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Erik Skinner is a policy associate in NCSL’s health program. Email ErikStart Preamble Notice of Amendment and Republished Declaration. The Secretary issues this amendment pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act to amend his March 10, 2020 Declaration Under the Public Readiness and 100mg viagra for sale Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against erectile dysfunction treatment. The amendments to the Declaration are applicable as of February 4, 2020, except as otherwise specified in Section XII.

Start Further Info Robert P 100mg viagra for sale. Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue Start Printed Page 79191SW, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone. 202-205-2882.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d et. Seq., authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to issue a declaration to provide liability protections to certain individuals and entities (Covered Persons) against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from, the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of certain medical countermeasures (Covered Countermeasures), except for claims involving “willful misconduct,” as defined in the PREP Act. Such declarations are subject to amendment as circumstances warrant.

The PREP Act was enacted on December 30, 2005, as Public Law 109-148, Division C, Section 2. It amended the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, adding Section 319F-3, which addresses liability immunity, and Section 319F-4, which creates a compensation program. These sections are codified at 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d and 42 U.S.C.

247d-6e, respectively. Section 319F-3 of the PHS Act has been amended by the viagra and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), Public Law 113-5, enacted on March 13, 2013, and the erectile dysfunction Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, enacted on March 27, 2020, to expand Covered Countermeasures under the PREP Act. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C. 247d, effective January 27, 2020, for the entire United States to aid in the response to the erectile dysfunction Disease 2019 (erectile dysfunction treatment) outbreak, which subsequently became a global viagra.

Pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, the Secretary renewed that declaration on April 21, 2020, July 23, 2020, and October 2, 2020. On March 10, 2020, the Secretary issued a declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against erectile dysfunction treatment.[] On April 10, the Secretary amended the Declaration to extend liability protections to Covered Countermeasures authorized under the CARES Act.[] On June 4, the Secretary amended the Declaration to clarify that Covered Countermeasures under the Declaration include qualified viagra and epidemic products that limit the harm that erectile dysfunction treatment might otherwise cause.[] On August 19, the Secretary amended the Declaration to add additional categories of Qualified Persons and to amend the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of Covered Countermeasures.[] The Secretary now further amends the Declaration pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act. This Fourth Amendment to the Declaration. (a) Clarifies that the Declaration must be construed in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Advisory Opinions on the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act and the Declaration (Advisory Opinions).[] The Declaration incorporates the Advisory Opinions for that purpose.

(b) Incorporates authorizations that the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) has issued as an Authority Having Jurisdiction.[] (c) Adds an additional category of Qualified Persons under Section V of the Declaration and 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8)(B), i.e., healthcare personnel using telehealth to order or administer Covered Countermeasures for patients in a state other than the state where the healthcare personnel are permitted to practice.[] (d) Modifies and clarifies the training requirements for certain licensed pharmacists and pharmacy interns to administer certain routine childhood or erectile dysfunction treatment vaccinations. (e) Makes explicit that Section VI covers all qualified viagra and epidemic products under the PREP Act. (f) Adds a third method of distribution under Section VII of the Declaration and 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(a)(5) that would provide liability protections for, among other things, additional private-distribution channels. (g) Makes explicit in Section IX that there can be situations where not administering a covered countermeasure to a particular individual can fall within the PREP Act and this Declaration's liability protections. (h) Makes explicit in Section XI that there are substantial federal legal and policy issues, and substantial federal legal and policy interests, in having a unified, whole-of-nation response to the erectile dysfunction treatment viagra among federal, state, local, and private-sector entities. The world is facing an unprecedented viagra.

To effectively respond, there must be a more consistent pathway for Covered Persons to manufacture, distribute, administer or use Covered Countermeasures across the nation and the world.Start Printed Page 79192 (i) Revises the effective time period of the Declaration in light of the amendments to the Declaration.[] The Secretary republishes the Declaration, as amended, in full. Unless otherwise noted, all statutory citations are to the U.S. Code. Description of This Amendment Declaration The Declaration has fifteen sections describing PREP Act coverage for medical countermeasures against erectile dysfunction treatment.

OGC has issued Advisory Opinions interpreting the PREP Act and reflecting the Secretary's interpretation of the Declaration.[] The Secretary now amends the Declaration to clarify that the Declaration must be construed in accordance with the Advisory Opinions. The Secretary expressly incorporates the Advisory Opinions for that purpose. Section V. Covered Persons Section V of the Declaration describes Covered Persons, including additional qualified persons identified by the Secretary, as required under the PREP Act.

The Secretary amends Section V to specify an additional category of qualified persons. Specifically, healthcare personnel who are permitted to order and administer a Covered Countermeasure through telehealth in a state may do so for patients in another state so long as the healthcare personnel comply with the legal requirements of the state in which the healthcare personnel are permitted to order and administer the Covered Countermeasure by means of telehealth. Telehealth is widely recognized as a valuable tool to promote public health during this viagra. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Telehealth services can facilitate public health mitigation strategies during this viagra by increasing social distancing.

These services can be a safer option for [healthcare personnel (HCP)] and patients by reducing potential infectious exposures. They can reduce the strain on healthcare systems by minimizing the surge of patient demand on facilities and reduce the use of [personal protective equipment (PPE)] by healthcare providers. Maintaining continuity of care to the extent possible can avoid additional negative consequences from delayed preventive, chronic, or routine care. Remote access to healthcare services may increase participation for those who are medically or socially vulnerable or who do not have ready access to providers.

Remote access can also help preserve the patient-provider relationship at times when an in-person visit is not practical or feasible. Telehealth services can be used to. Screen patients who may have symptoms of erectile dysfunction treatment and refer as appropriate Provide low-risk urgent care for non-erectile dysfunction treatment conditions, identify those persons who may need additional medical consultation or assessment, and refer as appropriate Access primary care providers and specialists, including mental and behavioral health, for chronic health conditions and medication management Provide coaching and support for patients managing chronic health conditions, including weight management and nutrition counseling Participate in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other modalities as a hybrid approach to in-person care for optimal health Monitor clinical signs of certain chronic medical conditions (e.g., blood pressure, blood glucose, other remote assessments) Engage in case management for patients who have difficulty accessing care (e.g., those who live in very rural settings, older adults, those with limited mobility) Follow up with patients after hospitalization Deliver advance care planning and counseling to patients and caregivers to document preferences if a life-threatening event or medical crisis occurs Provide non-emergent care to residents in long-term care facilities Provide education and training for HCP through peer-to-peer professional medical consultations (inpatient or outpatient) that are not locally available, particularly in rural areas.[] Similarly, CMS has stressed the importance of telehealth during this viagra. Telehealth, telemedicine, and related terms generally refer to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to improve a patient's health.

Innovative uses of this kind of technology in the provision of healthcare is increasing. And with the emergence of the viagra causing the disease erectile dysfunction treatment, there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Limiting community spread of the viagra, as well as limiting the exposure to other patients and staff members will slow viral spread.[] Accordingly, CMS and other HHS components has substantially expanded the scope of services paid under Medicare when furnished using telehealth technologies during this viagra. Other HHS components have also taken steps to expand the use of telehealth during the viagra.[] Moreover, to expand the use of telehealth during this viagra, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS is exercising enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules against covered healthcare providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the erectile dysfunction treatment nationwide public health emergency.[] This exercise of discretion Start Printed Page 79193applies to widely available communications apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose, regardless of whether the telehealth service is directly related to erectile dysfunction treatment.[] Many states have authorized out-of-state healthcare personnel to deliver telehealth services to in-state patients, either generally or in the context of erectile dysfunction treatment.[] To help maximize the utility of telehealth, the Secretary declares that the term “qualified person” under 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(i)(8)(B) includes healthcare personnel using telehealth to order or administer Covered Countermeasures for patients in a state other than the state where the healthcare personnel are permitted to practice. When ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures through telehealth to patients in a state where the healthcare personnel are not already permitted to do so, the healthcare personnel must comply with all requirements for ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures to patients through telehealth in the state where the healthcare personnel are licensed or otherwise permitted to practice. Any state law that prohibits or effectively prohibits such a qualified person from ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures through telehealth is preempted.[] Nothing in this Declaration shall preempt state laws that permit additional persons to deliver telehealth services. The Secretary also amends Section V to include several examples of Covered Persons who are Qualified Persons, because they are authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures.

Those examples include certain pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians who order or administer certain erectile dysfunction treatment tests and certain treatments.[] These examples are not an exclusive or exhaustive list of persons who are qualified persons identified by the Secretary in Section V. The Secretary also amends Section V to make explicit that the requirement in that section for certain qualified persons to have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation is satisfied by, among other things, a certification in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation by an online program that has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The Secretary also amends Section V's training requirements for licensed pharmacists to order and administer certain childhood or erectile dysfunction treatments. To order and administer treatments, the licensed pharmacist must have completed the immunization training that the licensing State requires in order for pharmacists to administer treatments.

If the State does not specify training requirements for the licensed pharmacist to order and administer treatments, the licensed pharmacist must complete a vaccination training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to order and administer treatments. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of treatments, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to treatments. Other than the basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation requirement and the practical training program requirement, this Amendment does not change the requirements for a pharmacist, pharmacy intern, or pharmacy technician to be a “qualified person” under 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8)(B) who can order or administer childhood or erectile dysfunction treatments pursuant to the Declaration.

Section VI. Covered Countermeasures The Secretary amends Section VI to make explicit that Section VI covers all qualified viagra and epidemic products under the PREP Act.Start Printed Page 79194 Section VII. Limitations on Distribution The Secretary may specify that liability protections are in effect only for Covered Countermeasures obtained through a particular means of distribution. The Declaration previously stated that liability immunity is afforded to Covered Persons only for Recommended Activities related to (a) present or future federal contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, other transactions, interagency agreements, or memoranda of understanding or other federal agreements.

Or (b) activities authorized in accordance with the public health and medical response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures following a declaration of an emergency. erectile dysfunction treatment is an unprecedented global challenge that requires a whole-of-nation response that utilizes federal-, state-, and local- distribution channels as well as private-distribution channels. Given the broad scale of this viagra, the Secretary amends the Declaration to extend PREP Act coverage to additional private-distribution channels, as set forth below. The amended Section VII adds that PREP Act liability protections also extend to Covered Persons for Recommended Activities that are related to any Covered Countermeasure that is.

(a) Licensed, approved, cleared, or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (or that is permitted to be used under an Investigational New Drug Application or an Investigational Device Exemption) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act or Public Health Service (PHS) Act to treat, diagnose, cure, prevent, mitigate or limit the harm from erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom. Or (b) a respiratory protective device approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under 42 CFR part 84, or any successor regulations, that the Secretary determines to be a priority for use during a public health emergency declared under section 319 of the PHS Act to prevent, mitigate, or limit the harm from, erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom. To qualify for this third distribution channel (but not necessarily to qualify for the other distribution channels), a Covered Person must manufacture, test, develop, distribute, administer, or use the Covered Countermeasure pursuant to the FDA licensure, approval, clearance, or authorization (or pursuant to an Investigational New Drug Application or Investigational Device Exemption), or the NIOSH approval. This third distribution channel may extend PREP Act coverage when there is no federal agreement or authorization in accordance with the public health and medical response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures following a declaration of an emergency.

For example, a manufacturer, distributor, program planner, or qualified person engages in manufacturing, testing, development, distribution, administration, or use of a erectile dysfunction treatment test pursuant to an FDA Emergency Use Authorization for that erectile dysfunction treatment test. If the Covered Person satisfies all other requirements of the PREP Act and Declaration, there will be PREP Act coverage even if there is no federal agreement to cover those activities and those activities are not part of the authorized activity of an Authority Having Jurisdiction. Section IX. Administration of Covered Countermeasures The Secretary amends Section IX to make explicit that there can be situations where not administering a covered countermeasure to a particular individual can fall within the PREP Act and this Declaration's liability protections.

Section XI. Geographic Area The Secretary makes explicit in Section XI that there are substantial federal legal and policy issues, and substantial federal legal and policy interests within the meaning of Grable &. Sons Metal Products, Inc. V.

Darue Eng'g. &. Mf'g., 545 U.S. 308 (2005), in having a unified, whole-of-nation response to the erectile dysfunction treatment viagra among federal, state, local, and private-sector entities.

The world is facing an unprecedented global viagra. To effectively respond, there must be a more consistent pathway for Covered Persons to manufacture, distribute, administer or use Covered Countermeasures across the nation and the world. Thus, there are substantial federal legal and policy issues, and substantial federal legal and policy interests within the meaning of Grable &. Sons Metal Products, Inc.

308 (2005), in having a uniform interpretation of the PREP Act. Under the PREP Act, the sole exception to the immunity from suit and liability of covered persons is an exclusive Federal cause of action against a Covered Person for death or serious physical injury proximately caused by willful misconduct by such Covered Person. In all other cases, an injured party's exclusive remedy is an administrative remedy under section 319F-4 of the PHS Act. Through the PREP Act, Congress delegated to me the authority to strike the appropriate Federal-state balance with respect to particular Covered Countermeasures through PREP Act declarations.

Section XII. Effective Time Period The Secretary amends Section XII to provide that liability protections for all Covered Countermeasures administered and used in accordance with the public health and medical response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as identified in Section VII(b) of this Declaration, begins with a “Declaration of Emergency,” as defined in Section VII (except that, with respect to qualified persons who order or administer a routine childhood vaccination that ACIP recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule, PREP Act coverage began on August 24, 2020), and lasts through (a) the final day the Declaration of Emergency is in effect, or (b) October 1, 2024, whichever occurs first. This change is to conform the text of the Declaration to the Third Amendment.[] The Secretary also amends Section XII to provide that liability protections for all Covered Countermeasures identified in Section VII(c) of this Declaration begins on the date of this amended Declaration and lasts through (a) the final day the Declaration of Emergency is in effect, or (b) October 1, 2024, whichever occurs first. Because the Secretary is adding Section VII(c) to the Declaration in this Amendment, Section XII provides that Section VII(c) is effective as of the date this amended Declaration is published.

Additional Amendments The Secretary also makes other, non-substantive amendments. Declaration, as Amended, for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Coverage for Medical Countermeasures Against erectile dysfunction treatment To the extent any term previously in the Declaration, including its amendments, is inconsistent with any provision of this Republished Declaration, the terms of this Republished Declaration are controlling. This Declaration must be construed in accordance with the Advisory Opinions Start Printed Page 79195of the Office of the General Counsel (Advisory Opinions). I incorporate those Advisory Opinions as part of this Declaration.[] This Declaration is a “requirement” under the PREP Act.

I. Determination of Public Health Emergency 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(1) I have determined that the spread of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom and the resulting disease erectile dysfunction treatment constitutes a public health emergency. I further determine that use of any respiratory protective device approved by NIOSH under 42 CFR part 84, or any successor regulations, is a priority for use during the public health emergency that I declared on January 31, 2020 under section 319 of the PHS Act for the entire United States to aid in the response of the nation's healthcare community to the erectile dysfunction treatment outbreak.

II. Factors Considered 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(6) I have considered the desirability of encouraging the design, development, clinical testing, or investigation, manufacture, labeling, distribution, formulation, packaging, marketing, promotion, sale, purchase, donation, dispensing, prescribing, administration, licensing, and use of the Covered Countermeasures. III.

Recommended Activities 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(1) I recommend, under the conditions stated in this Declaration, the manufacture, testing, development, distribution, administration, and use of the Covered Countermeasures. IV. Liability Protections 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(a), 247d-6d(b)(1) Liability protections as prescribed in the PREP Act and conditions stated in this Declaration are in effect for the Recommended Activities described in Section III. V. Covered Persons 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(2), (3), (4), (6), (8)(A) and (B) Covered Persons who are afforded liability protections under this Declaration are “manufacturers,” “distributors,” “program planners,” and “qualified persons,” as those terms are defined in the PREP Act.

Their officials, agents, and employees. And the United States. In addition, I have determined that the following additional persons are qualified persons. (a) Any person authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as described in Section VII below, to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures, and their officials, agents, employees, contractors and volunteers, following a Declaration of Emergency, as that term is defined in Section VII of this Declaration; [] (b) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures or who is otherwise authorized to perform an activity under an Emergency Use Authorization in accordance with Section 564 of the FD&C Act.

(c) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense Covered Countermeasures in accordance with Section 564A of the FD&C Act. (d) a State-licensed pharmacist who orders and administers, and pharmacy interns who administer (if the pharmacy intern acts under the supervision of such pharmacist and the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy), [] (1) treatments that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule or (2) FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed erectile dysfunction treatments to persons ages three or older. Such State-licensed pharmacists and the State-licensed or registered interns under their supervision are qualified persons only if the following requirements are met. I.

The treatment must be authorized, approved, or licensed by the FDA. Ii. In the case of a erectile dysfunction treatment, the vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's erectile dysfunction treatment recommendation(s). Iii.

