Working Group, requests input on the draft report and draft recommendations. In addition to general comments on the draft report and draft recommendations, NVPO is seeking input on efforts or barriers to maternal immunizations not represented in the report where HHS efforts could advance maternal immunization efforts.

NIH: Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Rapid Throughput Standardized Evaluation of Transmissible Risk for Substance Use Disorder in Youth
Mar 26, 2014 -- Seeking comment concerning rapid throughput standardized evaluation of transmissible risk for substance use disorder in youth.

Notice of Funds Availability for Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas; Extension of Application Deadline     Top Story 
Mar 26, 2014 -- This notice extends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) application deadline for funds available under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program.
Learn more about: Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 25, 2014 -- This project is an evaluation of the implementation and progress of the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. The results of the study will be included in the final Report to Congress, to be delivered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2015.

NIH: Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)
Mar 25, 2014 -- The purpose and use of the information collection for this project is to study the prevalence of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and other chronic diseases, and their risk and protective factors, understand their relationship to all-cause, cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality, and understand the role of sociocultural factors (including acculturation) on the prevalence or onset of disease among over 16,400 Hispanics/Latinos of diverse origins, aged 18-74 years at enrollment, living in four U.S. communities: San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida, and the Bronx, New York.

HHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Mar 24, 2014 -- This request for OMB approval of The Civil Rights Information Request Form is for a 3 year extension. The Civil Rights Information Request Form is designed to collect data from health care providers who have requested certification to participate in the Medicare Part A program.

HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Mar 24, 2014 -- Seeking comment on application and other forms utilized by the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.

VA: Proposed Information Collection (Regulation for Submission of Evidence); Comment Request
Mar 24, 2014 -- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency pertaining to reimbursing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for care and services VA provided to veterans with non-service-connected conditions.

VA: Proposed Information Collection: The Veterans' Outcome Assessment (VOA) (Veteran Survey Interview) Activity: Comment Request
Mar 24, 2014 -- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a comprehensive set of measures to assess mental health care services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Mar 21, 2014 -- CDC is requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of a 3-year extension to administer surveys to respondents who plan HIV/AIDS day awareness activities during the next three years.

CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Applications for the Medicare Care Choices Model     Top Story 
Mar 21, 2014 -- This notice informs interested parties of an opportunity to apply for participation in the Medicare Care Choices Model. The primary goal of the Medicare Care Choices Model is to test whether Medicare beneficiaries who meet Medicare hospice eligibility requirements would elect hospice if they could continue to seek curative services.

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond     Top Story 
Mar 21, 2014 -- This proposed 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.

CDC: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Mar 20, 2014 -- Part C (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services is amended to reflect the reorganization of the Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Expansion and Capacity Building Funding: Senior Medicare Patrol Program Project Grants
Mar 20, 2014 -- Notice Of Intent To Provide Expansion And Capacity Building Funding To The Incumbent Senior Medicare Patrol (Smp) Grantees Under Limited Competition.

VA Dental Insurance Program-Federalism     Top Story 
Mar 20, 2014 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on October 22, 2013, amending its regulations related to the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a pilot program to offer premium-based dental insurance to enrolled veterans and certain survivors and dependents of veterans.

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Third Party Payment of Qualified Health Plan Premiums     Top Story 
Mar 19, 2014 -- This interim final rule requires issuers of qualified health plans (QHPs), including stand-alone dental plans (SADPs), to accept premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of enrollees by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, other Federal and State government programs that provide premium and cost sharing support for specific individuals, and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations.

HHS: Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements; Correction
Mar 19, 2014 -- This notice makes the following corrections to the proposed rule that appeared in the February 26, 2014 Federal Register entitled “Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements”: Corrects the preamble text and gap certification table for four certification criteria that were omitted from the list of certification criteria eligible for gap certification for the 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria; and provides information on inactive web links that appear in the proposed rule.

Proposed Information Collection; 60-day NIH: Comment Request: The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Comprehensive Evaluation Plan
Mar 19, 2014 -- Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited to address collection of information practices.

CMS: Medicare Program; 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     Top Story 
Mar 18, 2014 -- This interim final rule with comment period implements 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 FY 2014 (through March 31, 2014) in accordance with sections 1105 and 1106, respectively, of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013.

CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2013 Rates; Hospitals' Resident Caps for Graduate Medical Education Payment Purposes; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers and for Ambulatory Surgical Centers; Corrections
Mar 18, 2014 -- This document corrects technical errors that appeared in the final rule that appeared in the August 31, 2012 Federal Register entitled “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2013 Rates; Hospitals' Resident Caps for Graduate Medical Education Payment Purposes; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers and for Ambulatory Surgical Centers.”

Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2014 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Hospital Conditions of Participation; Payment Policies Related to Patient Status; Corrections
Mar 18, 2014 -- This document corrects technical errors in the final rules that appeared in the August 19, 2013 Federal Register titled “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2014 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Hospital Conditions of Participation; Payment Policies Related to Patient Status.”

CDC: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
Mar 17, 2014 -- The Secretary of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are inviting comment on statistics collected on the extent and nature of illness and disability of the population of the United States.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Mar 17, 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.

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 17, 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.

CDC: Respiratory Protective Devices Used in Healthcare
Mar 14, 2014 -- Respiratory protective devices (RPDs) that are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and also cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as medical devices are widely used in surgical and non-surgical healthcare environments. NIOSH is requesting information and comments on the use of these RPDs.

Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Mar 14, 2014 -- GAO: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gave the Comptroller General of the United States responsibility for appointing not more than 15 members to a Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Seeking nominations for members.

VA: Disciplinary Appeals Board Panel
Mar 14, 2014 -- The Veterans Affairs Department has released a notice that announces that the roster of employees on the Panel is available for review and comment. Employees, employee organizations, and other interested parties shall be provided, without charge, a list of the names of employees on the Panel upon request and may submit comments concerning the suitability for service on the Panel of any employee whose name is on the list.

VA: Disclosures to Participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs     Top Story 
Mar 14, 2014 -- The Veterans Affairs Department has released a document that adopts as final, without change, an interim final rule published in the Federal Register that amended the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations concerning the sharing of certain patient information in order to implement VA's authority to participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP).

VA: Notice of Meeting; Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation     Top Story 
Mar 14, 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. The Committee is to assemble and review relevant information relating to the nature and character of disabilities arising during service in the Armed Forces, provide an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the rating schedule, and give advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of Veterans relating to disability compensation.

HUD: Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996: Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Third Meeting     Top Story 
Mar 13, 2014 -- This notice announces the third meeting of the negotiated rulemaking committee. The third meeting of the Indian Housing Block Grant Allocation Formula Negotiation Rulemaking Committee will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Thursday, April 24, 2014, and Friday, April 25, 2014. On each day, the session will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m., and adjourn at approximately 5 p.m.

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 13, 2014 -- SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is conducting an external evaluation of the impact of the Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) and Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) programs. GBHI/SSH grant programs link substance abuse and mental health treatment with housing and other needed services and expand and strengthen these services for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health problems who are homeless.

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
Mar 12, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of the ICR.

Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2015     Top Story 
Mar 12, 2014 -- This document provides the methodology and data sources to determine the federal payment amounts made to states in program year 2015 that elect to establish a Basic Health Program certified to offer health benefits coverage to low-income individuals otherwise eligible to purchase coverage through Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Home Health Agency (HHA) Accreditation Program
Mar 12, 2014 -- This notice announces our decision to approve the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accreditation program for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) seeking to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Mar 12, 2014 -- This notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Request for Information Regarding Provider Non-Discrimination
Mar 12, 2014 -- This document is a request for information regarding provider non-discrimination. The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) invite public comments via this request for information.

Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Mar 12, 2014 -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

CMS Gives Final Rule for ACA Basic Health Program     Top Story 
Mar 11, 2014 -- This final rule establishes the Basic Health Program (BHP) which provides states the flexibility to establish a health benefits coverage program for low-income individuals who would otherwise be eligible to purchase coverage through the Affordable Insurance Exchange.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015     Top Story 
Mar 11, 2014 -- This final rule sets forth payment parameters and oversight provisions related to the risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors programs; cost sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges. It also provides additional standards with respect to composite premiums, privacy and security of personally identifiable information, the annual open enrollment period for 2015, the actuarial value calculator, the annual limitation in cost sharing for stand-alone dental plans, the meaningful difference standard for qualified health plans offered through a Federally-facilitated Exchange, patient safety standards for issuers of qualified health plans, and the Small Business Health Options Program.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Revisions in the WIC Food Packages
Mar 11, 2014 -- Corrects a publication of a final on March 4, 2014 which considers public comments submitted in response to the interim rule revising the WIC food packages published on December 6, 2007.

