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ACTION: Notice. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Aug 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Assessment of Unreimbursed Care among Community Primary Care Physicians.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 2, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room #5036, Rockville, MD 20850. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from AHRQ’s Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: expected response rate of 75% (600 responses). A stratified sampling approach will be used to ensure appropriate representation from the four Census regions, urban and rural areas, and small and large practices. Selected physicians will receive a letter informing them of the purpose of the study and inviting them to participate. Within a week of receiving the invitation letter, respondents will receive an e-mail inviting them to complete a web-based questionnaire. A paper-based version of the questionnaire will be mailed to nonresponders after two weeks. Reminder phone calls will be placed in weeks four and six to all non-responders. If necessary to achieve target response rates, a re-mailing of the paper-based questionnaire will occur in week eight. The questionnaire is estimated to take no more than fifteen minutes to complete. ESTIMATED ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Proposed Project ‘‘Assessment of Un-reimbursed Care among Community Primary Care Physicians’’ This project is being conducted as part of AHRQ’s Primary Care PracticeBased Research Networks (PBRN). One of AHRQ’s PBRN contractors, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Research Network (AAFP–NRN), will survey primary care practices participating in its PBRN in order to assess the current state of unreimbursed medical care provided in community based primary care practices. There has been substantial research conducted to quantify the amount of unreimbursed care provided in private physicians’ offices. This survey will collect information from a sample of community-based primary care practices that are widely representative of private physicians across the United States in order to understand the current state of private primary care office unreimbursed care and help assess factors that encourage and discourage practices from engaging in this activity. The AAFP–NRN will collaborate with AHRQ on the design of a selfadministered, web-based questionnaire. The survey will collect information pertaining to the level of unreimbursed care in the practice as well as characteristics of the practice, the physician(s) and the patient population. Methods of Collection The survey will be distributed to 800 primary care physicians with an PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Data collection effort Primary care clinicians ........... Number of respondents Estimated time per respondent in hours Estimated total burden hours 600 .25 150 Estimated Costs to the Federal Government The total cost to the government for this activity is estimated to be $129,956. Request for Comments In accordance with the above-cited legislation, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of health care research and information dissemination functions of AHRQ, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed information E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1 43774 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 2, 2006 / Notices collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: July 24, 2006. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 06–6621 Filed 8–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry [ATSDR–222] Public Health Assessments Completed April—June 2006 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES SUMMARY: This notice announces those sites for which ATSDR has completed public health assessments during the period from April 2006 through June 2006. This list includes sites that are on or proposed for inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL) and includes sites for which assessments were prepared in response to requests from the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cibulas, Jr., Ph.D., Director, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop E–32, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 498–0007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The most recent list of completed public health assessments was published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2006 [71 FR 28702]. This announcement is the responsibility of ATSDR under the regulation ‘‘Public Health Assessments and Health Effects Studies of Hazardous Substances Releases and Facilities’’ [42 CFR Part 90]. This rule sets forth ATSDR’s procedures for the conduct of public health assessments under section 104(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) [42 U.S.C. 9604(i)]. Availability The completed public health assessments are available for public inspection at the ATSDR Records Center, 1825 Century Boulevard, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Aug 01, 2006 Jkt 208001 Atlanta, Georgia (not a mailing address), between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except legal holidays. Public health assessments are often available for public review at local repositories such as libraries in corresponding areas. Many public health assessments are available through ATSDR’s Web site at http:// www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/PHA/. In addition, the completed public health assessments are available by mail through the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161, or by telephone at (800) 553–6847. NTIS charges for copies of public health assessments. The NTIS order numbers are listed in parentheses following the site names. Public Health Assessments Completed or Issued Between April 2006, and June 2006, public health assessments were issued for the sites listed below: NPL and Proposed NPL Sites Alaska Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB)— (PB2006–112790). Colorado Captain Jack Mill—(PB2006–109060). Oklahoma Hudson Refinery NPL Site—(PB2006– 112858). Pennsylvania Valmont TCE Site: Formerly Valmont Industrial Park Site (a/k/a Valmont Industrial Park)—(PB2006–109770). Tennessee Smalley-Piper Collierville—(PB2006– 110718). Virginia Naval Weapons Station York Town (NWSY)—(PB2006–111467). Non-NPL Petitioned Sites Georgia Colonial Pipeline Danielsville Booster Station—(PB2006–112820). Tennessee, Loudon County Hazardous Air Pollutants—(PB2006–110717). Dated: July 26, 2006. Kenneth Rose, Acting Director Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, National Center for Environmental Health/, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease, Registry. [FR Doc. E6–12415 Filed 8–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–70–P PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry [ATSDR–221] Development of Set 20 Toxicological Profiles Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice of Development of Toxicological Profiles. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the development of Set 20 Toxicological Profiles. Set 20 Toxicological Profiles consists of one new draft and six updated drafts. These profiles will be available to the public on or about October 17, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Jessilynn B. Taylor, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Mailstop F–32, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (770) 488–3313. Electronic access to these documents is also available at the ATSDR Web site: http:// www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxpro2.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund) (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) by establishing certain requirements for ATSDR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to hazardous substances that are most commonly found at facilities on the CERCLA National Priorities List (NPL). Among these statutory requirements is a mandate for the Administrator of ATSDR to prepare toxicological profiles for each substance included on the priority lists of hazardous substances. These lists identified 275 hazardous substances that ATSDR and EPA determined pose the most significant potential threat to human health. The availability of the revised list of the 275 priority substances was announced in the Federal Register on December 7, 2005 (70 FR 702840). For prior versions of the list of substances, see Federal Register notices dated April 17, 1987 (52 FR 12866); October 20, 1988 (53 FR 41280); October 26, 1989 (54 FR 43619); October 17, 1990 (55 FR 42067); October 17, 1991 (56 FR 52166); October 28, E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 148 (Wednesday, August 2, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43773-43774]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-6621]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of 
Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection 
project: ``Assessment of Unreimbursed Care among Community Primary Care 
Physicians.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to 
comment on this proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 2, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 5036, 
Rockville, MD 20850.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from AHRQ's Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