In the case of a childhood treatment, the vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. Iv. The licensed pharmacist must have completed the immunization training that the licensing State requires in order for pharmacists to order and administer treatments. If the State does not specify training requirements for the licensed pharmacist to order and administer treatments, the licensed pharmacist must complete a vaccination training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Start Printed Page 79196Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to order and administer treatments.

Such a training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of treatments, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to treatments. V. The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of treatments, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to treatments.

Vi. The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; [] vii. The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period. Viii.

The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers treatments, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (treatment registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a treatment must review the treatment registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a treatment. And ix. The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregiver accompanying the child of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider and refer patients as appropriate. X.

The licensed pharmacist and the licensed or registered pharmacy intern must comply with any applicable requirements (or conditions of use) as set forth in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) erectile dysfunction treatment vaccination provider agreement and any other federal requirements that apply to the administration of erectile dysfunction treatment(s). (e) Healthcare personnel using telehealth to order or administer Covered Countermeasures for patients in a state other than the state where the healthcare personnel are licensed or otherwise permitted to practice. When ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures by means of telehealth to patients in a state where the healthcare personnel are not already permitted to practice, the healthcare personnel must comply with all requirements for ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures to patients by means of telehealth in the state where the healthcare personnel are permitted to practice. Any state law that prohibits or effectively prohibits such a qualified person from ordering and administering Covered Countermeasures by means of telehealth is preempted.[] Nothing in this Declaration shall preempt state laws that permit additional persons to deliver telehealth services.

Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National treatment Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered Countermeasures that are subject to the National treatment Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program.

All other terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such Covered Countermeasures. VI. Covered Countermeasures 42 U.S.C. 247d-6b(c)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(i)(1) and (7) Covered Countermeasures are. (a) Any antiviral, any drug, any biologic, any diagnostic, any other device, any respiratory protective device, or any treatment manufactured, used, designed, developed, modified, licensed, or procured. I. To diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom.

Or ii. To limit the harm that erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom, might otherwise cause. (b) a product manufactured, used, designed, developed, modified, licensed, or procured to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure a serious or life-threatening disease or condition caused by a product described in paragraph (a) above. (c) a product or technology intended to enhance the use or effect of a product described in paragraph (a) or (b) above.

Or (d) any device used in the administration of any such product, and all components and constituent materials of any such product. To be a Covered Countermeasure under the Declaration, a product must also meet 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(1)'s definition of “Covered Countermeasure.” VII. Limitations on Distribution 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(a)(5) and (b)(2)(E) I have determined that liability protections are afforded to Covered Persons only for Recommended Activities involving. (a) Covered Countermeasures that are related to present or future federal contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, other transactions, interagency agreements, memoranda of understanding, or other federal agreements. (b) Covered Countermeasures that are related to activities authorized in accordance with the public health and medical response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures following a Declaration of Emergency. Or (c) Covered Countermeasures that are.

I. Licensed, approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA (or that are permitted to be used under an Investigational New Drug Application or an Investigational Device Exemption) under the FD&C Act or PHS Act to treat, diagnose, cure, prevent, mitigate, or limit the harm from erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom. OrStart Printed Page 79197 ii. A respiratory protective device approved by NIOSH under 42 CFR part 84, or any successor regulations, that the Secretary determines to be a priority for use during a public health emergency declared under section 319 of the PHS Act to prevent, mitigate, or limit the harm from erectile dysfunction treatment, or the transmission of erectile dysfunction or a viagra mutating therefrom.

To qualify for this third distribution channel, a Covered Person must manufacture, test, develop, distribute, administer, or use the Covered Countermeasure pursuant to the FDA licensure, approval, clearance, or authorization (or pursuant to an Investigational New Drug Application or Investigational Device Exemption), or the NIOSH approval. As used in this Declaration, the terms “Authority Having Jurisdiction” and “Declaration of Emergency” have the following meanings. (a) The Authority Having Jurisdiction means the public agency or its delegate that has legal responsibility and authority for responding to an incident, based on political or geographical (e.g., city, county, tribal, state, or federal boundary lines) or functional (e.g., law enforcement, public health) range or sphere of authority. (b) A Declaration of Emergency means any declaration by any authorized local, regional, state, or federal official of an emergency specific to events that indicate an immediate need to administer and use the Covered Countermeasures, with the exception of a federal declaration in support of an Emergency Use Authorization under Section 564 of the FD&C Act unless such declaration specifies otherwise.

I have also determined that, for governmental program planners only, liability protections are afforded only to the extent such program planners obtain Covered Countermeasures through voluntary means, such as (a) donation. (b) commercial sale. (c) deployment of Covered Countermeasures from federal stockpiles. Or (d) deployment of donated, purchased, or otherwise voluntarily obtained Covered Countermeasures from state, local, or private stockpiles.

VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(A) The category of disease, health condition, or threat for which I recommend the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only erectile dysfunction treatment caused by erectile dysfunction, or a viagra mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by erectile dysfunction treatment, erectile dysfunction, or a viagra mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases. IX.

Administration of Covered Countermeasures 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(a)(2)(B) Administration of the Covered Countermeasure means physical provision of the countermeasures to recipients, or activities and decisions directly relating to public and private delivery, distribution and dispensing of the countermeasures to recipients, management and operation of countermeasure programs, or management and operation of locations for the purpose of distributing and dispensing countermeasures. Where there are limited Covered Countermeasures, not administering a Covered Countermeasure to one individual in order to administer it to another individual can constitute “relating to. .

An individual” under 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d. For example, consider a situation where there is only one dose [] of a erectile dysfunction treatment, and a person in a vulnerable population and a person in a less vulnerable population both request it from a healthcare professional. In that situation, the healthcare professional administers the one dose to the person who is more vulnerable to erectile dysfunction treatment.

In that circumstance, the failure to administer the erectile dysfunction treatment to the person in a less-vulnerable population “relat[es] to. . . The administration to” the person in a vulnerable population.

The person in the vulnerable population was able to receive the treatment only because it was not administered to the person in the less-vulnerable population. Prioritization or purposeful allocation of a Covered Countermeasure, particularly if done in accordance with a public health authority's directive, can fall within the PREP Act and this Declaration's liability protections. X. Population 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d(a)(4), 247d-6d(b)(2)(C) The populations of individuals to whom the liability protections of this Declaration extend include any individual who uses or is administered the Covered Countermeasures in accordance with this Declaration. Liability protections are afforded to manufacturers and distributors without regard to whether the countermeasure is used by or administered to this population. Liability protections are afforded to program planners and qualified persons when the countermeasure is used by or administered to this population, or the program planner or qualified person reasonably could have believed the recipient was in this population. XI.

Geographic Area 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(a)(4), 247d-6d(b)(2)(D) Liability protections are afforded for the administration or use of a Covered Countermeasure without geographic limitation. Liability protections are afforded to manufacturers and distributors without regard to whether the Covered Countermeasure is used by or administered in any designated geographic area. Liability protections are afforded to program planners and qualified persons when the countermeasure is used by or administered in any designated geographic area, or the program planner or qualified person reasonably could have believed the recipient was in that geographic area.

erectile dysfunction treatment is a global challenge that requires a whole-of-nation response. There are substantial federal legal and policy issues, and substantial federal legal and policy interests within the meaning of Grable &. Sons Metal Products, Inc. V.

Darue Eng'g. &. Mf'g., 545 U.S. 308 (2005), in having a unified, whole-of-nation response to the erectile dysfunction treatment viagra among federal, state, local, and private-sector entities.

The world is facing an unprecedented viagra. To effectively respond, there must be a more consistent pathway for Covered Persons to manufacture, distribute, administer or use Covered Countermeasures across the nation and the world. Thus, there are substantial federal legal and policy issues, and substantial federal legal and policy interests within the meaning of Grable &. Sons Metal Products, Inc.

308 (2005), in having a uniform interpretation of the PREP Act. Under the PREP Act, the sole exception to the immunity from suit and liability of covered persons under the PREP Act is an exclusive Federal cause of action against a covered person for death or serious physical injury proximately caused by willful misconduct by such covered person. In all other cases, an injured party's exclusive remedy is an administrative Start Printed Page 79198remedy under section 319F-4 of the PHS Act. Through the PREP Act, Congress delegated to me the authority to strike the appropriate Federal-state balance with respect to particular Covered Countermeasures through PREP Act declarations.[] XII.

Effective Time Period 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(B) Liability protections for any respiratory protective device approved by NIOSH under 42 CFR part 84, or any successor regulations, through the means of distribution identified in Section VII(a) of this Declaration, begin on March 27, 2020 and extend through October 1, 2024. Liability protections for all other Covered Countermeasures identified in Section VI of this Declaration, through means of distribution identified in Section VII(a) of this Declaration, begin on February 4, 2020 and extend through October 1, 2024. Liability protections for all Covered Countermeasures administered and used in accordance with the public health and medical response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as identified in Section VII(b) of this Declaration, begin with a Declaration of Emergency as that term is defined in Section VII (except that, with respect to qualified persons who order or administer a routine childhood vaccination that ACIP recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule, liability protections began on August 24, 2020), and last through (a) the final day the Declaration of Emergency is in effect, or (b) October 1, 2024, whichever occurs first.

Liability protections for all Covered Countermeasures identified in Section VII(c) of this Declaration begin on the date of this amended Declaration and last through (a) the final day the Declaration of Emergency is in effect, or (b) October 1, 2024, whichever occurs first. XIII. Additional Time Period of Coverage 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(3)(B) and (C) I have determined that an additional 12 months of liability protection is reasonable to allow for the manufacturer(s) to arrange for disposition of the Covered Countermeasure, including return of the Covered Countermeasures to the manufacturer, and for Covered Persons to take such other actions as are appropriate to limit the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures.

Covered Countermeasures obtained for the SNS during the effective period of this Declaration are covered through the date of administration or use pursuant to a distribution or release from the SNS. XIV. Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program 42 U.S.C 247d-6e The PREP Act authorizes the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) to provide benefits to certain individuals or estates of individuals who sustain a covered serious physical injury as the direct result of the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures, and benefits to certain survivors of individuals who die as a direct result of the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures. The causal connection between the countermeasure and the serious physical injury must be supported by compelling, reliable, valid, medical and scientific evidence in order for the individual to be considered for compensation.

The CICP is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the Department of Health and Human Services. Information about the CICP is available at the toll-free number 1-855-266-2427 or http://www.hrsa.gov/​cicp/​. XV. Amendments 42 U.S.C.

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December 3, 2020. Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc.

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The patients with more compromised kidney function at baseline had greater kidney deterioration after erectile dysfunction treatment, whereas those with better preserved kidney function at baseline had more impressive recoveries. However, even these recoveries were not 100mg viagra for sale entirely to pre–erectile dysfunction treatment levels after ≥6 weeks of follow-up. In light of this data, one wonders whether common forms of APOL1 kidney disease might similarly result from repetitive, less severe, episodic insults to the glomeruli that never fully resolve and that accrue over time.erectile dysfunction treatment has presented us with another of the protean manifestations of APOL1 kidney disease in the form of AKI with high-grade proteinuria.

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The selection of FIGC families was based on the following criteria. (1) proband presenting with GC of intestinal histology. (2) familial que es viagra aggregation of GC. (3) family history of cancer, other than gastric.

(4) negative genetic test for germline CDH1 coding sequence mutations (exclusion of HDGC). And (5) negative genetic test que es viagra for germline for the promoter 1B of APC (exclusion of GAPPS). The 17 HDGC probands were negative for CDH1 germline coding mutations and selected as a control group. Forty-seven patients with SIGC were collected in Portugal.Multigene panel sequencing, variant calling and filteringDNA from normal gastric mucosa (germline) and tumour tissue from 50 FIGC and 17 HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative probands were sequenced using three Illumina MiSeq custom panels.

TruSeq Custom Amplicon Assay 1, TruSeq Custom Amplicon Assay 2 and Nextera custom panel que es viagra (online supplementary table 1). The selection of genes deposited in each panel was based on their implication in upper gastrointestinal tract cancers or in cancer susceptibility syndromes identified through literature review (online supplementary table 2). FASTQ files were aligned to the RefSeq Human Genome GRCh38 using bwa-mem, and variants were called using Samtools.24 25 Called variants were defined as germline or somatic by normal-tumour pair comparison and annotated with Ensembl and Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC (FATHMM- Functional Analysis through Hidden Markov Models).26 27 High-quality (HQ) germline or somatic variants were defined as presenting ≥20 reads per allele and genotype quality ≥90 and call quality ≥100. Next, all single nucleotide que es viagra polymorphism database (dbSNP) identifiers available for FIGC germline variants (regardless of quality criteria) were screened in four European populations from 1000 Genomes.

(1) 107 normal individuals from Tuscany (Italy, TSI). (2) 91 normal individuals from Great Britain (GBR). (3) 99 normal individuals from que es viagra Finland (FIN). And (4) 107 normal individuals from Spain (IBS).28 Germline variants without dbSNP identifiers available in the 1000 Genomes were screened using Ensembl VEP for truncating consequences.

Detected truncating variants presented on average less than four reads, that is, were of low quality and discarded. FIGC germline, que es viagra rare HQ exclusive variants were selected if they (1) displayed genotypes in FIGCs distinct from GBR, FIN and IBS populations and below 1% in the TSI population. (2) presented ≥20 reads per allele, genotype quality ≥90 and call quality ≥100. (3) displayed genotypes distinct from HDGCs and SIGCs.

And (4) presented allele frequency in ExAC and gnomAD populations below 1%.29Supplemental materialSupplemental materialValidation of FIGC germline, rare que es viagra HQ exclusive variants by Sanger sequencingTwelve out of 32 FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants were validated by PCR-Sanger sequencing. Briefly, 20–50 ng of DNA from normal and matched tumour was amplified using Multiplex PCR Kit (Qiagen) and custom primers flanking each variant. PCR products were purified with ExoSAP-IT Express (Applied Biosystems) and sequenced on an ABI3100 Genetic Analyzer using BigDye Terminator V.3.1 Cycle Sequencing Kit (Applied Biosystems).Intronic germline variants were analysed using the splice site prediction software NetGene2 V.2.4.30Somatic second-hit analysisLoss of heterozygosity (LOH) and somatic second mutations were determined by calculating the variant allele frequency (VAF) and screening genes with FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants, respectively. In particular, VAF was calculated by dividing the number of reads for the variant que es viagra allele by the total number of reads both for the normal and for the corresponding tumour samples.

LOH was defined when more than 20% increase of VAF over normal was observed.Germline and somatic landscape analysis of 50 FIGC casesFIGC germline and somatic landscapes were analysed on a per-variant and per-gene basis, considering the number of FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants detected per proband (0, 1 or >1). The similarities/differences for the germline and somatic variant and gene landscapes per FIGC class were analysed using unsupervised hierarchical clustering using R package ggplot2 for heatmap and dendrogram construction.31 For somatic variant/gene landscape analysis, FIGC classes were also divided according to microsatellite instable status and compared using analysis of variance statistics with R. The number of microsatellite instable (MSI) and microsatellite stable (MSS) tumours per FIGC class was compared using Pearson’s χ2 test.Comparison of germline and somatic landscapes for FIGC, SIGC and HDGCVCF files obtained from whole genome sequencing (Complete Genomics platform) of 47 SIGCs and VCF files of 17 HDGCs were analysed to detect germline and somatic variants, using the same germline/somatic variant que es viagra definition and sequencing quality criteria previously described for FIGC cases. Of note, due to the differential resolution between whole genome sequencing and targeted sequencing, only variants detected in the 47 SIGCs in the same regions targeted by the custom panels were selected for downstream analysis.Germline and somatic landscapes of FIGC, SIGC and HDGC cases were performed on a per-gene basis.

Each gene was classified as presenting 0 or ≥1 germline/somatic variants. Germline and somatic joint landscape was defined by counting the number of germline and somatic variants for each gene, which que es viagra was classified as displaying no germline or somatic variants. ‰¥1 germline and 0 somatic variants. 0 germline and ≥1 somatic variants.

Or ≥1 germline and que es viagra ≥1 somatic variants. Results were plotted in a heatmap and a dendrogram, and principal component analysis was performed using R. The frequency of genes with germline/somatic variants in FIGCs, SIGCs and HDGCs was calculated, and genes with a frequency difference ≥50% were represented in a bar plot and in a heatmap using R.ResultsAge of onset and disease spectrum in FIGCOf the 50 FIGC probands (table 1), 18 were female and 32 were male. The mean que es viagra age at diagnosis was 71.8±8.0 years.

From the 50 families depicted in table 1, 5 (10%) had >1 FDR with GC (mean age. 68.8±7.5 years). 14 (28%) had concomitantly FDR and SDR or FDR and third-degree relatives with GC (mean age que es viagra. 68.7±8.4 years).