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
Mar 10, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Mar 10, 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.

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
Mar 10, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period.

Council on Graduate Medical Education; Request for Nominations
Mar 10, 2014 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill eight vacancies on the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME).

Notice of HUD's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program
Mar 10, 2014 -- Notice Of Funding Availability (Nofa) For Hud's Fiscal Year (Fy) 2013 Section 811 Supportive Housing For Persons With Disabilities (Section 811) Project Rental Assistance (Pra) Program.

Notice of HUD's Funding Availability for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program
Mar 10, 2014 -- Notice Of Funding Availability (Nofa) For The Department's Fiscal Year (Fy) 2014 Fy 2015 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program.
Learn more about: Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program

Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Rapid Throughput Standardized Evaluation of Transmissible Risk for Substance Use Disorder in Youth
Mar 10, 2014 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Multi-Family Housing Program 2014 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Mar 10, 2014 -- This Notice announces a series of Teleconferences and/or Web Conference Meetings regarding the USDA Multi-Family Housing Program. The Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis, but may be held more often at the Agency's discretion. This Notice also outlines suggested discussion topics for the meetings and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to participate in the Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings.

Notice for Public Comment on the Adoption of Program Policies and Procedures for the Native Asset Building Initiative, a Joint Funding Opportunity Announcement Between the Administration for Native Americans and the Office of Community Services
Mar 7, 2014 -- The Administration for Native Americans is requesting comments on its planned changes to interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice as they relate to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Native Asset Building Initiative.

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Mar 7, 2014 -- This notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans; Proposed Rule; Extension of the Comment Period.
Mar 5, 2014 -- This document from the Department of Health and Human Services extends the comment period for the Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans proposed rule, which was published in the January 2, 2014 Federal Register. The comment period for the proposed rule, which would have ended on March 3, 2014, is extended to April 3, 2014.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Feb 28, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comments by April 29, 2014 on the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). The collection of Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) is necessary to hold Medicare managed care contracts accountable for the quality of care they deliver to beneficiaries.

Medicaid Program; Preliminary Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments (DSH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and the Preliminary Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits for FY 2014
Feb 28, 2014 -- This notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2014 and the preliminary federal share FY 2014 limits on aggregate DSH payments that states may make to institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) and other mental health facilities. This notice also includes additional information regarding the calculation of the FY 2014 DSH allotments and FY 2014 IMD DSH limits.

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Feb 28, 2014 -- This notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Medicare Program; Methodology for Adjusting Payment Amounts for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Using Information From Competitive Bidding Programs
Feb 26, 2014 -- This advance notice of proposed rulemaking from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) solicits public comments on different methodologies CMS may consider using with regard to applying information from the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding programs to adjust Medicare fee schedule payment amounts or other Medicare payment amounts for DMEPOS items and services furnished in areas that are not included in these competitive bidding programs. In addition, they are also requesting comments on a different matter regarding ideas for potentially changing the payment methodologies used under the competitive bidding programs for certain durable medical equipment and enteral nutrition.

Notice of HUD's Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements and General Section to HUD's FY 2014 NOFAs for Discretionary Programs
Feb 26, 2014 -- This notice announces that HUD has posted on http://www.Grants.gov and http://www.HUD.gov its FY 2014 General Section to the Department's FY 2014 NOFAs for Discretionary Programs (General Section). HUD's General Section contains submission and other cross-cutting requirements applicable to all of FY 2014 HUD's competitive funding opportunities (NOFAs). In addition, the General Section lists HUD's Strategic Goals and NOFA priorities that HUD will use in FY 2014.

Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking With Comment Period     Top Story 
Feb 26, 2014 -- This notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services introduces the beginning of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's) more frequent approach to health information technology certification regulations.

Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans     Top Story 
Feb 25, 2014 -- Funding is available from the Indian Health Service for a loan repayment program for health professions educational loans (undergraduate and graduate) in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds.
Learn more about: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application from the Compliance Team for Initial CMS-Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program; Proposed Notice
Feb 24, 2014 -- This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from The Compliance Team for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for rural health clinics (RHCs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for YouthBuild
Feb 24, 2014 -- The Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, announces the availability of approximately $73 million for YouthBuild grants to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities.
Learn more about: YouthBuild Grants

Notice: Medicare Program; Public Meetings in Calendar Year 2014 for All New Public Requests for Revisions to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding and Payment Determinations
Feb 24, 2014 -- This notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces the dates, time, and location of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) public meetings to be held in calendar year 2014 to discuss our preliminary coding and payment determinations for all new public requests for revisions to the HCPCS.

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers; Proposed Rule; Extension Of The Comment Period
Feb 21, 2014 -- This document from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extends the comment period to March 31, 2014, for the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers proposed rule, which was published in the December 27, 2013 Federal Register.  The proposed rule would expand emergency preparedness conditions of participation and conditions for coverage for hospitals and other health care providers that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program.

Medicare Program; Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Models 2, 3, and 4 2014 Winter Open Period
Feb 14, 2014 -- This Federal Register notice announces an open period for additional organizations to be considered for participation in Models 2, 3, and 4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative.

HIT Standards Committee and HIT Policy Committee; Call for Nominations
Feb 13, 2014 -- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking nominations to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) and Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC). Nominations must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Internal Revenue Service; Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage
Feb 12, 2014 -- Internal Revenue Service final rule provides guidance to employers with 50 or more full-time employees, that are subject to the employee health coverage shared responsibility provisions under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code enacted by the Affordable Care Act.

Rural Utilities Service; New Equipment Contract for Telecommunications and Broadband Borrowers; Proposed Rule
Feb 12, 2014 -- The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) proposes to amend the telecommunications standards and specifications for material, equipment and construction regulations in order to streamline the contractual process for RUS borrowers and expedite the approval process of equipment during the development of RUS funded construction projects.

CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule; Patients' Access to Test Reports; Final Rule
Feb 6, 2014 -- This final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations to specify that, upon the request of a patient (or the patient's personal representative), laboratories subject to CLIA may provide the patient, the patient's personal representative, or a person designated by the patient, as applicable, with copies of completed test reports that, using the laboratory's authentication process, can be identified as belonging to that patient.

Environmental Policies and Procedures; A Proposed Rule by the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, the Rural Housing Service, and the Farm Service Agency; Comment Request
Feb 4, 2014 -- Rural Development comprised of the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), is requesting comments on their proposal to unify and update environmental policies and procedures covering all Agency programs by consolidating two existing Agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements.

Notice: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Solicitation for Proposals for the Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration
Feb 4, 2014 -- This notice provides eligible entities with the information necessary to apply for participation in the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) demonstration. The demonstration is designed to better integrate the delivery of acute care, extended care and other health care services, and improve access to care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries residing in very sparsely populated areas.
Learn more about: Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration Program (FCHIP)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jan 31, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comments by April 4, 2014, on the following:

  • Payment Collection Operations Contingency Plan
  • Hospital Conditions of Participation and Supporting Regulations

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Jan 31, 2014 -- This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jan 29, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comments by February 28, 2014, on the following:

  • Evaluation of the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration: Provider Survey
  • Hospice Request for Certification and Supporting Regulations
  • Hospice Conditions of Participation and Supporting Regulations
  • Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Program: Final Marketing Provisions

Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program; Proposed Notice
Jan 29, 2014 -- This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Notice: Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jan 29, 2014 -- This notice publishes the current list of 566 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes.

Fiscal Year 2014 Through 2016 Stand Down Grant Requests     Top Story 
Jan 28, 2014 -- The Veterans' Employment and Training Service is now accepting applications for Stand Down grant awards, an event held in a local community where homeless veterans are provided with a wide variety of social services.
Learn more about: Stand Down Grants

Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
Jan 22, 2014 -- This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Application for New Awards; Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies; (FY) 2014 (Parts 1 & 2)
Jan 21, 2014 -- This program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in this notice in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students.
Learn more about: Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Part 1)

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Nomination Letters; Notice on Letters of Nomination
Jan 21, 2014 -- The Comptroller General announces that letters of nomination to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) are being accepted and should be submitted between January 21 and March 7, 2014.

