Department of Health and Human Services December 22, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (NIH)
Document Number: 2017-27617
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 to provide opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of propose projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27606
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice document entitled, ``Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request''. That notice invited public comments on two separate information collection requests, under Document Identifiers: CMS-R-262 and CMS-10398. Through the publication of this document, we are withdrawing the portion of the notice requesting public comment on the information collection request titled, ``Contract Year 2019 Plan Benefit Package (PBP) Software and Formulary Submission.'' The associated form number is CMS-R-262 (OMB control number: 0938-0763). The comment period for CMS-10398 (OMB control number: 0938-1148) titled, ``Generic Clearance for Medicaid and CHIP State Plan, Waiver, and Program Submissions'' remains in effect and ends on January 12, 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27605
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
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 (MEPS) Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component.''
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27600
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27599
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
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. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Changes to an Approved Application: Certain Biological Products; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Document Number: 2017-27589
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled ``Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Changes to an Approved Application: Certain Biological Products; Draft Guidance for Industry.'' The draft guidance is intended to assist applicants and manufacturers of certain licensed biological products in determining which reporting category is appropriate for a change in chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) information to an approved biologics license application (BLA). The draft guidance provides applicants and manufacturers general and administrative information on reporting and evaluating changes and recommendations for reporting categories based on a tiered-reporting system for specific changes. The draft guidance, when finalized, is intended to supersede the document entitled ``Guidance for Industry: Changes to an Approved Application: Biological Products'' dated July 1997 (July 1997 guidance).
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27578
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Amendment to “Revised Preventive Measures To Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Products; Guidance for Industry;” Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Document Number: 2017-27569
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled ``Amendment to `Revised Preventive Measures to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Products; Guidance for Industry;' Draft Guidance for Industry.'' The draft guidance document provides blood collection establishments with revised recommendations intended to reduce the possible risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) by blood and blood products by revising and removing certain recommended deferrals for geographic risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) exposure and recommending deferral for individuals with a history of blood transfusion in Ireland from 1980 to the present. The recommendations apply to the collection of Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion or for use in further manufacturing into injectable and non-injectable products, including recovered plasma, Source Leukocytes and Source Plasma. The draft guidance, when finalized, will amend the document entitled ``Revised Preventive Measures to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Products; Guidance for Industry'' updated January 2016 (``2016 vCJD Guidance'') by incorporating into an updated final guidance any new recommendations adopted. All other recommendations in the 2016 vCJD Guidance will remain unchanged.
Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27559
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment.
Request for Nominations of Members for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative/Food and Drug Administration Patient Engagement Collaborative
Document Number: 2017-27538
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency), in collaboration with the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), is requesting nominations of patient advocates interested in participating on the Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC). The PEC will be an ongoing, collaborative forum coordinated through the Patient Affairs Staff, Office of Medical Products and Tobacco (OMPT), Office of the Commissioner, and will be hosted by CTTI. Through the PEC, the patient community and regulators will be able to discuss an array of topics regarding increasing meaningful patient engagement in medical product development and regulatory discussions at FDA. The activities of the PEC may include, but are not limited to, providing diverse perspectives on topics such as systematic patient engagement, transparency, and communication; providing considerations for implementing new strategies to enhance patient engagement at FDA; and proposing new models of collaboration in which patients and patient advocates are partners in certain aspects of the medical product development and FDA review process.
Establishment of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-27412
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) is established in accordance with section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Health information Technology Advisory Committee, among other things, shall identify priorities for standards adoption and make recommendations to the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (National Coordinator) on a policy framework to advance an interoperable health information technology infrastructure. The HITAC will hold public meetings throughout 2018 with its first public meeting scheduled for January 18, 2018, from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m./Eastern Time at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.