29 (58%) had a single FDR with GC (mean age. 73.6±7.2 years) que es viagra. And 2 (4%) had only SDR affected with GC (mean. 74±15.6 years).View this table:Table 1 Clinical characteristics of FIGC probands and their family historyWhen considering the disease spectrum in these FIGC families, 19 different phenotypes have been observed affecting 208 family members (figure 1, table 1).

The most prevalent phenotype was GC, detected in 138 of 208 que es viagra (66.3%) family members. 50 probands with IGC and 88 additional patients with unknown GC histology. The second and third most prevalent phenotypes were colorectal/colon and breast cancer observed in nine patients from seven families. Of note, eight patients from six families were affected with gastric ulcer, a non-cancerous que es viagra lesion, which is the third most common disease phenotype in this cohort.

Besides these phenotypes, positive history of lung cancer was observed in six families. Leukaemia in five families. Laryngotracheal and hepatobiliary cancer in four families que es viagra. Osteosarcoma in three families.

Prostate, liver, melanoma, gynaecological, bladder and brain cancers were detected in two families each. And thyroid, kidney and oral cancer in que es viagra one family. Moreover, 11 families had relatives affected by an unidentified type of cancer that often coexisted with other cancer types such as colon, leukaemia, breast, liver and prostate.Disease spectrum of FIGC families. The disease spectrum of FIGC encompassed 19 different phenotypes affecting 208 family members.

The most prevalent phenotype was gastric cancer, detected in 138 of 208, followed by que es viagra colorectal/colon and breast cancers in 9 of 208. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 1 Disease spectrum of FIGC families. The disease spectrum of FIGC encompassed 19 different phenotypes affecting 208 family members. The most prevalent que es viagra phenotype was gastric cancer, detected in 138 of 208, followed by colorectal/colon and breast cancers in 9 of 208.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.Germline and somatic variant discovery across FIGC probandsMultigene panel sequencing analysis of normal-tumour DNA of 50 FIGC probands revealed a total of 10 062 variants (≥1 read covering the alternative allele). Of these, 4998 (49.7%) were detected in normal DNA and defined as germline variants. The remaining 5064 (50.3%) were called as somatic variants due que es viagra to exclusive presence in tumour DNA. We started by exploring germline variants, focusing on rare variants in single genes (monogenic hypothesis) or variants co-occurring in several genes, regardless of their population frequency (oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis).Monogenic hypothesis.

FIGC-associated rare germline variants and somatic second-hitsTo identify rare germline FIGC-predisposing variants, we performed a systematic analysis of all germline variants, focusing on their frequency across normal populations and GC cohorts, and sequencing quality.We identified 4998 germline variants in the 50 patients with FIGC (figure 2A). From the 4998 FIGC germline variants, the genotype frequency of 1038 (20.8%) was available for four 1000 Genomes European populations.28 From the 79.2% of variants absent que es viagra from 1000 Genomes, only 1.3% (n=53) presented truncating effects, however supported on average by less than four reads, that is, of very low quality and hence confidently discarded. From the 1038 variants present in 1000 Genomes, 121 (11.7%) presented genotypes absent from the four populations screened. Of these 121 variants, only 60 presented the abovementioned sequencing quality criteria.

From these, 43 variants were que es viagra exclusively detected in FIGC comparing with HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and SIGC cohorts. With regard to the 17 discarded variants, all were found in at least one HDGC proband and none in SIGC.90 and a call quality >100). From these, 43 variants presented the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts. A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in all ExAC and gnomAD que es viagra populations available.

(B) Germline variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (C) Heatmap que es viagra and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level. White, no detected variants.

Purple, detected variants. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of 64 que es viagra genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, genes with no detected variants. Light salmon, genes with a single variant.

Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct que es viagra variants. Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Dark purple, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. ANOVA, analysis que es viagra of variance.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer. GC, gastric cancer. HDGC, hereditary que es viagra diffuse gastric cancer. HQ, high-quality." class="highwire-fragment fragment-images colorbox-load" rel="gallery-fragment-images-255021516" data-figure-caption="Co-occurrence of rare germline variants does not define a specific germline landscape.

(A) Discovery of FIGC rare germline predisposition variants. A total of que es viagra 4998 germline variants were detected in normal stomach using multigene panel sequencing. From these, 1038 were identified by the 1000 Genomes Project, and 121 were absent from four distinct normal European populations. Of these 121 variants, only 60 were classified as variants of high quality (with at least 20 reads for each allele, a genotype quality >90 and a call quality >100).

From these, 43 variants presented the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts que es viagra. A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in all ExAC and gnomAD populations available. (B) Germline variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by que es viagra ANOVA statistics.

(C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level. White, no detected variants. Purple, detected que es viagra variants. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of 64 genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels.

White, genes with no detected variants. Light salmon, genes with a single que es viagra variant. Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants. Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct variants.

Dark purple, gene with 11–15 que es viagra distinct variants. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer. GC, gastric que es viagra cancer.

HDGC, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. HQ, high-quality." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 2 Co-occurrence of rare germline variants does not define a specific germline landscape. (A) Discovery of FIGC rare que es viagra germline predisposition variants. A total of 4998 germline variants were detected in normal stomach using multigene panel sequencing.

From these, 1038 were identified by the 1000 Genomes Project, and 121 were absent from four distinct normal European populations. Of these 121 variants, only 60 were classified as variants of high quality (with at least 20 reads for each allele, a genotype quality >90 and que es viagra a call quality >100). From these, 43 variants presented the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts. A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in all ExAC and gnomAD populations available.

(B) Germline variant burden of FIGC families que es viagra with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level. White, no detected variants que es viagra.

Purple, detected variants. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of 64 genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, genes with no detected variants que es viagra. Light salmon, genes with a single variant.

Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants. Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct que es viagra variants. Dark purple, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. ANOVA, analysis of variance.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer que es viagra. GC, gastric cancer. HDGC, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. HQ, high-quality.From the 43 germline, rare and HQ FIGC-exclusive variants, 31 que es viagra (72.1%) displayed very low allele frequency in all ExAC and gnomAD populations (figure 2A, online supplementary table 3), and were present in 21 of 50 (42%) FIGC probands (7 missense, 7 3’untranslated (UTR), 2 5’UTR, 12 intronic and 3 synonymous in 18 genes.

Online supplementary table 4). Fifteen probands carried a single variant and six exhibited co-occurrence of two or more variants (online supplementary table 5). After excluding variants classified as benign and predicted as intronic, synonymous or not impacting splicing, 12 variants were validated by Sanger sequencing (table 2).Supplemental materialSupplemental materialSupplemental materialView this table:Table 2 que es viagra FIGC rare germline variants validated by Sanger sequencingA missense variant in PMS1 (c.224C>T), predicted as pathogenic, deleterious and probably damaging by FATHMM, SIFT and PolyPhen, respectively (table 2, online supplementary table 3), was found in family P1 (table 1, online supplementary table 4). The probands, who developed an MSS IGC at 59 years, had an FDR with GC at 80 and two other FDR and SDR with unidentified cancers at 50 and 75 years, respectively.

The only supporting evidence for the role of this variant in FIGC was its COSMIC record as somatic in one GC sample (COSM6198026) (online supplementary table 3).The proband of family P27 presented three germline variants of uncertain significance, two in SMAD4 (c.424+5G>A. C.454+38G>C) and one in PRSS1 (c.201-99G>C) (online supplementary table que es viagra 4). Variants c.424+5G>A in SMAD4 and c.201–99G>C in PRSS1 were the only intronic variants predicted to disrupt RNA splicing (table 2, online supplementary tables 3 and 5,). In particular, SMAD4 variant c.424+5G>A decreases the confidence of a donor splice site, which may lead to intron 3 retention, a premature termination codon and generation of a 142 amino acid truncated protein.

On the other hand, PRSS1 variant c.201-99G>C creates a new, high-confidence acceptor splice site que es viagra within intron 2, which may lead to a truncated 69 amino acid protein. Proband P27 developed an MSS IGC at age 64 and had family history of GC, gastric ulcer, laryngotracheal, gynaecological and hepatobiliary cancers (table 1, online supplementary table 4). The presence of these phenotypes seems to exclude juvenile polyposis and hereditary pancreatitis as underlying syndromes of this family, but could support a potential role for SMAD4 together with PRSS1 in FIGC.We then screened the primary tumours of P1 and P27 FIGC probands for somatic second-hit inactivating mechanisms (LOH, somatic mutation) in germline-affected genes. None of the two FIGC probands showed evidence of deleterious somatic variants nor LOH of the wild-type allele of the germline targeted genes (data not shown).Although interesting, these findings are insufficient to support the monogenic hypothesis for FIGC and a potentially causal role for the abovementioned affected genes.Oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis que es viagra.

Co-occurrence of rare germline variants determines somatic landscapes of FIGC tumoursWe then proceeded with the oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis, which takes into consideration the co-occurrence of germline variants, regardless of their population frequency, as a risk factor for this disease, which would determine the subsequent somatic events necessary for malignant transformation.We categorised the 50 FIGC probands according to the presence of rare germline variants. Families with no variants (n=30). Families with que es viagra a single variant (n=14). And families with multiple variants (n=6).

To understand the germline and somatic variant burden for each of these three FIGC classes, we applied the previously described quality criteria obtaining 710 HQ germline variants and 344 HQ somatic variants. The average number of HQ germline variants was identical que es viagra across the three classes of FIGC families (75.7, 77.4 and 74.5 for families without (0), with one (1) or more than one (>1) rare germline variants, respectively. Figure 2B). Germline landscape unsupervised hierarchical clustering revealed no associations between variants or variant-bearing genes and a particular FIGC family class (figure 2C,D).Concerning the somatic variant burden, no significant differences were observed across the three FIGC classes (15.0, 13.8 and 11.2 for families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants, respectively.

Figure 3A) que es viagra. Again, no clustering of specific variants/genes and particular FIGC classes was observed (figure 3B,C).1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of que es viagra FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no detected variants. Orange, detected variants. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of FIGC family que es viagra classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, gene with no detected variants.

Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene que es viagra carrying 2–5 distinct variants. Light brown, gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants.

(D) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, que es viagra 1 or >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric que es viagra cancer.

HQ, high-quality. MSI, microsatellite instable. MSS, microsatellite stable." class="highwire-fragment fragment-images colorbox-load" rel="gallery-fragment-images-255021516" que es viagra data-figure-caption="Rare germline variants are not major determinants of FIGC somatic events. (A) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants.

P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level que es viagra. White, no detected variants. Orange, detected variants.

(C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of que es viagra FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, gene with no detected variants. Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene que es viagra carrying 2–5 distinct variants.

Light brown, gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. (D) Somatic variant burden que es viagra of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics.

ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial que es viagra intestinal gastric cancer. HQ, high-quality. MSI, microsatellite instable.

MSS, microsatellite stable." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 3 Rare germline variants are not major determinants of FIGC somatic que es viagra events. (A) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of que es viagra FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no detected variants. Orange, detected variants. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression que es viagra levels. White, gene with no detected variants.

Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene carrying 2–5 que es viagra distinct variants. Light brown, gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants.

(D) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or que es viagra >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal que es viagra gastric cancer.

HQ, high-quality. MSI, microsatellite instable. MSS, microsatellite stable.We verified that 38% of the FIGC tumours in our series displayed the MSI phenotype, que es viagra and further investigated whether MSI could influence the somatic variant burden and landscape in families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. After subdividing each FIGC class according to its MSI status, no significant differences were observed both in terms of somatic variant burden and landscape between categories (figure 3B–D).

Nevertheless, we observed that among FIGC families with multiple rare germline variants (>1), MSI tumours showed an average number of HQ somatic variants twofold higher than that of MSS tumours (17 vs 10 HQ somatic variants per case, respectively. Figure 3D, que es viagra online supplementary figure 1A). This observation prompted us to explore the influence of rare germline variants, independently of their number, on tumour instability and consequent somatic variant burden. Despite the lack of statistical significance, we observed an enrichment of MSI tumours in FIGC families carrying rare germline variants comparing with MSI tumours from families lacking rare germline variants (online supplementary figure 1B).

Concerning the average of somatic variants, whereas MSI and MSS tumours from FIGC lacking rare germline variants displayed que es viagra a similar average number, there was a non-significant trend for higher average number of HQ somatic variants in MSI tumours versus MSS tumours from FIGC families with rare germline variants (≥1. Online supplementary figure 1C).Supplemental materialAlthough our data did not support the hypothesis that co-occurrence of rare germline variants is a major determinant of FIGC-related somatic landscapes, these pinpointed a potential correlation between the coexistence of rare and common germline variants, high average number of somatic variants and MSI phenotype in FIGC.FIGC is genetically distinct from SIGC and from HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negativeSince the late age of onset in FIGC probands and their relatives makes it hard to distinguish bona fide FIGCs from SIGCs, we compared the age of onset of FIGC probands with the age of onset of a series of SIGC cases. We found that FIGC probands developed GC approximately 10 years earlier than patients with SIGC (p=4.5E-03. Figure 4E).FIGC is que es viagra a genetic entity distinct from SIGC.

(A) Principal component analysis of genes with germline variants. (B) Principal component analysis of genes with somatic variants. (C) Frequency of genes with germline or somatic variants enriched in FIGC cases in comparison with que es viagra SIGC cases. Purple for genes with germline events and orange for genes with somatic events.

(D) Heatmap and dendrogram of a panel of genes with the highest frequency of germline and/or somatic variants in FIGC (n=50) versus SIGC (n=47). (E) Age que es viagra at diagnosis of FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47). (F) Average number of somatic variants detected in FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47). White, gene with no variants.

Purple, gene with que es viagra germline variants. Orange, gene with somatic variants. Red, gene with germline and somatic variants. P values que es viagra calculated with Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer. SIGC, sporadic intestinal gastric cancer, PC1, principal component 1. PC2, principal que es viagra component 2." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 4 FIGC is a genetic entity distinct from SIGC. (A) Principal component analysis of genes with germline variants.

(B) Principal component analysis of genes with somatic variants. (C) Frequency of genes with germline or somatic variants enriched in FIGC cases in comparison with SIGC cases que es viagra. Purple for genes with germline events and orange for genes with somatic events. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of a panel of genes with the highest frequency of germline and/or somatic variants in FIGC (n=50) versus SIGC (n=47).

(E) Age at que es viagra diagnosis of FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47). (F) Average number of somatic variants detected in FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47). White, gene with no variants. Purple, gene que es viagra with germline variants.

Orange, gene with somatic variants. Red, gene with germline and somatic variants. P values que es viagra calculated with Wilcoxon signed-rank test. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.

SIGC, sporadic intestinal gastric cancer, PC1, principal component 1. PC2, principal component 2.We next explored whether que es viagra these FIGC and SIGC were also distinct at the germline and/or somatic levels. Principal component analysis revealed that certain genes were differentially associated with FIGCs and SIGCs (figure 4A,B). Specifically, common germline variants in TP53 were present in more than 50% of FIGC probands, while only 11% of SIGC cases presented these germline variants (figure 4A,C).

At the somatic level, the frequency of BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, FHIT, SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN could distinguish FIGC from SIGC tumours, with more than 50% of FIGC displaying common variants in these genes, as compared with very low frequencies in SIGC (figure 4B,C).By combining all germline and somatic landscapes of 50 FIGCs and 47 SIGCs focusing only que es viagra on the abovementioned genes, and using unsupervised hierarchical clustering, two main clusters were evidenced separating most FIGCs from SIGCs (figure 4D). Whereas FIGCs carried both germline and somatic variants in TP53, BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, FHIT, SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN genes, SIGCs lacked TP53 and FHIT germline and somatic variants and mainly presented BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN somatic variants.Further supporting that FIGC represents a different entity likely evolving for longer than SIGCs is the fact that FIGC tumours presented statistically significantly more somatic common variants than SIGC tumours (p=4.2E-06), even if arising from patients 10 years younger on average (figure 4E,F).To further understand whether FIGC is a genetic entity also distinct from HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative, we compared the germline and somatic landscapes of 7 FIGCs and 17 HDGCs sequenced with the same Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) panel. We verified that indeed FIGC and HDGC also display considerable differences between germline and somatic landscapes (online supplementary figure 2)(). However, the low number of FIGC cases possible to analyse, which was due to sequencing panel differences, hampers more formal conclusions.Overall, our results suggest that FIGC, rather than a monogenic disease, is likely a polygenic disease with distinctive germline and somatic landscapes from SIGC and HDGC-CDH1-negative.DiscussionFIGC presents an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern of IGC, without gastric polyposis, and has been clinically defined by analogy to the Amsterdam criteria for HNPCC.9 However, lack of novel data supporting familial aggregation of IGC at a given age of onset as well as the non-existence of tumour spectrum descriptions have impeded the redefinition of FIGC testing criteria, useful for identification and management of these families.The primary strength of this study is the use of a large homogeneous cohort of probands with IGC, que es viagra familial aggregation of GC, detailed personal/family history, age of disease onset and disease spectrum.

