Request for Comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices
(Comments Due 4/1)
12/31 Federal Register Notice
Requests input on pain management best practices, gaps or inconsistencies, and propose updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain.
IHS DTLL- Tribal consultation on short-term and long-term options for meeting ISDEAA 105(l) requirements (Comments Due 4/26)
Seeks input on short-term and long-term options to fund 105(l) lease cost agreements. For FY 2019, IHS believes the best option is to reprogram a portion of the inflation increases.
HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act interoperability, information blocking, and the ONC health IT certification program
(Comments Due 5/3)
3/4 Federal Register Notice
Proposes for the adoption of standardized application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow patients to securely and easily access electronic health information.
CMS Medicaid and Medicare programs interoperability and patient access proposed rule (Comments Due 5/3)
3/4 Federal Register Notice
Proposes patient access through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) by ensuring access and use of healthcare data to patients. Makes patient claims and other health information available to patients through third-party applications and developers.
White House announces Task Force on protecting Native American children in the Indian Health Service system
Announces that the Task Force will be comprised of experts from several agencies and is charged with investigating the institutional and systematic breakdown that failed to prevent a predatory pediatrician from sexually assaulting Native children as a doctor at IHS.
IHS Congressional Justification for FY 2020
Provides additional details in support of President Trump's budget proposal priorities.
CMS issues new guidance on state implementation of Home and Community Based Services regulation
Provides updated guidance to State Medicaid Directors on the 2014 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) regulation, which impacts older adults and adults with disabilities eligible for Medicaid.
HHS releases additional $487 million to states, territories to expand access to effective opioid treatment; 2019 SOR grants will total $1.4 billion
Announces release of an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program
CMS strengthens monitoring and evaluation expectations for Medicaid 1115 demonstration waivers (encourages states to weave in work requirements)
Announces release of new tools and guidance for states to provide regular reporting on monitoring metrics and methods for 1115 demonstration waiver implementation.
President Trump releases FY 2020 Budget Request to Congress
Proposes FY 2020 funding cuts to HHS by 12%, including major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Proposes to fund IHS at $5.945 billion in FY 2020 ($140 million over the FY 2019 enacted amount); eliminates funding for Health Education program and would cut CHR funding by $39 million; and recommends $20 million for the CHAP program.