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Download as PDF 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. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 10, 2008 / Notices dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Proposed Project ‘‘Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI): Improving patient safety through implementing multidisciplinary training’’ The goal of the HAI project is to identify factors associated with the implementation of training that can assist hospitals in successfully reducing and sustaining the reduction of infections associated with the process of care. The project is being carried out pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory mandates under 42 U.S.C. 299b(b) and 299(b)(1)(G) to disseminate research findings to community settings for practice improvement and to support research on determinants of practitioner use and development of best practices. The findings from the HAI project will be shared publicly to assist other healthcare organizations in their efforts to improve infection safety. For the HAI project, AHRQ will use the Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) which is a program of task order contracts to support fieldbased partnerships for conducting applied research. In order to understand the challenges of infection prevention and patient safety at the point of care, AHRQ has funded five ACTION partnerships, each of which has experience with implementing interventions and tools to improve the processes of care and the safety and quality of healthcare delivery. These ACTION partnerships will be working collaboratively with 34 hospitals, ranging from large academic teaching hospitals to community hospitals, in 11 states. At each of these hospitals, multidisciplinary teams will implement clinician training that uses AHRQsupported evidence-based tools to improve infection safety. Through the HAI project, these hospitals will focus on barriers and challenges to implementing infection prevention training and how to sustain lessons learned in order to help other hospitals achieve success. The project involves six activities: (1) Implement training focused on mitigating infections, particularly with respect to blood stream infections (BSI), central line insertions, ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and chest tube insertions; (2) catalogue infection rates before and after the training; (3) analyze the opinions of hospital staff about their hospital’s infection prevention and patient safety activities; VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Jun 09, 2008 Jkt 211001 (4) analyze the trainees’ evaluation of the infection prevention and patient safety training and materials; (5) determine the impact of the implementation of infection prevention training and the hospitals’ participation in the HAI project on their ability to mitigate and sustain infection safety improvements; and, (6) make publicly available case studies focusing on the hospitals’ experiences of the training and their success with infection reduction and sustainability. In order to support the healthcare organizations and hospitals, AHRQ will be issuing a contract to coordinate the assessment aspects of the HAI program. The objective of the HAI assessment contract is to facilitate the collection of infection information across the HAI project hospitals including providing technical assistance and support for the administration of the common data collection instruments. In addition, the assessment contractor will assist AHRQ in sharing the lessons learned about the successes, barriers, and challenges in implementing and sustaining infection safety interventions and tools. Each of the 34 participating hospitals will be responsible for securing clearance from their own Institutional Review Boards for their activities as part of the HAI project, including administration of the proposed data collection instruments. The data collection will be conducted in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, and with the Protection of Human Subjects regulations, 45 CFR Part 46. Identifiable data for provider organizations and individuals will only be used for the above-stated purposes and will be kept confidential. Methods of Collection The infection prevention training will be implemented at 34 hospitals over a 6 month period at the end of 2008 through 2009. The data collection instruments will be administered at each hospital before, during and after the training. Respondents include both medical and administrative personnel. These instruments will be a key input to AHRQ understanding the challenges and barriers to implementing training and improving infection safety. The proposed paper-based data collection instruments are: Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment; Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment; PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32713 Baseline Infection Rates Summary; Follow-up Infection Rates Summary; Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activities Catalogue; Training Evaluation. In addition to the 34 hospitals which will implement the training and fully participate in the HAI project, there will be a control group consisting of 102 rural hospitals. At each of the control group hospitals, an infection prevention staff member will complete the PostTraining Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment, Follow-up Infection Rate Summary, and the Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activities Catalogue. In addition to providing a baseline measure, the control group hospitals will provide additional insights on the challenges of and barriers to infection prevention and patient safety at rural hospitals. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated burden hours to the respondents for providing all of the data needed to meet the study’s objectives. For both the PreTraining and Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment instruments, the number of respondents is based on an estimate of 20 respondents at each of the 34 implementation hospitals. In addition, one respondent at each of the 102 hospitals in the control group will complete the Post-Training instrument. For both the Baseline and Follow-up Infection Rate Summary instrument, the number of respondents is based on an estimate of one respondent at each of the 34 implementation hospitals. In addition, one respondent at each of the 102 control group hospitals will complete the Follow-Up instrument. For the Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity Catalogue, the number of respondents is based on an estimate of 1 respondent at each of the 34 implementation hospitals and the 102 control group hospitals. Finally, the number of respondents for the Training Evaluation instrument is based on an estimate of 25 respondents at each of the 34 implementation hospitals. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the respondents’ time to participate in this project. There will be no cost burden to the respondent other than that associated with their time to provide the required data. There will be no additional costs for capital equipment, software, computer services, etc. E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 32714 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 10, 2008 / Notices EXHIBIT 1.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Data collection instrument Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment ............................. Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment ........................... Baseline Infection Rate Summary ................................................................... Follow-up Infection Rate Summary ................................................................. Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity Catalogue ............................ Training Evaluation .......................................................................................... 34 136 34 136 136 34 20 5.75 1 1 1 25 30/60 45/60 30/60 40/60 1.00 10/60 340 587 17 91 136 141 Total .......................................................................................................... 136 na na 1,312 EXHIBIT 2.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents (hours) Data collection instrument Total burden rate* Average hourly wage burden Total cost Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment ............................. Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment ........................... Baseline Infection Rate Summary ................................................................... Follow-up Infection Rate Summary ................................................................. Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity Catalogue ............................ Training Evaluation .......................................................................................... 34 136 34 136 136 34 340 587 17 91 136 141 $41.75 41.75 28.99 28.99 39.02 49.04 $14,195 24,507 493 2,638 5,307 6,915 Total .......................................................................................................... 136 1,312 na 54,055 * Based on the planned respondents, the average hourly rates are the average of the mean hourly wage estimates for the following occupational groups: epidemiologists, healthcare support aides, medical and health services managers, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists. The wage estimates are derived from the National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006. dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government This data collection effort is one aspect of a larger effort focused on reducing healthcare associated infections, The cost of developing the data collection instruments by a onetime statistical support task order is $25,000. The costs of implementing the data collection instruments and analyzing and publishing the results are $108,650 annually. Finally, the estimated costs for federal staff time for supporting the common data collection efforts are $24,000 annually. Thus, the estimated annual cost to the federal government is $145,150. 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, quality improvement and 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, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Jun 09, 2008 Jkt 211001 (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: May 30, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–12768 Filed 6–9–08; 8:45 am] Time and Date: 1 p.m.—3 p.m., June 10, 2008 (Closed). Contact Person for More Information: Linda Shelton, Program Specialist, Coordinating Center for Health and Information Service, Office of the Director, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E21, Atlanta, GA 30333. Telephone (404) 498– 1194. 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 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Dated: June 3, 2008. Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. E8–12958 Filed 6–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel: Establishment of a Community-Clinical Project 2008–R–09 Correction: This notice was published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2008, Volume 73, Number 77, page 21355. The aforementioned meeting has been rescheduled to the following: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), CDC, announces the E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1