This series does not present clinical criteria compatible with any other gastrointestinal cancer-associated syndrome, is clearly enriched in GC and mainly of intestinal type, which suggests this is the first data-driven testing criteria for FIGC families. We propose that any family presenting two GC cases, one confirmed of intestinal histology, independently of age, and with or without colorectal cancer, breast cancer or gastric ulcers in other family members, could be considered FIGC.Besides potential testing criteria, our study also reported the first large-scale sequencing analysis of the germline and somatic landscapes of FIGC and respective comparisons with comparable landscapes of SIGC and HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative. We used these data to explore the que es viagra unknown inherited nature of FIGC. Among the FIGC-exclusive germline rare variants found, the missense PMS1 c.224C>T variant was the only one predicted as pathogenic in family P1.

Deleterious variants in this DNA mismatch repair protein (PMS1, OMIM:600258) can be found in HNPCC families, either alone or co-occurring with mutations in other HNPCC-related genes.32 33 However, the real contribution of PMS1 germline mutations for HNPCC predisposition is still debatable. Liu et al33 detected PMS1 and MSH2 germline que es viagra mutations in an HNPCC proband with an MSI tumour, and observed that only the MSH2 germline mutation was shared with another member of the family affected with colorectal cancer, thus demonstrating that MSH2 is the real predisposing gene to colorectal cancer in this family. Notwithstanding, they postulated that the PMS1 mutation could contribute to the unusual number of lung cancer cases in this HNPCC family.33 Our FIGC proband (P1) carrying a PMS1 germline variant displayed an MSI-low tumour, consistent with the fact that Pms1-deficient mice do not show an increased mutation rate (MSI) in the colonic epithelium.34 Although we lack full evidence for the potentially causative role of this PMS1 variant in family P1, namely a second-hit in the tumour and segregation analysis, this remains an open possibility. The same applied to family P27, where potentially truncating variants are simultaneously found in SMAD4 and PRSS1, but no second somatic-hits are found in these genes.

Overall, these findings do not strongly support a monogenic nature for FIGC, at least as evident as that seen for CDH1-associated HDGC or GAPPS.In the last decade, several studies have integrated large-scale normal and tumour sequencing data to ascertain the impact of germline que es viagra variation on tumour evolution.35–38 For example, Carter et al36 identified germline variants that can either dramatically increase the frequency of somatic mutations or influence the site where a tumour develops. Others have shown that rare germline truncations in cancer susceptibility genes, including BRCA1, BRCA2, FANCM and MSH6, are significantly associated with increased somatic mutation frequencies in specific cancer types, suggesting that germline and somatic levels are intrinsically linked.37 Our findings revealed that, independently of the presence of rare germline variants, FIGC families displayed similar germline and somatic variant burden and landscapes, suggesting that this type of inherited variation may not be a major determinant of tumour development in these families. Interestingly, we found that MSI and MSS tumours from FIGC families lacking rare germline variants displayed a similar somatic variant burden, while MSI tumours from families carrying single/multiple germline rare variants tend to harbour more somatic variants than MSS tumour-bearing families.

At least three relatives should have IGC and one of them should be a 100mg viagra for sale first-degree relative of the other two. At least two successive generations should be affected. And in one of the relatives, GC should be diagnosed before the age of 50.

In countries 100mg viagra for sale with low incidence, the following criteria are used. At least two first-degree relatives (FDR) or second-degree relatives (SDR) affected by IGC, one diagnosed before the age of 50. Or three or more relatives with IGC at any age.9 Because no novel data exist supporting familial aggregation of IGC, no specific tumour spectrum has been defined, and no data support a particular age of onset.

Hence, the above criteria 100mg viagra for sale have never been revisited or validated. Therefore, these families are often neglected and rarely followed in oncogenetic consultations.GC also develops in the context of other inherited cancer predisposition syndromes.18 In particular, GC has been identified in the tumour spectrum of Lynch syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, juvenile polyposis, and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, among others.19–22 Therefore, genes causing hereditary cancer susceptibility syndromes, even if only slightly associated with GC susceptibility, would be good candidates to test as potential FIGC causal genes.Herein, we used a next-generation sequencing approach to interrogate a panel of genes implicated in upper gastrointestinal tract cancer, or in cancer susceptibility syndromes, across 50 probands with familial aggregation of IGC from Tuscany, a region from Italy with high incidence of GC.23 The access to a highly homogeneous FIGC cohort, the largest ever studied, and its comparison with an HDGC series and a cohort of sporadic intestinal gastric cancer (SIGC) allowed us to define three objectives and to extend the current knowledge on FIGC predisposition. (1) characterise the age of cancer onset and disease spectrum of our FIGC cohort.

(2) search for evidence for a Mendelian and monogenic pattern of 100mg viagra for sale inheritance. And (3) search for evidence of alternative oligogenic/polygenic modes of inheritance.Herein, we gathered evidence that FIGC is likely a genetically determined, GC-predisposing disease, different at the clinical, germline and somatic levels from SIGC and HDGC. We further proposed the first testing criteria for FIGC families.MethodsPatient selectionFifty FIGC and 17 HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative probands were admitted at the Division of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology, University of Siena, Italy.

The selection of FIGC families was 100mg viagra for sale based on the following criteria. (1) proband presenting with GC of intestinal histology. (2) familial aggregation of GC.

(3) family history of cancer, other than 100mg viagra for sale gastric. (4) negative genetic test for germline CDH1 coding sequence mutations (exclusion of HDGC). And (5) negative genetic test for germline for the promoter 1B of APC (exclusion of GAPPS).

The 17 HDGC probands were negative for CDH1 100mg viagra for sale germline coding mutations and selected as a control group. Forty-seven patients with SIGC were collected in Portugal.Multigene panel sequencing, variant calling and filteringDNA from normal gastric mucosa (germline) and tumour tissue from 50 FIGC and 17 HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative probands were sequenced using three Illumina MiSeq custom panels. TruSeq Custom Amplicon Assay 1, TruSeq Custom Amplicon Assay 2 and Nextera custom panel (online supplementary table 1).

The selection of genes deposited in 100mg viagra for sale each panel was based on their implication in upper gastrointestinal tract cancers or in cancer susceptibility syndromes identified through literature review (online supplementary table 2). FASTQ files were aligned to the RefSeq Human Genome GRCh38 using bwa-mem, and variants were called using Samtools.24 25 Called variants were defined as germline or somatic by normal-tumour pair comparison and annotated with Ensembl and Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC (FATHMM- Functional Analysis through Hidden Markov Models).26 27 High-quality (HQ) germline or somatic variants were defined as presenting ≥20 reads per allele and genotype quality ≥90 and call quality ≥100. Next, all single nucleotide polymorphism database (dbSNP) identifiers available for FIGC germline variants (regardless of quality criteria) were screened in four European populations from 1000 Genomes.

(1) 107 normal individuals from Tuscany (Italy, TSI) 100mg viagra for sale. (2) 91 normal individuals from Great Britain (GBR). (3) 99 normal individuals from Finland (FIN).

And (4) 107 normal individuals from Spain (IBS).28 Germline variants without dbSNP identifiers available 100mg viagra for sale in the 1000 Genomes were screened using Ensembl VEP for truncating consequences. Detected truncating variants presented on average less than four reads, that is, were of low quality and discarded. FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants were selected if they (1) displayed genotypes in FIGCs distinct from GBR, FIN and IBS populations and below 1% in the TSI population.

(2) presented ≥20 reads per allele, genotype quality ≥90 and 100mg viagra for sale call quality ≥100. (3) displayed genotypes distinct from HDGCs and SIGCs. And (4) presented allele frequency in ExAC and gnomAD populations below 1%.29Supplemental materialSupplemental materialValidation of FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants by Sanger sequencingTwelve out of 32 FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants were validated by PCR-Sanger sequencing.

Briefly, 20–50 ng of DNA from normal and matched tumour was amplified using Multiplex PCR Kit 100mg viagra for sale (Qiagen) and custom primers flanking each variant. PCR products were purified with ExoSAP-IT Express (Applied Biosystems) and sequenced on an ABI3100 Genetic Analyzer using BigDye Terminator V.3.1 Cycle Sequencing Kit (Applied Biosystems).Intronic germline variants were analysed using the splice site prediction software NetGene2 V.2.4.30Somatic second-hit analysisLoss of heterozygosity (LOH) and somatic second mutations were determined by calculating the variant allele frequency (VAF) and screening genes with FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants, respectively. In particular, VAF was calculated by dividing the number of reads for the variant allele by the total number of reads both for the normal and for the corresponding tumour samples.

LOH was defined when more than 20% increase of VAF over normal was observed.Germline and somatic landscape analysis of 50 FIGC casesFIGC germline and somatic landscapes were analysed on a per-variant and per-gene basis, considering the number of 100mg viagra for sale FIGC germline, rare HQ exclusive variants detected per proband (0, 1 or >1). The similarities/differences for the germline and somatic variant and gene landscapes per FIGC class were analysed using unsupervised hierarchical clustering using R package ggplot2 for heatmap and dendrogram construction.31 For somatic variant/gene landscape analysis, FIGC classes were also divided according to microsatellite instable status and compared using analysis of variance statistics with R. The number of microsatellite instable (MSI) and microsatellite stable (MSS) tumours per FIGC class was compared using Pearson’s χ2 test.Comparison of germline and somatic landscapes for FIGC, SIGC and HDGCVCF files obtained from whole genome sequencing (Complete Genomics platform) of 47 SIGCs and VCF files of 17 HDGCs were analysed to detect germline and somatic variants, using the same germline/somatic variant definition and sequencing quality criteria previously described for FIGC cases.

Of note, due to the differential resolution between whole genome sequencing and targeted sequencing, only variants detected in the 47 SIGCs 100mg viagra for sale in the same regions targeted by the custom panels were selected for downstream analysis.Germline and somatic landscapes of FIGC, SIGC and HDGC cases were performed on a per-gene basis. Each gene was classified as presenting 0 or ≥1 germline/somatic variants. Germline and somatic joint landscape was defined by counting the number of germline and somatic variants for each gene, which was classified as displaying no germline or somatic variants.

‰¥1 germline and 0 somatic variants 100mg viagra for sale. 0 germline and ≥1 somatic variants. Or ≥1 germline and ≥1 somatic variants.

Results were plotted in a heatmap and a dendrogram, and principal 100mg viagra for sale component analysis was performed using R. The frequency of genes with germline/somatic variants in FIGCs, SIGCs and HDGCs was calculated, and genes with a frequency difference ≥50% were represented in a bar plot and in a heatmap using R.ResultsAge of onset and disease spectrum in FIGCOf the 50 FIGC probands (table 1), 18 were female and 32 were male. The mean age at diagnosis was 71.8±8.0 years.

From the 100mg viagra for sale 50 families depicted in table 1, 5 (10%) had >1 FDR with GC (mean age. 68.8±7.5 years). 14 (28%) had concomitantly FDR and SDR or FDR and third-degree relatives with GC (mean age.

68.7±8.4 years) 100mg viagra for sale. 29 (58%) had a single FDR with GC (mean age. 73.6±7.2 years).

And 2 100mg viagra for sale (4%) had only SDR affected with GC (mean. 74±15.6 years).View this table:Table 1 Clinical characteristics of FIGC probands and their family historyWhen considering the disease spectrum in these FIGC families, 19 different phenotypes have been observed affecting 208 family members (figure 1, table 1). The most prevalent phenotype was GC, detected in 138 of 208 (66.3%) family members.

50 probands with IGC and 100mg viagra for sale 88 additional patients with unknown GC histology. The second and third most prevalent phenotypes were colorectal/colon and breast cancer observed in nine patients from seven families. Of note, eight patients from six families were affected with gastric ulcer, a non-cancerous lesion, which is the third most common disease phenotype in this cohort.

Besides these phenotypes, positive history of lung cancer 100mg viagra for sale was observed in six families. Leukaemia in five families. Laryngotracheal and hepatobiliary cancer in four families.

Osteosarcoma in three families 100mg viagra for sale. Prostate, liver, melanoma, gynaecological, bladder and brain cancers were detected in two families each. And thyroid, kidney and oral cancer in one family.

Moreover, 11 families had relatives affected by an unidentified type of cancer that often coexisted with other cancer types such as colon, leukaemia, breast, liver and prostate.Disease 100mg viagra for sale spectrum of FIGC families. The disease spectrum of FIGC encompassed 19 different phenotypes affecting 208 family members. The most prevalent phenotype was gastric cancer, detected in 138 of 208, followed by colorectal/colon and breast cancers in 9 of 208.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 1 Disease 100mg viagra for sale spectrum of FIGC families. The disease spectrum of FIGC encompassed 19 different phenotypes affecting 208 family members. The most prevalent phenotype was gastric cancer, detected in 138 of 208, followed by colorectal/colon and breast cancers in 9 of 208.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.Germline and somatic variant discovery across FIGC probandsMultigene panel sequencing analysis of normal-tumour DNA of 50 FIGC probands revealed a total of 10 062 variants (≥1 read covering the alternative 100mg viagra for sale allele). Of these, 4998 (49.7%) were detected in normal DNA and defined as germline variants. The remaining 5064 (50.3%) were called as somatic variants due to exclusive presence in tumour DNA.

We started 100mg viagra for sale by exploring germline variants, focusing on rare variants in single genes (monogenic hypothesis) or variants co-occurring in several genes, regardless of their population frequency (oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis).Monogenic hypothesis. FIGC-associated rare germline variants and somatic second-hitsTo identify rare germline FIGC-predisposing variants, we performed a systematic analysis of all germline variants, focusing on their frequency across normal populations and GC cohorts, and sequencing quality.We identified 4998 germline variants in the 50 patients with FIGC (figure 2A). From the 4998 FIGC germline variants, the genotype frequency of 1038 (20.8%) was available for four 1000 Genomes European populations.28 From the 79.2% of variants absent from 1000 Genomes, only 1.3% (n=53) presented truncating effects, however supported on average by less than four reads, that is, of very low quality and hence confidently discarded.

From the 1038 variants present in 1000 Genomes, 121 (11.7%) presented 100mg viagra for sale genotypes absent from the four populations screened. Of these 121 variants, only 60 presented the abovementioned sequencing quality criteria. From these, 43 variants were exclusively detected in FIGC comparing with HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and SIGC cohorts.

With regard to the 17 discarded variants, all were found in at least one 100mg viagra for sale HDGC proband and none in SIGC.90 and a call quality >100). From these, 43 variants presented the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts. A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in all ExAC and gnomAD populations available.

(B) Germline variant burden of FIGC 100mg viagra for sale families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no 100mg viagra for sale detected variants. Purple, detected variants. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of 64 genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels.

White, genes 100mg viagra for sale with no detected variants. Light salmon, genes with a single variant. Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants.

Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct 100mg viagra for sale variants. Dark purple, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. ANOVA, analysis of variance.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric 100mg viagra for sale cancer. GC, gastric cancer. HDGC, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer.

HQ, high-quality." class="highwire-fragment fragment-images colorbox-load" rel="gallery-fragment-images-255021516" data-figure-caption="Co-occurrence of rare germline variants does 100mg viagra for sale not define a specific germline landscape. (A) Discovery of FIGC rare germline predisposition variants. A total of 4998 germline variants were detected in normal stomach using multigene panel sequencing.

From these, 1038 were identified by the 1000 Genomes Project, and 100mg viagra for sale 121 were absent from four distinct normal European populations. Of these 121 variants, only 60 were classified as variants of high quality (with at least 20 reads for each allele, a genotype quality >90 and a call quality >100). From these, 43 variants presented the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts.

A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in 100mg viagra for sale all ExAC and gnomAD populations available. (B) Germline variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics.

(C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC 100mg viagra for sale germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level. White, no detected variants. Purple, detected variants.

(D) Heatmap 100mg viagra for sale and dendrogram of 64 genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, genes with no detected variants. Light salmon, genes with a single variant.

Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants 100mg viagra for sale. Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Dark purple, gene with 11–15 distinct variants.

ANOVA, analysis of variance 100mg viagra for sale. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer. GC, gastric cancer.

HDGC, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer 100mg viagra for sale. HQ, high-quality." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 2 Co-occurrence of rare germline variants does not define a specific germline landscape. (A) Discovery of FIGC rare germline predisposition variants.

A total of 4998 germline variants were detected in normal stomach using multigene 100mg viagra for sale panel sequencing. From these, 1038 were identified by the 1000 Genomes Project, and 121 were absent from four distinct normal European populations. Of these 121 variants, only 60 were classified as variants of high quality (with at least 20 reads for each allele, a genotype quality >90 and a call quality >100).

