August 22, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-19937
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Certain Steel Threaded Rod From India
Document Number: 2014-19936
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2014-19935
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Defense Health Agency proposes to add a new system of records, EDHA 01, entitled ``Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Requests and Administrative Appeal Records'' to its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system will be used to process access requests and administrative appeals under FOIA; to process access and amendment requests and administrative appeals under the Privacy Act; for litigation regarding agency action on such requests and administrative appeals; and to assist the DHA in carrying out any other responsibility under FOIA or the Privacy Act.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2014-19934
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary of Defense proposes to add a new system of records, DHRA 14 DoD, entitled ``Commercial Travel Information Management System'' to its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system establishes a repository of DoD travel records consisting of travel booked within the Defense Travel System as well as through commercial travel vendors in order to satisfy reporting requirements; identify and notify travelers in potential distress due to natural or man-made disaster; assist in the planning, budgeting, and allocation of resources for future DoD travel; conduct oversight operations; analyze travel, budgetary, or other trends; detect fraud and abuse; and respond to authorized internal and external requests for data relating to DoD official travel and travel related services, including premium class travel. To provide Web site registered guests an online customer support site for submitting inquiries regarding commercial travel within the DoD, including assistance with DTS.
Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies
Document Number: 2014-19933
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2014-19932
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary of Defense proposes to alter a system of records, DWHS P49, entitled ``Reasonable Accommodation Program Records'' in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system is used to document requests for reasonable accommodation(s) (regardless of type of accommodation) and the outcome of such requests for employees of Washington Headquarters Services/Human Resources Directorate serviced components with known physical and mental impairments and applicants for employment with Washington Headquarters Services/Human Resources Directorate serviced components.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-19931
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-19930
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-19929
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2014-19928
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA announces the charter renewal of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), a Federal Advisory Committee that works with industry and the public to improve the development of the FAA's regulations. This charter renewal will take effect on September 17, 2014, and will expire after 2 years.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2014-19926
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2014-19925
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2014-19924
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions
Document Number: 2014-19923
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Schedules of Controlled Substances: Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products From Schedule III to Schedule II
Document Number: 2014-19922
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice
With the issuance of this final rule, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration reschedules hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. This scheduling action is pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act which requires that such actions be made on the record after opportunity for a hearing through formal rulemaking. This action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule II controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, dispense, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities with, conduct chemical analysis with, or possess) or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project
Document Number: 2014-19920
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning, accounting for long-term contracts.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Notice 2005-32
Document Number: 2014-19919
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). The IRS is soliciting comments concerning information collection requirements related to Notification Requirement for Transfer of Partnership Interest in Electing Investment Partnership (EIP).
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project
Document Number: 2014-19918
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). The IRS is soliciting comments concerning information collection requirements related to residence rulings involving U.S. possessions.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 3115
Document Number: 2014-19917
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method.
Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested [Withdrawn]
Document Number: 2014-19916
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Communications Commission published a document requesting comments, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. The Commission invited the general public and other agencies to comment on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission; however, the Commission withdraws its request for those comments.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1099-K
Document Number: 2014-19915
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 6765
Document Number: 2014-19912
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 6765, Credit for Increasing Research Activities.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 8801
Document Number: 2014-19911
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum TaxIndividuals, Estates, and Trusts.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 2678
Document Number: 2014-19910
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 2678, Employer/Payer Appointment of Agent.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project
Document Number: 2014-19909
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning, Cash Reporting by Court Clerks (Sec. 1.6050I-2).
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1096
Document Number: 2014-19906
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-19902
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limited Access Death Master File, Derived From the Social Security Administration's Death Master File, Subscriber Certification Form (Subscriber Certification Form)
Document Number: 2014-19901
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2014-19892
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996.
Treasury Directive 75-02 and Directive Publication 75-02, Department of the Treasury National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program
Document Number: 2014-19891
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is publishing this notice to provide an opportunity for public comment on its draft directive and accompanying guidelines containing policy and procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, Executive Order 11514, as amended, Executive Order 12114, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508). Pursuant to CEQ regulations, Treasury is soliciting comments from members of the interested public.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; North and South Atlantic 2014 Commercial Swordfish Quotas
Document Number: 2014-19890
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule adjusts the 2014 fishing season quotas for North and South Atlantic swordfish based upon 2013 commercial quota underharvests and international quota transfers consistent with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendations 13-02 and 13-03. Additionally, this final rule modifies the regulations to comply with upcoming changes to the North Atlantic swordfish underharvest carryover limits, which become effective in 2015. This final rule affects commercial and recreational fishing for swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. This action implements ICCAT recommendations, consistent with the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and furthers domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Revocation of General Safety Test Regulations That Are Duplicative of Requirements in Biological License Applications
Document Number: 2014-19888
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to amend the biologics regulations by removing the general safety test (GST) requirements for biological products. FDA is proposing this action because the existing codified GST regulations are duplicative of requirements that are also specified in biologics licenses, or are no longer necessary or appropriate to help ensure the safety, purity, and potency of licensed biological products. FDA is taking this action as part of its retrospective review of its regulations to promote improvement and innovation, in response to an Executive order.
Information Collection Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 2014-19886
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is correcting a notice and request for comment that appeared in the Federal Register of August 15, 2014. The document seeks comment on the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's Video Relay Service Reform Order.
