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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 10, 2008 / Notices 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, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Overcoming Barriers to Expanded Health Information Exchange (HIE) Participation in Indiana.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 August 11, 2008. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Leflcowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by e-mail at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES ‘‘Overcoming Barriers to Expanded Health Information Exchange (HIE) Participation in Indiana’’ AHRQ, through its contractor, the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University, proposes to assess the barriers to participation in health information exchange (HIE) in Indiana. The Regenstrief Institute will use its experience to date working with a variety of organizations to establish specific barriers to engagement in HIE cited by stakeholders, defme the barriers and evaluate them. The Regenstrief Institute will develop and implement a questionnaire and survey process to identify barriers that may exist throughout the State of Indiana to participation in the Indiana Network of Patient Care (INPC). The INPC is a local health information infrastructure that includes information from five major hospital systems (fifteen VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Jun 09, 2008 Jkt 211001 32711 separate hospitals), the county and State public health departments, and Indiana Medicaid and RxHub. The INPC began operation seven years ago and is one of the first examples of a local health information infrastructure. This research will elicit and aggregate feedback from large and small physician groups, as well as hospitals, throughout the State of Indiana. The goal is to identify the gaps in understanding, barriers and disconnects that may exist with providers’ adoption of, and membership in, the INPC. The relationship between the stakeholders involved in the Indiana HIE is governed by a contract between the participants. The Regenstrief Institute, acting on behalf of the participants, created and operates the exchange, including serving as the custodian of the data. The Regenstrief Institute will survey three key stakeholder groups in the State of Indiana: small hospitals, small physician practices (less than 5 providers) and large physician practices (greater than 20 providers) to identify barriers for each of these groups to participate in a HIE in general, and specifically the INPC. It is difficult to predict the barriers that will be identified, but based on their experience to date, anecdotal evidence suggests that the cost of interfaces and the management attention needed to participate will be the two major barriers. The findings will be used to create approaches to engage specific entities to participate in their statewide HIE. This project is being conducted pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory mandates to conduct and support research, evaluations and initiatives to advance information systems for health care improvement (42 U.S.C. 299b–3) and to promote innovations in evidence-based health care practices and technologies by conducting and supporting research on the development, diffusion, and use of health care technology (42 U.S.C. 299b–5(a)(1)). This project is also being conducted pursuant to a modification to an earlier AHRQ request for proposals entitled ‘‘State and Regional Demonstrations in Health Information Technology’’ (issued under Contract 290–04–0015). agrees to participate, a communication packet will be sent by email to the contact person identified during the telephone screening. The communication packet includes: (a) A HIE description and definition; (b) description of the INPC, its organization mission, overall direction, and other relevant background information; and (c) purpose for the contact, estimated time required to complete the Webbased questionnaire and a link to the questionnaire. Responses to the survey are expected from about 20 hospitals and 40 physician practices of each size. Two to three individuals from each hospital will be asked to respond to the questionnaire. For physician practices, one person from each practice will be asked to respond: a practice manager, director of technology, or person occupying a similar role. Following the completion of the Webbased questionnaire, respondents will be re-contacted by telephone for a follow-up interview. The purpose of the follow-up interview is to determine the steps necessary to overcome the barriers to HIE identified in the Web-based questionnaire. A structured interview guide has been developed with standard questions for the telephone follow-up. The data will be aggregated, analyzed and a final report will be prepared that focuses on the following major topic areas: a. General perceptions on electronic sharing of health information; b. The extent to which electronic health information sharing exists in the contact’s current environment; c. Barriers to the adoption and implementation of electronic health information sharing and, specifically, INPC; and d. Recommendations for addressing and resolving issues preventing the adoption of HIE (general as well as entity-specific recommendations). This information will assist AHRQ’s mission to advance ‘‘the creation of effective linkages between various sources of health information, including the development of information networks.’’ 42 U.S.C. 299b–3(a)(3). A seventy percent (70%) response rate is anticipated. Method of Collection To ease the burden on the participating health care providers a Web-based questionnaire will be used. An initial screener interview will be conducted by telephone to describe the purpose of the survey and the survey process and to request the hospital’s or physician practice’s participation in the survey. After a hospital or practice Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents’ time to participate in this research. A screener interview will be completed once by each of the 20 hospitals and 80 physician practices and is expected to require about 5 minutes to complete. The Web-based questionnaire will be completed by an PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 32712 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 10, 2008 / Notices average of 3 persons from each of the 20 hospitals and by one person from each of the 80 physician practices and will take about 10 minutes to complete. The telephone follow-up interview will be conducted with each person that completed the web based questionnaire and is expected to last about 15 minutes. The total burden hours for the participating health care providers is estimated to be 66 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden to the responding health care providers based on their time to participate in this research. The total cost burden is estimated to be $3,074. EXHIBIT 1.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per responses Total burden hours Screener .......................................................................................................... Web-based Questionnaire ............................................................................... Telephone Follow-up Interview ........................................................................ 100 100 100 1 1.4 1.4 5/60 10/60 15/60 8 23 35 Total .......................................................................................................... 300 na na 66 EXHIBIT 2.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Screener .......................................................................................................... Web-based Questionnaire ............................................................................... Telephone Follow-up Interview ........................................................................ 100 100 100 8 23 35 $46.58 46.58 46.58 $373 1,071 1,630 Total .......................................................................................................... 300 66 na 3,074 *Based upon the average of the ‘‘Wage estimates, mean hourly’’ for the following occupation codes and titles: 11–101/Chief executives; 13– 0000/Business and financial operations occupations; 15–1071/Network and computer systems administrators; 29–1062/Family and general practitioners; 11–9111/Medical and health services managers, from the ‘‘May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Indiana; Occupational Employment Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bis.gov/oes/current/oes_in.htm.’’ Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government 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: May 30, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–12765 Filed 6–9–08; 8:45 am] Request for Comments dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES This project will last for one year and is estimated to cost the government $120,000. The scope of work includes the development of the survey instruments and data collection ($90,000), and data analysis ($10,000) to establish specific barriers to HIE participation cited by stakeholders and to define and evaluate them ($20,000). BILLING CODE 4160–90–M 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 functions 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 on the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:58 Jun 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Infections (HAI): Improving patient safety through implementing multidisciplinary training.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 3rd, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. Comments on this notice must be received by July 10, 2008. DATES: 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, ‘‘Reducing Healthcare Associated Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer) or by email at OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer). 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, or by e-mail at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 112 (Tuesday, June 10, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32711-32712]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-12765]



