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Download as PDF 62266 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 24, 2006 / Notices compensation levels of management and/or support staff among companies of different sizes. Although financial, marketing, legal, and clerical personnel may be involved in the information collection process, FTC staff has assumed that mid-management personnel and outside legal counsel will handle most of the tasks involved in gathering and producing responsive information, and has applied an average rate of $250/hour for their labor. FTC staff anticipates that the labor costs per company will range between $55,000 (220 hours x $250/hour) and $100,000 (400 hours x $250/hour). Nonetheless, as a conservative measure, staff estimates that the total labor costs per company will be $100,000. FTC staff believes that the capital or other non-labor costs associated with the information requests are minimal. Although the information requests may require industry members to maintain the requested information the Commission seeks, they should already have in place the means to compile and maintain it. John D. Graubert, Acting General Counsel. [FR Doc. E6–17790 Filed 10–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 AGENCY: Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), will hold its eleventh meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. Due to unanticipated issues during preparation for the November meeting of SACHRP, this notice will not meet the 15-day requirement for publication in the Federal Register. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Friday, November 3, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA, 22204. Phone: (703) 521– 1900. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Schwetz, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, Office for Human Research VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:25 Oct 23, 2006 Jkt 211001 Protections (OHRP), or Catherine Slatinshek, Executive Director, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections; Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852; (240) 453– 8139; fax: (240) 453–6909; e-mail address: sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov. Under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, SACHRP was established to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues and topics pertaining to or associated with the protection of human research subjects. On November 2, 2006, SACHRP will receive and discuss updated information and a report from the Subpart A Subcommittee and issues involving the application of subpart A of 45 CFR part 46 in the current research environment. This subcommittee was established by SACHRP at its October 4–5, 2004 meeting. On November 3, 2006, the Committee will discuss future topics and issues that will be considered by the Subcommittee on Research Involving Individuals with Impaired DecisionMaking Capacity. This subcommittee was established by SACHRP at its July 31–August 1, 2006 meeting. In addition, the Committee will hear presentations and invite discussions from several representatives on a panel on issues related to research involving subjects with impaired decision-making capacity. Public attendance at the meeting is limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend the meeting and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the designated contact persons. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments on both days of the meeting. Public comment will be limited to five minutes per speaker. Any members of the public who wish to have printed materials distributed to SACHRP members for this scheduled meeting should submit materials to the Executive Director, SACHRP, prior to the close of business Friday, October 27, 2006. Information about SACHRP and the draft meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/ sachrp/index.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October 18, 2006. Catherine Slatinshek, Executive Director, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. [FR Doc. E6–17743 Filed 10–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–36–P 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. 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: ‘‘Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for-Quality Programs.’’ 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 December 26, 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 ‘‘Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for-Quality (P4Q) Programs.’’ The P4Q Evaluation is a multi-method research project designed to evaluate the implementation and impact of P4Q programs on physicians across three programs operating in health care safety net settings. The P4Q programs participating in the evaluation are offering their health care providers financial incentives to achieve predefined quality targets. Data collected as part of this evaluation will have direct operational relevance to E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 24, 2006 / Notices payers and providers regarding the value and challenges of P4Q programs in safety net settings. The P4Q evaluation is designed to assess whether P4Q programs in such settings appear to improve quality on the measures that are the focus of the programs and also whether the programs lead to unintended consequences. the P4Q evaluation will also seek to identify design and implementation practices that are likely to increase as well as decrease the risks of negative outcomes resulting from the implementation of P4Q programs in safety net settings. Data collection in the P4Q evaluation will be approved by the Boston University’s Medical Campus Institutional Review Board. It will be conducted in accordance with the Type of respondent Number of respondents Health Insurance Protection and Portability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and with the Protection of Human Subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46. In addition, the identifiable data collected in this study about provider organizations and individuals will only be used for the above-stated purposes and will be protected in accordance with the AHRQ confidentiality statute, section 934(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 299c–3(c)). Methods of Collection The evaluation will use several methods to examine P4Q programs in safety net settings, including a survey and key informant interviews. Survey data will be obtained from physicians participating in P4Q programs using a Number of responses per respondent Estimated time per respondent (hours) 62267 confidential mailed questionnaire. The key informant interviews will consist of 35-minute semi-structured interviews with physician organization executives, practice leaders, physicians, and other senior managers in each study setting regarding program design, implementation, and impact. The research project investigators will interview up to six informants at each site. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden The table below indicates that total time burden required to obtain all of the data required to meet the study’s objectives. It does not include time required to analyze the data and prepare it for reporting and publication. Estimated total burden (hours) Estimated annual cost to the government Physicians ............................. 216 1 0.25 hours (15 minutes) ....... 54 Practice executives and other senior managers. 24 1 0.58 hours (35 minutes) ....... 14 $5,322.12 to cover costs of responding to survey. $841.35 to cover costs of participating in in-person interviews. Total ............................... ........................ ........................ ............................................... 68 $6,163.47 Estimated Costs to the Federal Government The total cost to the government for this activity is estimated to be $193,941. This funding will be used to support survey administration costs, salary and fringe benefits for the research team relating to the design and administration of the survey and informant interviews, and costs for two members of the research team to travel to each site for the informant interviews. The project will attempt to minimize burden to physician survey respondents by distributing surveys at medical staff meetings. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act 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 AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, 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) 14:25 Oct 23, 2006 Dated: October 10, 2006. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 06–8831 Filed 10–23–06; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M Request for Comments VerDate Aug<31>2005 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 Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. 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[FR Doc No: 06-8831]