From these, 43 variants presented 100mg viagra for sale the RefSeq genotype in the HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative and sporadic GC cohorts. A final set of 32 germline, rare and high-quality FIGC-exclusive variants were selected by screening the allele frequency of these variants in all ExAC and gnomAD populations available. (B) Germline variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants.

P value 100mg viagra for sale was determined by ANOVA statistics. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 710 HQ FIGC germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level. White, no detected variants.

Purple, detected variants 100mg viagra for sale. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of 64 genes with the 710 germline variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels. White, genes with no detected variants.

Light salmon, 100mg viagra for sale genes with a single variant. Pink, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants. Purple, gene with 6–10 distinct variants.

Dark purple, gene with 11–15 distinct 100mg viagra for sale variants. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.

GC, gastric cancer 100mg viagra for sale. HDGC, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. HQ, high-quality.From the 43 germline, rare and HQ FIGC-exclusive variants, 31 (72.1%) displayed very low allele frequency in all ExAC and gnomAD populations (figure 2A, online supplementary table 3), and were present in 21 of 50 (42%) FIGC probands (7 missense, 7 3’untranslated (UTR), 2 5’UTR, 12 intronic and 3 synonymous in 18 genes.

Online supplementary table 4) 100mg viagra for sale. Fifteen probands carried a single variant and six exhibited co-occurrence of two or more variants (online supplementary table 5). After excluding variants classified as benign and predicted as intronic, synonymous or not impacting splicing, 12 variants were validated by Sanger sequencing (table 2).Supplemental materialSupplemental materialSupplemental materialView this table:Table 2 FIGC rare germline variants validated by Sanger sequencingA missense variant in PMS1 (c.224C>T), predicted as pathogenic, deleterious and probably damaging by FATHMM, SIFT and PolyPhen, respectively (table 2, online supplementary table 3), was found in family P1 (table 1, online supplementary table 4).

The probands, who developed an MSS IGC at 59 years, had an FDR with GC at 80 and two other FDR and SDR with unidentified cancers at 50 and 75 years, 100mg viagra for sale respectively. The only supporting evidence for the role of this variant in FIGC was its COSMIC record as somatic in one GC sample (COSM6198026) (online supplementary table 3).The proband of family P27 presented three germline variants of uncertain significance, two in SMAD4 (c.424+5G>A. C.454+38G>C) and one in PRSS1 (c.201-99G>C) (online supplementary table 4).

Variants c.424+5G>A in SMAD4 and c.201–99G>C in 100mg viagra for sale PRSS1 were the only intronic variants predicted to disrupt RNA splicing (table 2, online supplementary tables 3 and 5,). In particular, SMAD4 variant c.424+5G>A decreases the confidence of a donor splice site, which may lead to intron 3 retention, a premature termination codon and generation of a 142 amino acid truncated protein. On the other hand, PRSS1 variant c.201-99G>C creates a new, high-confidence acceptor splice site within intron 2, which may lead to a truncated 69 amino acid protein.

Proband P27 developed an MSS IGC at age 64 and had family history of GC, gastric 100mg viagra for sale ulcer, laryngotracheal, gynaecological and hepatobiliary cancers (table 1, online supplementary table 4). The presence of these phenotypes seems to exclude juvenile polyposis and hereditary pancreatitis as underlying syndromes of this family, but could support a potential role for SMAD4 together with PRSS1 in FIGC.We then screened the primary tumours of P1 and P27 FIGC probands for somatic second-hit inactivating mechanisms (LOH, somatic mutation) in germline-affected genes. None of the two FIGC probands showed evidence of deleterious somatic variants nor LOH of the wild-type allele of the germline targeted genes (data not shown).Although interesting, these findings are insufficient to support the monogenic hypothesis for FIGC and a potentially causal role for the abovementioned affected genes.Oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis.

Co-occurrence of rare germline variants determines somatic landscapes of FIGC tumoursWe then proceeded with the oligogenic/polygenic hypothesis, which takes into consideration the co-occurrence of germline variants, regardless of their population frequency, as a risk factor for this disease, which would determine the subsequent somatic events necessary for malignant transformation.We categorised the 50 100mg viagra for sale FIGC probands according to the presence of rare germline variants. Families with no variants (n=30). Families with a single variant (n=14).

And families 100mg viagra for sale with multiple variants (n=6). To understand the germline and somatic variant burden for each of these three FIGC classes, we applied the previously described quality criteria obtaining 710 HQ germline variants and 344 HQ somatic variants. The average number of HQ germline variants was identical across the three classes of FIGC families (75.7, 77.4 and 74.5 for families without (0), with one (1) or more than one (>1) rare germline variants, respectively.

Figure 2B) 100mg viagra for sale. Germline landscape unsupervised hierarchical clustering revealed no associations between variants or variant-bearing genes and a particular FIGC family class (figure 2C,D).Concerning the somatic variant burden, no significant differences were observed across the three FIGC classes (15.0, 13.8 and 11.2 for families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants, respectively. Figure 3A).

Again, no clustering of specific variants/genes and particular FIGC classes was observed (figure 100mg viagra for sale 3B,C).1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no 100mg viagra for sale detected variants. Orange, detected variants. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels.

White, gene with no detected 100mg viagra for sale variants. Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants.

Light brown, gene 100mg viagra for sale with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. (D) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status.

P value was determined 100mg viagra for sale by ANOVA statistics. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.

HQ, high-quality 100mg viagra for sale. MSI, microsatellite instable. MSS, microsatellite stable." class="highwire-fragment fragment-images colorbox-load" rel="gallery-fragment-images-255021516" data-figure-caption="Rare germline variants are not major determinants of FIGC somatic events.

(A) Somatic variant burden of 100mg viagra for sale FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no 100mg viagra for sale detected variants. Orange, detected variants. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels.

White, gene with no 100mg viagra for sale detected variants. Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants.

Light brown, 100mg viagra for sale gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. (D) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status.

P value was determined by ANOVA 100mg viagra for sale statistics. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.

HQ, high-quality 100mg viagra for sale. MSI, microsatellite instable. MSS, microsatellite stable." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 3 Rare germline variants are not major determinants of FIGC somatic events.

(A) Somatic variant burden of FIGC 100mg viagra for sale families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants. P value was determined by ANOVA statistics. (B) Heatmap and dendrogram of 344 FIGC somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression level.

White, no detected variants 100mg viagra for sale. Orange, detected variants. (C) Heatmap and dendrogram of 46 genes with the 344 somatic variants of FIGC family classes (Z-score normalised expression levels.

White, gene with 100mg viagra for sale no detected variants. Yellow, gene with a single variant. Orange, gene carrying 2–5 distinct variants.

Light brown, 100mg viagra for sale gene with 6–10 distinct variants. Brown, gene with 11–15 distinct variants. (D) Somatic variant burden of FIGC families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants subdivided according to MSI status.

P value was determined by ANOVA 100mg viagra for sale statistics. ANOVA, analysis of variance. FIGC, familial intestinal gastric cancer.

HQ, high-quality 100mg viagra for sale. MSI, microsatellite instable. MSS, microsatellite stable.We verified that 38% of the FIGC tumours in our series displayed the MSI phenotype, and further investigated whether MSI could influence the somatic variant burden and landscape in families with 0, 1 or >1 rare germline variants.

After subdividing each FIGC class according to its MSI status, no significant differences were observed 100mg viagra for sale both in terms of somatic variant burden and landscape between categories (figure 3B–D). Nevertheless, we observed that among FIGC families with multiple rare germline variants (>1), MSI tumours showed an average number of HQ somatic variants twofold higher than that of MSS tumours (17 vs 10 HQ somatic variants per case, respectively. Figure 3D, online supplementary figure 1A).

This observation 100mg viagra for sale prompted us to explore the influence of rare germline variants, independently of their number, on tumour instability and consequent somatic variant burden. Despite the lack of statistical significance, we observed an enrichment of MSI tumours in FIGC families carrying rare germline variants comparing with MSI tumours from families lacking rare germline variants (online supplementary figure 1B). Concerning the average of somatic variants, whereas MSI and MSS tumours from FIGC lacking rare germline variants displayed a similar average number, there was a non-significant trend for higher average number of HQ somatic variants in MSI tumours versus MSS tumours from FIGC families with rare germline variants (≥1.

Online supplementary figure 1C).Supplemental materialAlthough our data did not support the hypothesis that co-occurrence of rare germline variants is a major determinant of FIGC-related somatic landscapes, these pinpointed a potential correlation between the coexistence of rare and common germline variants, high average number of somatic variants and MSI phenotype in FIGC.FIGC is genetically distinct from SIGC and from HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negativeSince the late age of onset in FIGC probands and their relatives makes it hard to distinguish bona fide FIGCs from SIGCs, we compared the age of onset of FIGC probands with the age of onset of a series 100mg viagra for sale of SIGC cases. We found that FIGC probands developed GC approximately 10 years earlier than patients with SIGC (p=4.5E-03. Figure 4E).FIGC is a genetic entity distinct from SIGC.

(A) Principal component analysis of genes with 100mg viagra for sale germline variants. (B) Principal component analysis of genes with somatic variants. (C) Frequency of genes with germline or somatic variants enriched in FIGC cases in comparison with SIGC cases.

Purple for genes with germline events and orange for genes with 100mg viagra for sale somatic events. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of a panel of genes with the highest frequency of germline and/or somatic variants in FIGC (n=50) versus SIGC (n=47). (E) Age at diagnosis of FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47).

(F) Average number of somatic variants detected in FIGC (n=50) and SIGC 100mg viagra for sale cases (n=47). White, gene with no variants. Purple, gene with germline variants.

Orange, gene with somatic 100mg viagra for sale variants. Red, gene with germline and somatic variants. P values calculated with Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

FIGC, familial intestinal gastric 100mg viagra for sale cancer. SIGC, sporadic intestinal gastric cancer, PC1, principal component 1. PC2, principal component 2." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 4 FIGC is a genetic entity distinct from SIGC.

(A) Principal 100mg viagra for sale component analysis of genes with germline variants. (B) Principal component analysis of genes with somatic variants. (C) Frequency of genes with germline or somatic variants enriched in FIGC cases in comparison with SIGC cases.

Purple for genes 100mg viagra for sale with germline events and orange for genes with somatic events. (D) Heatmap and dendrogram of a panel of genes with the highest frequency of germline and/or somatic variants in FIGC (n=50) versus SIGC (n=47). (E) Age at diagnosis of FIGC (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47).

(F) Average number of somatic variants detected in FIGC 100mg viagra for sale (n=50) and SIGC cases (n=47). White, gene with no variants. Purple, gene with germline variants.

Orange, gene 100mg viagra for sale with somatic variants. Red, gene with germline and somatic variants. P values calculated with Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

FIGC, familial 100mg viagra for sale intestinal gastric cancer. SIGC, sporadic intestinal gastric cancer, PC1, principal component 1. PC2, principal component 2.We next explored whether these FIGC and SIGC were also distinct at the germline and/or somatic levels.

Principal component analysis revealed that certain genes 100mg viagra for sale were differentially associated with FIGCs and SIGCs (figure 4A,B). Specifically, common germline variants in TP53 were present in more than 50% of FIGC probands, while only 11% of SIGC cases presented these germline variants (figure 4A,C). At the somatic level, the frequency of BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, FHIT, SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN could distinguish FIGC from SIGC tumours, with more than 50% of FIGC displaying common variants in these genes, as compared with very low frequencies in SIGC (figure 4B,C).By combining all germline and somatic landscapes of 50 FIGCs and 47 SIGCs focusing only on the abovementioned genes, and using unsupervised hierarchical clustering, two main clusters were evidenced separating most FIGCs from SIGCs (figure 4D).

Whereas FIGCs carried both germline and somatic variants in TP53, BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, FHIT, SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN genes, SIGCs lacked TP53 and FHIT germline and somatic variants and mainly presented BRCA2, ATM, FOXF1, 100mg viagra for sale SDHB, MSH6, CTNNA1 and PXN somatic variants.Further supporting that FIGC represents a different entity likely evolving for longer than SIGCs is the fact that FIGC tumours presented statistically significantly more somatic common variants than SIGC tumours (p=4.2E-06), even if arising from patients 10 years younger on average (figure 4E,F).To further understand whether FIGC is a genetic entity also distinct from HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative, we compared the germline and somatic landscapes of 7 FIGCs and 17 HDGCs sequenced with the same Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) panel. We verified that indeed FIGC and HDGC also display considerable differences between germline and somatic landscapes (online supplementary figure 2)(). However, the low number of FIGC cases possible to analyse, which was due to sequencing panel differences, hampers more formal conclusions.Overall, our results suggest that FIGC, rather than a monogenic disease, is likely a polygenic disease with distinctive germline and somatic landscapes from SIGC and HDGC-CDH1-negative.DiscussionFIGC presents an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern of IGC, without gastric polyposis, and has been clinically defined by analogy to the Amsterdam criteria for HNPCC.9 However, lack of novel data supporting familial aggregation of IGC at a given age of onset as well as the non-existence of tumour spectrum descriptions have impeded the redefinition of FIGC testing criteria, useful for identification and management of these families.The primary strength of this study is the use of a large homogeneous cohort of probands with IGC, familial aggregation of GC, detailed personal/family history, age of disease onset and disease spectrum.

This series does not present clinical criteria compatible with any other gastrointestinal cancer-associated syndrome, is clearly enriched in GC and mainly of intestinal type, which suggests this is the first data-driven testing criteria for FIGC families. We propose that any family presenting two GC cases, one confirmed of intestinal histology, independently of age, and with or without colorectal cancer, breast cancer or gastric ulcers in other family members, could be considered FIGC.Besides potential testing criteria, our study also reported the first large-scale sequencing analysis of the germline and somatic landscapes of FIGC and respective comparisons with comparable landscapes of SIGC and HDGC-CDH1 mutation-negative. We used these data to explore the unknown inherited nature of FIGC.

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This notice invites all interested parties to submit nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). This notice also announces the next meeting of the APOE (the Panel) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS) on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace®, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This meeting is open to the public.

Meeting Date. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. To 5:00 p.m.

Eastern daylight time (e.d.t). Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations, Special Accommodations, and Comments. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

(e.d.t). Deadline for Submitting Nominations. Nominations will be considered if we receive them at the appropriate address, Start Printed Page 26040provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, no later than 5 p.m., (e.d.t.) on June 11, 2021.

Meeting Location. Virtual. All those who RSVP will receive the link to attend.

Nominations, Presentations, and Written Comments. Nominations, presentations, and written comments should be submitted to. Lisa Carr, Designated Federal Official (DFO), Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 325G HHH, Washington, DC 20201, 202-690-5742, or via email at APOE@cms.hhs.gov. Registration. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available.

Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the website https://www.eventbrite.com/​e/​apoe-may-26-2021-virtual-meeting-tickets-150209828641 or by contacting the DFO listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should contact the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Start Further Info Lisa Carr, Designated Federal Official, Office of Communications, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 325G HHH, Washington, DC 20201, 202-690-5742, or via email at APOE@cms.hhs.gov.

Additional information about the APOE is available at. Https://www.cms.gov/​Regulations-and-Guidance/​Guidance/​FACA/​APOE. Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 690-6145.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information I. Background and Charter Renewal Information A. Background The Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub.

L. 92-463), as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees.

The Panel is authorized by section 1114(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) (42 U.S.C. 1314(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a).

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) signed the charter establishing the Citizen's Advisory Panel on Medicare Education [] (the predecessor to the APOE) on January 21, 1999 (64 FR 7899) to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS) on the effective implementation of national Medicare education programs, including with respect to the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program added by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub.

L. 105-33). The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub.

L. 108-173) expanded the existing health plan options and benefits available under the M+C program and renamed it the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. CMS has had substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options available and better tools to evaluate these options.

Successful MA program implementation required CMS to consider the views and policy input from a variety of private sector constituents and to develop a broad range of public-private partnerships. In addition, Title I of the MMA authorized the Secretary and the Administrator of CMS (by delegation) to establish the Medicare prescription drug benefit. The drug benefit allows beneficiaries to obtain qualified prescription drug coverage.

In order to effectively administer the MA program and the Medicare prescription drug benefit, we have substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options and benefits available, and to develop better tools to evaluate these plans and benefits. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L.

111-148) and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-152) (collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act) expanded the availability of other options for health care coverage and enacted a number of changes to Medicare as well as to Medicaid and CHIP.