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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, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed information 
collection project: ``Overcoming Barriers to Expanded Health 
Information Exchange (HIE) Participation in Indiana.'' In accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 August 11, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Leflcowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by e-mail at 
doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by e-mail at 
doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Project

``Overcoming Barriers to Expanded Health Information Exchange (HIE) 
Participation in Indiana''

    AHRQ, through its contractor, the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana 
University, proposes to assess the barriers to participation in health 
information exchange (HIE) in Indiana. The Regenstrief Institute will 
use its experience to date working with a variety of organizations to 
establish specific barriers to engagement in HIE cited by stakeholders, 
defme the barriers and evaluate them.
    The Regenstrief Institute will develop and implement a 
questionnaire and survey process to identify barriers that may exist 
throughout the State of Indiana to participation in the Indiana Network 
of Patient Care (INPC). The INPC is a local health information 
infrastructure that includes information from five major hospital 
systems (fifteen separate hospitals), the county and State public 
health departments, and Indiana Medicaid and RxHub. The INPC began 
operation seven years ago and is one of the first examples of a local 
health information infrastructure.
    This research will elicit and aggregate feedback from large and 
small physician groups, as well as hospitals, throughout the State of 
Indiana. The goal is to identify the gaps in understanding, barriers 
and disconnects that may exist with providers' adoption of, and 
membership in, the INPC. The relationship between the stakeholders 
involved in the Indiana HIE is governed by a contract between the 
participants. The Regenstrief Institute, acting on behalf of the 
participants, created and operates the exchange, including serving as 
the custodian of the data.
    The Regenstrief Institute will survey three key stakeholder groups 
in the State of Indiana: small hospitals, small physician practices 
(less than 5 providers) and large physician practices (greater than 20 
providers) to identify barriers for each of these groups to participate 
in a HIE in general, and specifically the INPC. It is difficult to 
predict the barriers that will be identified, but based on their 
experience to date, anecdotal evidence suggests that the cost of 
interfaces and the management attention needed to participate will be 
the two major barriers. The findings will be used to create approaches 
to engage specific entities to participate in their statewide HIE.
    This project is being conducted pursuant to AHRQ's statutory 
mandates to conduct and support research, evaluations and initiatives 
to advance information systems for health care improvement (42 U.S.C. 
299b-3) and to promote innovations in evidence-based health care 
practices and technologies by conducting and supporting research on the 
development, diffusion, and use of health care technology (42 U.S.C. 
299b-5(a)(1)). This project is also being conducted pursuant to a 
modification to an earlier AHRQ request for proposals entitled ``State 
and Regional Demonstrations in Health Information Technology'' (issued 
under Contract 290-04-0015).

