Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
This notice amends Part R of the Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (60 FR 56605, as amended November 6, 1995; 67 FR 46519, July 15, 2002; and 68 FR 787-793, January 7, 2003; as last amended at 68 FR 64357-64357, November 13, 2003; 68 FR 64357-64357-64358.)
This notice reflects several organizational changes in the Health Resources and Services Administration. Specifically, this notice updates the functional statement of the Office of Planning and Evaluation (RA5); Office of Information Technology (RAG); Bureau of Primary Health Care (RC); Maternal and Child Health Bureau (RM); Bureau of Health Professions (RP); and the HIV/AIDS Bureau (RV). This notice also changes the organizational titles of the Special Programs Bureau (RR) to the Healthcare Systems Bureau and the Office of Management and Program Support (RS) to the Office of Administration and Financial Management. The major components of the reorganization, in addition to streamlining and delayering the organization, includes: (1) The transfer of the Ricky Ray Hemophilia/ Relief Fund Act of 1998 administration from the Bureau of Health Professions (RP) to the Healthcare Systems Bureau (RR); (2) the transfer of the 340B Drug Pricing Program from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (RC) to the Healthcare Systems Bureau (RR); (3) the transfer of the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act administration from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (RM) to the Healthcare Systems Bureau (RR); (4) the consolidation of all grants and Federal assistance activities to the newly established Office of Federal Assistance Management (RJ); and (5) the transfer of the Border Health function from the Office of International Health Affairs (RAH) to the Office of Rural Health Policy (RH).
Delete in its entirety and replace with the following:
The Office of the Administrator (OA) is headed by the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, who reports directly to the Secretary. The OA includes the following components:
(1) Immediate Office of the Administrator (RA);
(2) Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (RA2);
(3) Office of Planning and Evaluation (RA5);
(4) Office of Communications (RA6);
(5) Office of Minority Health (RA9);
(6) Office of Legislation (RAE);
(7) Office of International Health Affairs (RAH); and
(8) Office of Information Technology (RAG)
(1) Delete the functional statements for the Office of Financial Policy and Oversight (RAJ); the Division of Financial Integrity (RAJ1); and the Division of Grants Policy (RAJ2) and move the functions to the newly established Office of Federal Assistance Management (RJ);
(2) Delete the Division of Border Health (RAH1) and move the functions to the Office of Rural Health Policy (RH); and (3) Delete the functional
(1) Serves as the Administrator's primary staff unit for coordinating the Agency's strategic, evaluation and research planning processes; (2) oversees communication and maintains liaison between the Administrator, other OPDIVs, higher levels of the Department and other Departments on matters involving analysis of program policy undertaken in the Agency; (3) prepares policy analysis papers and other planning documents as required in the Administration's strategic planning process; (4) analyzes budgetary data with regard to planning guidelines; (5) collaborates in the development of budgets, performance plans, and performance reports required under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA); (6) coordinates activity related to the prevention agenda, Healthy People activities and other Departmental and Agency initiatives; (7) analyzes and coordinates the information needs of the Agency, including coordination of the public use reports clearance function; (8) analyzes policy issues surrounding the application and promotion of healthcare information technology in HRSA programs; and (9) serves as the focal point for health systems organization and financing issues, with particular emphasis on the Agency's relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and safety net providers.
Responsible for the organization, management, and administrative functions necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the CIO including: organization development, investment control, budget formulation and execution, policy development, strategic and tactical planning, and performance monitoring. The CIO provides leadership in the development, review and implementation of policies and procedures to promote improved information technology management capabilities and best practices throughout HRSA. The CIO coordinates IT workforce issues and works closely with the Departmental Office of Human Resources Management on IT recruitment and training. The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for the HRSA emerging and advanced technology integration program consistent with HRSA missions and program objectives. The CTO manages technology planning and AV/multimedia technology support. The CTO provides leadership for strategic planning that leverages information systems security, program strategies, and advanced technology integration to achieve program objectives through innovative technology use.