Medicaid Program; State Plan Home and Community-Based Services, 5-Year Period for Waivers, Provider Payment Reassignment, and Home and Community-Based Setting Requirements for Community First Choice and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers; Final Rule
Jan 16, 2014 -- This final rule from CMS amends the Medicaid regulations to define and describe state plan section 1915(i) home and community-based services (HCBS) under the Social Security Act (the Act) amended by the Affordable Care Act. This rule offers states new flexibilities in providing necessary and appropriate services to elderly and disabled populations. This rule describes Medicaid coverage of the optional state plan benefit to furnish home and community based-services and draw federal matching funds.

Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Jan 14, 2014 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF Program).

Medicare Program; Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs; Proposed Rule; Comment Request
Jan 10, 2014 -- This proposed rule with comment request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement statutory requirements; strengthen beneficiary protections; exclude plans that perform poorly; improve program efficiencies; and clarify program requirements. The proposed rule also includes several provisions designed to improve payment accuracy.

Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans; Proposed Rule; Comment Request
Jan 2, 2014 -- Comments are being requested by the Department of Health and Human Services on this proposed rule that would require a controlling health plan (CHP) to submit information and documentation demonstrating that it is compliant with certain standards and operating rules adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This proposed rule would also establish penalty fees for a CHP that fails to comply with the certification of compliance requirements.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jan 2, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public comments by February 3, 2014, on the following:

  • Application for Enrollment in Medicare the Medical Insurance Program
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Community Mental Health Center Cost Report and Supporting Regulations
  • Request for Employment Information

Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-Field Initiated Projects Program
Dec 30, 2013 -- Grants are available from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for Field-Initiated projects for research to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology for individuals with disabilities.
Learn more about: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project and Centers Program Field Initiated Projects Development

Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Correction
Dec 27, 2013 -- This document from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services corrects a date in the December 23, 2013, Federal Register notice (document identifier: CMS-10510) entitled “Basic Health Program Report for Health Insurance Exchange Premium.”

Indian Health Service; Notice of Funding Availability for Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs     Top Story 
Dec 27, 2013 -- The Indian Health Service announces the availability of approximately $13.2 million to fund scholarships for the Indian Health Professions Preparatory, Indian Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs for FY 2014.
Learn more about: Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers; Proposed Rule; Comment Request
Dec 27, 2013 -- This proposed rule with comment request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It would also ensure that these providers and suppliers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations.

Medicare Program; Physicians' Referrals to Health Care Entities With Which They Have Financial Relationships: Exception for Certain Electronic Health Records Arrangements; Final Rule
Dec 27, 2013 -- This final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revises the exception to the physician self-referral law that permits certain arrangements involving the donation of electronic health records items and services.

Medicare Program; Physicians' Referrals to Health Care Entities With Which They Have Financial Relationships: Exception for Certain Electronic Health Records Arrangements; Final Rule
Dec 27, 2013 -- This final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revises the exception to the physician self-referral law that permits certain arrangements involving the donation of electronic health records items and services. Specifically, this final rule extends the expiration date of the exception to December 31, 2021, excludes laboratory companies from the types of entities that may donate electronic health records items and services, updates the provision under which electronic health records software is deemed interoperable, removes the electronic prescribing capability requirement, and clarifies the requirement prohibiting any action that limits or restricts the use, compatibility, or interoperability of donated items or services.

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Dec 27, 2013 -- This notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts; Notice of Intent to Develop Regulations
Dec 27, 2013 -- This annual notice from the Department of Health and Human Services solicits proposals and recommendations for developing new and modifying existing safe harbor provisions under the Federal anti-kickback statute (section 1128B(b) of the Social Security Act), as well as developing new OIG Special Fraud Alerts.