    ``Assessment of Un-reimbursed Care among Community Primary Care 
Physicians''
    This project is being conducted as part of AHRQ's Primary Care 
Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN). One of AHRQ's PBRN 
contractors, the American Academy of Family Physicians' National 
Research Network (AAFP-NRN), will survey primary care practices 
participating in its PBRN in order to assess the current state of 
unreimbursed medical care provided in community based primary care 
practices.
    There has been substantial research conducted to quantify the 
amount of un-reimbursed care provided in private physicians' offices. 
This survey will collect information from a sample of community-based 
primary care practices that are widely representative of private 
physicians across the United States in order to understand the current 
state of private primary care office un-reimbursed care and help assess 
factors that encourage and discourage practices from engaging in this 
activity.
    The AAFP-NRN will collaborate with AHRQ on the design of a self-
administered, web-based questionnaire. The survey will collect 
information pertaining to the level of unreimbursed care in the 
practice as well as characteristics of the practice, the physician(s) 
and the patient population.

Methods of Collection

    The survey will be distributed to 800 primary care physicians with 
an expected response rate of 75% (600 responses). A stratified sampling 
approach will be used to ensure appropriate representation from the 
four Census regions, urban and rural areas, and small and large 
practices. Selected physicians will receive a letter informing them of 
the purpose of the study and inviting them to participate. Within a 
week of receiving the invitation letter, respondents will receive an e-
mail inviting them to complete a web-based questionnaire. A paper-based 
version of the questionnaire will be mailed to nonresponders after two 
weeks. Reminder phone calls will be placed in weeks four and six to all 
non-responders. If necessary to achieve target response rates, a re-
mailing of the paper-based questionnaire will occur in week eight. The 
questionnaire is estimated to take no more than fifteen minutes to 
complete.

                   Estimated Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                    Estimated  Estimated
                                       Number of    time per     total
       Data collection  effort        respondents  respondent    burden
                                                    in hours     hours
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Primary care clinicians.............        600          .25        150
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Estimated Costs to the Federal Government

    The total cost to the government for this activity is estimated to 
be $129,956.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the above-cited legislation, comments on AHRQ's 
information collection are requested with regard to any of the 
following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of health care research and 
information dissemination functions of AHRQ, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ's 
estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed 
collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed 
information

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collection. All comments will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: July 24, 2006.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 06-6621 Filed 8-1-06; 8:45 am]
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