Provides consultation, assistance, and services to HRSA to promote and manage communication and collaboration practices using Web technology. EIDM evaluates and integrates emerging technology to facilitate the translation of data and information into electronic or Web-enabled format for internal and external Web dissemination. EIDM is responsible for the collective design, deployment, and maintenance of HRSA's Web presence including development and implementation of World Wide Web-related policies and procedures. EIDM develops and maintains an overall knowledge management strategy for HRSA that is integrated with HHS and Government-wide strategies. EIDM identifies information needs across HRSA and develops approaches for meeting those needs using Web-based technologies. EIDM ensures that data required for enterprise information requirements are captured in appropriate enterprise applications; enhances and expands use and utility of HRSA's data by providing basic analytic and user support; develops and maintains a range of information products; and demonstrates potential uses of information in supporting management decisions.
Performs long-range strategic planning, develops and implements an integrated HRSA Enterprise Architecture, prepares and submits HRSA IT Budget Exhibits to OMB, and manages the Agency's IT Security Program. CPAS develops and implements the Agency's Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) policies and procedures in accordance with HHS standards, ensures the integration of CPIC business processes with budgeting, enterprise architecture, strategic planning, and maintains/operates HRSA's IT Portfolio Management Tool (PMT). CPAS manages and implements the Agency-wide IT security program, which includes development and dissemination of HRSA IT security policy and guidance, monitoring of HRSA organizational components, and direction of the Agency's Incident Response Team. CPAS collaborates with Agency staff to oversee the implementation of security policy in the management of their IT systems, and directs all planning and auditing activities associated with FISMA or other departmental security initiatives. CPAS is responsible for coordinating the Agency's Enterprise Architecture (EA) efforts with the capital planning process, ensuring the suitability and consistency of technology investments with HRSA's EA and strategic objectives, and incorporating security standards as a component of the EA process. CPAS also provides leadership and establishes policy to address legislative or regulatory requirements, such as Government Paperwork Elimination Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, or other information collection activities.
Provides leadership, consultation, and IT project management services in the definition of Agency business applications architectures, the engineering of business processes, the building and deployment of applications, and the development, maintenance and management of enterprise systems and data collections efforts. ESDM is responsible for technology evaluation, application and data architecture definition, and data modeling and stewardship services for business process owners. ESDM facilitates business process engineering efforts, systems requirements definition, and provides oversight for application change management control. ESDM provides enterprise application user training, Tier-3 assistance, and is responsible for end-to-end application building, deployment, maintenance and data security assurance.
Provides leadership, consultation, and management services for HRSA's enterprise computing environment. ITOM directs and manages the support of HRSA network hardware, application servers, telecommunication network, communication devices, software licenses, workstation tools for navigation, backup, printing, mail/messaging, and Web server operation and management. ITOM controls infrastructure configuration management, installations and upgrades, security perimeter protection, and system resource access. ITOM
Provides consultation, assistance, and services to assist and empower Agency staff and external business partners in the application of information technology to support program objectives of HRSA. In support of HRSA's programs, BSM maintains and supports an Agency IT training center and is also responsible for a variety of career development and workforce IT training. BSM is accountable for IT life cycle management and tracking of Agency-wide IT capital equipment. BSM provides oversight for outsourced Tier-1 Help Desk Call Center activities and Tier-2 and Tier-3 technical assistance; maintains workstation hardware and software configuration management controls; and provides oversight of outsourced network and desktop services to staff in HRSA Regional Offices.
