New regs for Monday: 9/11 health coverage, medical devices, accounting standards

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for 9/11 health coverage and accounting standards, and loosens the requirements for certain medical devices.

9/11: The Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) says it will not cover rheumatoid arthritis in a program to treat people affected by the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11, 2001.

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HHS's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oversees the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides healthcare for people who suffer from certain medical conditions as a result of the attacks.

But the agency determined Friday not to cover certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissues diseases.

"The administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation," the agency wrote.

The decision goes into effect immediately.

Accounting: The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board is drafting new policies for "opening balances for inventory, operating materials and supplies, and stockpile materials."

The public has until July 20 to comment.

Medical devices: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is loosening the requirements for certain medical devices.

The FDA issued a final order Friday reclassifying nonroller-type cardiopulmonary bypass blood pump devices into special controls. These devices are used for cardiopulmonary and circulatory bypasses.

The order goes into effect immediately.