Amendments to Excepted Benefits; A Proposed Rule by the Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Health and Human Services Department; Comment Request
Dec 26, 2013 -- This document contains proposed rules that would amend the regulations regarding excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Public Health Service Act. Excepted benefits are generally exempt from the health reform requirements that were added to those laws by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Dec 24, 2013 -- This notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Basic Health Program: Proposed Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2015
Dec 23, 2013 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid provides the methodology and data sources necessary to determine payment amounts made to states that elect to establish a Basic Health Program to offer health benefits coverage to low-income individuals otherwise eligible to purchase coverage through Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

Health and Human Services; Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request     Top Story 
Dec 23, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting comments on the Survey of Medical Care Providers for the Evaluation of the Regional Extension Center (REC) Program to collect information from providers that are utilizing assistance from the REC program to implement and meaningfully use health information technology, as well as providers that are not working with a Regional Extension Center.

Health Insurance Exchanges; Approval of an Application by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) To Be a Recognized Accrediting Entity for the Accreditation of Qualified Health Plans
Dec 23, 2013 -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid final notice announcing the approval of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as an accrediting entity for fulfilling the accreditation requirement as part of qualified health plan (QHP) certification.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request     Top Story 
Dec 20, 2013 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting comments through February 18, 2014, on the Conditions of Participation for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and Supporting Regulations, and the State Health Insurance Exchange Incident Report.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Dec 20, 2013 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting comments through January 21, 2014 on the following:

  • Recognition of Pass-Through Payment for Additional (New) Categories of Devices Under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Supporting Regulations;
  • Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP);
  • Medicare Program - Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2010: Physician Narrative Requirement and Supporting Regulation;
  • Elimination of Cost-Sharing for full benefit dual-eligible Individuals Receiving Home and Community-Based Services; and
  • Programs for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) and Supporting Regulations.

Health Resources and Services Administration; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request     Top Story 
Dec 20, 2013 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program. The program assists in the recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses (RNs), including advanced practice RNs, dedicated to working in underserved areas or working as nurse faculty, by decreasing the financial barriers associated with pursuing a nursing profession.

Notice of Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Dec 20, 2013 -- This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Learn more about: Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless

Health Information Technology Standards Committee Advisory Meeting: Notice of Meeting
Dec 18, 2013 -- This notice from the Department of Health and Human Services announces forthcoming meetings in 2014 of a public advisory committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The first meeting will be January 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m./Eastern Time and will be open to the public.

Health IT Policy Committee Advisory Meeting; Notice of Meeting
Dec 18, 2013 -- This notice from the Department of Health and Human Services announces forthcoming 2014 meetings of a public advisory committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The first meeting will be January 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m./Eastern Time and will be open to the public.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Maximizing January 1, 2014 Coverage Opportunities; Interim Final Rule With Comment Period.
Dec 17, 2013 -- This interim final rule from HHS amends the date by which a qualified individual must select a qualified health plan (QHP) through any Exchange for an effective coverage date of January 1, 2014. This rule generally allows consumers to select a QHP until December 23, 2013, which is a change from the previously stated regulatory date of December 15, 2013, but permits State Exchanges to select a different date. It also establishes a related policy regarding the date by which a consumer needs to pay any applicable initial premium to ensure timely effectuation of coverage.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Rural Call Completion; Proposed Rule; Comment Request     Top Story 
Dec 17, 2013 -- In this document the FCC seeks comments on additional measures that may help the Commission ensure a reasonable and nondiscriminatory level of service for completing long-distance calls to rural areas. This document also; seeks to improve the Commission's ability to monitor problems with completing calls to rural areas, and enhance our ability to enforce restrictions against blocking, choking, reducing, or restricting calls.

Federal Communications Commission; Rural Call Completion; Final Rule     Top Story 
Dec 17, 2013 -- In this document the Federal Communications Commission improves its ability to monitor problems with completing calls to rural areas, and enforce restrictions against blocking, choking, reducing, or restricting calls.

Secondary Service Connection for Diagnosable Illnesses Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury; Final Rule
Dec 17, 2013 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs amends its adjudication regulations concerning service connection. This final rule acts upon a report of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury, regarding the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and five diagnosable illnesses. This amendment establishes that if a veteran who has a service-connected TBI also has one of these diagnosable illnesses, then that illness will be considered service connected as secondary to the TBI.

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