Delete in its entirety and replace with the following:
The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) is headed by the Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care who reports directly to the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration. The BPHC includes the following components:
(1) Office of the Associate Administrator (RC)
(2) Office of Minority and Special Populations (RCE)
(3) Division of Health Center Development (RCH)
(4) Division of Health Center Management (RCJ)
(5) Division of Clinical Quality (RCK)
(6) Division of State and Community Assistance (RCL)
(7) Division of National Hansen's Disease Program (RC7)
(8) Division of Immigration Health Services (RC9)
(1) Delete the functional statement for the Office of Policy, Evaluation and Data (RCI); and (2) delete the functional statements for the Division of Health Center Development (RCH); the Division of Clinical Quality (RCK); and Division of Immigration Health Services(RC9) in their entireties and replace with the following:
Provides overall leadership, direction, coordination, and strategic planning in support of Bureau programs. Specifically: (1) Has lead responsibility to bring primary health care services to the nation's neediest communities; (2) serves as a central point of contact for Bureau communication and information; (3) establishes program policies, goals, and objectives and provides oversight as to their execution; (4) interprets program policies, guidelines, and priorities; (5) stimulates, coordinates and evaluates program development and progress; (6) maintains effective relationships with HRSA, other Department and Health and Human Services (HHS) organizations, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and other public and private organizations concerned with primary health and improving the health status of the Nation's underserved and vulnerable populations; and (7) plans, directs, coordinates and evaluates Bureau-wide administrative management activities; (8) assures the BPHC's funding recommendations are consistent with authorizing legislation, program expectations and HHS and HRSA policies; (9) provides leadership, direction and overall coordination of the analysis and clearance of policy across the bureau; (10) provides leadership, direction, and overall coordination of the analysis and clearance of policy across Bureau programs; (11) serves as the focal point for the development and monitoring of the Bureau's Strategic Plan and annual spending plans; (12) serves as focal point for external communication, publication, and dissemination; (13) provides consultation to and coordinates activities with other components within HRSA, other Federal agencies, consumer and constituency groups, national and state organizations involved in policy; and (14) manages the Bureau's executive secretariat functions; (15) serves as focal point to design, establish and implement an evaluation for assessing and improving program performance; (16) directs and coordinates performance review and monitoring activities related to: GPRA, OMB, PART, GAO, OIG, and IOM reports; (17) coordinates and serves as the external liaison with governmental and private-sector advisory groups that have a policy and/or performance impact on the Bureau; (18) serves as the Bureau's principal source for management and administrative advice and assistance; (19) provides advice, guidance and coordinates personnel activities for the Bureau including EEO, timekeeping, labor relations, ethics; (20) directs and coordinates the allocation of personnel resources; (21) provides organization and management analysis, develops policies and procedures for internal operation and interprets and implements Bureau's management policies, procedures and systems; (22) develops and coordinates Bureau program and administrative delegations of authority activities; (23) provides guidance to the Bureau on financial management activities; (24) provides Bureau-wide support services such as COOP Plans, employee training, contracts, procurement, supply management, equipment utilization, printing, property management, space management, records management, and management reports; and (25) performs a range of functions relating to the awarding of appropriated funds, including Preview development, working with program staff on recommended grant actions, and maintaining commitment levels for Bureau grantees and programs.
Serves as the organizational focus of the competitive grant process for BPHC. Specifically, DHCD: (1) Provides leadership and direction, including tactical planning for the development and expansion of new health centers, health systems infrastructure; (2) provides pre-application assistance to communities and community-based organizations related to health center development, health systems infrastructure development; and (4) provides consultation to and coordinates activities with other components within HRSA, other Federal agencies, consumer and constituency groups, national and state organizations involved in implementation of BPHC's competitive process.
(1) Provides clinical and quality leadership for BPHC to meet the President's Initiative to expand health centers; (2) supports BPHC functions to assess the Nation's health care needs of underserved populations and to assist communities in providing primary health care services to the underserved in moving toward eliminating health
Serves as the primary focal point for planning, management, policy formulation, program coordination, direction and liaison for all health matters pertaining to aliens detained by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and for juvenile aliens through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Additionally, DIHS is responsible for provision of direct primary health care at all ICE Service Processing Centers and selected contract detention facilities throughout the Nation. Specifically: (1) Works with ICE to plan, manage, formulate policy, coordinate programs, and provide direction and liaison for health matters pertaining to aliens detained by ICE, (2) manage ICE direct primary care facilities, conduct telehealth services, and assist in oversight of care provided in contract facilities; (3) ensures the efficient operation of a comprehensive health care delivery system by providing direction to a nationwide integrated health care system that includes direct delivery of care as well as managed care services; (4) develops and implements policy and guidelines relating to detained alien health, dental, and mental health screening and care; (5) provides liaison between ICE, DHS, ORR, other Department of Justice activities and other DHHS components; communicates with members of Congress and their staffs on behalf of ICE, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff, and national/international leaders at universities and in the private health care sector for all issues involving health care of detained aliens and as well as for emergency and certain preventive health care for ICE employees; (6) provides medical support including aviation medicine during removal and repatriation of aliens by ICE; (7) provides health care and public health services during deployment for designated special operations; (8) reviews and evaluates all ICE alien health activities in terms of unmet needs, operational improvement, and health and safety of both the health care facilities and detention environments; (9) coordinates payment for all off-site services arranged and authorized by DIHS; and (10) compiles statistical data of the health status of detained alien population and the cost of care within the DIHS and the care purchased outside of the ICE.
