Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
In accordance with requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is updating an existing system of records maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), system No. 09-70-0550, titled ``Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy Program'' (RDSP), and renaming it ``Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS), HHS/CMS/CM.'' This system collects and maintains information about individuals who are qualifying covered retirees so that accurate and timely subsidy payments may be made to plan sponsors who continue to offer actuarially equivalent prescription drug coverage to the qualifying covered retirees.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application by Accreditation Commission for Health Care for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Hospice Accreditation Program
This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. The statute requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organizations complete application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 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.
Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities
The Department of Health and Human Services (``the Department'') is committed to ensuring the civil rights of all individuals who access or seek to access health programs or activities of covered entities under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Department proposes to revise its Section 1557 regulation in order to better comply with the mandates of Congress, address legal concerns, relieve billions of dollars in undue regulatory burdens, further substantive compliance, reduce confusion, and clarify the scope of Section 1557 in keeping with pre-existing civil rights statutes and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.