New regs for Tuesday: VA hospitals, Indian burials, medical devices

Tuesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for transporting veterans to military hospitals, medical devices, and burial requirements for American Indians.

Here’s what is happening:

Military: The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a new program to transport former members of the military to and from VA hospitals.

The Veterans Transportation Service announced Monday that it would transport veterans to military hospitals for “examination, treatment, and care.” 

The new rules set eligibility guidelines and define the forms of transportation the VA would offer.

The program goes into effect in 30 days.

Medical: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new medical device technology.

The FDA would list blood establishment computer software under special controls, giving the agency a "reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness."

The public has 90 days to comment.

Indians: The Interior Department is moving forward with new burial rules for American Indians.

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Monday that American Indians will have more time — 180 days — to apply for their loved ones to receive burial assistance.

Trucks: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering allowing truck drivers with diabetes to hit the road.

Truck drivers with diabetes are usually prohibited from operating commercial motor vehicles, but the FMCSA is considering applications from 91 truck drivers who say their medical condition is under control.

The public has 30 days to comment.