Delete the functional statement for the Office of Rural Health Policy (RH) in its entirety and replace with the following:
Serves as a focal point within the Department and as a principal source of advice to the Administrator and Secretary for coordinating efforts to strengthen and improve the delivery of health services to populations in the Nation's rural areas and border areas. Specifically, the Office of Rural Health Policy is responsible for the following activities: (1) Collects and analyzes information regarding the special problems of rural health care providers and populations; (2) works with States, State hospital associations, private associations, foundations, and other organizations to focus attention on, and promote solutions to, problems related to the delivery of health services in rural communities; (3) provides staff support to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; (4) stimulates and coordinates interaction on rural health activities and programs in the Agency, Department and with other Federal agencies; (5) supports rural health center research and keeps informed of research and demonstration projects funded by States and foundations in the field of rural health care delivery; (6) establishes and maintains a resource center for the collection and dissemination of the latest information and research findings related to the delivery of health services in rural areas; (7) coordinates congressional and private sector inquiries related to rural health; (8) advises the Agency, Administrator and Department on the effects of current policies and proposed statutory, regulatory, administrative, and budgetary changes in the programs established under titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act on the financial viability of small rural hospitals, the ability of rural areas to attract and retain physicians and other health professionals; (9) oversees compliance by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the requirement that rural hospital impact analyses are developed whenever proposed regulations might have a significant impact on a substantial number of small rural hospitals; (10) oversees compliance by CMS with the requirement that 10 percent of its research and demonstration budget is used for rural projects; (11) supports specialized rural programs on minority health, mental health, and agricultural health and safety; (12) plans and manages a nationwide rural health grants program; (13) plans and manages a program of grants to States to initiate and expand offices of rural health; (14) provides leadership and direction to coordinate the Agency's assets in border regions; (15) assures that the Agency's engagement with regions of the border is strategic, performance based, builds partnerships and alliances, and maximizes utilization of Agency assets; (16) assures Agency-wide coordination by establishing border health program policies and procedures including tracking mechanisms; (17) conducts management and evaluation studies to improve the health delivery system on the border; (18) serves as the secretariat and chair for the Agency's Border Health Workgroup; (19) plans, directs, and coordinates the Agency's border health activities; and (20) plans, coordinates and facilitates the Agency agreements activities with border health issues.
Establish the Office of Federal Assistance Management as follows:
To provide national leadership, oversight, and financial integrity assurances for the administration of HRSA's Federal assistance programs.
The Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) is headed by the Associate Administrator for Financial Assistance Management who reports directly to the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration. The OFAM includes the following components:
(1) Office of the Associate Administrator (RJ)
(2) Division of Financial Integrity (RJ1)
(3) Division of Grants Policy (RJ2)
(4) Division of Grants Management (RJ3)
(5) Division of Independent Review (RJ4)
Provides national leadership in the administration and assurance of the financial integrity of HRSA's programs and provides oversight over all HRSA activities to ensure that HRSA's resources are being properly used and protected. Provides leadership, direction and coordination to all phases of grants policy, administration and independent review. Specifically, (1) serves as the Administrator's principal source for grants policy and financial integrity of HRSA programs; (2) exercises oversight over the Agency's business processes related to assistance programs; (3) facilitates, plans, directs and coordinates the administration of HRSA grant policies and operations; (4) plans, directs and carries out the grants officer functions for all of HRSA's programs; and (5) directs and carries out the independent review of grant applications for all of HRSA's programs.
(1) Serves as the Agency's focal point for coordinating financial audits of grantees; (2) coordinates the external financial assessment of HRSA grantees and the resolution of any audit findings; (3) conducts the pre- and post-award review of grant applicants' and grantees' accounting systems; (4) conducts ad hoc studies and reviews related to the financial integrity of the HRSA business processes related to assistance programs; (5) serves as the Agency's liaison with the Office of Inspector General for issues related to grants; (6) manages and maintains the Agency's hot line for reporting fraudulent fiscal activities; and (7) establishes an assessment model for grantee oversight.
