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Federal Register Highlights – 12/5/14

December 5, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive, and proposed rules for December 5, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Louisiana State Route 23 (LA 23) vertical lift span bridge, also known as the Judge Perez Bridge,, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Algiers Alternate Route), mile 3.8, at Belle Chase, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. This deviation is necessary to provide for the safe movement of vehicular traffic during major plant reconstruction on one side of the waterway and the resulting change in work schedule and increase in workforce transiting the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain temporarily closed to navigation for an additional one hour in the evening during weekdays for five weeks. This deviation is effective without actual notice from December 5, 2014 through 6:30 PM on December 25, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 5:30 PM on November 24, 2014, until December 5, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (A.D.) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This A.D. was prompted by a report of a crack found in the fuselage during a fatigue test campaign. This A.D. requires repetitive rototest inspections for cracking; corrective actions if necessary; and modification of the portion box, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this A.D. to prevent cracking in the side box beam flange of the fuselage, which could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. This A.D. becomes effective January 9, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (A.D.) 2000-12-12, for certain Airbus Model A300, A300-600, and A310 series airplanes. A.D. 2000-12-12 required inspecting to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the nacelle pylon between ribs 9 and 10, and repair if necessary. A.D. 2000-12-12 also provided for optional modification of the pylon, which terminated the inspections for Model A300 series airplanes. This new A.D. reduces the initial and repetitive inspection compliance times. This A.D. was prompted by reports of cracking of the lower pylon spar after accomplishing the existing modification. We are issuing this A.D. to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon. This A.D. becomes effective January 9, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (A.D.) 2011-12-10 for Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R22, R22 Alpha, R22 Beta, R22 Mariner, R44, and R44 II helicopters with certain main rotor blades (blade) installed. A.D. 2011-12-10 required inspecting each blade at the skin-to-spar line for de-bonding, corrosion, a separation, a gap, or a dent and replacing any damaged blade with an airworthy blade. This new A.D. also requires a terminating action for those inspection requirements. These actions are intended to detect de-bonding of the blade skin, which could result in blade failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter, and to correct the unsafe condition by replacing the main rotor blades with new blades that do not require the A.D. inspection. This A.D. is effective January 9, 2015.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (A.D.) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes. This A.D. was prompted by failure during testing of the anchor attachment on the occupant restraint system on the standard attendant seat due to an understrength attachment fitting. This A.D. requires replacing the existing restraint attachment fittings on the standard attendant seat with a new, improved attachment fitting. We are issuing this A.D. to prevent failure of the restraint attachment fitting of the attendant seat during an emergency landing, which could cause injury to the cabin crew and passengers and could impede a rapid evacuation. This A.D. is effective January 9, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend Indian Health Service (IHS) Purchased and Referred Care (PRC), formally known as the Contract Health Services (CHS), regulations to apply Medicare payment methodologies to all physician and other healthcare professional services and non-hospital-based services that are either authorized under such regulations or purchased by urban Indian organizations. Specifically, it proposes that the health programs operated by IHS, Tribe, Tribal organization, or urban Indian organizations (collectively, I/T/U programs) will pay the lowest of the amount provided for under the applicable Medicare fee schedule, prospective payment system, or Medicare waiver; the amount negotiated by a repricing agent, if available; or the usual and customary billing rate. Repricing agents may be used to determine whether IHS may benefit from savings by utilizing negotiated rates offered through commercial healthcare networks. This proposed rule seeks comment on how to establish reimbursement that is consistent across Federal healthcare programs, aligns payment with inpatient services, and enables the IHS to expand beneficiary access to medical care. Comments must be received on or before January 20, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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