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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, ``Reducing Healthcare Associated 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.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 10, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ's OMB Desk 
Officer by fax at (202) 395-6974 (attention: AHRQ's desk officer) or by 
e-mail 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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Proposed Project

``Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI): Improving patient 
safety through implementing multi-disciplinary training''

    The goal of the HAI project is to identify factors associated with 
the implementation of training that can assist hospitals in 
successfully reducing and sustaining the reduction of infections 
associated with the process of care. The project is being carried out 
pursuant to AHRQ's statutory mandates under 42 U.S.C. 299b(b) and 
299(b)(1)(G) to disseminate research findings to community settings for 
practice improvement and to support research on determinants of 
practitioner use and development of best practices. The findings from 
the HAI project will be shared publicly to assist other healthcare 
organizations in their efforts to improve infection safety.
    For the HAI project, AHRQ will use the Accelerating Change and 
Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) which is a 
program of task order contracts to support field-based partnerships for 
conducting applied research. In order to understand the challenges of 
infection prevention and patient safety at the point of care, AHRQ has 
funded five ACTION partnerships, each of which has experience with 
implementing interventions and tools to improve the processes of care 
and the safety and quality of healthcare delivery. These ACTION 
partnerships will be working collaboratively with 34 hospitals, ranging 
from large academic teaching hospitals to community hospitals, in 11 
states. At each of these hospitals, multi-disciplinary teams will 
implement clinician training that uses AHRQ-supported evidence-based 
tools to improve infection safety. Through the HAI project, these 
hospitals will focus on barriers and challenges to implementing 
infection prevention training and how to sustain lessons learned in 
order to help other hospitals achieve success.
    The project involves six activities: (1) Implement training focused 
on mitigating infections, particularly with respect to blood stream 
infections (BSI), central line insertions, ventilator associated 
pneumonia (VAP) and chest tube insertions; (2) catalogue infection 
rates before and after the training; (3) analyze the opinions of 
hospital staff about their hospital's infection prevention and patient 
safety activities; (4) analyze the trainees' evaluation of the 
infection prevention and patient safety training and materials; (5) 
determine the impact of the implementation of infection prevention 
training and the hospitals' participation in the HAI project on their 
ability to mitigate and sustain infection safety improvements; and, (6) 
make publicly available case studies focusing on the hospitals' 
experiences of the training and their success with infection reduction 
and sustainability.
    In order to support the healthcare organizations and hospitals, 
AHRQ will be issuing a contract to coordinate the assessment aspects of 
the HAI program. The objective of the HAI assessment contract is to 
facilitate the collection of infection information across the HAI 
project hospitals including providing technical assistance and support 
for the administration of the common data collection instruments. In 
addition, the assessment contractor will assist AHRQ in sharing the 
lessons learned about the successes, barriers, and challenges in 
implementing and sustaining infection safety interventions and tools. 
Each of the 34 participating hospitals will be responsible for securing 
clearance from their own Institutional Review Boards for their 
activities as part of the HAI project, including administration of the 
proposed data collection instruments. The data collection will be 
conducted in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, and 
with the Protection of Human Subjects regulations, 45 CFR Part 46. 
Identifiable data for provider organizations and individuals will only 
be used for the above-stated purposes and will be kept confidential.