Qualified individuals and qualified employers are now able to purchase private health insurance coverage through a competitive marketplace, called an Affordable Insurance Exchange (also called Health Insurance Marketplace®, or Marketplace® [] ). In order to effectively implement and administer these changes, we must provide information to consumers, providers, and other stakeholders through education and outreach programs regarding how existing programs will change and the expanded range of health coverage options available, including private health insurance coverage through the Marketplace®. The APOE allows us to consider a broad range of views and information from interested audiences in connection with this effort and to identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of education strategies concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The scope of this Panel also includes advising on issues pertaining to the education of providers and stakeholders with respect to the Affordable Care Act and certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5).

On January 21, 2011, the Panel's charter was renewed and the Panel was renamed the Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education. The Panel's charter was most recently renewed on January 19, 2021, and will terminate on January 19, 2023 unless renewed by appropriate action. B.

Charter Renewal and Copies of the Charter In accordance with the January 19, 2021, charter, the APOE will advise the HHS and CMS on developing and implementing education programs that support individuals who are enrolled in or eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace® and other CMS programs. The scope of this FACA group also includes advising on education of providers and stakeholders with respect to health care reform and certain provisions of the HITECH Act enacted as part of the ARRA. The charter will terminate on January 19, 2023, unless renewed by appropriate action.

The APOE was chartered under 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The APOE is governed by provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C.

Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. In accordance with the renewed charter, the APOE will advise the Secretary and the CMS Administrator concerning optimal strategies for the following. Developing and implementing education and outreach programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for, Start Printed Page 26041Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP, and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace® and other CMS programs.

Enhancing the federal government's effectiveness in informing Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or the Health Insurance Marketplace® consumers, issuers, providers, and stakeholders, pursuant to education and outreach programs of issues regarding these programs, including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, partners and stakeholders. Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP and the Health Insurance Marketplace® education programs, and other CMS programs as designated. Assembling and sharing an information base of “best practices” for helping consumers evaluate health coverage options.

Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures for information, counseling, and assistance. Drawing the program link between outreach and education, promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices, and facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including prevention services, envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. The current members of the Panel as of April 9, 2021, are.

E. Lorraine Bell, Chief Officer, Population Health, Catholic Charities USA. Nazleen Bharmal, Medical Director of Community Partnerships, Cleveland Clinic.

Julie Carter, Senior Federal Policy Associate, Medicare Rights Center. Scott Ferguson, Director of Care Transitions and Population Health, Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.

Leslie Fried, Senior Director, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging. Jean-Venable Robertson Goode, Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University. Ted Henson, Director of Health Center Performance and Innovation, National Association of Community Health Centers.

Joan Ilardo, Director of Research Initiatives, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. Cheri Lattimer, Executive Director, National Transitions of Care Coalition. Cori McMahon, Vice President, Tridiuum.

Alan Meade, Director of Rehab Services, Holston Medical group. Michael Minor, National Director, H.O.P.E. HHS Partnership, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated.

Jina Ragland, Associate State Director of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Nebraska. Morgan Reed, Executive Director, Association for Competitive Technology. Margot Savoy, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Temple University Physicians.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, President and CEO, Better Medicare Alliance. And. Tia Whitaker, Statewide Director, Outreach and Enrollment, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers.

The Secretary's Charter for the APOE is available on the CMS website at. Https://www.facadatabase.gov/​FACA/​apex/​FACAPublicCommittee?. €‹id=​a10t0000001gzsCAAQ, or you may obtain a copy of the charter by submitting a request to the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice.

II. Request for Nominations The APOE shall consist of no more than 20 members. The Chair shall either be appointed from among the 20 members, or a Federal official will be designated to serve as the Chair.

The charter requires that meetings shall be held up to four times per year. Members will be expected to attend all meetings. The members and the Chair shall be selected from authorities knowledgeable in one or more of the following fields.

Senior citizen advocacy Outreach to minority and underserved communities Health communications Disease-related advocacy Disability policy and access Health economics research Health insurers and plans Health IT Direct patient care Matters of labor and retirement Representatives of the general public may also serve on the APOE. This notice also requests nominations for three individuals to serve on the APOE to fill current vacancies and possible vacancies that may become available later in 2021. This notice is an invitation to interested organizations or individuals to submit their nominations for membership (no self-nominations will be accepted).

The CMS Administrator will appoint new members to the APOE from among those candidates determined to have the expertise required to meet specific agency needs, and in a manner to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. We have an interest in ensuring that the interests of both women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and disabled individuals are adequately represented on the APOE. Therefore, we encourage nominations of qualified candidates who can represent these interests.

Any interested organization or person may nominate one or more qualified persons. Each nomination must include a letter stating that the nominee has expressed a willingness to serve as a Panel member and must be accompanied by a curricula vitae and a brief biographical summary of the nominee's experience. While we are looking for experts in a number of fields, our most specific needs are for experts in outreach to minority and underserved communities, health communications, disease-related advocacy, disability policy and access, health economics research, behavioral health, health insurers and plans, Health IT, social media, direct patient care, and matters of labor and retirement.

We are requesting that all submitted curricula vitae include the following. Date of birth Place of birth Title and current position Professional affiliation Home and business address Telephone and fax numbers Email address Areas of expertise Phone interviews of nominees may also be requested after review of the nominations. In order to permit an evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest, potential candidates will be asked to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts.

Members are invited to serve for 2-year terms, contingent upon the renewal of the APOE by appropriate action prior to its termination. A member may serve after the expiration of that member's term until a successor takes office. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term shall be appointed for the remainder of that term.

III. Meeting Format and Agenda In accordance with section 10(a) of the FACA, this notice announces a meeting of the APOE. The agenda for the May 26, 2021 meeting will include the following.

Welcome and listening session with CMS leadership Recap of the previous (March 31, 2021) meeting CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities An opportunity for public commentStart Printed Page 26042 Meeting summary, review of recommendations, and next steps Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the oral presentation to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make an oral presentation may submit written comments to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

IV. Meeting Participation The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to registered participants. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the website https://www.eventbrite.com/​e/​apoe-may-26-2021-virtual-meeting-tickets-150209828641 or contact the DFO at the address or number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice.

This meeting will be held virtually. Individuals who are not registered in advance will be unable to attend the meeting. V.

Collection of Information This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping, or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

The Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), Elizabeth Richter, having reviewed and approved this document, authorizes Lynette Wilson, who is the Federal Register Liaison, to electronically sign this document for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Start Signature Dated.

May 10, 2021. Lynette Wilson, Federal Register Liaison, Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services.

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Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and Human Services, (HHS). Interim final rule with comment period. This interim final rule with comment period (IFC) amends our current regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act (the Act) to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located.

These regulatory changes align our policy with the decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. We would also apply the policy in this IFC when deciding timely appeals before the Administrator of applications for reclassifications beginning with FY 2022 that were denied by the MGCRB due to the current policy, which does not permit hospitals with rural redesignations to use the rural area's wage data for purposes of reclassifying under the MGCRB.

Effective date. These regulations are effective on May 10, 2021. Comment date.

To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below by June 28, 2021. In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1762-IFC. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.

Comments, including mass comment submissions, must be submitted in one of the following three ways (please choose only one of the ways listed). 1. Electronically.

You may (and we encourage you to) submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions under the “submit a comment” tab. 2.

By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY. Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention. CMS-1762-IFC, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, can i buy viagra at walgreens MD 21244-1850.

Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail.

You may send written comments via express or overnight mail to the following address ONLY. Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention.

CMS-1762-IFC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. For information on viewing public comments, we refer readers to the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Start Further Info Tehila Lipschutz, (410) 786-1344 or Dan Schroder, (410) 786-7452.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Inspection of Public Comments. All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following website as soon as possible after they have been received.

Http://regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that website to view public comments. Comments received timely will be also available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. To 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1-800-743-3951.

I. Background A. Wage Index for Acute Care Hospitals Paid Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Under section 1886(d) of the Social Security Act (the Act), hospitals are paid based on prospectively set rates.

To account for geographic area wage level differences, section 1886(d)(3)(E) of the Act requires that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) adjust the standardized amounts by a factor (established by the Secretary) reflecting the relative hospital wage level in the geographic area of the hospital, as compared to the national average hospital wage level. We currently define hospital labor market areas based on the delineations of statistical areas established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The current statistical areas (which were implemented beginning with FY 2015) are based on revised OMB delineations issued on February 28, 2013, in OMB Bulletin No.

13-01, with updates as reflected in OMB Bulletins Nos. 15-01, 17-01, and 18-04. We refer readers to the FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (79 FR 49951 through 49963) for a full discussion of our implementation of the new OMB labor market area delineations beginning with the FY 2015 wage index, and to the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (85 FR 58743 through 58755) for a discussion of the latest updates to these delineations.

Section 1886(d)(3)(E) of the Act requires the Secretary to update the wage index of hospitals annually, and to base the update on a survey of wages and wage-related costs of short-term, acute care hospitals. Under section 1886(d)(8)(D) of the Act, the Secretary is required to adjust the standardized amounts so as to ensure that aggregate payments under the IPPS, after Start Printed Page 24736implementation of the provisions of sections 1886(d)(8)(B), 1886(d)(8)(C), and 1886(d)(10) of the Act, regarding geographic reclassification of hospitals, are equal to the aggregate prospective payments that would have been made absent these provisions. B.

Hospital Reclassifications Under Sections 1886(d)(8)(E) and 1886(d)(10) of the Act Hospitals may seek to have their geographic designation reclassified. Under section 1886(d)(8)(E) of the Act, a qualifying prospective payment hospital located in an urban area may apply for rural status. Specifically, section 1886(d)(8)(E) of the Act states that “[f]or purposes of this subsection, not later than 60 days after the receipt of an application (in a form and manner determined by the Secretary) from a subsection (d) hospital described in clause (ii), the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area (as defined in paragraph (2)(D)) of the state in which the hospital is located.” The regulations governing these geographic redesignations are codified in § 412.103, and such hospitals are commonly referred to as “§ 412.103 hospitals”.

In a separate process, hospitals may also reclassify for purposes of the wage index under the IPPS under section 1886(d)(10) of the Act by applying to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB). Hospitals must apply to the MGCRB to reclassify not later than 13 months prior to the start of the fiscal year for which reclassification is sought, generally by September 1. (However, we note that this deadline has been extended for applications for FY 2022 reclassifications to 15 days after the public display date of the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH final rule at the Office of the Federal Register, using our authority under section 1135(b)(5) the Act due to the erectile dysfunction treatment Public Health Emergency.) Generally, hospitals must be proximate to the labor market area to which they are seeking reclassification and must demonstrate characteristics similar to hospitals located in that area.

The MGCRB issues its decisions by the end of February for reclassifications that become effective for the following fiscal year (beginning October 1). The regulations applicable to reclassifications by the MGCRB are located in §§ 412.230 through 412.280. Prior to a court decision in Geisinger Community Medical v.

Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 794 F.3d 383 (3d Cir. 2015) (“Geisinger”), hospitals were only able to hold one reclassification at a time. Either under § 412.103 or through the MGCRB under section 1886(d)(10) of the Act.

The Court of Appeals in Geisinger ruled that CMS's prohibition of dual § 412.103 and MGCRB reclassifications was unlawful, since section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act requires that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area,” inclusive of MGCRB reclassification purposes. Therefore, on April 21, 2016, we published an interim final rule with comment period (the April 21, 2016 IFC) in the Federal Register (81 FR 23428 through 23438) that included provisions amending our regulations to allow hospitals nationwide to have simultaneous § 412.103 and MGCRB reclassifications. II.

Provisions of the Interim Final Rule With Comment Period Pursuant to our April 21, 2016 IFC, for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2018, a hospital may acquire rural status under § 412.103 and subsequently apply for a reclassification under the MGCRB using the distance and average hourly wage criteria designated for rural hospitals. Hospitals with a § 412.103 redesignation seeking additional reclassification under the MGCRB use the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria under § 412.230(b)(1), (d)(1)(iii)(C), and (d)(1)(iv)(E). For example, under our current policy, a § 412.103 hospital geographically located in the urban CBSA of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY seeking to reclassify under the MGCRB would demonstrate that their wages are at least 106 percent (and not 108 percent, as urban hospitals must demonstrate) of the average hourly wage of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY, to meet the criteria at § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C).

However, our current policy compares the average hourly wage of a § 412.103 hospital to its geographic urban location, rather than the rural reclassified area, for purposes of satisfying certain wage comparison criteria. In response to a comment on our April 21, 2016 IFC (81 FR 56925), we stated. €œThe commenter is correct that the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria will be used for hospitals with a § 412.103 redesignation.

However, the commenter's statement that the average hourly wage of a hospital with a § 412.103 redesignation is compared to the average hourly wage of hospitals in the State's rural area under § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C) is incorrect. Instead, the hospital's average hourly wage would be compared to the average hourly wage of all other hospitals in its urban geographic location using the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria.” On May 14, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, 464 F.

Bates County Memorial Hospital and five other geographically urban hospitals were reclassified to rural under § 412.103. They also applied for reclassification under the MGCRB, but were denied because their wages were not at least 106 percent of the geographic urban area in which the hospitals were located. Each of the hospitals' average hourly wages were at least 106 percent of the 3-year average hourly wage of all other hospitals in the rural area of the state in which the hospitals are located.

The Court agreed with the Plaintiffs that the statute at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of Act requires that CMS treat qualifying hospitals as being located in the rural area for purposes of section 1886(d) of the Act, including MGCRB reclassification. The Bates decision requires that CMS consider the rural area to be the area in which the hospital is located for the wage comparisons required for MGCRB reclassifications. For example, pursuant to Bates, a § 412.103 hospital geographically located in the urban CBSA of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY seeking to reclassify under the MGCRB would demonstrate that their wages are at least 106 percent of the average hourly wage of rural NY, rather than that of Buffalo-Cheektowaga.

As a result of the Bates court's decision, we are revising our policy so that the redesignated rural area, and not the hospital's geographic urban area, will be considered the area a § 412.103 hospital is located in for purposes of meeting MGCRB reclassification criteria. Similarly, we are revising the regulations to consider the redesignated rural area, and not the geographic urban area, as the area a § 412.103 hospital is located in for the prohibition at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) on reclassifying to an area with a pre-reclassified average hourly wage lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the area in which the hospital is located. Specifically, to align our policy with the court's decision in Bates, we are amending the regulations at § 412.230(a)(1) by adding (a)(1)(iii) to state that an urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this section.

We are also making conforming changes to the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) because Start Printed Page 24737§ 412.230(a)(1) except paragraph (a)(5). Because § 412.230(a)(1) excepts paragraph (a)(5), we believe it is necessary to make a specific conforming revision to § 412.230(a)(5)(i), in addition to the general rule at § 412.230(a)(1)(iii), to clarify that the general rule at § 412.230(a)(1)(iii) applies to § 412.230(a)(5)(i) as well. That is, we are amending the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) to add language stating that an urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of paragraph (a)(5)(i).

These changes implement the Bates court's interpretation of the requirement at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area.” That is, a § 412.103 hospital would be considered to be located in the rural area of the state for all purposes of MGCRB reclassification, including the average hourly wage comparisons required by § 412.230(a)(5)(i) and (d)(1)(iii)(C). For example, for purposes of § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C), the § 412.103 hospital would compare its average hourly wage to the average hourly wage of all other hospitals in the state's rural area. In addition, for purposes of § 412.230(a)(5)(i), a § 412.103 hospital may not be redesignated to another area if the pre-classified average hourly wage for that area is lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage of the rural area of the state in which the hospital is located (thus, a § 412.103 hospital could potentially reclassify to any area with a pre-reclassified average hourly wage that is higher than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the rural area of the state, if it meets all other applicable reclassification criteria).

Therefore, effective for reclassification applications due to the MGCRB on September 1, 2021, for reclassification first effective for FY 2023, a § 412.103 hospital could apply for a reclassification under the MGCRB using the state's rural area as the area in which the hospital is located. We would also apply the policy in this IFC when deciding timely appeals before the Administrator under § 412.278 for reclassifications beginning in FY 2022 that were denied by the MGCRB due to existing policy, which did not permit § 412.103 hospitals to be considered located in the state's rural area. III.

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and Delay in Effective Date We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and invite public comment on the proposed rule before the provisions of the rule are finalized, either as proposed or as amended, in response to public comments and take effect, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Pub. L. 79-404), 5 U.S.C.

553 and, where applicable, section 1871 of the Act. Specifically, 5 U.S.C. 553 requires the agency to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that includes a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is proposed, and the terms and substances of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved.

Section 553(c) of the APA further requires the agency to give interested parties the opportunity to participate in the rulemaking through public comment before the provisions of the rule take effect. Similarly, section 1871(b)(1) of the Act requires the Secretary to provide for notice of the proposed rule in the Federal Register and a period of not less than 60 days for public comment for rulemaking carrying out the administration of the insurance programs under Title XVIII of the Act. Section 553(b)(B) of the APA and section 1871(b)(2)(C) of the Act authorize the agency to waive these procedures, however, if the agency finds good cause that notice and comment procedures are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest and incorporates a statement of the finding and its reasons in the rule issued.

Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in the effective date of a final rule from the date of its publication in the Federal Register. This 30-day delay in effective date can be waived, however, if an agency finds good cause to support an earlier effective date. Section 1871(e)(1)(B)(i) of the Act also prohibits a substantive rule from taking effect before the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date the rule is issued or published.

However, section 1871(e)(1)(B)(ii) of the Act permits a substantive rule to take effect before 30 days if the Secretary finds that a waiver of the 30-day period is necessary to comply with statutory requirements or that the 30-day delay would be contrary to the public interest. Finally, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) (Pub. L.

104-121, Title II) requires a 60-day delay in the effective date for major rules unless an agency finds good cause that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, in which case the rule shall take effect at such time as the agency determines 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(3) and 808(2). We find good cause for waiving notice-and comment rulemaking and a delay in effective date given the decision of the district court and the public interest in expeditious implementation of the court's interpretation of the statute.

Revising the regulation text by adding § 412.230(a)(1)(iii) and revising the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) through an IFC rather than through the normal notice-and comment rulemaking cycle and waiving the delay of effective date will ensure an expeditious implementation of the court's interpretation by allowing this policy to be applied to FY 2023 MGCRB reclassification decisions and cases before the Administrator for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2022. Absent this IFC, the earliest effective date of this revision to the regulations would be October 1, 2021 (FY 2022) following the normal IPPS/LTCH PPS notice-and comment rulemaking cycle. An effective date of FY 2022 would only allow the MGCRB to approve hospitals' applications qualifying under this policy for applications due September 1, 2022 for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2024 (applications are due to the MGCRB 13 months prior to the start of the fiscal year).

Additionally, implementing the court's interpretation via an IFC allows this policy to be applied to cases before the Administrator for reclassifications effective beginning in FY 2022, which supports an expeditious implementation of this policy. Therefore, we find good cause to waive the notice of proposed rulemaking as well as the delay of effective date and to issue this final rule on an interim basis. Even though we are waiving notice of proposed rulemaking requirements and are issuing these provisions on an interim basis, we are providing a 60-day public comment period.

IV. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.

3501 et seq.). V. Regulatory Impact Statement We have examined the impact of this rule as required by Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (September 30, 1993), Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation Start Printed Page 24738and Regulatory Review (January 18, 2011), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 1980, Pub.

L. 96-354), section 1102(b) of the Act, section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (March 22, 1995. Pub.

L. 104-4), Executive Order 13132 on Federalism (August 4, 1999), and the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 804(2)).

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). A Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major rules with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). This rule does not reach the economic threshold and thus is not considered a major rule.

The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of less than $8.0 million to $41.5 million in any 1 year.

Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a small entity. We are not preparing an analysis for the RFA because we have determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this IFC would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Also, our revision to the regulatory text is a consequence of a court decision.

We are amending the regulations to align our policy with the court's decision in Bates and implement the Bates court's interpretation of the requirement at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area.” In addition, section 1102(b) of the Act requires us to prepare an RIA if a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital for Medicare payment regulations as a hospital that is located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area and has fewer than 100 beds.

We are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act because we have determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this IFC would not have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2021, that threshold is approximately $158 million.

This rule will have no consequential effect on state, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector. Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. Since this regulation does not impose any costs on state or local governments, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not applicable.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as an action that is likely to result in a rule. (1) Having an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more in any 1 year, or adversely and materially affecting a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or state, local or tribal governments or communities (also referred to as “economically significant”).

(2) creating a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfering with an action taken or planned by another agency. (3) materially altering the budgetary impacts of entitlement grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof. Or (4) raising novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in the Executive Order.

We estimate that this rule is “significant” but not “economically significant,” as measured by the $100 million threshold. However, we have prepared an impact analysis that presents our best estimate of the costs and benefits of this rule for FY 2022 since section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as a rule that raises novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates. With regard to our impact analysis, as a result of this IFC, for FY 2022, there are approximately 22 hospitals that may qualify for a reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index than they might otherwise have received based on the information currently available to us (for example, applications submitted to the MGCRB.) For FY 2022, if these hospitals qualify for and accept reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index than they might otherwise have received, we estimate a total increase in payments to these hospitals of approximately $50 million in aggregate.

However, wage index adjustments such as these are made in a manner that ensures that aggregate payments to hospitals are unaffected. This is accomplished through the application of a wage index budget neutrality adjustment as described more fully in the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH proposed rule. Therefore, as a consequence of the court's decision in Bates, even though an urban hospital may be able to qualify for a reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index, this would not increase aggregate hospital payments.

We estimate that in FY 2022 the wage index budget neutrality adjustment could increase by one-half of a percentage point as a result of an increase in the wage index to these 22 hospitals. We do not know as a result of this IFC. (1) How many additional hospitals will elect to apply to the MGCRB by September 1, 2021 for reclassification beginning FY 2023 that would not otherwise have applied.

(2) how many hospitals that apply will qualify for a wage index higher than they otherwise would have received. (3) for those that qualify for a higher wage index how much higher that wage index will be. And, (4) how many hospitals may elect to retain or acquire § 412.103 urban-to rural reclassification that would not otherwise have done so.

The MGCRB makes determinations on reclassification requests, and hospitals make final decisions whether to accept reclassifications approved by the MGCRB. We also note that OMB requested public comment on the recommendations it received from the Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee for changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards (86 FR 5263). These standards determine the Start Printed Page 24739procedures for delineating and updating the statistical areas as new data become available.

If changes to the standards are adopted by OMB and if those changes would affect the OMB delineations used for the IPPS wage index, we would address any such changes and impacts in future rulemaking. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this IFC was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. VI.

Response to Comments Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive by the date and time specified in the DATES section of this preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the comments in the preamble to that document. I, Elizabeth Richter, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, approved this document on April 16, 2021. Start List of Subjects Administrative practice and procedureHealth facilitiesMedicarePuerto RicoReporting and recordkeeping requirements End List of Subjects For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services amends 42 CFR chapter IV, part 412, as follows.

Start Part End Part Start Amendment Part1. The authority for part 412 continues to read as follows. End Amendment Part Start Authority 42 U.S.C.

1302 and 1395hh. End Authority Start Amendment Part2. Section 412.230 is amended by adding paragraph (a)(1)(iii) and revising paragraph (a)(5)(i) to read as follows.

End Amendment Part Criteria for an individual hospital seeking redesignation to another rural area or an urban area. (a) * * * (1) * * * (iii) An urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this section. * * * * * (5) * * * (i) An individual hospital may not be redesignated to another area for purposes of the wage index if the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for that area is lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the area in which the hospital is located.

An urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this paragraph (a)(5)(i). * * * * * Start Signature Dated. April 23, 2021.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2021-08889 Filed 4-27-21.

Start Preamble Centers for 100mg viagra for sale Medicare & can you buy viagra over the counter. Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and Human Services (HHS). Notice.

This notice invites all interested parties to submit nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). This notice also announces the next meeting of the APOE (the Panel) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS) on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace®, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This meeting is open to the public.

Meeting Date. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. To 5:00 p.m.

Eastern daylight time (e.d.t). Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations, Special Accommodations, and Comments. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

(e.d.t). Deadline for Submitting Nominations. Nominations will be considered if we receive them at the appropriate address, Start Printed Page 26040provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, no later than 5 p.m., (e.d.t.) on June 11, 2021.

Meeting Location. Virtual. All those who RSVP will receive the link to attend.

Nominations, Presentations, and Written Comments. Nominations, presentations, and written comments should be submitted to. Lisa Carr, Designated Federal Official (DFO), Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 325G HHH, Washington, DC 20201, 202-690-5742, or via email at APOE@cms.hhs.gov. Registration. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available.

Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the website https://www.eventbrite.com/​e/​apoe-may-26-2021-virtual-meeting-tickets-150209828641 or by contacting the DFO listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should contact the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Start Further Info Lisa Carr, Designated Federal Official, Office of Communications, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 325G HHH, Washington, DC 20201, 202-690-5742, or via email at APOE@cms.hhs.gov.

Additional information about the APOE is available at. Https://www.cms.gov/​Regulations-and-Guidance/​Guidance/​FACA/​APOE. Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 690-6145.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information I. Background and Charter Renewal Information A. Background The Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub.

L. 92-463), as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees.

The Panel is authorized by section 1114(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) (42 U.S.C. 1314(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a).

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) signed the charter establishing the Citizen's Advisory Panel on Medicare Education [] (the predecessor to the APOE) on January 21, 1999 (64 FR 7899) to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS) on the effective implementation of national Medicare education programs, including with respect to the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program added by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub.

L. 105-33). The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub.

L. 108-173) expanded the existing health plan options and benefits available under the M+C program and renamed it the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. CMS has had substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options available and better tools to evaluate these options.

Successful MA program implementation required CMS to consider the views and policy input from a variety of private sector constituents and to develop a broad range of public-private partnerships. In addition, Title I of the MMA authorized the Secretary and the Administrator of CMS (by delegation) to establish the Medicare prescription drug benefit. The drug benefit allows beneficiaries to obtain qualified prescription drug coverage.

In order to effectively administer the MA program and the Medicare prescription drug benefit, we have substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options and benefits available, and to develop better tools to evaluate these plans and benefits. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L.

111-148) and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-152) (collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act) expanded the availability of other options for health care coverage and enacted a number of changes to Medicare as well as to Medicaid and CHIP.

Qualified individuals and qualified employers are now able to purchase private health insurance coverage through a competitive marketplace, called an Affordable Insurance Exchange (also called Health Insurance Marketplace®, or Marketplace® [] ). In order to effectively implement and administer these changes, we must provide information to consumers, providers, and other stakeholders through education and outreach programs regarding how existing programs will change and the expanded range of health coverage options available, including private health insurance coverage through the Marketplace®. The APOE allows us to consider a broad range of views and information from interested audiences in connection with this effort and to identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of education strategies concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The scope of this Panel also includes advising on issues pertaining to the education of providers and stakeholders with respect to the Affordable Care Act and certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5).

On January 21, 2011, the Panel's charter was renewed and the Panel was renamed the Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education. The Panel's charter was most recently renewed on January 19, 2021, and will terminate on January 19, 2023 unless renewed by appropriate action. B.

Charter Renewal and Copies of the Charter In accordance with the January 19, 2021, charter, the APOE will advise the HHS and CMS on developing and implementing education programs that support individuals who are enrolled in or eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace® and other CMS programs. The scope of this FACA group also includes advising on education of providers and stakeholders with respect to health care reform and certain provisions of the HITECH Act enacted as part of the ARRA. The charter will terminate on January 19, 2023, unless renewed by appropriate action.

The APOE was chartered under 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The APOE is governed by provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C.

Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. In accordance with the renewed charter, the APOE will advise the Secretary and the CMS Administrator concerning optimal strategies for the following. Developing and implementing education and outreach programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for, Start Printed Page 26041Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP, and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace® and other CMS programs.

Enhancing the federal government's effectiveness in informing Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or the Health Insurance Marketplace® consumers, issuers, providers, and stakeholders, pursuant to education and outreach programs of issues regarding these programs, including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, partners and stakeholders. Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP and the Health Insurance Marketplace® education programs, and other CMS programs as designated. Assembling and sharing an information base of “best practices” for helping consumers evaluate health coverage options.

Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures for information, counseling, and assistance. Drawing the program link between outreach and education, promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices, and facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including prevention services, envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. The current members of the Panel as of April 9, 2021, are.

E. Lorraine Bell, Chief Officer, Population Health, Catholic Charities USA. Nazleen Bharmal, Medical Director of Community Partnerships, Cleveland Clinic.

Julie Carter, Senior Federal Policy Associate, Medicare Rights Center. Scott Ferguson, Director of Care Transitions and Population Health, Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.

Leslie Fried, Senior Director, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging. Jean-Venable Robertson Goode, Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University. Ted Henson, Director of Health Center Performance and Innovation, National Association of Community Health Centers.

Joan Ilardo, Director of Research Initiatives, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. Cheri Lattimer, Executive Director, National Transitions of Care Coalition. Cori McMahon, Vice President, Tridiuum.

Alan Meade, Director of Rehab Services, Holston Medical group. Michael Minor, National Director, H.O.P.E. HHS Partnership, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated.

Jina Ragland, Associate State Director of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Nebraska. Morgan Reed, Executive Director, Association for Competitive Technology. Margot Savoy, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Temple University Physicians.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, President and CEO, Better Medicare Alliance. And. Tia Whitaker, Statewide Director, Outreach and Enrollment, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers.

The Secretary's Charter for the APOE is available on the CMS website at. Https://www.facadatabase.gov/​FACA/​apex/​FACAPublicCommittee?. €‹id=​a10t0000001gzsCAAQ, or you may obtain a copy of the charter by submitting a request to the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice.

II. Request for Nominations The APOE shall consist of no more than 20 members. The Chair shall either be appointed from among the 20 members, or a Federal official will be designated to serve as the Chair.

The charter requires that meetings shall be held up to four times per year. Members will be expected to attend all meetings. The members and the Chair shall be selected from authorities knowledgeable in one or more of the following fields.

Senior citizen advocacy Outreach to minority and underserved communities Health communications Disease-related advocacy Disability policy and access Health economics research Health insurers and plans Health IT Direct patient care Matters of labor and retirement Representatives of the general public may also serve on the APOE. This notice also requests nominations for three individuals to serve on the APOE to fill current vacancies and possible vacancies that may become available later in 2021. This notice is an invitation to interested organizations or individuals to submit their nominations for membership (no self-nominations will be accepted).

The CMS Administrator will appoint new members to the APOE from among those candidates determined to have the expertise required to meet specific agency needs, and in a manner to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. We have an interest in ensuring that the interests of both women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and disabled individuals are adequately represented on the APOE. Therefore, we encourage nominations of qualified candidates who can represent these interests.

Any interested organization or person may nominate one or more qualified persons. Each nomination must include a letter stating that the nominee has expressed a willingness to serve as a Panel member and must be accompanied by a curricula vitae and a brief biographical summary of the nominee's experience. While we are looking for experts in a number of fields, our most specific needs are for experts in outreach to minority and underserved communities, health communications, disease-related advocacy, disability policy and access, health economics research, behavioral health, health insurers and plans, Health IT, social media, direct patient care, and matters of labor and retirement.

We are requesting that all submitted curricula vitae include the following. Date of birth Place of birth Title and current position Professional affiliation Home and business address Telephone and fax numbers Email address Areas of expertise Phone interviews of nominees may also be requested after review of the nominations. In order to permit an evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest, potential candidates will be asked to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts.

Members are invited to serve for 2-year terms, contingent upon the renewal of the APOE by appropriate action prior to its termination. A member may serve after the expiration of that member's term until a successor takes office. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term shall be appointed for the remainder of that term.

III. Meeting Format and Agenda In accordance with section 10(a) of the FACA, this notice announces a meeting of the APOE. The agenda for the May 26, 2021 meeting will include the following.

Welcome and listening session with CMS leadership Recap of the previous (March 31, 2021) meeting CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities An opportunity for public commentStart Printed Page 26042 Meeting summary, review of recommendations, and next steps Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the oral presentation to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make an oral presentation may submit written comments to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

IV. Meeting Participation The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to registered participants. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the website https://www.eventbrite.com/​e/​apoe-may-26-2021-virtual-meeting-tickets-150209828641 or contact the DFO at the address or number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice.

This meeting will be held virtually. Individuals who are not registered in advance will be unable to attend the meeting. V.

Collection of Information This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping, or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

The Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), Elizabeth Richter, having reviewed and approved this document, authorizes Lynette Wilson, who is the Federal Register Liaison, to electronically sign this document for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Start Signature Dated.

May 10, 2021. Lynette Wilson, Federal Register Liaison, Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services.

End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2021-10118 Filed 5-11-21. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and Human Services, (HHS). Interim final rule with comment period. This interim final rule with comment period (IFC) amends our current regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act (the Act) to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located.

These regulatory changes align our policy with the decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. We would also apply the policy in this IFC when deciding timely appeals before the Administrator of applications for reclassifications beginning with FY 2022 that were denied by the MGCRB due to the current policy, which does not permit hospitals with rural redesignations to use the rural area's wage data for purposes of reclassifying under the MGCRB.

Effective date. These regulations are effective on May 10, 2021. Comment date.

To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below by June 28, 2021. In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1762-IFC. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.

Comments, including mass comment submissions, must be submitted in one of the following three ways (please choose only one of the ways listed). 1. Electronically.

You may (and we encourage you to) submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions under the “submit a comment” tab. 2.

By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY. Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention. CMS-1762-IFC, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 http://h2owireless.de/mein-konto/.

Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail.

You may send written comments via express or overnight mail to the following address ONLY. Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention.

