Medicare Program; Announcement of Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, January 13, 2009
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (the Panel). The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Medicare program. This meeting is open to the public.
Availability of an Update to the ATSDR Policy Guideline for Dioxins and Dioxin-Like Compounds in Residential Soil; Correction
Correction: This notice was published in the Federal Register on October 15, 2008, Volume 73, Number 200, page 61133. The original version of the ATSDR Dioxin Soil Policy that was posted on the ATSDR Web site at: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/dioxin/policy prior to November 3, 2008, has been updated to include some minor edits to the policy. These updates are now available at the ATSDR Web site for your review.
Announcement of Seventh and Eighth Meetings of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the seventh and eighth meetings of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (Committee). These meetings will be open to the public. The Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 will address issues regarding the development and implementation of the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020 and activities to improve the health status of and reduce health risks for Americans by the year 2020. The Committee will provide to the Secretary of Health and Human Services advice and consultation for developing and implementing the next iteration of national health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives and provide recommendations for initiatives to occur during the initial implementation phase of the goals and objectives. HHS will use the recommendations to inform the development of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020 and the process for implementing the objectives. The intent is to develop and launch objectives designed to improve the health status and reduce health risks for Americans by the year 2020.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Decision To Evaluate a Petition To Designate a Class of Employees for the Standard Oil Development Company, Linden, NJ, To Be Iincluded in the Special Exposure Cohort
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gives notice as required by 42 CFR 83.12(e) of a decision to evaluate a petition to designate a class of employees for the Standard Oil Development Company, Linden, New Jersey, to be included in the Special Exposure Cohort under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. The initial proposed definition for the class being evaluated, subject to revision as warranted by the evaluation, is as follows: Facility: Standard Oil Development Company. Location: Linden, New Jersey. Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All employees. Period of Employment: August 1, 1942 through December 31, 1963.
Decision To Evaluate a Petition To Designate a Class of Employees for the United Nuclear Corp., Hematite, MO, To Be Included in the Special Exposure Cohort
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gives notice as required by 42 CFR 83.12(e) of a decision to evaluate a petition to designate a class of employees for the United Nuclear Corp., Hematite, Missouri, to be included in the Special Exposure Cohort under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. The initial proposed definition for the class being evaluated, subject to revision as warranted by the evaluation, is as follows: Facility: United Nuclear Corp. Location: Hematite, Missouri. Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All site employees. Period of Employment: January 1, 1958 through December 31, 1969, and from January 1, 1970 through July 31, 2006 (residual radiation period).
Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on the Fiscal Year 2010 Applications for New Medical Services and Technologies Add-on Payments Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems, February 17, 2009
This notice announces a Town Hall meeting in accordance with section 1886(d)(5)(K)(viii) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to discuss fiscal year (FY) 2010 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems. Interested parties are invited to this meeting to present their comments, recommendations, and data regarding whether the FY 2010 new medical services and technologies applications meet the substantial clinical improvement criterion.
Medicare Program; Rechartering of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups
This notice announces the Rechartering of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel) by the Secretary, DHHS (the Secretary) for a 2-year period with the new charter effective through November 21, 2010.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the Joint Commission for Continued Deeming Authority for Hospices
This proposed notice with comment period acknowledges the receipt of a deeming application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Section 1865(b)(3)(A) of the Act, recodified under the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-275, July 15, 2008) (MIPPA) as section 1865(a)(3)(A) requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, we 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 Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2009 Through September 30, 2010
The Federal Medical Assistance Percentages and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages for Fiscal Year 2010 have been calculated pursuant to the Social Security Act (the Act). These percentages will be effective from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. This notice announces the calculated ``Federal Medical Assistance Percentages'' and ``Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages'' that The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will use in determining the amount of Federal matching for State medical assistance (Medicaid) and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expenditures, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Contingency Funds, the Federal share of Child Support Enforcement collections, Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund, Foster Care Title IV-E Maintenance payments, and Adoption Assistance payments. The table gives figures for each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Programs under title XIX of the Act exist in each jurisdiction. Programs under titles I, X, and XIV operate only in Guam and the Virgin Islands, while a program under title XVI (Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled) operates only in Puerto Rico. Programs under title XXI began operating in fiscal year 1998. The percentages in this notice apply to State expenditures for most medical services and medical insurance services, and assistance payments for certain social services. The statute provides separately for Federal matching of administrative costs. Sections 1905(b) and 1101(a)(8)(B) of the Act require the Secretary, HHS to publish the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages each year. The Secretary is to calculate the percentages, using formulas in sections 1905(b) and 1101(a)(8)(B), from the Department of Commerce's statistics of average income per person in each State and for the Nation as a whole. The percentages are within the upper and lower limits given in section 1905(b) of the Act. The percentages to be applied to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands are specified in statute, and thus are not based on the statutory formula that determines the percentages for the 50 States. The ``Federal Medical Assistance Percentages'' are for Medicaid. Section 1905(b) of the Act specifies the formula for calculating Federal Medical Assistance Percentages as follows:
Draft Guidance for Industry: Small Entities Compliance Guide for Renderers-Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry 195, entitled ``Draft Guidance for Industry: Small Entities Compliance Guide for RenderersSubstances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed.'' This small entities compliance guide aids renderers in complying with the requirements of the final rule published in the Federal Register of April 25, 2008 (73 FR 22720). FDA's goal is to strengthen existing safeguards to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in U.S. cattle and to reduce the risk of human exposure to the BSE agent.
Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular Device Trials; Public Workshop
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled ``Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular Device Trials.'' FDA is co-sponsoring the conference with the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate discussion between FDA and other interested parties on the study and analysis of sex and gender differences in cardiovascular medical device trials, in anticipation of issuance of draft guidance on this subject.
Fees for Sanitation Inspections of Cruise Ships
This notice announces fees for vessel sanitation inspections for fiscal year 2009 (October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009).
Notice of Public Meeting
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following public meeting: ``Partnerships to Advance the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).'' Public Meeting Time and Date: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EST, January 22, 2009. Place: Patriots Plaza, 395 E Street, SW., Conference Room 9000, Washington, DC 20201. Purpose of Meeting: The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) has been structured to engage partners with each other and/or with NIOSH to advance NORA priorities. The NORA Liaison Committee continues to be an opportunity for representatives from organizations with national scope to learn about NORA progress and to suggest possible partnerships based on their organization's mission and contacts. This opportunity is now structured as a public meeting via the internet to attract participation by a larger number of organizations and to further enhance the success of NORA. Some of the types of organizations of national scope that are especially encouraged to participate are employers, unions, trade associations, labor associations, professional associations, and foundations. Others are welcome. This meeting will include updates from NIOSH leadership on NORA as well as updates from approximately half of the Sector Councils on their progress, priorities, and implementation plans to date, including the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector; Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector; Mining Sector; MiningOil and Gas Extraction Sub- Sector; and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Sector. After each update, there will be time to discuss partnership opportunities. Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the capacities of the conference call and conference room facilities. There is limited space available in the meeting room (capacity 34). Therefore, information to allow participation in the meeting through the internet (to see the slides) and a teleconference call (capacity 50) will be provided to registered participants. Participants are encouraged to consider attending by this method. Each participant is requested to register for the free meeting by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the participant's name, organization name, contact telephone number on the day of the meeting, and preference for participation by Web meeting (requirements include: computer, internet connection, and telephone, preferably with ``mute'' capability) or in person. An e-mail confirming registration will include the details needed to participate in the Web meeting. Non-US citizens are encouraged to participate in the Web meeting. Non-US citizens registering to attend in person after January 8 will not have time to comply with security procedures. Background: NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research in occupational safety and health leading to improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work together to develop goals and objectives for addressing those needs and to move the research results into practice. The NIOSH role is facilitator of the process. For more information about NORA, see http:/ /www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/about.html. Since 2006, NORA has been structured according to industrial sectors. Eight sector groups have been defined using the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). After receiving public input through the Web and town hall meetings, NORA Sector Councils have been working to define sector-specific strategic plans for conducting research and moving the results into widespread practice. During 2008, most of these Councils have posted draft strategic plans for public comment. One has posted its finalized National Sector Agenda after considering comments on its draft. For more information, see the link above and choose ``Sector-based Approach,'' ``NORA Sector Councils,'' ``Sector Agendas'' and ``Comment on Draft Sector Agendas'' from the right-side menu. Contact Person for Technical Information: Sidney C. Soderholm, Ph.D., NORA Coordinator, e-mail email@example.com, telephone (202) 245-0665.
New Animal Drugs; Cephalosporin Drugs; Extralabel Animal Drug Use; Revocation of Order of Prohibition; Withdrawal
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revoking the order prohibiting the extralabel use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. FDA received many substantive comments on the order of prohibition. The agency is taking this action so that it may fully consider these comments.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Experimental Study: Toll-Free Number for Consumer Reporting of Drug Product Side Effects in Direct-to-Consumer Television Advertisements for Prescription Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on a study examining the impact on consumer comprehension of inclusion of a toll-free number to report side effects in direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug television advertisements.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Prescription Drug Product Labeling: Medication Guide Requirements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA).