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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: ``Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for-
Quality Programs.'' 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 December 26, 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

    ``Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for-Quality 
(P4Q) Programs.''
    The P4Q Evaluation is a multi-method research project designed to 
evaluate the implementation and impact of P4Q programs on physicians 
across three programs operating in health care safety net settings. The 
P4Q programs participating in the evaluation are offering their health 
care providers financial incentives to achieve predefined quality 
targets. Data collected as part of this evaluation will have direct 
operational relevance to

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payers and providers regarding the value and challenges of P4Q programs 
in safety net settings. The P4Q evaluation is designed to assess 
whether P4Q programs in such settings appear to improve quality on the 
measures that are the focus of the programs and also whether the 
programs lead to unintended consequences. the P4Q evaluation will also 
seek to identify design and implementation practices that are likely to 
increase as well as decrease the risks of negative outcomes resulting 
from the implementation of P4Q programs in safety net settings.
    Data collection in the P4Q evaluation will be approved by the 
Boston University's Medical Campus Institutional Review Board. It will 
be conducted in accordance with the Health Insurance Protection and 
Portability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and with the Protection of Human 
Subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46. In addition, the identifiable 
data collected in this study about provider organizations and 
individuals will only be used for the above-stated purposes and will be 
protected in accordance with the AHRQ confidentiality statute, section 
934(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 299c-3(c)).

Methods of Collection

    The evaluation will use several methods to examine P4Q programs in 
safety net settings, including a survey and key informant interviews. 
Survey data will be obtained from physicians participating in P4Q 
programs using a confidential mailed questionnaire. The key informant 
interviews will consist of 35-minute semi-structured interviews with 
physician organization executives, practice leaders, physicians, and 
other senior managers in each study setting regarding program design, 
implementation, and impact. The research project investigators will 
interview up to six informants at each site.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    The table below indicates that total time burden required to obtain 
all of the data required to meet the study's objectives. It does not 
include time required to analyze the data and prepare it for reporting 
and publication.

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                                                  Number of     Estimated time      Estimated       Estimated
      Type of respondent          Number of     responses per   per  respondent   total burden    annual cost to
                                 respondents     respondent         (hours)          (hours)      the government
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Physicians...................             216               1  0.25 hours (15                54  $5,322.12 to
                                                                minutes).                         cover costs of
                                                                                                  responding to
                                                                                                  survey.
Practice executives and other              24               1  0.58 hours (35                14  $841.35 to
 senior managers.                                               minutes).                         cover costs of
                                                                                                  participating
                                                                                                  in in-person
                                                                                                  interviews.
                                                                                --------------------------------
    Total....................  ..............  ..............  ................              68  $6,163.47
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Estimated Costs to the Federal Government

    The total cost to the government for this activity is estimated to 
be $193,941. This funding will be used to support survey administration 
costs, salary and fringe benefits for the research team relating to the 
design and administration of the survey and informant interviews, and 
costs for two members of the research team to travel to each site for 
the informant interviews. The project will attempt to minimize burden 
to physician survey respondents by distributing surveys at medical 
staff meetings.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act 
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 
AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination 
functions, 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 Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: October 10, 2006.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 06-8831 Filed 10-23-06; 8:45am]
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