Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 66954-66955 [E6-19428]

Download as PDF 66954 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 222 / Friday, November 17, 2006 / Notices Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate. Due to programmatic matters, this Federal Register Notice is being published on less than 15 calendar days notice to the public (41 CFR 102– 3.150(b)). Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, Office of Science, NCEH/ATSDR, M/S E–28, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone 404–498–0622. The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and ATSDR. Dated: November 13, 2006. Alvin Hall, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 06–9272 Filed 11–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–R–246] Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. We are requesting an emergency review of the information collection jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:31 Nov 16, 2006 Jkt 211001 referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency review because the collection of this information is needed before the expiration of the normal time limits under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. This is necessary to ensure compliance with an initiative of the Administration. We cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures because the use of normal clearance procedures is reasonably likely to cause a statutory deadline to be missed. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 under section 1860D–4 (Information to Facilitate Enrollment) requires CMS to conduct consumer satisfaction surveys regarding the prescription drug plan or the Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan pursuant to section 1860D–4(d) and report the results to Part D eligible individuals at least 30 days prior to the enrollment period. This revised collection adds new Prescription Drug Plan questions as mandated in the MMA. Approval for this request will ensure that CMS is able to conduct the revised Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys in time to publicly report the data for the open enrollment period in Fall of 2007. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare CAHPS Survey; Form Number: CMS–R– 246 (OMB#: 0938–0732); Use: The collection of CAHPS measures is necessary to hold health and prescription drug plans accountable for the quality of care and services they deliver. This requirement will allow CMS to obtain information for the proper oversight of the program. This information is used to help beneficiaries choose among plans, contribute to improved quality of care through identification of quality improvement opportunities, and assist CMS in carrying out its responsibilities; Frequency: Reporting—Annually; Affected Public: Individuals or households; Number of Respondents: 600,000; Total Annual Responses: 600,000; Total Annual Hours: 198,000. CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by December 18, 2006, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendations will be considered PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 from the public if received by the individuals designated below by December 4, 2006. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’s Web Site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995 or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of these collections of information requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed to the designees referenced below by December 4, 2006: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Room C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, Attn: Bonnie L Harkless. and, OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. Dated: November 7, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–19133 Filed 11–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10137] Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 222 / Friday, November 17, 2006 / Notices collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency review because the collection of this information is needed before the expiration of the normal time limits under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. This is necessary to ensure compliance with an initiative of the Administration. We cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures because the use of normal clearance procedures is reasonably likely to cause a statutory deadline to be missed. For the 2008 contract year, CMS is taking several steps to reduce the person-hours necessary to complete the Part D solicitations. These steps include automating the majority of the Part D and Employer Group Waiver Plan solicitations within CMS’ Health Plan Management System (HPMS), incorporating the Pharmacy Access Submission document into the underlying Part D solicitation, and streamlining key information that was previously requested by attachments into attestations in time to qualify applicants prior to the first Monday in June of 2006. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Application for Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); Application for Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA–PD); Application for Cost Plans to Offer Qualified Prescription Drug Coverage; Application for Employer Group Waiver Plans to Offer Prescription Drug Coverage; Service Area Expansion Application for Prescription Drug Coverage. Form Number: CMS–10137 (OMB#: 0938–0936). Use: Collection of this information is mandated in Part D of the Medicare VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:31 Nov 16, 2006 Jkt 211001 Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. Coverage for the prescription drug benefit is provided through prescription drug plans (PDP’s) that offer drug-only coverage, or through Medicare Advantage organizations that offer integrated prescription drug and health care coverage. PDPs must offer a basic drug benefit. Medicare Advantage Coordinated Care Plans must offer either a basic benefit or may offer broader coverage for no additional cost. Medicare Advantage Private Fee for Service Plans may choose to offer a Part D benefit. Cost Plans that are regulated under Section 1876 of the Social Security Act, and Employer Group Plans may also provide a Part D benefit. If any of the contracting organizations meet basic requirements, they may also offer supplemental benefits through enhanced alternative coverage for an additional premium. This collection will be used by CMS to: (1) Insure that applicants meet CMS requirements and (2) support the determination of contract awards. Frequency: Reporting—Once. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit and Not-for-profit institutions Number of Respondents: 216. Total Annual Responses: 216. Total Annual Hours: 5,316. CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by December 15, 2006, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendation will be considered from the public if received by the individuals designated below by December 1, 2006. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’s Web Site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995 or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of these collections of information requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed to the designees referenced below by December 1, 2006: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Room C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, Attn: Bonnie L Harkless, and, OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66955 Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. November 9, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–19428 Filed 11–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10088 and CMS– R–13] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the Agency’s function; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Notification of Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs) and CMS of Co-located Medicare Providers and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 412.22 and 412.533; Use: Many long term care hospitals (LCTHs) are colocated with other Medicare providers (acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and psychiatric facilities), which leads to potential gaming of the Medicare system based on patient shifting. CMS is requiring LTCHs to notify fiscal intermediaries (FIs) and CMS of co-located providers. In AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[Document Identifier: CMS-10137]


Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements 
Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing 
the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. 
Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden 
estimate or any other aspect of this

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collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) 
The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for 
the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology to minimize the information collection burden.
    We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information 
collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of 
section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have 
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following 
requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency 
review because the collection of this information is needed before the 
expiration of the normal time limits under OMB's regulations at 5 CFR 
part 1320. This is necessary to ensure compliance with an initiative of 
the Administration. We cannot reasonably comply with the normal 
clearance procedures because the use of normal clearance procedures is 
reasonably likely to cause a statutory deadline to be missed.
    For the 2008 contract year, CMS is taking several steps to reduce 
the person-hours necessary to complete the Part D solicitations. These 
steps include automating the majority of the Part D and Employer Group 
Waiver Plan solicitations within CMS' Health Plan Management System 
(HPMS), incorporating the Pharmacy Access Submission document into the 
underlying Part D solicitation, and streamlining key information that 
was previously requested by attachments into attestations in time to 
qualify applicants prior to the first Monday in June of 2006.
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection.
    Title of Information Collection: Application for Prescription Drug 
Plans (PDP); Application for Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-
PD); Application for Cost Plans to Offer Qualified Prescription Drug 
Coverage; Application for Employer Group Waiver Plans to Offer 
Prescription Drug Coverage; Service Area Expansion Application for 
Prescription Drug Coverage.
    Form Number: CMS-10137 (OMB: 0938-0936).
    Use: Collection of this information is mandated in Part D of the 
Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. 
Coverage for the prescription drug benefit is provided through 
prescription drug plans (PDP's) that offer drug-only coverage, or 
through Medicare Advantage organizations that offer integrated 
prescription drug and health care coverage. PDPs must offer a basic 
drug benefit. Medicare Advantage Coordinated Care Plans must offer 
either a basic benefit or may offer broader coverage for no additional 
cost. Medicare Advantage Private Fee for Service Plans may choose to 
offer a Part D benefit. Cost Plans that are regulated under Section 
1876 of the Social Security Act, and Employer Group Plans may also 
provide a Part D benefit. If any of the contracting organizations meet 
basic requirements, they may also offer supplemental benefits through 
enhanced alternative coverage for an additional premium. This 
collection will be used by CMS to: (1) Insure that applicants meet CMS 
requirements and (2) support the determination of contract awards.
    Frequency: Reporting--Once.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and Not-for-profit 
institutions
    Number of Respondents: 216.
    Total Annual Responses: 216.
    Total Annual Hours: 5,316.
    CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by 
December 15, 2006, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and 
recommendation will be considered from the public if received by the 
individuals designated below by December 1, 2006.
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS's 
Web Site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995 
or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB 
number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call 
the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.
    Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 
burden or any other aspect of these collections of information 
requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information 
collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed 
to the designees referenced below by December 1, 2006: Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Strategic Operations and 
Regulatory Affairs, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, 
MD 21244-1850, Attn: Bonnie L Harkless, and, OMB Human Resources and 
Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office 
Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

    November 9, 2006.
Michelle Shortt,
Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations 
and Regulatory Affairs.
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