Method of Collection

    To ease the burden on the participating health care providers a 
Web-based questionnaire will be used. An initial screener interview 
will be conducted by telephone to describe the purpose of the survey 
and the survey process and to request the hospital's or physician 
practice's participation in the survey. After a hospital or practice 
agrees to participate, a communication packet will be sent by email to 
the contact person identified during the telephone screening. The 
communication packet includes: (a) A HIE description and definition; 
(b) description of the INPC, its organization mission, overall 
direction, and other relevant background information; and (c) purpose 
for the contact, estimated time required to complete the Web-based 
questionnaire and a link to the questionnaire.
    Responses to the survey are expected from about 20 hospitals and 40 
physician practices of each size. Two to three individuals from each 
hospital will be asked to respond to the questionnaire. For physician 
practices, one person from each practice will be asked to respond: a 
practice manager, director of technology, or person occupying a similar 
role.
    Following the completion of the Web-based questionnaire, 
respondents will be re-contacted by telephone for a follow-up 
interview. The purpose of the follow-up interview is to determine the 
steps necessary to overcome the barriers to HIE identified in the Web-
based questionnaire. A structured interview guide has been developed 
with standard questions for the telephone follow-up.
    The data will be aggregated, analyzed and a final report will be 
prepared that focuses on the following major topic areas:
    a. General perceptions on electronic sharing of health information;
    b. The extent to which electronic health information sharing exists 
in the contact's current environment;
    c. Barriers to the adoption and implementation of electronic health 
information sharing and, specifically, INPC; and
    d. Recommendations for addressing and resolving issues preventing 
the adoption of HIE (general as well as entity-specific 
recommendations).
    This information will assist AHRQ's mission to advance ``the 
creation of effective linkages between various sources of health 
information, including the development of information networks.'' 42 
U.S.C. 299b-3(a)(3). A seventy percent (70%) response rate is 
anticipated.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents' time to participate in this research. A screener interview 
will be completed once by each of the 20 hospitals and 80 physician 
practices and is expected to require about 5 minutes to complete. The 
Web-based questionnaire will be completed by an

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average of 3 persons from each of the 20 hospitals and by one person 
from each of the 80 physician practices and will take about 10 minutes 
to complete. The telephone follow-up interview will be conducted with 
each person that completed the web based questionnaire and is expected 
to last about 15 minutes. The total burden hours for the participating 
health care providers is estimated to be 66 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden to the 
responding health care providers based on their time to participate in 
this research. The total cost burden is estimated to be $3,074.

                                  Exhibit 1.--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       responses         hours
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Screener........................................             100               1            5/60               8
Web-based Questionnaire.........................             100             1.4           10/60              23
Telephone Follow-up Interview...................             100             1.4           15/60              35
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             300              na              na              66
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                                  Exhibit 2.--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                    Form name                       respondents        hours       wage rate\*\       burden
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Screener........................................             100               8          $46.58            $373
Web-based Questionnaire.........................             100              23           46.58           1,071
Telephone Follow-up Interview...................             100              35           46.58           1,630
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             300              66              na          3,074
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\*\Based upon the average of the ``Wage estimates, mean hourly'' for the following occupation codes and titles:
  11-101/Chief executives; 13-0000/Business and financial operations occupations; 15-1071/Network and computer
  systems administrators; 29-1062/Family and general practitioners; 11-9111/Medical and health services
  managers, from the ``May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Indiana; Occupational
  Employment Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bis.gov/oes/current/
oes_in.htm.''

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    This project will last for one year and is estimated to cost the 
government $120,000. The scope of work includes the development of the 
survey instruments and data collection ($90,000), and data analysis 
($10,000) to establish specific barriers to HIE participation cited by 
stakeholders and to define and evaluate them ($20,000).

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 
functions 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 on 
the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on 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: May 30, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. E8-12765 Filed 6-9-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4160-90-M