A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.18.2011
The Senate is not in session today. The House is in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 10 - 11 (January 14, 2011 – January 18, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 7 (January 18, 2011)
 
 
Hearings  
The House Judiciary Committee will meet to organize and adopt the rules for the 112 th Congress. 1/19/11, 3 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
   
Notices
On 1/14/11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on two approved information collections, CMS Survey Tool for http://www.medicare.gov/, to help CMS to make appropriate changes to the Web sites in the future; and Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol, which provides a process for providers of services and suppliers to self-disclose actual or potential violations of Section 1877 of the Social Security Act. Comments are due 3/15/11. FR2690.
 
Hearings
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to review the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Report, issued by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. 1/26/11, 9:30 am, 325 Russell.
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Final Report from the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.” 1/26/11, 10 am, 1324 Rayburn.
Notices
On 1/18/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule regarding modifications of the Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) due to new scientific or technical data, and that new flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from these modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR2837.
 
Notices  
On 1/14/11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, announced a request for public comment on two currently approved information collections: National Implementation of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), which is a survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ perceptions of their hospital experience; and Outpatient Rehabilitation Provider Cost Report utilized by Community Mental Health Centers, to ensure providers receive reimbursement for health care services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due 2/14/11. FR2689.
On 1/18/11, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Barriers to Meaningful Use in Medicaid, to allow AHRQ to synthesize knowledge regarding the barriers that eligible professionals encounter when attempting to achieve meaningful use of electronic health record (EFR) technologies and to translate that knowledge to develop technical assistance and support implementation and use of EHRs. Comments are due 3/21/11. FR2911.
On 1/18/11, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS, announced a 3/8/11 and 3/22/11 meeting of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Workgroup via webcast, to engage in discussions regarding recommendations it should make to the HIT Policy Committee. FR2910.
 
Notices
On 1/14/11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, The American Housing Survey (AHS), which provides a periodic measure of the size and composition of the country’s housing inventory. Comments are due 2/14/11. FR2700.
 
 
Hearings  
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a briefing titled “ Sudan at the Crossroads.” 1/18/11, 4:30 pm, 2200 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 1/13/11, the president announced the continuation of executive order 12947, in order to continue for one year the national emergency with respect to terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process. FR3009.
 
Notices
On 1/14/11, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Disaster Technical Assistance Center Disaster Mental Health Needs Assessment and Customer Satisfaction Survey Supporting Statement, to provide feedback on the ongoing needs at the national, State, and local levels and identify areas in which State and local providers require enhanced TA services. Comments are due 3/15/11. FR2698.
 
Hearings  
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled “Medical Liability Reform: Cutting Costs, Spurring Investment, Creating Jobs.” 1/20/11, 10:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
 
Notices  
On 1/18/11, the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Application for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance, used by the VA to determine the claimant’s eligibility for insurance. Comments are due 2/17/11. FR2953.
 
 
 
 

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