(1) Advises on grants policy issues and assists in the identification and resolution of grants policy issues and problems; (2) analyzes, develops and implements the Agency's grants policy; (3) coordinates the review of departmental grants policies and ensures that Agency policies and procedures are revised to reflect appropriate changes; (4) conducts review of the limited competition process; (5) monitors and reviews the Agency's program application guidance; (6) serves as the grants liaison for the Agency's electronic systems and processes; (7) coordinates the development of standardized documents and processes for the Agency related to grants; (8) reviews Agency programs for proper interpretation and timely implementation and application of grants management policies; and (9) serves as the coordinator for General Accounting Office and OIG studies on HRSA programs.
(1) Exercises the sole responsibility within HRSA for all aspects of grant and cooperative agreement receipt and award processes; (2) participates in the planning, development, and implementation of policies and procedures for grants and other Federal financial assistance mechanisms; (3) provides assistance and technical consultation to program offices in the development and interpretation of laws, regulations, policies and guidelines relative to the Agency's grant and cooperative agreement programs; (4) develops standard operating procedures, methods and materials for the administration of the Agency's grants programs; (5) establishes standards and guides for grants management operations; (6) reviews grantee financial status reports and prepares reports and analyses on the grantee's use of funds; (7) provides technical assistance to applicants and grantees on financial and administrative aspects of grants projects; (8) provides data and analyses as necessary for budget planning, hearings, operational planning and management decisions; and (9) participates in the development of program guidance and instructions for grant competitions.
(1) Plans, directs and carries out HRSA's independent review of applications for grants and cooperative agreement funding, and assures that the process is fair, open and competitive; (2) develops, implements and maintains policies and procedures necessary to carry out the Agency's independent review/peer review processes; (3) provides technical assistance to independent reviewers ensuring that reviewers are aware of and comply with appropriate administrative policies and regulations; (4) provides technical advice and guidance to the Agency regarding the independent review processes; (5) coordinates and assures the development of program policies and rules relating to HRSA's extramural grant activities; and (6) provides HRSA's Offices and Bureaus with the final disposition of all reviewed applications.
Delete in its entirety and replace with the following:
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is headed by the Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health who reports directly to the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration. The MCHB includes the following components:
(1) Office of the Associate Administrator (RM)
(2) Office of Operations and Management (RM1)
(3) Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (RM2)
(4) Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health (RM3)
(5) Division of Research, Training and Education (RM4)
(6) Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (RM5)
(7) Division of State and Community Health (RM6)
(8) Office of Data and Program Development (RM7)
Delete the functional statements for the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (RM2); the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health (RM3); the Division of Perinatal Systems and Women's Health (RM5); and the Office of Data and Information Management (RM7); in their entireties and replace with the following:
Provides national leadership in planning, directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating national programs focusing on the promotion of health and prevention of disease among children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families, with
Provides national leadership in planning, directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating national programs focusing on the promotion of health and prevention of disease and injury among children, adolescents, and their families with special emphasis on the development and implementation of family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, community-based and culturally competent systems of care for such populations. Specifically, the Division carries out the following activities: (1) Administers a program that supports the development of systems of care and services for children, adolescents, and their families; (2) develops policies and guidelines and promulgates standards for professional services, effective organization and administration of health programs for children, adolescents, and their families; (3) accounts for the administration of funds and other resources for grants, contracts, and programmatic consultation and assistance; (4) coordinates with MCHB Divisions and Offices in promoting program objectives and the mission of the Bureau; (5) serves as the focal point within the Bureau in implementing programmatic statutory requirements for State programs for children, adolescents, and