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January 25, 2013
 
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Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings February 7 on Proposed Regulations
 
Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding hearings on proposed regulations related to immunization information sharing, syndromic surveillance, Medicaid eligibility for emancipated minors and Medicaid prior authorization for dental procedures.
 
The hearings will be held on Thursday, February 7, in the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A.
 
At 10:00 a.m. CT
 
The Division of Public Health will accept comments on proposed new regulations related to immunization information sharing.  The regulations will specify who may share immunization information with DHHS, which data elements may be shared, who may access immunization information, and how DHHS may use the data for the purpose of protecting the public health by eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases.  The proposed regulations also set out procedures, methods and limitations on access to, security and confidentiality of immunization information.
 
At 11:00 p.m. CT
 
The Division of Public Health will accept comments on proposed new regulations related to syndromic surveillance.  The regulations will provide standards and specifications for hospitals and health care facilities submitting electronic health record data to DHHS for syndromic surveillance, which is the analysis of medical data to detect disease outbreaks.  The standards include the data elements required to be reported, the manner of reporting, when DHHS may release de-identified patient data, and procedures for noncompliance.
 
At 1:30 p.m. CT
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care will accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid eligibility for certain emancipated minors. 
 
The regulations provide that a minor be declared emancipated for purposes of eligibility for public assistance benefits if she is pregnant and is denied financial support by her parents, guardians, or custodians due to her refusal to obtain an abortion.
 
At 2:00 p.m. CT
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care will accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid prior authorization for certain dental procedures.  The proposed regulations will eliminate the requirement for prior authorization for root canals and re-treatment of root canals and provide for the acceptance of oral/facial photographic imaging to document prior authorization requests for orthodontic services.
 
Anyone may attend and comment at the hearing or submit comments in writing.  Written comments will be given the same consideration as oral comments.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on the day of the hearings and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov
 
Draft regulations are available online at http://1.usa.gov/12yl4Oq. Draft copies of the regulations are also available at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385, or call DHHS Legal Services at (402) 471-8223.
 
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