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Federal Register Highlights – 8/2/16

August 2, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 2, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule proposes to implement three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models under section 1115A of the Social Security Act. Acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will participate in retrospective episode payment models targeting care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries receiving services during acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, and surgical hip/femur fracture treatment episodes. All related care within 90 days of hospital discharge will be included in the episode of care. We believe this model will further our goals of improving the efficiency and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries receiving care for these common clinical conditions and procedures. This proposed rule also includes several proposed modifications to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. To be assured consideration, comments on this proposed rule must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on October 3, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference file code CMS–5519–P.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has modified a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Coleman Memorial Bridge (US 17) across the York River, mile 7.0, Yorktown, VA. This modified deviation is necessary to perform additional bridge maintenance. This modified deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. This modified deviation is effective from 7 a.m. July 31, 2016, to 7 p.m. on August 28, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters in the vicinity of the inlet of Kings Creek, on the Chesapeake Bay. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with a fireworks display, which include accidental discharge of fireworks, dangerous projectiles, and falling hot embers or other debris. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Hampton Roads. This rule is effective from 8:30 p.m. on August 6, 2016, through 10:30 p.m. on August 7, 2016. This rule will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on August 6, 2016, unless the fireworks display is postponed because of adverse weather, in which case this rule will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on August 7, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that makes contractors and subcontractors subject to approval (as well as review and audit) by appropriate DoD officials when identifying a contractor-approved supplier of electronic parts. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before October 3, 2016, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket DARS–2016–0014.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations that revise the rules for reporting qualified tuition and related expenses under section 6050S on a Form 1098–T, “Tuition Statement,” and conforms the regulations to the changes made to section 6050S by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. This document also seeks to amend the regulations on the education tax credits under section 25A generally as well as to conform the regulations to changes made to section 25A by the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The proposed regulations affect certain higher educational institutions required to file Form 1098–T and taxpayers eligible to claim an education tax credit. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. Written or electronic comments must be received by October 31, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference IRS REG–131418–14.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations relating to information reporting of minimum essential coverage under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Health insurance issuers, certain employers, and others that provide minimum essential coverage to individuals must report to the IRS information about the type and period of coverage and furnish related statements to covered individuals. These proposed regulations affect health insurance issuers, employers, governments, and other persons that provide minimum essential coverage to individuals. Written or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by October 3, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference IRS REG–103058–16.)

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