their families; (6) provides consultation and technical assistance to State programs for children, adolescents, and their families and to local communities, consistent with a Bureau-wide technical assistance consultation plan, working with other agencies and organizations; (7) carries out a national program designed to improve the provision of emergency medical services for children: (8) provides liaison with public, private, professional and voluntary organizations on programs designed to improve services for children, adolescents, and their families; (9) serves as the national focus for improving the health and well-being of adolescents; (10) coordinates within this Agency and with other Federal programs (particularly Title XIX of the Social Security Act) to extend and improve comprehensive, coordinated services and promote integrated State-based systems of care for children, adolescents, and their families; (11) disseminates information on preventive health services and advances in the care and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families; (12) participates in the development of strategic plans, regulatory activities, policy papers, legislative proposals, and budget submissions relating to health services for children, adolescents, and their families; (13) provides a focus for international health activities for the Bureau for services for children, adolescents, and their families; and (14) administers funds and other resources for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
Provides national leadership in planning, directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating national programs focusing on perinatal, infant and women's health to improve and strengthen the access, delivery, quality, coordination and information for services for the targeted populations, especially for the vulnerable and high-risk. Specifically, the Division is responsible for the following activities: (1) Administers national programs on perinatal and women's health with an emphasis on infant mortality reduction and prevention; (2) provides policy direction, technical assistance, and professional consultation on Division programs; (3) accounts for the administration of funds and other resources for grants, contracts and programmatic consultation and assistance; (4) coordinates with other Maternal and Child Health Bureau Divisions and Offices in promoting Division programs' objectives and the mission of the Bureau; (5) serves as the focal point within the Bureau in implementing programmatic requirements for the Division's programs; (6) coordinates Division programs within the Agency and with other Federal programs; (7) provides liaison with public, private, professional and voluntary organizations for Division programs; (8) disseminates information on Division programs; (9) participates in the development of strategic plans, regulatory activities, policy papers, legislative proposals, and budget submissions relating to Division programs; (10) provides a focus for international health activities of the Bureau for Division programs; and (11) administers funds and other resources for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
Provides leadership by carrying out the following two activities: (1) Identifies and analyzes data needs and
Delete in its entirety and replace with the following:
The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) is headed by the Associate Administrator for Health Professions who reports directly to the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration. The BHPr includes the following components:
(1) Office of the Associate Administrator (RP)
(2) Office of Workforce Evaluation and Quality Assurance (RPM)
(3) Division of Medicine and Dentistry (RPC)
(4) Division of State, Community and Public Health (RPE)
(5) Division of Nursing (RP5)
(6) Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development (RPD)
(7) Division of National Health Services Corps (RPH)
Delete the functional statements for the Bureau of Health Professions (RP); the Office of Program Support (RP1); the Office of Planning and Policy (RPA); the Division of Practitioner Databanks (RPB); Division of Medicine and Dentistry (RPC); and the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (RPL) in their entirety and replace with the following:
Provides national leadership in coordinating, evaluating, and supporting the development and utilization of the Nation's health personnel. Specifically: (1) Directs the national health professions education, student assistance and development programs and activities; (2) provides policy guidance and staff direction to the Bureau; (3) maintains liaison with other Federal and non-Federal organizations and agencies with health personnel development interest and responsibilities; (4) provides guidance and direction for technical assistance activities in the international aspects of health personnel development; (5) provides guidance and assistance to the Regional Health Administrators or regional staff as appropriate; (6) directs and coordinates Bureau programs in support of Equal Employment Opportunity; (7) coordinates and provides guidance on the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act activities; (8) plans, directs, coordinates, and evaluates Bureau-wide administrative management activities; and (9) serves as the Bureau's focal point for correspondence control.
