Department of Veterans Affairs September 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Removal of 30-Day Residency Requirement for Per Diem Payments
Document Number: 2012-23777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning per diem payments to State homes for the provision of nursing home care to veterans. Specifically, this rule would remove the requirement that a veteran must have resided in a State home for 30 consecutive days before VA will pay per diem for that veteran when there is no overnight stay. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to permit per diem payments to State homes for veterans who do not stay overnight, regardless of how long the veterans have resided at the State homes, so that the State homes will hold the veterans' beds until the veterans return.
Removal of 30-Day Residency Requirement for Per Diem Payments
Document Number: 2012-23775
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking direct final action to amend its regulations concerning per diem payments to State homes for the provision of nursing home care to veterans. Specifically, this rule removes the requirement that a veteran must have resided in a State home for 30 consecutive days before VA will pay per diem for that veteran when there is no overnight stay. The intended effect of this direct final rule is to permit per diem payments to State homes for veterans who do not stay overnight, regardless of how long the veterans have resided at the State homes, so that the State homes will hold the veterans' beds until the veterans return.
Fisher House and Other Temporary Lodging
Document Number: 2012-23730
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This final rule amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations concerning Fisher Houses and other temporary lodging furnished by VA while a veteran is experiencing an episode of care at a VA health care facility. This final rule better describes the application process for this lodging and clarifies the distinctions between Fisher Houses and other temporary lodging provided by VA. This final rule generally reflects current VA policy and practice, and conforms to industry standards and expectations.
Agency Information Collection (Authorization To Substitute a Claim of a Deceased Claimant); Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-23651
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection (Access to Financial Records) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-23650
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Exempting In-Home Video Telehealth From Copayments
Document Number: 2012-23514
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is withdrawing VA's proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2012, to amend its regulation that governs VA services that are not subject to copayment requirements for inpatient hospital care or outpatient medical care. Specifically, the regulation exempted in-home video telehealth care from having any required copayment. VA received no significant adverse comments concerning the proposed rule or its companion substantially identical direct final rule published on the same date in the Federal Register. In a companion document in this issue of the Federal Register, we are confirming that the direct final rule became effective on May 7, 2012. Accordingly, this document withdraws as unnecessary the proposed rule.
Exempting In-Home Video Telehealth From Copayments
Document Number: 2012-23513
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a direct final rule amending its regulation that governs VA services that are not subject to copayment requirements for inpatient hospital care or outpatient medical care. Specifically, the regulation exempted in-home video telehealth care from having any required copayment. VA received no significant adverse comments concerning this rule or its companion substantially identical proposed rule published on the same date. This document confirms that the direct final rule became effective on May 7, 2012. In a companion document in this issue of the Federal Register, we are withdrawing as unnecessary the proposed rule.
Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-23430
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-23429
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Fund Availability Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program; Amendment
Document Number: 2012-23210
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing an amendment to the Notices of Fund Availability issued in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. VA published two Notices in the Federal Register on December 17, 2010 (75 FR 79087), and on December 1, 2011 (76 FR 74849), titled, ``Fund Availability Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.'' Under ``Requirements for the Use of Supportive Services Grant Funds'' section of the Notices, grantees were permitted to ``utilize a maximum of 30 percent of supportive services grant funds to provide the supportive service of temporary financial assistance paid directly to a third party on behalf of a participant for child care, transportation, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, and emergency supplies in accordance with 38 CFR 62.33 and 62.34 of the final rule.'' VA has received comments from a variety of stakeholders that the 30 percent maximum for financial assistance is inadequate to meet the needs of Veteran families served in SSVF. For instance, the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers similar financial assistance through its Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing and Emergency Solutions Grant programs without such caps and also allows longer time limits for financial assistance. Grantees have stated that they are turning away eligible Veteran families for services as they are unable to successfully intervene to meet the needs of these families within the program's limits on financial assistance. As this limit may interfere with the mission of the SSVF program to prevent and end homelessness, VA announces that grantees are permitted to utilize a maximum of 50 percent of supportive services grant funds for these purposes. Technical Assistance: Information regarding how to obtain technical assistance with the preparation of this request should be directed to a grantee's regional coordinator. Additional information can also be found at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/SSVF.asp.
Privacy Act of 1974
Document Number: 2012-22693
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(e) (4)) requires that all agencies publish in the Federal Register a notice of the existence and character of their systems of records. Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a new system of records entitled ``Veteran Child Care ProgramsVA'' (169VA10NC).
Agency Information Collection (Fiduciary Agreement) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-22496
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (VA MATIC Enrollment/Change); Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22495
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to this notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to process the insurer's request.
Agency Information Collection (Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-22494
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22493
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine Veteran's satisfaction with their current burial benefits within the National Cemetery System and what role, if any, new offerings might play in the future.
Agency Information Collection (Statement of Accredited Representative in Appealed Case) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-22492
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Board of Veterans' Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection (Annual-Final Report and Account) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2012-22491
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (Veteran's Application for Compensation and/or Pension) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22490
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each extension of a currently approved collection and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a veteran's eligibility, dependency, and income, as applicable, for compensation and/or pension benefit sought.
Proposed Information Collection (Call Center Satisfaction Survey): Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22489
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed from Veterans regarding their recent experience in contacting VA call centers.
Proposed Information Collection (VA Subcontracting Report for Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22488
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to collect information from subcontractors to compare information obtained from subcontracting plans submitted by prime contractors in order to determine the accuracy of the data reported by prime contractors.
Reasonable Charges for Inpatient MS-DRGs and SNF Medical Services; V3.11, 2013; Fiscal Year Update
Document Number: 2012-22049
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Section 17.101 of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations sets forth the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations concerning ``Reasonable Charges'' for medical care or services provided or furnished by VA to a veteran:
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-22008
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Sharing Information Between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense
Document Number: 2012-21816
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts as final, without change, the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2011. This final rule removes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulatory restriction on the sharing of certain medical information with the Department of Defense (DoD) that is not required by the applicable statute and is inconsistent with the intent and purpose of that statute.
Privacy Act of 1974
Document Number: 2012-21792
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(e)) requires all agencies to publish in the Federal Register a notice of the existence and character of their systems of records. Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a new system of records entitled ``VA Child Care Subsidy Program Records-VA'' (165VA05CCSP).
Service Dogs
Document Number: 2012-21784
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning veterans in need of service dogs. Under this final rule, VA will provide to veterans with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments benefits to support the use of a service dog as part of the management of such impairments. The benefits include assistance with veterinary care, travel benefits associated with obtaining and training a dog, and the provision, maintenance, and replacement of hardware required for the dog to perform the tasks necessary to assist such veterans.