Following the Senate Committee's recommendation, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will give funding preference during the FY 2005 competition to current and former Healthy Start grantees, including those whose Healthy Start grant application was approved but not funded in FY 2004. Senate Report 108-345 at 54 (2004) accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108-447) states ``The Committee urges HRSA to give preference to current and former grantees with expiring or recently expired project periods. This should include grantees whose grant applications were approved but not funded during fiscal year 2004.''
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Request for Public Comment on a HRSA Commissioned Report: Newborn Screening: Toward a Uniform Screening Panel and System
The changing dynamics of emerging technology, and the complexity of genetics require an assessment of the state of the art in newborn screening and a perspective on the future directions such programs should take. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics Newborn Screening Task Force recommended that ``HRSA should engage in a national process involving government, professionals, and consumers to advance the recommendations of this Task Force and assist in the development and implementation of nationally recognized newborn screening system standards and policies.'' In response to this need, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 701(a)(2), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of HRSA commissioned the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) to conduct an analysis of the scientific literature on the effectiveness of newborn screening and gather expert opinion to delineate the best evidence for screening specified conditions and develop recommendations focused on newborn screening, including but not limited to the development of a uniform condition panel. It was expected that the analytical endeavor and subsequent recommendations be based on the best scientific evidence and analysis of that evidence. ACMG was specifically asked to develop recommendations to address: A uniform condition panel (including implementation methodology); Model policies and procedures for State newborn screening programs (with consideration of a national model); Model minimum standards for State newborn screening programs (with consideration of national oversight); A model decision matrix for consideration of State newborn screening program expansion; and The value of a national process for quality assurance and oversight. The ACMG report is a response to the HRSA/MCHB request. The ACMG report, Newborn Screening: Toward a Uniform Screening Panel and System is available at http://mchb.hrsa.gov/screening. In the report, 29 conditions were identified as primary targets or core panel conditions for screening; an additional 25 conditions were listed as conditions that could be identified in the course of screening for core panel conditions. Many of these 25 additional conditions are included in the differential diagnosis of the conditions including in the primary target list. With additional screening, an improvement in the infrastructure for appropriate follow-up and management throughout the lives of children who have been identified as having one of these rare conditions will be needed. A cost analysis for the State of California indicates newborn screening is beneficial to patients and may have some net costs or net savings over time depending on assumptions of expected lifetime costs of medical care. HRSA is now seeking public comments on the report and its recommendations.
Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation; Request for Nominations for Voting Members
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill up to 13 vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT). The ACOT was established by the Amended Final Rule of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) (42 CFR Part 121) and, in accordance with Pub. L. 92- 463, was chartered on September 1, 2000.