Health Resources and Services Administration October 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Toward Living Organ Donation Proposed Eligibility Guidelines and Publication of Final Program Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: E7-21309
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration published a notice in the Federal Register of October 5, 2007 (FR Doc. E7-19747), on pages 57049-57052, regarding response to solicitation of comments and publication of final program eligibility guidelines.
Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records
Document Number: 07-5379
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing a notice of a proposal to add a new system of records. The Campus Based Branch (CBB) of the Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development in the Bureau of Health Professions is currently utilizing a document management system (DMS) that dynamically manages its flow of documents produced and received. the DMS is an intra-office system in which documents contained within the system are only shared among CBB staff. The DMS contains names and other personally identifiable information of borrowers.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-20945
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-20940
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-20939
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Awards Unsolicited Proposal for Cooperative Agreement to the National Network for Oral Health Access
Document Number: E7-20703
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
HRSA's BPHC has performed a formal review of an unsolicited proposal from NNOHA to establish a cooperative agreement with HRSA to provide services and resources to support the Health Center Program's oral health providers serving the oral health needs of underserved populations. BPHC has reviewed the proposal and has determined that it has merit. This request is of strategic importance to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is time critical. Funding for the proposed activities will promote access to oral health services as an integral component of primary health care, improve the quality of those services provided, and sustain the forward motion of departmental priorities in this area. The Cooperative Agreement with NNOHA will have a project period of 1 year with funding at $200,000. The funds will support selected activities described in the application to develop a national infrastructure to support improved access to oral health care, and improved quality and workforce development for the growing number of health center oral health programs. The key anticipated outcomes of the proposed cooperative agreement are as follows: The development of oral health clinical quality infrastructure to support HRSA in achieving its goal of improved quality of care; The development of a recruitment and retention strategy to address dentist and dental hygienist vacancies, including National Health Service Corps dentist and dental hygiene openings; and NNOHA will work in collaboration with HRSA to implement a strategy to integrate oral health as it moves all of its programs forward in Health Information Technology to assure that oral health strategies are included. There is a strategic importance of access to oral health as part of the primary care services supported by BPHC's Health Center Program. The Health Center Program has had significant growth as part of the President's Health Center Initiative. The number of patients seen by the Health Center Program has increased by 90 percent. Health centers have reported significant challenges recruiting and retaining oral health providers. Consequently, HRSA has determined that the scope of this proposal is immediate and necessary. The proposed outcomes will contribute to the success and quality of oral health programs and are essential for long term sustainability and viability of health centers funded by HRSA. This award is being made non-competitively because there is no current, pending, or planned funding opportunity announcement under which this proposal could be competed. HRSA/BPHC has identified three key reasons to support rationale for not awarding competitively: 1. NNOHA is uniquely positioned to provide oral health program support services on a national basis to community health centers. As the only organization of health center dental providers, NNOHA is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of dental programs in reaching all underserved populations by supporting efforts to strengthen existing health center dental programs; manage the growth of new health center dental programs; and manage the quality improvement in health center dental programs. 2. With this experience, and its nationwide membership of health center dentists, NNOHA has a proven track record of effective collaborations with health center dental programs. Increased access to quality oral health is enhanced through NNOHA's partnerships with organizations and governmental agencies at the local, State and national levels. 3. No other organization has the national scope of respected experience in the area of health center oral health leadership and can perform immediately, especially given the complexity of activities that are critical to HRSA.
Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children (ACHDGDNC)
Document Number: E7-20387
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
The ACHDGDNC will be conducting a two hour conference call to hear a presentation from the ACHDGDNC's Evidence Review Workgroup and discuss the Committee's Report on long-term followup.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-20383
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Notice of Availability of Draft Policy Documents for Comment
Document Number: E7-20171
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration published a notice in the Federal Register of August 29, 2007, requesting comments on draft Agency Guidance (Policy Information Notices (PINS)) to describe the policy and processes pertaining to requests from federally-funded health centers to change the scope of their Federal project. The PINS, ``Defining Scope of Project and Policy for Requesting Changes,'' ``Changes in Scope Requests: Policy for Adding a New Target Population,'' and ``Specialty Services and Health Centers' Scope of Project,'' are available on the Internet at http:// bphc.hrsa.gov. Correction: In the Federal Register of August 29, 2007, FR Doc. E7- 17092, on page 49724, in the first column, under DATES, the deadline for comments has been extended to October 19, 2007.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-20079
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E7-20073
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Notice of meeting of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation
Document Number: E7-19969
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the thirteenth meeting of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The meeting will be held from approximately 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 15, 2007, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 16, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Washington, DCSilver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The meeting will be open to the public; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged (see below).
Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority
Document Number: E7-19966
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Toward Living Organ Donation Proposed Eligibility Guidelines and Publication of Final Program Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: E7-19747
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
A notice was published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007 (72 FR 17564). The purpose of this notice was to solicit comments on the eligibility criteria that were proposed by HRSA concerning the Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Grant Program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-19721
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Human Serivces
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-19599
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Notice of Availability of Draft Policy Document for Comment
Document Number: E7-19507
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
HRSA believes that community input is valuable to the development of policies and policy documents related to the implementation of BPHC programs, including the FQHC Look-Alike Program. Therefore, we are requesting comments on the PIN referenced above. After review and consideration of all comments received, the PIN may be amended to incorporate certain recommendations from the public. Once the PIN is finalized, it will be made available on HRSA's Web site, along with the Agency's ``Response to Public Comments.'' That document will summarize the major comments received and describe the Agency's response, including any corresponding changes made to the PIN. Where comments do not result in a revision to the PIN, explanations will be provided. Background: HRSA has received numerous requests for clarification regarding the program guidelines, requirements, and application process for the FQHC Look-Alike program. The purpose of the FQHC Look-Alike PIN is to respond to these requests for clarification and to make the application process more consistent with section 330 grant programs. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Acts of 1989, 1990, and 1993 amended section 1905 of the Social Security Act to create a new category of facility under Medicaid and Medicare known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The Social Security Act Sec. 1905(l)(2)(B) definition of an FQHC included an entity which, based on the recommendation of HRSA, is determined to meet the requirements of the section 330 grant program but does not receive the grant. This category of health centers has been labeled FQHC Look-Alikes. To ensure that there are appropriate numbers of health centers to serve the millions of uninsured and underinsured populations throughout the country, FQHC Look-Alike status was made available to those entities that do not receive funding under section 330 but operate and provide services similar to grant-funded programs. As such, FQHC Look- Alikes are expected to demonstrate a commitment to serve all populations residing in their respective medically underserved communities regardless of their ability to pay and to satisfy all of the administrative, management, governance and service-related requirements that apply to section 330 funded health centers. Benefits of obtaining FQHC Look-Alike status include eligibility for enhanced Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, participation in the 340(b) Federal Drug Pricing Program, and automatic Health Professional Shortage Area designation. HRSA is responsible for managing the FQHC Look-Alike program and submitting recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for designation as FQHCs; however, CMS has the final authority to designate applicants as FQHCs. The organizations are recertified annually to assure they are in compliance with these regulations.