Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 42851-42852 [E6-12037]

Download as PDF rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 145 / Friday, July 28, 2006 / Notices will be an integral resource for oversight, monitoring, compliance, and auditing activities necessary to ensure quality provision of the Part C Medicare Advantage benefit to beneficiaries; Form Number: CMS–10196 (OMB#: 0938– New); Frequency: Recordkeeping and Reporting—Annually; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 393; Total Annual Responses: 393; Total Annual Hours: 12,576. 6. Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Clinical Laboratory Services Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project—Bidding Form; Use: The Medicare Clinical Laboratory Competitive Bidding Demonstration is mandated by section 302(b) of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. The purpose of the demonstration is to determine whether competitive bidding can be used to provide quality laboratory services at prices below current Medicare reimbursement rates. The application is to collect information from organizations that supply clinical laboratory services to Medicare beneficiaries in the Competitive Bidding Area (CBA). This information will be used to determine bidding status, winners under the bidding competition, and the competitively-determined fee schedule for demonstration tests. The winning laboratories will be selected based on multiple criteria, including price bid, laboratory capacity, service area, and quality. Multiple winners are expected in each competitive acquisition area.; Form Number: CMS– 10193 (OMB#: 0938–New); Frequency: Reporting—Other: once every three years.; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 80; Total Annual Responses: 80; Total Annual Hours: 7010. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed or faxed within 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB desk officer: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:47 Jul 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. Dated: July 20, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–12035 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10202] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Data Collection for Administering the Medicare Health Improvement Survey; Use: This beneficiary survey is to obtain information about beneficiary behavior, physical functioning and satisfaction with the care management programs data required to evaluate the Medicare Care Management for High Cost Beneficiaries demonstration (CMHCB). This demonstration provides an opportunity to test new models of care for Medicare beneficiaries who are highcost and who have complex chronic conditions with the goals of reducing future costs, improving quality of care and quality of life, and improving beneficiary and provider satisfaction. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42851 Form Number: CMS–10202 (OMB#: 0938–NEW); Frequency: Reporting—On occasion; Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Number of Respondents: 3633; Total Annual Responses: 3633; Total Annual Hours: 908. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on September 26, 2006. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development—C, Attention: Bonnie L Harkless, Room C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. Dated: July 20, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–12036 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10201] Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 42852 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 145 / Friday, July 28, 2006 / Notices (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency review because the collection of this information is needed before the expiration of the normal time limits under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR 1320(a)(2)(ii). This is necessary to ensure compliance with an initiative of the Administration. We cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures because of an unanticipated event. The evaluation is to study the MMA Section 702 demonstration, ‘‘Clarify the Definition of Homebound.’’ The 2-year demonstration in three regions is to test the effect of deeming certain beneficiaries homebound for purposes of meeting the Medicare home health benefit eligibility requirements. The demonstration began October 2004, and since October 2004, enrollment into the demonstration has been exceedingly small—a total of about 50 beneficiaries. This has occurred despite the fact that CMS has conducted a broad variety of outreach efforts to beneficiaries, home health agencies, and the public. Activities have included special conference calls; demonstration Website; public meetings; mass mailings to physician groups, insurers, hospitals, governments, aging offices, independent living centers, and others who have contact with disabled beneficiaries; letters of information to stakeholders; emails to home health agencies and advocacy organizations; attendance/ booths/presentations at meetings; article placements; and special messages on carrier and intermediary Medicare explanation of benefits letters. The purpose of the survey is to understand barriers that may have operated to impede enrollment in the demonstration, such as problems with eligibility definitions, other reasons why beneficiaries may not have qualified, and any other relevant information that agencies may be able to provide. The survey will also be used to understand the way agencies in the demonstration states apply the homebound eligibility VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:47 Jul 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 criteria in practice. In addition, qualitative information so far has indicated that the role of the homebound criterion may have changed since the Medicare manual was revised to allow for home health beneficiaries to attend religious services and adult day care. If the revised definition has reduced concerns about the restrictiveness of the homebound eligibility criterion, we believe this information is important to include in the report to Congress. The original motivation for the demonstration was to loosen restrictions for certain types of beneficiaries. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Home Health Agency Survey on the Medicare Home Health Independence Demonstration; Use: The research evaluation for this information collection is being conducted under contract with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) will use the quantitative data collected with the home health agency survey to supplement the qualitative data collected from other central stakeholders to understand the reasons for the low enrollment rate for the demonstration and ways to change the home health eligibility requirements. MPR has designed this mail questionnaire to collect information from the home health agencies in the following domains: Interpretation of the homebound rule, impact of the homebound rule upon their admissions and discharges, understanding of the demonstration eligibility criteria and determination of the eligibility status of their caseloads. This information will be used by Congress to understand why the demand within the Medicare population for the homebound waiver did not materialize as anticipated. Form Number: CMS–10201 (OMB#: 0938NEW); Frequency: Reporting—One-time; Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, Not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal governments; Number of Respondents: 120; Total Annual Responses: 120; Total Annual Hours: 60. CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by September 1, 2006, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendations will be considered from the public if received by the individuals designated below by August 27, 2006. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regulations/pra or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786–1326. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of these collections of information requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed to the designees referenced below by August 27, 2006: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development—B, Attn: William N. Parham, III, Room C4–26– 05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, and, OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503. Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. Dated: July 20, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–12037 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–1527–N] Medicare Program; Request for Nominations and Meeting of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council, August 28, 2006 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces a request for nominations and the quarterly meeting of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council (the Council). The Council will meet to discuss certain proposed changes in regulations and manual instructions related to physicians’ services, as identified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). This meeting is open to the public. In addition, this notice invites all organizations representing physicians to submit nominations for consideration to fill five seats that will be vacated by current Council members in 2007. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[Document Identifier: CMS-10201]


Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements 
Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.
    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing 
the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. 
Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden 
estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, 
including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility 
of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of 
the agency's functions;

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(2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
    We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information 
collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of 
section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have 
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following 
requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency 
review because the collection of this information is needed before the 
expiration of the normal time limits under OMB's regulations at 5 CFR 
1320(a)(2)(ii). This is necessary to ensure compliance with an 
initiative of the Administration. We cannot reasonably comply with the 
normal clearance procedures because of an unanticipated event.
    The evaluation is to study the MMA Section 702 demonstration, 
``Clarify the Definition of Homebound.'' The 2-year demonstration in 
three regions is to test the effect of deeming certain beneficiaries 
homebound for purposes of meeting the Medicare home health benefit 
eligibility requirements. The demonstration began October 2004, and 
since October 2004, enrollment into the demonstration has been 
exceedingly small--a total of about 50 beneficiaries. This has occurred 
despite the fact that CMS has conducted a broad variety of outreach 
efforts to beneficiaries, home health agencies, and the public. 
Activities have included special conference calls; demonstration 
Website; public meetings; mass mailings to physician groups, insurers, 
hospitals, governments, aging offices, independent living centers, and 
others who have contact with disabled beneficiaries; letters of 
information to stakeholders; e-mails to home health agencies and 
advocacy organizations; attendance/booths/presentations at meetings; 
article placements; and special messages on carrier and intermediary 
Medicare explanation of benefits letters.
    The purpose of the survey is to understand barriers that may have 
operated to impede enrollment in the demonstration, such as problems 
with eligibility definitions, other reasons why beneficiaries may not 
have qualified, and any other relevant information that agencies may be 
able to provide. The survey will also be used to understand the way 
agencies in the demonstration states apply the homebound eligibility 
criteria in practice. In addition, qualitative information so far has 
indicated that the role of the homebound criterion may have changed 
since the Medicare manual was revised to allow for home health 
beneficiaries to attend religious services and adult day care. If the 
revised definition has reduced concerns about the restrictiveness of 
the homebound eligibility criterion, we believe this information is 
important to include in the report to Congress. The original motivation 
for the demonstration was to loosen restrictions for certain types of 
beneficiaries.
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of 
Information Collection: Home Health Agency Survey on the Medicare Home 
Health Independence Demonstration; Use: The research evaluation for 
this information collection is being conducted under contract with 
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 
(MPR) will use the quantitative data collected with the home health 
agency survey to supplement the qualitative data collected from other 
central stakeholders to understand the reasons for the low enrollment 
rate for the demonstration and ways to change the home health 
eligibility requirements. MPR has designed this mail questionnaire to 
collect information from the home health agencies in the following 
domains: Interpretation of the homebound rule, impact of the homebound 
rule upon their admissions and discharges, understanding of the 
demonstration eligibility criteria and determination of the eligibility 
status of their caseloads. This information will be used by Congress to 
understand why the demand within the Medicare population for the 
homebound waiver did not materialize as anticipated. Form Number: CMS-
10201 (OMB: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Reporting--One-time; 
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit 
institutions, and State, Local or Tribal governments; Number of 
Respondents: 120; Total Annual Responses: 120; Total Annual Hours: 60.
    CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by 
September 1, 2006, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and 
recommendations will be considered from the public if received by the 
individuals designated below by August 27, 2006.
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS' 
Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/regulations/pra or E-mail 
your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS 
document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports 
Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.
    Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 
burden or any other aspect of these collections of information 
requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information 
collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed 
to the designees referenced below by August 27, 2006:

CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of 
Regulations Development--B, Attn: William N. Parham, III, Room C4-26-
05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850,

and,

OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New 
Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.
    Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

    Dated: July 20, 2006.
Michelle Shortt,
Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations 
and Regulatory Affairs.
 [FR Doc. E6-12037 Filed 7-27-06; 8:45 am]
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