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Federal Register Highlights – 7/15/15

July 15, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 15, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: This major proposed rule addresses changes to the physician fee schedule, and other Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on September 8, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes to revise program regulations to implement changes made by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “2014 Farm Bill”), which amends the definition of “retail food store” in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the FNA) to include governmental or private nonprofit food purchasing and delivery services (P&D Services) that purchase and deliver food to households in which the head of household is an individual who is unable to shop for food, and who is 60 years of age or older, or physically or mentally handicapped or otherwise disabled. Expansion of the definition of “retail food store” to allow P&D Services to become authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers is expected to increase accessibility to the program for homebound elderly and disabled persons. Written comments must be received on or before September 14, 2015 to be assured of consideration. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: Excess Flow Valves (EFVs), which are safety devices installed on natural gas pipelines to reduce the risk of accidents, are currently required for new or replaced gas service lines servicing single-family residences (SFR). PHMSA is proposing to make changes to part 192 to expand this requirement to include new or replaced branched service lines servicing SFRs, multifamily residences, and small commercial entities consuming gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet per Hour (SCFH). PHMSA is also proposing to require the use of manual service line shut-off valve (e.g., curb valves) for new or replaced service lines with meter capacities exceeding 1,000 SCFH. Finally, PHMSA is proposing that operators notify customers of their right to request installation of an EFV on service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced. PHMSA is proposing to delegate the question of who bears the cost of installing EFVs to service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced to the operator, customer, and the appropriate State regulatory agency. Persons interested in submitting written comments on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) must do so by September 14, 2015. PHMSA will consider late-filed comments so far as practicable. (To submit comments, visit www.regualtions.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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