Methods of Collection

    The infection prevention training will be implemented at 34 
hospitals over a 6 month period at the end of 2008 through 2009. The 
data collection instruments will be administered at each hospital 
before, during and after the training. Respondents include both medical 
and administrative personnel. These instruments will be a key input to 
AHRQ understanding the challenges and barriers to implementing training 
and improving infection safety. The proposed paper-based data 
collection instruments are:

Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment;
Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment;
Baseline Infection Rates Summary; Follow-up Infection Rates Summary; 
Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activities Catalogue; Training 
Evaluation.
    In addition to the 34 hospitals which will implement the training 
and fully participate in the HAI project, there will be a control group 
consisting of 102 rural hospitals. At each of the control group 
hospitals, an infection prevention staff member will complete the Post-
Training Infection Prevention and Safety Assessment, Follow-up 
Infection Rate Summary, and the Infection Prevention and Patient Safety 
Activities Catalogue. In addition to providing a baseline measure, the 
control group hospitals will provide additional insights on the 
challenges of and barriers to infection prevention and patient safety 
at rural hospitals.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated burden hours to the respondents for 
providing all of the data needed to meet the study's objectives. For 
both the Pre-Training and Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety 
Assessment instruments, the number of respondents is based on an 
estimate of 20 respondents at each of the 34 implementation hospitals. 
In addition, one respondent at each of the 102 hospitals in the control 
group will complete the Post-Training instrument. For both the Baseline 
and Follow-up Infection Rate Summary instrument, the number of 
respondents is based on an estimate of one respondent at each of the 34 
implementation hospitals. In addition, one respondent at each of the 
102 control group hospitals will complete the Follow-Up instrument. For 
the Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity Catalogue, the 
number of respondents is based on an estimate of 1 respondent at each 
of the 34 implementation hospitals and the 102 control group hospitals. 
Finally, the number of respondents for the Training Evaluation 
instrument is based on an estimate of 25 respondents at each of the 34 
implementation hospitals.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the 
respondents' time to participate in this project. There will be no cost 
burden to the respondent other than that associated with their time to 
provide the required data. There will be no additional costs for 
capital equipment, software, computer services, etc.

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                                  Exhibit 1.--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
           Data collection instrument                Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety                  34              20           30/60             340
 Assessment.....................................
Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety                136            5.75           45/60             587
 Assessment.....................................
Baseline Infection Rate Summary.................              34               1           30/60              17
Follow-up Infection Rate Summary................             136               1           40/60              91
Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity             136               1            1.00             136
 Catalogue......................................
Training Evaluation.............................              34              25           10/60             141
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    Total.......................................             136              na              na           1,312
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                                  Exhibit 2.--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of
           Data collection instrument               respondents    Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                                                      (hours)         rate\*\       wage burden
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Pre-Training Infection Prevention and Safety                  34             340          $41.75         $14,195
 Assessment.....................................
Post-Training Infection Prevention and Safety                136             587           41.75          24,507
 Assessment.....................................
Baseline Infection Rate Summary.................              34              17           28.99             493
Follow-up Infection Rate Summary................             136              91           28.99           2,638
Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Activity             136             136           39.02           5,307
 Catalogue......................................
Training Evaluation.............................              34             141           49.04           6,915
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    Total.......................................             136           1,312              na          54,055
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\*\ Based on the planned respondents, the average hourly rates are the average of the mean hourly wage estimates
  for the following occupational groups: epidemiologists, healthcare support aides, medical and health services
  managers, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists. The
  wage estimates are derived from the National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor
  Statistics, May 2006.

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    This data collection effort is one aspect of a larger effort 
focused on reducing healthcare associated infections, The cost of 
developing the data collection instruments by a one-time statistical 
support task order is $25,000. The costs of implementing the data 
collection instruments and analyzing and publishing the results are 
$108,650 annually. Finally, the estimated costs for federal staff time 
for supporting the common data collection efforts are $24,000 annually. 
Thus, the estimated annual cost to the federal government is $145,150.

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, quality improvement and 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: May 30, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-12768 Filed 6-9-08; 8:45 am]
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