Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request, 47232-47233 [E6-13385]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 47232 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices DMPOS quality standards are being met at the time the accreditation organization surveys the supplier. • Use a streamlined process that considers only compliance with CMS’ DME quality standards. • Notify CMS, in writing, of any supplier that had its accreditation revoked, withdrawn, revised, or any other remedial or adverse action taken against it by the accreditation organization within 30 calendar days of any such action taken. • Notify all accredited suppliers within 10 calendar days of CMS’ withdrawal of the organization’s approval of deeming authority. • Notify CMS, in writing, at least 30 calendar days in advance of the effective date of any proposed changes in accreditation requirements. • Submit to CMS, within 30 calendar days of a change in CMS requirements, an acknowledgement of CMS’ notification of the change, as well as a revised crosswalk reflecting the new requirements, and inform CMS about how the organization plans to alter its requirements to conform to CMS’ new requirements. • Permit its surveyors to serve as witnesses if CMS takes an adverse action based on accreditation findings. • Notify CMS, in writing, within 2 calendar days of a deficiency identified in any accreditation entity where the deficiency poses an immediate jeopardy to the entity’s beneficiaries or a hazard to the general public. • Provide, on an annual basis, summary data specified by CMS that relates to the past years’ accreditations and trends. • Attest that the organization will not perform any DMEPOS accreditation surveys of Medicare participating suppliers with which it has a financial relationship with or interest. • Conform accreditation requirements to changes in Medicare requirements. If CMS determines that additional information is necessary to make a determination for approval or denial of the accreditation organization’s application for deeming authority, the organization will be notified and afforded an opportunity to provide the additional information. CMS may visit the organization’s offices to verify representations made by the organization in its application, including, but not limited to, review of documents and interviews with the organization’s staff. The accreditation organization will receive a formal notice from CMS stating whether the request for deeming authority has been approved or denied, the rationale for any denial and reconsideration, and VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 reapplication procedures. CMS will make every effort to issue a final decision no more than 30 days from the time the completed application is received by CMS. An accreditation organization may withdraw its application for approval of deeming authority at any time before the formal notice of approval is received. An accreditation organization that has been notified that its request for deeming authority has been denied may request reconsideration in accordance with § 488.201 through § 488.211 in Subpart D. Any accreditation organization whose request for approval of deeming authority has been denied may resubmit its application if the organization: (1) Revises its accreditation program to address the rationale for denial of its previous request; (2) provides reasonable assurance that its accredited companies meet applicable Medicare requirements; and (3) resubmits the application in its entirety. If an accreditation organization has requested a reconsideration of CMS’s determination that its request for deeming approval is denied, it may not submit a new application for deeming authority for the type of provider or supplier that is at issue in the reconsideration until the reconsideration is final. C. Evaluation of Proposals A panel consisting of subject matter experts will evaluate the proposals using criteria already established by CMS in the survey and certification process. The deadline for the submission of proposals is October 2, 2006. III. Collection of Information Requirements The preamble of this notice discusses the information collection requirements associated with DMEPOS supplier accreditation from independent accrediting bodies. An independent accreditation organization must furnish to CMS all of information in the 12 items listed in section II.B. of this notice. In addition, each organization must also submit all of the necessary supporting documentation. This information is necessary to give the independent accreditation organizations the opportunity to submit proposals to implement and operate the DMEPOS accreditation programs. DMEPOS accreditation is required for DMEPOS suppliers that wish to bill Part B. The information supplied by the independent accreditation organizations will be used to evaluate the accreditation organizations ability to meet CMS’ regulations. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The burden associated with this information collection requirement is the time and effort required to document, compile, and submit the necessary application information to CMS. We estimate that 10 entities will submit the application information to CMS in order to be deemed independent accrediting bodies. We also estimate that it will take each of the entities approximately 20 hours to comply with this requirement for an annual total of 200 burden hours. The aforementioned information collection requirements have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency approval with a 10-day public comment period. In the August 4, 2006 Federal Register (71 FR 44300), we published a notice announcing the request for emergency approval of the information collection requirements. These requirements are not effective until they have been approved by OMB. Authority: Section 1834(a)(20) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(a)(20)). (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773 Medicare—Hospital Insurance Program; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program) Dated: July 25, 2006. Mark B. McClellan, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 06–6933 Filed 8–10–06; 4:01 pm] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443–1129. E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection 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 on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Proposed Project: Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program (OMB No. 0915–0149 Extension) The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program has as its purpose the provision of funds to eligible schools to provide scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. To qualify for participation in the SDS program, a school must be carrying out a program for recruiting and retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic 47233 minority groups (section 737(d)(1)(B) of the PHS Act). A school must meet the eligibility criteria to demonstrate that the program has achieved success based on the number and/or percentage of disadvantaged students who are enrolled and graduate from the school. In awarding SDS funds to eligible schools, funding priorities must be given to schools based on the proportion of graduating students going into primary care, the proportion of underrepresented minority students, and the proportion of graduates working in medically underserved communities (section 737(c) of the PHS Act). The estimated response burden is as follows: Form Number of respondents Responses per respondent Total responses Hours per response Total burden hours SDS ...................................................................................... 500 1 500 30 15,000 Send comments to Susan G. Queen, Ph.D., HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 10–33, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Dated: August 10, 2006. Cheryl R. Dammons, Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination. [FR Doc. E6–13385 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources And Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443–1129. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection 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 on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques of other forms of information technology. Proposed Project: National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Travel Request Worksheet (OMB No. 0915–0278): Extension Clinicians participating in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program use the Travel Request Worksheet to receive travel funds from the Federal Government to perform pre-employment interviews at sites on the Approved Practice List. The travel approval process is initiated when a scholar notifies the NHSC’s In-Service Support Branch of an impending interview at one or more NHSC approved practice sites. The Travel Request Worksheet is also used to initiate the relocation process after an NHSC scholar has successfully been matched to an approved practice site. Upon receipt of the Travel Request Worksheet, the NHSC will review and approve or disapprove the request and promptly notify the NHSC contractor regarding authorization of the funding for the relocation. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 16, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47232-47233]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-13385]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: 
Comment Request

    In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public 
comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services 
Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects 
being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more 
information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data 
collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance 
Officer on (301) 443-1129.

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    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection 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 on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program (OMB 
No. 0915-0149 Extension)

    The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) 
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program has as its 
purpose the provision of funds to eligible schools to provide 
scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from 
disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing 
programs.
    To qualify for participation in the SDS program, a school must be 
carrying out a program for recruiting and retaining students from 
disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial 
and ethnic minority groups (section 737(d)(1)(B) of the PHS Act). A 
school must meet the eligibility criteria to demonstrate that the 
program has achieved success based on the number and/or percentage of 
disadvantaged students who are enrolled and graduate from the school. 
In awarding SDS funds to eligible schools, funding priorities must be 
given to schools based on the proportion of graduating students going 
into primary care, the proportion of underrepresented minority 
students, and the proportion of graduates working in medically 
underserved communities (section 737(c) of the PHS Act).
    The estimated response burden is as follows:

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                                                                        Number of      Responses per        Total          Hours per       Total burden
                                Form                                   respondents       respondent       responses         response          hours
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SDS................................................................             500                1              500               30           15,000
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    Send comments to Susan G. Queen, Ph.D., HRSA Reports Clearance 
Officer, Room 10-33, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, 
MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this 
notice.

    Dated: August 10, 2006.
Cheryl R. Dammons,
Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.
 [FR Doc. E6-13385 Filed 8-15-06; 8:45 am]
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