Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 59791 [06-8607]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 11, 2006 / Notices October 3, 2006. Mirtha R. Beadle, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [FR Doc. 06–8596 Filed 10–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–29–m DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 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 un-reimbursed care in the practice as well as characteristics of the practice, the physician(s) and the patient population. 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: ADDRESSES: Methods of Collection Proposed Project Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. The survey will be distributed to 1200 primary care physicians with an expected response rate of 65% (780 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, inviting them to participate and offering them the opportunity to complete the survey on paper or via the Internet. A follow-up mailing with a duplicate 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. ‘‘Assessment of Unreimbursed 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 Physician’s 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 AGENCY: 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 November 13, 2006. 59791 ESTIMATED ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Data collection effort Number of respondents Estimated time per respondent in hours Estimated total burden hours Primary care clinicians ................................................................................................................. 780 .25 195 pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Oct 10, 2006 Jkt 211001 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. To date, one comment has been received. The commenter noted that s/ he believed no physicians provide free care. The purpose of this survey is to assess 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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: September 26, 2006. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 06–8607 Filed 10–10–06; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1

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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 November 13, 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 Unreimbursed 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 Physician's National 
Research Network (AAFP-NRN), will survey primary care practices 
participating in its PBRN in order to assess the current state of un-
reimbursed 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 un-reimbursed 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 1200 primary care physicians with 
an expected response rate of 65% (780 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, inviting them to participate and offering 
them the opportunity to complete the survey on paper or via the 
Internet. A follow-up mailing with a duplicate paper-based version of 
the questionnaire will be mailed to non-responders 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 time
                    Data collection effort                        Number of      per respondent  Estimated total
                                                                 respondents        in hours       burden hours
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Primary care clinicians......................................             780              .25              195
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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.
    To date, one comment has been received. The commenter noted that s/
he believed no physicians provide free care. The purpose of this survey 
is to assess 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.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed 
information collection. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: September 26, 2006.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 06-8607 Filed 10-10-06; 8:45am]
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