New Postal Product
Document Number: 2014-19883
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Postal Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing concerning the addition of a Global Reseller Expedited Package Contracts 2 negotiated service agreement. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.
Amendment to Postal Product
Document Number: 2014-19882
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Postal Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing concerning an amendment to Priority Mail Contract 80. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.
Reopening of Docket and Request for Comments on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act Action Plan
Document Number: 2014-19881
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of the action plan issued as required by section 907 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) and the reopening of a public docket for comments pertaining to the action plan.
Amendment, Extension, or Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: 2014-19878
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted amendments, extensions, and issuances of experimental use permits (EUPs) to the pesticide applicants described in Unit II. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Allocation and Apportionment of Interest Expense; Correction
Document Number: 2014-19873
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9676) that were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (79 FR 41424) providing guidance concerning the allocation and apportionment of interest expense by corporations owning a 10 percent or greater interest in a partnership, as well as the allocation and apportionment of interest expense using the fair market value method. These regulations also update the interest allocation regulations to conform to the statutory changes made by section 216 of the legislation commonly referred to as the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (EJMAA), enacted on August 10, 2010, affecting the affiliation of certain foreign corporations for purposes of section 864(e). These regulations affect taxpayers that allocate and apportion interest expense.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 2014-19855
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2014-15 late-season hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in late seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.
Positive Train Control Systems (RRR)
Document Number: 2014-19849
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA's final rule primarily amends the regulations implementing a requirement of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that certain passenger and freight railroads install positive train control (PTC) systems governing operations on certain main line tracks. This final rule revises an existing regulatory exception to the requirement to install a PTC system for track segments carrying freight only that present a de minimis safety risk. The final rule also adds a new exception for PTC-unequipped freight trains associated with certain freight yard operations to operate within PTC systems. The final rule also revises the existing regulations related to en route failures of a PTC system, adds new provisions related to other failures of a PTC system, and amends the regulations on applications for approval of certain modifications of signal and train control systems. Finally, this final rule makes technical amendments to FRA's other signal and train control regulations and FRA's regulations governing highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Samish Indian Nation Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, City of Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington
Document Number: 2014-19782
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lead agency, with the Samish Indian Nation and the City of Anacortes, serving as cooperating agencies, intends to file a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Samish Indian Nation Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, City of Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington. The DEIS is now available for public review and a public hearing will be held to receive comments.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application From the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., for Continued Approval of Its Home Health Agency Accreditation Program
Document Number: 2014-19697
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc., (ACHC) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies (HHAs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Section 1865(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, CMS publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2014-19646
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
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
Document Number: 2014-18545
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems. Some of these changes implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively known as the Affordable Care Act), the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, and other legislation. These changes are applicable to discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2014, unless otherwise specified in this final rule. We also are updating the rate- of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis subject to these limits. The updated rate-of-increase limits are effective for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2014. We also are updating the payment policies and the annual payment rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) and implementing certain statutory changes to the LTCH PPS under the Affordable Care Act and the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Act of 2013 and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. In addition, we discuss our proposals on the interruption of stay policy for LTCHs and on retiring the ``5 percent'' payment adjustment for co-located LTCHs. While many of the statutory mandates of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act apply to discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2014, others will not begin to apply until 2016 and beyond. In addition, we are making a number of changes relating to direct graduate medical education (GME) and indirect medical education (IME) payments. We are establishing new requirements or revising requirements for quality reporting by specific providers (acute care hospitals, PPS- exempt cancer hospitals, and LTCHs) that are participating in Medicare. We are updating policies relating to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program. In addition, we are making technical corrections to the regulations governing provider administrative appeals and judicial review; updating the reasonable compensation equivalent (RCE) limits, and revising the methodology for determining such limits, for services furnished by physicians to certain teaching hospitals and hospitals excluded from the IPPS; making regulatory revisions to broaden the specified uses of Medicare Advantage (MA) risk adjustment data and to specify the conditions for release of such risk adjustment data to entities outside of CMS; and making changes to the enforcement procedures for organ transplant centers. We are aligning the reporting and submission timelines for clinical quality measures for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) with the reporting and submission timelines for the Hospital IQR Program. In addition, we provide guidance and clarification of certain policies for eligible hospitals and CAHs such as our policy for reporting zero denominators on clinical quality measures and our policy for case threshold exemptions. In this document, we are finalizing two interim final rules with comment period relating to criteria for disproportionate share hospital uncompensated care payments and extensions of temporary changes to the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals and of the Medicare- Dependent, Small Rural Hospital (MDH) Program.
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
Document Number: 2014-18506
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
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). This rule provides an update on hospice payment reform analyses, potential definitions of ``terminal illness'' and ``related conditions,'' and information on potential processes and appeals for Part D payment for drugs while beneficiaries are under a hospice election. This rule will specify timeframes for filing the notice of election and the notice of termination/revocation; add the attending physician to the hospice election form, and require hospices to document changes to the attending physician; require hospices to complete their hospice aggregate cap determinations within 5 months after the cap year ends, and remit any overpayments; and update the hospice quality reporting program. In addition, this rule will provide guidance on determining hospice eligibility; information on the delay in the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM); and will further clarify how hospices are to report diagnoses on hospice claims. Finally, the rule will make a technical regulations text change.