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; List of Petitions Received
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing this notice of petitions received under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (``the Program''), as required by Section 2112(b)(2) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. While the Secretary of Health and Human Services is named as the respondent in all proceedings brought by the filing of petitions for compensation under the Program, the United States Court of Federal Claims is charged by statute with responsibility for considering and acting upon the petitions.
Public Consultation Meeting of the Trans-Federal Task Force on Optimizing Biosafety and Biocontainment Oversight
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the Trans-Federal Task Force on Biosafety and Biocontainment Oversight will be holding a public consultation meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 540.700 Processed and/or Blended Seafood Products (CPG 7108.16); Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of revised Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 540.700 Processed and/or Blended Seafood Products (CPG 7108.16) (the CPG). The CPG provides guidance for FDA staff on FDA's labeling requirements for processed and blended seafood products.
Medicaid Program; Premiums and Cost Sharing
This final rule implements and interprets the provisions of sections 6041, 6042, and 6043 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), and section 405(a)(1) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA). The DRA was amended by the TRHCA which revised sections 6041, 6042, and 6043 of the DRA including limitations on cost sharing for individuals with family incomes at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line. These sections amended the Social Security Act (the Act) by adding a new section 1916A to provide State Medicaid agencies with increased flexibility to impose premium and cost sharing requirements on certain Medicaid recipients. This flexibility supplements the existing authority States have to impose premiums and cost sharing under section 1916 of the Act. The DRA provisions also specifically address cost sharing for non-preferred drugs and non- emergency care furnished in a hospital emergency department.
Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs
This Final Notice of Revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs (Revisions to Mandatory Guidelines) addresses collection and testing of urine specimens, the requirements for the certification of Instrumented Initial Test Facilities (IITFs), and the role of and standards for collectors and Medical Review Officers (MROs). Additional notices of Proposed Revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines addressing the use of point of collection testing (POCT), oral fluid testing, sweat patch testing, hair testing, and associated issues will be published at a later date. With regard to the use of alternative specimens including hair, oral fluid, and sweat patch specimens in Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, significant issues have been raised by Federal agencies during the review process which require further examination, and may require additional study and analysis. As part of the review process for these alternative tests, the Department of Health and Human Services (``HHS'' or ``Department'') plans to issue a notice in the Federal Register requesting information and assistance from the general public to provide or identify data and research findings that address specific areas of interest.
Draft Guidance for Industry on the Contents of a Complete Submission for the Evaluation of Proprietary Names; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ``Contents of a Complete Submission for the Evaluation of Proprietary Names.'' This draft guidance provides recommendations to industry regarding the submission of a complete package that FDA intends to use to assess the safety of proposed proprietary drug and biological product names and other factors that, in association with the name, can contribute to medication errors. In addition, FDA intends to use this information in the assessment of promotional aspects of proposed proprietary names.
Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA) will hold a meeting. The meeting will be open to the public on both Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, 2008.
Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill two positions on the Committee membership that will be vacated in June of 2009.
Medicaid Program; State Allotments for Payment of Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals: Federal Fiscal Year 2008 and Federal Fiscal Year 2009
This interim final rule with comment period makes technical changes to the existing methodology and process used to compute and issue each State's preliminary and final allotments available to pay the Medicare Part B premiums for qualifying individuals (QIs). The technical revisions conform the existing regulations to reflect continued funding of this program. Additionally, this rule contains charts providing the States' final QI allotments for the Federal fiscal year (FY) 2008 and preliminary QI allotments for FY 2009, determined in accordance with the methodology set forth in the October 2006 final rule, and reflecting funding for the QI program made available under recent legislation.
Roy Page, M.D.; Debarment Order
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) permanently debarring Dr. Roy Page from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application including, but not limited to, a biologics license application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Dr. Page was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the development or approval, including the process for development or approval, of a drug product under the act. After being given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation, Dr. Page failed to request a hearing. Dr. Page's failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of his right to a hearing concerning this action.
George Kindness; Debarment Order
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) permanently debarring Mr. George Kindness from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application including, but not limited to, a biologics license application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Mr. Kindness was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the development or approval, including the process for development or approval, of a drug product under the act. After being given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation, Mr. Kindness failed to request a hearing. Mr. Kindness's failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of his right to a hearing concerning this action.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Mental Models Study of Health Care Providers' Understanding of Prescription Drug Effectiveness
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection provisions of the Mental Models Study of Health Care Providers' Understanding of Prescription Drug Effectiveness. Together with other information being collected, the results from this study will be used to help inform FDA about how health care providers conceptualize the drug effectiveness portion of the risk/benefit tradeoff and how that conceptualization differs from how agency experts think about drug effectiveness. The information gathered in this study will be used to focus and strengthen future planned quantitative research. It will also contribute to FDA's ability to communicate drug effectiveness information to health care providers in labeling and other communications.