CMS-1762-IFC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. For information on viewing public comments, we refer readers to the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Start Further Info Tehila Lipschutz, (410) 786-1344 or Dan Schroder, (410) 786-7452.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Inspection of Public Comments. All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following website as soon as possible after they have been received.

Http://regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that website to view public comments. Comments received timely will be also available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. To 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1-800-743-3951.

I. Background A. Wage Index for Acute Care Hospitals Paid Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Under section 1886(d) of the Social Security Act (the Act), hospitals are paid based on prospectively set rates.

To account for geographic area wage level differences, section 1886(d)(3)(E) of the Act requires that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) adjust the standardized amounts by a factor (established by the Secretary) reflecting the relative hospital wage level in the geographic area of the hospital, as compared to the national average hospital wage level. We currently define hospital labor market areas based on the delineations of statistical areas established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The current statistical areas (which were implemented beginning with FY 2015) are based on revised OMB delineations issued on February 28, 2013, in OMB Bulletin No.

13-01, with updates as reflected in OMB Bulletins Nos. 15-01, 17-01, and 18-04. We refer readers to the FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (79 FR 49951 through 49963) for a full discussion of our implementation of the new OMB labor market area delineations beginning with the FY 2015 wage index, and to the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (85 FR 58743 through 58755) for a discussion of the latest updates to these delineations.

Section 1886(d)(3)(E) of the Act requires the Secretary to update the wage index of hospitals annually, and to base the update on a survey of wages and wage-related costs of short-term, acute care hospitals. Under section 1886(d)(8)(D) of the Act, the Secretary is required to adjust the standardized amounts so as to ensure that aggregate payments under the IPPS, after Start Printed Page 24736implementation of the provisions of sections 1886(d)(8)(B), 1886(d)(8)(C), and 1886(d)(10) of the Act, regarding geographic reclassification of hospitals, are equal to the aggregate prospective payments that would have been made absent these provisions. B.

Hospital Reclassifications Under Sections 1886(d)(8)(E) and 1886(d)(10) of the Act Hospitals may seek to have their geographic designation reclassified. Under section 1886(d)(8)(E) of the Act, a qualifying prospective payment hospital located in an urban area may apply for rural status. Specifically, section 1886(d)(8)(E) of the Act states that “[f]or purposes of this subsection, not later than 60 days after the receipt of an application (in a form and manner determined by the Secretary) from a subsection (d) hospital described in clause (ii), the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area (as defined in paragraph (2)(D)) of the state in which the hospital is located.” The regulations governing these geographic redesignations are codified in § 412.103, and such hospitals are commonly referred to as “§ 412.103 hospitals”.

In a separate process, hospitals may also reclassify for purposes of the wage index under the IPPS under section 1886(d)(10) of the Act by applying to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB). Hospitals must apply to the MGCRB to reclassify not later than 13 months prior to the start of the fiscal year for which reclassification is sought, generally by September 1. (However, we note that this deadline has been extended for applications for FY 2022 reclassifications to 15 days after the public display date of the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH final rule at the Office of the Federal Register, using our authority under section 1135(b)(5) the Act due to the erectile dysfunction treatment Public Health Emergency.) Generally, hospitals must be proximate to the labor market area to which they are seeking reclassification and must demonstrate characteristics similar to hospitals located in that area.

The MGCRB issues its decisions by the end of February for reclassifications that become effective for the following fiscal year (beginning October 1). The regulations applicable to reclassifications by the MGCRB are located in §§ 412.230 through 412.280. Prior to a court decision in Geisinger Community Medical v.

Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 794 F.3d 383 (3d Cir. 2015) (“Geisinger”), hospitals were only able to hold one reclassification at a time. Either under § 412.103 or through the MGCRB under section 1886(d)(10) of the Act.

The Court of Appeals in Geisinger ruled that CMS's prohibition of dual § 412.103 and MGCRB reclassifications was unlawful, since section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act requires that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area,” inclusive of MGCRB reclassification purposes. Therefore, on April 21, 2016, we published an interim final rule with comment period (the April 21, 2016 IFC) in the Federal Register (81 FR 23428 through 23438) that included provisions amending our regulations to allow hospitals nationwide to have simultaneous § 412.103 and MGCRB reclassifications. II.

Provisions of the Interim Final Rule With Comment Period Pursuant to our April 21, 2016 IFC, for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2018, a hospital may acquire rural status under § 412.103 and subsequently apply for a reclassification under the MGCRB using the distance and average hourly wage criteria designated for rural hospitals. Hospitals with a § 412.103 redesignation seeking additional reclassification under the MGCRB use the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria under § 412.230(b)(1), (d)(1)(iii)(C), and (d)(1)(iv)(E). For example, under our current policy, a § 412.103 hospital geographically located in the urban CBSA of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY seeking to reclassify under the MGCRB would demonstrate that their wages are at least 106 percent (and not 108 percent, as urban hospitals must demonstrate) of the average hourly wage of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY, to meet the criteria at § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C).

However, our current policy compares the average hourly wage of a § 412.103 hospital to its geographic urban location, rather than the rural reclassified area, for purposes of satisfying certain wage comparison criteria. In response to a comment on our April 21, 2016 IFC (81 FR 56925), we stated. €œThe commenter is correct that the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria will be used for hospitals with a § 412.103 redesignation.

However, the commenter's statement that the average hourly wage of a hospital with a § 412.103 redesignation is compared to the average hourly wage of hospitals in the State's rural area under § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C) is incorrect. Instead, the hospital's average hourly wage would be compared to the average hourly wage of all other hospitals in its urban geographic location using the rural distance and average hourly wage criteria.” On May 14, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, 464 F.

Bates County Memorial Hospital and five other geographically urban hospitals were reclassified to rural under § 412.103. They also applied for reclassification under the MGCRB, but were denied because their wages were not at least 106 percent of the geographic urban area in which the hospitals were located. Each of the hospitals' average hourly wages were at least 106 percent of the 3-year average hourly wage of all other hospitals in the rural area of the state in which the hospitals are located.

The Court agreed with the Plaintiffs that the statute at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of Act requires that CMS treat qualifying hospitals as being located in the rural area for purposes of section 1886(d) of the Act, including MGCRB reclassification. The Bates decision requires that CMS consider the rural area to be the area in which the hospital is located for the wage comparisons required for MGCRB reclassifications. For example, pursuant to Bates, a § 412.103 hospital geographically located in the urban CBSA of Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY seeking to reclassify under the MGCRB would demonstrate that their wages are at least 106 percent of the average hourly wage of rural NY, rather than that of Buffalo-Cheektowaga.

As a result of the Bates court's decision, we are revising our policy so that the redesignated rural area, and not the hospital's geographic urban area, will be considered the area a § 412.103 hospital is located in for purposes of meeting MGCRB reclassification criteria. Similarly, we are revising the regulations to consider the redesignated rural area, and not the geographic urban area, as the area a § 412.103 hospital is located in for the prohibition at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) on reclassifying to an area with a pre-reclassified average hourly wage lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the area in which the hospital is located. Specifically, to align our policy with the court's decision in Bates, we are amending the regulations at § 412.230(a)(1) by adding (a)(1)(iii) to state that an urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this section.

We are also making conforming changes to the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) because Start Printed Page 24737§ 412.230(a)(1) except paragraph (a)(5). Because § 412.230(a)(1) excepts paragraph (a)(5), we believe it is necessary to make a specific conforming revision to § 412.230(a)(5)(i), in addition to the general rule at § 412.230(a)(1)(iii), to clarify that the general rule at § 412.230(a)(1)(iii) applies to § 412.230(a)(5)(i) as well. That is, we are amending the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) to add language stating that an urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of paragraph (a)(5)(i).

These changes implement the Bates court's interpretation of the requirement at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area.” That is, a § 412.103 hospital would be considered to be located in the rural area of the state for all purposes of MGCRB reclassification, including the average hourly wage comparisons required by § 412.230(a)(5)(i) and (d)(1)(iii)(C). For example, for purposes of § 412.230(d)(1)(iii)(C), the § 412.103 hospital would compare its average hourly wage to the average hourly wage of all other hospitals in the state's rural area. In addition, for purposes of § 412.230(a)(5)(i), a § 412.103 hospital may not be redesignated to another area if the pre-classified average hourly wage for that area is lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage of the rural area of the state in which the hospital is located (thus, a § 412.103 hospital could potentially reclassify to any area with a pre-reclassified average hourly wage that is higher than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the rural area of the state, if it meets all other applicable reclassification criteria).

Therefore, effective for reclassification applications due to the MGCRB on September 1, 2021, for reclassification first effective for FY 2023, a § 412.103 hospital could apply for a reclassification under the MGCRB using the state's rural area as the area in which the hospital is located. We would also apply the policy in this IFC when deciding timely appeals before the Administrator under § 412.278 for reclassifications beginning in FY 2022 that were denied by the MGCRB due to existing policy, which did not permit § 412.103 hospitals to be considered located in the state's rural area. III.

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and Delay in Effective Date We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and invite public comment on the proposed rule before the provisions of the rule are finalized, either as proposed or as amended, in response to public comments and take effect, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Pub. L. 79-404), 5 U.S.C.

553 and, where applicable, section 1871 of the Act. Specifically, 5 U.S.C. 553 requires the agency to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that includes a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is proposed, and the terms and substances of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved.

Section 553(c) of the APA further requires the agency to give interested parties the opportunity to participate in the rulemaking through public comment before the provisions of the rule take effect. Similarly, section 1871(b)(1) of the Act requires the Secretary to provide for notice of the proposed rule in the Federal Register and a period of not less than 60 days for public comment for rulemaking carrying out the administration of the insurance programs under Title XVIII of the Act. Section 553(b)(B) of the APA and section 1871(b)(2)(C) of the Act authorize the agency to waive these procedures, however, if the agency finds good cause that notice and comment procedures are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest and incorporates a statement of the finding and its reasons in the rule issued.

Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in the effective date of a final rule from the date of its publication in the Federal Register. This 30-day delay in effective date can be waived, however, if an agency finds good cause to support an earlier effective date. Section 1871(e)(1)(B)(i) of the Act also prohibits a substantive rule from taking effect before the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date the rule is issued or published.

However, section 1871(e)(1)(B)(ii) of the Act permits a substantive rule to take effect before 30 days if the Secretary finds that a waiver of the 30-day period is necessary to comply with statutory requirements or that the 30-day delay would be contrary to the public interest. Finally, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) (Pub. L.

104-121, Title II) requires a 60-day delay in the effective date for major rules unless an agency finds good cause that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, in which case the rule shall take effect at such time as the agency determines 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(3) and 808(2). We find good cause for waiving notice-and comment rulemaking and a delay in effective date given the decision of the district court and the public interest in expeditious implementation of the court's interpretation of the statute.

Revising the regulation text by adding § 412.230(a)(1)(iii) and revising the regulation at § 412.230(a)(5)(i) through an IFC rather than through the normal notice-and comment rulemaking cycle and waiving the delay of effective date will ensure an expeditious implementation of the court's interpretation by allowing this policy to be applied to FY 2023 MGCRB reclassification decisions and cases before the Administrator for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2022. Absent this IFC, the earliest effective date of this revision to the regulations would be October 1, 2021 (FY 2022) following the normal IPPS/LTCH PPS notice-and comment rulemaking cycle. An effective date of FY 2022 would only allow the MGCRB to approve hospitals' applications qualifying under this policy for applications due September 1, 2022 for reclassifications effective beginning FY 2024 (applications are due to the MGCRB 13 months prior to the start of the fiscal year).

Additionally, implementing the court's interpretation via an IFC allows this policy to be applied to cases before the Administrator for reclassifications effective beginning in FY 2022, which supports an expeditious implementation of this policy. Therefore, we find good cause to waive the notice of proposed rulemaking as well as the delay of effective date and to issue this final rule on an interim basis. Even though we are waiving notice of proposed rulemaking requirements and are issuing these provisions on an interim basis, we are providing a 60-day public comment period.

IV. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.

3501 et seq.). V. Regulatory Impact Statement We have examined the impact of this rule as required by Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (September 30, 1993), Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation Start Printed Page 24738and Regulatory Review (January 18, 2011), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 1980, Pub.

L. 96-354), section 1102(b) of the Act, section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (March 22, 1995. Pub.

L. 104-4), Executive Order 13132 on Federalism (August 4, 1999), and the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 804(2)).

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). A Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major rules with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). This rule does not reach the economic threshold and thus is not considered a major rule.

The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of less than $8.0 million to $41.5 million in any 1 year.

Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a small entity. We are not preparing an analysis for the RFA because we have determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this IFC would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Also, our revision to the regulatory text is a consequence of a court decision.

We are amending the regulations to align our policy with the court's decision in Bates and implement the Bates court's interpretation of the requirement at section 1886(d)(8)(E)(i) of the Act that “the Secretary shall treat the hospital as being located in the rural area.” In addition, section 1102(b) of the Act requires us to prepare an RIA if a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital for Medicare payment regulations as a hospital that is located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area and has fewer than 100 beds.

We are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act because we have determined, and the Secretary certifies, that this IFC would not have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2021, that threshold is approximately $158 million.

This rule will have no consequential effect on state, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector. Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. Since this regulation does not impose any costs on state or local governments, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not applicable.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as an action that is likely to result in a rule. (1) Having an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more in any 1 year, or adversely and materially affecting a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or state, local or tribal governments or communities (also referred to as “economically significant”).

(2) creating a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfering with an action taken or planned by another agency. (3) materially altering the budgetary impacts of entitlement grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof. Or (4) raising novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in the Executive Order.

We estimate that this rule is “significant” but not “economically significant,” as measured by the $100 million threshold. However, we have prepared an impact analysis that presents our best estimate of the costs and benefits of this rule for FY 2022 since section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as a rule that raises novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates. With regard to our impact analysis, as a result of this IFC, for FY 2022, there are approximately 22 hospitals that may qualify for a reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index than they might otherwise have received based on the information currently available to us (for example, applications submitted to the MGCRB.) For FY 2022, if these hospitals qualify for and accept reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index than they might otherwise have received, we estimate a total increase in payments to these hospitals of approximately $50 million in aggregate.

However, wage index adjustments such as these are made in a manner that ensures that aggregate payments to hospitals are unaffected. This is accomplished through the application of a wage index budget neutrality adjustment as described more fully in the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH proposed rule. Therefore, as a consequence of the court's decision in Bates, even though an urban hospital may be able to qualify for a reclassification to a new or different urban area with a higher wage index, this would not increase aggregate hospital payments.

We estimate that in FY 2022 the wage index budget neutrality adjustment could increase by one-half of a percentage point as a result of an increase in the wage index to these 22 hospitals. We do not know as a result of this IFC. (1) How many additional hospitals will elect to apply to the MGCRB by September 1, 2021 for reclassification beginning FY 2023 that would not otherwise have applied.

(2) how many hospitals that apply will qualify for a wage index higher than they otherwise would have received. (3) for those that qualify for a higher wage index how much higher that wage index will be. And, (4) how many hospitals may elect to retain or acquire § 412.103 urban-to rural reclassification that would not otherwise have done so.

The MGCRB makes determinations on reclassification requests, and hospitals make final decisions whether to accept reclassifications approved by the MGCRB. We also note that OMB requested public comment on the recommendations it received from the Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee for changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards (86 FR 5263). These standards determine the Start Printed Page 24739procedures for delineating and updating the statistical areas as new data become available.

If changes to the standards are adopted by OMB and if those changes would affect the OMB delineations used for the IPPS wage index, we would address any such changes and impacts in future rulemaking. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this IFC was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. VI.

Response to Comments Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive by the date and time specified in the DATES section of this preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the comments in the preamble to that document. I, Elizabeth Richter, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services, approved this document on April 16, 2021. Start List of Subjects Administrative practice and procedureHealth facilitiesMedicarePuerto RicoReporting and recordkeeping requirements End List of Subjects For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services amends 42 CFR chapter IV, part 412, as follows.

Start Part End Part Start Amendment Part1. The authority for part 412 continues to read as follows. End Amendment Part Start Authority 42 U.S.C.

1302 and 1395hh. End Authority Start Amendment Part2. Section 412.230 is amended by adding paragraph (a)(1)(iii) and revising paragraph (a)(5)(i) to read as follows.

End Amendment Part Criteria for an individual hospital seeking redesignation to another rural area or an urban area. (a) * * * (1) * * * (iii) An urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this section. * * * * * (5) * * * (i) An individual hospital may not be redesignated to another area for purposes of the wage index if the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for that area is lower than the pre-reclassified average hourly wage for the area in which the hospital is located.

An urban hospital that has been granted redesignation as rural under § 412.103 is considered to be located in the rural area of the state for the purposes of this paragraph (a)(5)(i). * * * * * Start Signature Dated. April 23, 2021.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2021-08889 Filed 4-27-21.