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Any interested person or organization that wants to participate as amicus curiae must petition the presiding officer before the hearing begins in accordance with the requirements contained in Federal regulations at 42 CFR 430.76(c). If the hearing is later rescheduled, the presiding officer will notify all participants. The notice to Colorado announcing an administrative hearing to reconsider the disapproval of its SPA reads as follows: Ms. Lisa M. Esgar, Senior Director, Operations and Finance Office, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, 1570 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203–1818. Dear Ms. Esgar: I am responding to your request for reconsideration of the decision to disapprove the Colorado State plan amendment (SPA) 05–006, which was submitted on July 26, 2005, and disapproved on July 13, 2006. In SPA 05–006, Colorado was proposed to modify the reimbursement methodology in the State plan for covered Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services provided in schools. Specifically, this amendment specified cost elements used to determine reimbursement rates for school-based services and targeted case management. The amendment was disapproved because it did not comport with the requirements of sections 1902(a)(2), 1902(a)(4), 1902(a)(23), 1902(a)(30)(A), 1902(a)(10)(B), and 1903(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (the Act). The issues to be decided in the hearing are: • Whether Colorado has established that the indirect cost elements specified in Colorado SPA 05–006 would not duplicate direct cost elements also specified, to ensure that the payment rate is consistent with efficiency and economy as required by section 1902(a)(30)(A) of the Act. • Whether Colorado has shown that certified public expenditures that will be used as the basis for claims under SPA 05– VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:22 Nov 09, 2006 Jkt 211001 006 will be documented through auditable methods for determining or documenting actual and non-duplicative Medicaid expenditures incurred for school-based health services by a governmental entity, so that the claims will be consistent with section 1902(a)(2), 1902(a)(4) and 1903(a)(1) of the Act. • Whether the State has assured that the payment methodology specified under SPA 05–006, when read together with the State plan provisions authorizing the covered services that are the subject of SPA 05–006, would allow beneficiaries the ability to receive services from any willing and qualified provider within the State, consistent with the requirements of section 1902(a)(23) of the Act. • Whether the State has established that the covered EPSDT services that are the subject of SPA 05–006 would be available in a comparable amount, duration and scope to the EPSDT services available to all eligible Medicaid beneficiaries, including those who do not attend schools paid under SPA 05– 006, consistent with the requirements of section 1902(a)(10)(B) of the Act. I am scheduling a hearing on your request for reconsideration to be held on December 29, 2006, at the Colorado State Bank Building, 1600 Broadway, Suite 700, Keystone Conference Room, Denver, CO, 80202–4967, to reconsider the decision to disapprove SPA 05–006. If this date is not acceptable, we would be glad to set another date that is mutually agreeable to the parties. The hearing will be governed by the procedures prescribed by Federal regulations at 42 CFR part 430. I am designating Ms. Kathleen ScullyHayes as the presiding officer. If these arrangements present any problems, please contact the presiding officer at (410) 786– 2055. In order to facilitate any communication which may be necessary between the parties to the hearing, please notify the presiding officer to indicate acceptability of the hearing date that has been scheduled and provide names of the individuals who will represent the State at the hearing. Sincerely, Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq., Acting Administrator. 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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. Comments are invited on: (a) 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: Assessment of the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program Performance— NEW The goal of the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program (BTCDP) is the development of a competent healthcare workforce with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: (1) Recognize indications of a terrorist event; (2) meet the acute care needs of patients, including pediatric and other vulnerable populations, in a safe and appropriate manner; (3) participate in a local, regional, statewide, and national response, and (4) rapidly and effectively alert the public health system of such an event at the community, state, and national levels. Response issues include other forms of terrorism (e.g., the use of chemical, explosive, and incendiary agents, acute radiation exposure in a nuclear explosion), natural disasters, and catastrophic events. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 218 (Monday, November 13, 2006)]
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[FR Doc No: E6-19087]


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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 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), 
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.
    Comments are invited on: (a) 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: Assessment of the Bioterrorism Training and 
Curriculum Development Program Performance--NEW

    The goal of the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development 
Program (BTCDP) is the development of a competent healthcare workforce 
with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: (1) Recognize indications 
of a terrorist event; (2) meet the acute care needs of patients, 
including pediatric and other vulnerable populations, in a safe and 
appropriate manner; (3) participate in a local, regional, statewide, 
and national response, and (4) rapidly and effectively alert the public 
health system of such an event at the community, state, and national 
levels. Response issues include other forms of terrorism (e.g., the use 
of chemical, explosive, and incendiary agents, acute radiation exposure 
in a nuclear explosion), natural disasters, and catastrophic events.
    HRSA will collect data relevant to the preparedness training of 
healthcare providers from existing BTCDP

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awardees to evaluate and report performance and outcome information. 
This information will be used by the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) to evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of the 
BTCDP. HRSA will use standard data collection forms to record the 
number of healthcare providers trained by profession and by course 
category, qualitative information on progress being achieved on 
approved objectives within the cooperative agreement, and performance 
outcomes of healthcare providers participating in training. The data 
collection forms do not duplicate other data collection efforts.
    The BTCDP is the only Federal program solely committed to the 
preparedness training of healthcare providers. As such, BTCDP awardees 
share curriculum, accomplishments, and lessons learned through an 
established network on a regular basis, a network vital to the 
development of a prepared healthcare workforce. Awardees stand uniquely 
prepared to respond to Congressional demand for efficient and effective 
training within the fiscal and time constraints of this program. 
Collecting data from awardees regarding their performance is the first 
step in meeting this demand.
    The estimated annual burden is as follows:

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                                                                        Number of      Responses per   Total number of     Hours per       Total burden
                          Submission type                              respondents       respondent       responses         response          hours
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Performance and Outcome Data.......................................              32                1               32               16              512
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    Send comments to Susan G. Queen, PhD, 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: November 3, 2006.
Cheryl R. Dammons,
Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.
[FR Doc. E6-19087 Filed 11-9-06; 8:45 am]
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