Serves as the Bureau focal point for program planning, evaluation, coordination, and analysis, including analysis and operations review of Information Management systems; health professions data analysis and research; and for health professions quality assurance efforts. Maintains liaison with governmental, professional, voluntary, and other public and private organizations, institutions, and groups for the purpose of providing information exchange. Specifically the office is responsible for the following activities: (1) Stimulates, guides, and coordinates program planning, reporting, and evaluation activities of the Divisions and staff offices; (2) provides staff services to the Associate Administrator for program and strategic planning and its relation to the budgetary and regulatory processes, (3) develops issue papers and congressional reports relating to Bureau programs; (4) coordinates the development and implementation of the Bureau's evaluation program; (5) monitors obligatory service requirements and conditions of deferment for compliance; (6) coordinates with other Divisions within the Bureau to develop policy and program guidance to monitor obligatory
Serves as the principal focus with regard to education, practice, and research of medical personnel; with special emphasis on allopathic and osteopathic physicians, podiatrists, dentists, physician assistants and clinical psychologists. Specifically: (1) Provides professional expertise in the direction and leadership required by the Bureau for planning, coordinating, evaluating, and supporting development and utilization of the Nation's health personnel for these professions; (2) supports and conducts programs with respect to the need for and the development, use, credentialing, and distribution of such personnel; (3) engages with other Bureau programs in cooperative efforts of research, development, and demonstration on the interrelationships between the members of the health care team, their tasks, education requirements, training modalities, credentialing and practice; (4) conducts and supports studies and evaluations of physician, dentist, physician assistant, podiatrist and clinical psychologist personnel requirements, distribution and availability, and cooperates with other components of the Bureau and Agency in such studies; (5) analyzes and interprets physician, dental, physician assistant, podiatrists and clinical psychologists programmatic data collected from a variety of sources; (6) conducts, supports, or obtains analytical studies to determine the present and future supply and requirements of physicians, dentists, physician assistants, podiatrists and clinical psychologists by specialty and geographic location, including the linkages between their training and practice characteristics; (7) conducts and supports studies to determine potential national goals for the training and distribution of physicians in graduate medical education programs and develops alternative strategies to accomplish these goals; (8) supports and conducts programs with respect to activities associated with the international migration, domestic training, and utilization of foreign medical graduates and U.S. citizens studying abroad; (9) maintains liaison with relevant health professional groups and others, including consumers, having common interest in the Nation's capacity to deliver health services; (10) provides consultation and technical assistance to public and private organizations, agencies, and institutions, including Regional Offices, other agencies of the Federal Government, and international agencies and foreign governments on all aspects of the Division's functions; (11) provides administrative and staff support for the Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry and for the Council on Graduate Medical Education; (12) represents the Bureau, Agency and Federal Government, as designated, on national committees and/or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); (13) administers support programs for the development, improvement, and the operation of general, pediatric, and public health dental educational programs; (14) designs, administers and supports activities relating to dentists; (15) provides technical assistance and consultation to grantee institutions and other governmental and private organizations on the operation of these educational programs; (16) promotes the dissemination and application of findings arising from programs supported; (17) develops congressional and other mandated or special program-specific reports and publications on dental educational processes, programs and approaches; and (18) promotes, plans, and develops collaborative educational activities in clinical psychology.
Rename the Special Programs Bureau (RR) as the Healthcare Systems Bureau and amend the organization and
Delete in its entirety and replace with the following:
The Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) is headed by the Associate Administrator for Healthcare Systems who reports directly to the Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration. The HSB includes the following components:
(1) Office of the Associate Administrator (RR)
(2) Division of Transplantation (RR1)
(3) Division of Facilities Compliance and Recovery (RR2)
(4) Division of Facilities and Loans (RR3)
(5) Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (RR4)
(6) Division of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness (RR5)
(7) Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation and Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Program Office (RR6)
(8) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (RR7)
(9) Division of Engineering Services (RR8)
Delete the functional statements for the former Special Programs Bureau in their entities and replace with the following:
(1) Administers the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients; (2) administers the National Marrow Donor Program in matching volunteer unrelated marrow donors for transplants and studying the effectiveness of unrelated marrow donors for transplants and related treatment; (3) administers the National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank (NCBSCB); (4) develops and maintains a national program of grants and contracts to organ procurement organization and other entities to increase the availability of various organs to transplant candidates; (5) manages the national program for compliance with the Hill-Burton uncompensated care requirement and other assurances; (6) directs and administers the Section 242 hospital mortgage insurance program (through inter-agency agreement with HUD) and HHS direct and guaranteed construction loan repayment program; (7) directs and administers an earmarked grant program for the construction/renovation/equipping of health care and other facilities; (8) directs and administers the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; (9) directs and administers the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act Program; (10) serves as the focal point for providing leadership and direction to States to develop plans for providing access to affordable health insurance coverage for all citizens; (11) directs and administers the National Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program; (12) directs and administers the Trauma-Emergency Medical Services Program; (13) directs and administers the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act; (14) directs and administers the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998; (15) manages and promotes the 340B Drug Pricing Program; and (16) provides policy input and operational direction for the facilities engineering and construction management system.
On behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers all statutory authorities related to the operation of the Nation's organ procurement and transplantation system, the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry and the Cord Blood Bank programs. The Organ Transplantation program supports: (1) The operation of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), which facilitates the matching of donor organs to patients in need of organ transplants; (2) the operation of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), which facilitates the ongoing evaluation of the scientific and clinical status of organ transplantation; (3) public education programs to increase awareness about the need for organ donation; (4) peer-reviewed grants and contracts with public and private nonprofit entities to conduct studies and demonstration projects designed to increase organ donation and recovery rates; (5) grants to States to support organ donation awareness programs; (6) public education, outreach programs, and studies designed to increase the number of organ donors, including living donors; (7) the development and dissemination of educational materials to inform health care professionals and other appropriate professionals in issues surrounding organ, tissue and eye donation; (8) grants to qualified organ procurement organizations and hospitals to establish programs to increase the rate of organ donation; (9) financial assistance to living donors to help defray travel, subsistence and other incidental non-medical expenses; and (10) mechanisms to evaluate the long-term effects of living organ donation. The Division: (1) Administers the two national programs to facilitate blood and marrow transplantation with donors unrelated to the patients: the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry (NBMDR) and the National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank (NCBSCB); (2) stays informed of the medical, scientific, research, and financial environment for blood and marrow transplantation; (3) Develops policy in the area of blood and marrow transplantation, in coordination with the NBMDR and NCBSCB contractors, other DHHS agencies, and the U.S. Navy; (4) administers and oversees the contracts for the operation of the NBMDR and NCBSCB, advising on contractor projects and participating in contractor committees; (5) consults with the Department of State (through HRSA's Office of International Health) regarding the possible foreign policy implications of proposed international agreements between the NBMDR and NCBSCB contractors and transplant centers and other organizations outside the U.S.; and (6) initiates, and conducts directly or contracts for, studies to advance the knowledge of blood and marrow transplantation, to address patient needs, to increase donor recruitment in targeted populations, and to address financial issues in transplantation.
Substantiates health facilities compliance with the reasonable volume of uncompensated services assurance and administers the Health Care and Other Facilities program. Specifically, (1) establishes, develops, monitors, and enforces the implementation of regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines for use by staff and health care facilities; (2) maintains a system for receipt, analysis and disposition of audit appeals by Hill-Burton obligated facilities and for receiving and responding to patient complaints; and (3) coordinates its activities with other components of the Bureau, HRSA, other HHS agencies, and other department components.
On behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with which there is a Memorandum of Agreement, the Division of Facilities and Loans (DFL) administers the Section 242 Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program, monitors the financial condition of Hill-Burton and other HHS loan recipients, and generally assists other agencies both
On behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers all statutory authorities related to the operation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) by the (1) evaluation of petitions for compensation filed under the VICP through medical review and assessment of compensability for all complete claims; (2) processing of awards for compensation made under the VICP; (3) promulgation of regulations to revise the Vaccine Injury Table; (4) provision of professional and administrative support to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV); (5) development and maintenance of all automated information systems necessary for program implementation; (6) provision and dissemination of program information; and (7) promotion of safer childhood vaccines. Maintains a working relationship with other Federal and private sector partners in the administration and operation of the VICP. The organizational structure of DVIC shall be compromised of two Branches under the Office of the Director.
Facilitates the development of State, territorial, and municipal preparedness programs, via grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, to enhance the capacity of the Nation's hospitals and other healthcare entities to respond to mass casualty incidents caused by terrorism and other public health emergencies. Specifically, the Division, together with other components of the Agency: (1) Serves as the national focus for leadership in and coordination of Federal, State, local and non-governmental efforts to define the readiness needs for hospitals and other healthcare entities to respond to terrorism or other public health emergencies and to assist in the development of programs that address identified problems; (2) analyzes regional or national issues and problems and recommends responses to those problems through research, training, or other actions, as indicated; (3) develops, interprets, and disseminates policies, regulations, standards, guidelines, new knowledge, and program information for the various programs and services relevant to healthcare terrorism and public health emergency preparedness; (4) provides technical assistance and professional consultation to field and headquarters staffs, State and local health personnel, other Federal agencies, hospitals, hospital associations, and professional organizations on all aspects of healthcare terrorism and public health emergency preparedness planning efforts; (5) establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with professional organizations and other relevant entities and serves as a focal point for communications to improve healthcare terrorism and public health emergency