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Download as PDF PWALKER on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 234 / Wednesday, December 6, 2006 / Notices than 5 p.m. EST on January 19, 2007, at the address below. ADDRESSES: Bruce G. Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Secretary, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 443– H, Washington, DC 20201. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Emma English, Program Analyst, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 443–H, Washington, DC 20201; (202) 690–5566; nvac@osophs.dhhs.gov. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current membership can be obtained by contacting Ms. English or by accessing the NVAC Web site at: http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac. 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The agenda includes an update on the Personalized Healthcare Workgroup; a SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services. AGENCY: 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: ‘‘Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office Surveys on Patient Safety.’’ 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. Comments on this notice must be received by February 5, 2007. DATES: 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. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 70778 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 234 / Wednesday, December 6, 2006 / Notices Proposed Project Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office Surveys on Patient Safety This activity is an expansion and refinement of AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) which was developed and released to the public for use in November 2004. Two new surveys are proposed to assess patient safety culture in outpatient medical office settings: One for clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who diagnose, prescribe for, and treat patients) and one for medical office staff (all other non-clinician staff). The proposed new surveys will be based on the HSOPSC but also contain new and revised items as well as dimensions that are more applicable to the outpatient medical office setting. The two proposed surveys will contain some items that are the same and some item that are unique to each survey. The instruments will be pilot tested with clinicians and staff working in 97 outpatient medical offices. The data collected will be analyzed to determine the psychometric properties of each survey’s items and dimensions and provide information for the revision and shortening of the final surveys based on an assessment of their reliability and construct validity. The final surveys will be made publicly available to enable outpatient medical offices to assess patient safety culture from the perspectives of their clinicians and staff. The surveys can be used by outpatient medical offices to identify areas for patient safety culture improvement. Methods of Collection A purposive sample of 97 outpatient medical offices will be recruited and selected. These medical offices will represent a distribution of singlespecialty offices (of various types) and multi-specialty offices, and will vary by office size (based on number of physicians in the office), as well as geographic region of the United States. Recruited medical offices will be allocated to each category in numbers roughly proportionate to the national distribution of offices in each category. All clinicians in each medical office will be asked to respond to the clinician survey and all other non-clinician staff will be asked to complete the medical office staff survey. Since not all medical Number of respondents Type of respondent office staff have access to email or the internet, paper surveys will be administered. Standard non-response follow-up techniques such as reminder postcards and distribution of a second survey will be used. Individuals and organizations contacted will be assured of the confidentiality of their replies under Section 924(c) of the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Paper surveys will be distributed to a total of approximately 2,340 individuals from 97 medical offices (about 592 clinicians and 1,748 medical office staff), with a target response rate of 70%, or 1,638 completed surveys (414 completed clinician surveys and 1,224 medical office staff surveys). Respondents should take approximately 15 minutes to complete either survey. Therefore, we estimate that the total respondent burden for completing the survey will be 410 hours (414 completed clinician surveys multiplied by 0.25 hours per survey or 104 hours; and 1,224 completed medical office staff surveys multiplied by 0.25 hours per survey or 306 hours). Number of responses per respondent Estimated time per respondent (hours) Estimated total respondent burden hours Clinicians .......................................................................................................... Medical office staff ........................................................................................... 414 1,224 1 1 0.25 0.25 104 306 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,638 ........................ ........................ 410 Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The total cost to the Government for developing the clinician survey is approximately $257,000, and for the medical office staff survey is approximately $268,000. These estimates include the costs of background literature reviews, survey development, cognitive testing, pilot data collection, data analysis, and preparation of final deliverables and reports. PWALKER on PRODPC60 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Dec 05, 2006 Jkt 211001 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: November 21, 2006. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 06–9548 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects: Title: National Directory of New Hires. OMB No.: 0970–0166. Description: Public Law 104–193, the ‘‘Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996,’’ requires the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to operate a National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) to improve the ability of State child support enforcement agencies to locate noncustodial parents and collect child support across State lines. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
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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: ``Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office Surveys on Patient 
Safety.'' 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 February 5, 2007.

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:

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Proposed Project

Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office Surveys on Patient Safety

    This activity is an expansion and refinement of AHRQ's Hospital 
Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) which was developed and 
released to the public for use in November 2004. Two new surveys are 
proposed to assess patient safety culture in outpatient medical office 
settings: One for clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and 
nurse practitioners who diagnose, prescribe for, and treat patients) 
and one for medical office staff (all other non-clinician staff). The 
proposed new surveys will be based on the HSOPSC but also contain new 
and revised items as well as dimensions that are more applicable to the 
outpatient medical office setting. The two proposed surveys will 
contain some items that are the same and some item that are unique to 
each survey.
    The instruments will be pilot tested with clinicians and staff 
working in 97 outpatient medical offices. The data collected will be 
analyzed to determine the psychometric properties of each survey's 
items and dimensions and provide information for the revision and 
shortening of the final surveys based on an assessment of their 
reliability and construct validity. The final surveys will be made 
publicly available to enable outpatient medical offices to assess 
patient safety culture from the perspectives of their clinicians and 
staff. The surveys can be used by outpatient medical offices to 
identify areas for patient safety culture improvement.

Methods of Collection

    A purposive sample of 97 outpatient medical offices will be 
recruited and selected. These medical offices will represent a 
distribution of single-specialty offices (of various types) and multi-
specialty offices, and will vary by office size (based on number of 
physicians in the office), as well as geographic region of the United 
States. Recruited medical offices will be allocated to each category in 
numbers roughly proportionate to the national distribution of offices 
in each category.
    All clinicians in each medical office will be asked to respond to 
the clinician survey and all other non-clinician staff will be asked to 
complete the medical office staff survey. Since not all medical office 
staff have access to email or the internet, paper surveys will be 
administered. Standard non-response follow-up techniques such as 
reminder postcards and distribution of a second survey will be used. 
Individuals and organizations contacted will be assured of the 
confidentiality of their replies under Section 924(c) of the Healthcare 
Research and Quality Act of 1999.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Paper surveys will be distributed to a total of approximately 2,340 
individuals from 97 medical offices (about 592 clinicians and 1,748 
medical office staff), with a target response rate of 70%, or 1,638 
completed surveys (414 completed clinician surveys and 1,224 medical 
office staff surveys). Respondents should take approximately 15 minutes 
to complete either survey. Therefore, we estimate that the total 
respondent burden for completing the survey will be 410 hours (414 
completed clinician surveys multiplied by 0.25 hours per survey or 104 
hours; and 1,224 completed medical office staff surveys multiplied by 
0.25 hours per survey or 306 hours).

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                                                                                                     Estimated
                                                     Number of       Number of    Estimated time       total
               Type of respondent                   respondents    responses per  per respondent    respondent
                                                                    respondent        (hours)      burden hours
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Clinicians......................................             414               1            0.25             104
Medical office staff............................           1,224               1            0.25             306
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    Total.......................................           1,638  ..............  ..............             410
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Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    The total cost to the Government for developing the clinician 
survey is approximately $257,000, and for the medical office staff 
survey is approximately $268,000. These estimates include the costs of 
background literature reviews, survey development, cognitive testing, 
pilot data collection, data analysis, and preparation of final 
deliverables and reports.

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: November 21, 2006.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
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