TRICARE; Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS): Delay of Effective Date and Additional Opportunity for Public Comment
On December 10, 2008, DoD published a final rule implementing the TRICARE Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), with an effective date of February 9, 2009 (73 FR 74945). Since that date, DoD has determined that in order for administrative claims processing procedures to be fully in place to implement effectively the new OPPS payments, TRICARE's OPPS will begin to apply to health care services provided on or after May 1, 2009. In the meantime, a memorandum of January 20, 2009, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2009, calls for agencies to consider delaying effective dates of rules not yet effective and inviting new public comment. In view of both of these developments, the Department is delaying the effective date of TRICARE's OPPS until May 1, 2009, and is inviting additional public comment on the final rule. Any timely public comments received will be considered and any changes to the final rule will be published in the Federal Register.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Available for Licensing
The inventions listed below are assigned to the United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Army. The inventions collectively enable a Tactical Biological Detector (TAC-BIO), and are made available for licensing by the Department of the Army. United States Patent Number 6,967,338 entitled ``Micro UV Particle Detector'', United States Patent Number 7,375,348 entitled ``Micro UV Detector'', Army Case Numbers; DAM 656-06 entitled ``Improved, Front-End Optics to the Micro UV Detector'', DAM 668-07 entitled ``Man Portable, Biological Aerosol Detector with High Level of Discrimination'', and DAM 689-08 entitled ``Photon Counting Based Particle Detection Algorithm.''
Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services
On January 29, 2009 (74 FR 5149), the Department of Defense announced a meeting of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. This notice is published to provide the correct address of the meeting location. All other information remains the same.