Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 43238-43239 [E8-16874]

Download as PDF 43238 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 143 / Thursday, July 24, 2008 / Notices Terry Nicolosi, Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E8–16963 Filed 7–23–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–31–P 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. 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) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘National Study of the Hospital Adverse Event Reporting Follow-Up Survey.’’ 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. Comments on this notice must be received by September 22, 2008. DATES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 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. ADDRESSES: 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 ‘‘National Study of the Hospital Adverse Event Reporting Follow-Up Survey’’ This proposed information collection will conduct a survey similar to a previous AHRQ baseline survey conducted in 2005, which examined and characterized adverse event reporting in the Nation’s hospitals (Farley DO, Haviland A, Champagne S, Jam AK, Battles JB, Munier WB, Loeb JM. Adverse Event Reporting Practices by U.S. Hospitals: Results of a National Survey, under review for publication). The follow-up survey will allow AHRQ to examine how hospitals’ use of adverse event reporting systems has changed over time. The baseline survey was completed by 1,652 hospital risk managers selected from a nationally representative sample frame. The follow-up survey will consist of a random sample of 1,200 of the respondents to the baseline survey. We anticipate an 85% response rate for the follow-up survey, resulting in 1,020 completed questionnaires. Similar to the baseline survey, the follow-up survey will ascertain whether hospitals collect information on adverse events, and how the information is stored. Information will also be collected regarding the hospital’s case definition of a reportable event, whether information on the severity of the adverse event is collected, who might report this information and whether they can report to a system which is confidential and/or anonymous. The questionnaire also asks about the uses of the data that are collected, and whether information is used for purposes including analytic uses, personnel action, and improvement interventions. Finally, the questionnaire asks about the other sources of information that are useful to hospitals for patient safetyrelated interventions. This project is being conducted pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory mandates to (1) promote health care quality improvement by conducting and supporting research that develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of health care, including methods for measuring quality and strategies for improving quality (42 U.S.C. 299(b)(1)(F)) and (2) conduct and support research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to quality measurement and improvement (42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(2)). In addition, Congress has, in report language, directed AHRQ to provide a report detailing the results of its efforts to reduce medical errors. See Report for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 2002, S. Rep. 107–84, at 11 (2001). This project is being funded by AHRQ and conducted by the RAND corporation as part of a contract under which RAND serves as the Patient Safety Evaluation center for AHRQ’s patient safety initiative. Method of Collection The baseline survey and data collection procedures have been previously conducted and reviewed (under OMB Number 0935–0125, Expiration Date 07/31/2008). The follow-up survey will include an initial mailed survey with two waves of mailed follow-ups as needed, and a computerAssisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) survey follow-up for the remaining nonresponders. The survey will be completed by one Risk Manager per hospital. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents’ time to participate in this information collection. The questionnaire is expected to require 25 minutes to complete, resulting in a total burden of 425 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the respondents, which is estimated to be $11,518. The respondents will not incur any other costs beyond those associated with their time to participate. EXHIBIT 1.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours ebenthall on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Risk manager questionnaire ............................................................................ 1,020 1 25/60 425 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,020 NA NA 425 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:14 Jul 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 43239 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 143 / Thursday, July 24, 2008 / Notices EXHIBIT 2.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Risk manager questionnaire ............................................................................ 1,020 425 $27.10 $11,518 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,020 425 NA 11,518 * Based upon the mean of the average wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational wages in the United States 2006, ‘‘U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.’’ Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The Agency is supporting the conduct of this survey and analysis of survey data as part of a contract with the RAND Corporation under which RAND serves as the Patient Safety Evaluation Center for AHRQ’s patient safety initiative. The estimated cost for this work is $240,000, including $190,000 for data collection activities and $50,000 to design the study, analyze the data and report the findings. 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: July 16, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–16874 Filed 7–23–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [30 Day–08–0706] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639–5960 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395–6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice. Proposed Project National Program of Cancer Registries Program Evaluation Instrument (NPCR– PEI)—Revision—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description CDC is responsible for administering and monitoring the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). As of 2008, CDC supports 45 states, two territories, the District of Columbia, and the Pacific Island Jurisdictions’ unified Central Cancer Registry (CCR) for populationbased cancer registries. CCRs are the foundation of cancer prevention and control, providing information from reporting jurisdictions to ensure that high-quality and timely cancer surveillance data are available to CDC. CDC has collected program activity information from NPCR-funded registries on an annual basis. Beginning in 2009, CDC proposes to change the data collection frequency from annual to every other year, with data collection occurring only in odd-numbered years. Information will be collected electronically in 2009 and 2011 using the Web-based Program Evaluation Instrument (NPCR–PEI). The information will be used to evaluate various attributes of the registries funded by NPCR, monitor NPCR registries’ progress towards program standards and objectives, compare an individual NPCR registry’s progress towards standards with national program standards, and disseminate information about the NPCR. Continued clearance for a three-year period is requested. There are no costs to respondents except their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 50. ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden per response (in hours) NPCR Grantees ........................................................................................................................... ebenthall on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Type of respondents 33 1 1.5 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:14 Jul 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 143 (Thursday, July 24, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43238-43239]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-16874]


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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 that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``National Study of the Hospital Adverse Event Reporting 
Follow-Up Survey.'' 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 September 22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
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

``National Study of the Hospital Adverse Event Reporting Follow-Up 
Survey''

    This proposed information collection will conduct a survey similar 
to a previous AHRQ baseline survey conducted in 2005, which examined 
and characterized adverse event reporting in the Nation's hospitals 
(Farley DO, Haviland A, Champagne S, Jam AK, Battles JB, Munier WB, 
Loeb JM. Adverse Event Reporting Practices by U.S. Hospitals: Results 
of a National Survey, under review for publication). The follow-up 
survey will allow AHRQ to examine how hospitals' use of adverse event 
reporting systems has changed over time. The baseline survey was 
completed by 1,652 hospital risk managers selected from a nationally 
representative sample frame. The follow-up survey will consist of a 
random sample of 1,200 of the respondents to the baseline survey. We 
anticipate an 85% response rate for the follow-up survey, resulting in 
1,020 completed questionnaires.
    Similar to the baseline survey, the follow-up survey will ascertain 
whether hospitals collect information on adverse events, and how the 
information is stored. Information will also be collected regarding the 
hospital's case definition of a reportable event, whether information 
on the severity of the adverse event is collected, who might report 
this information and whether they can report to a system which is 
confidential and/or anonymous. The questionnaire also asks about the 
uses of the data that are collected, and whether information is used 
for purposes including analytic uses, personnel action, and improvement 
interventions. Finally, the questionnaire asks about the other sources 
of information that are useful to hospitals for patient safety-related 
interventions.
    This project is being conducted pursuant to AHRQ's statutory 
mandates to (1) promote health care quality improvement by conducting 
and supporting research that develops and presents scientific evidence 
regarding all aspects of health care, including methods for measuring 
quality and strategies for improving quality (42 U.S.C. 299(b)(1)(F)) 
and (2) conduct and support research on health care and on systems for 
the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to quality 
measurement and improvement (42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(2)). In addition, 
Congress has, in report language, directed AHRQ to provide a report 
detailing the results of its efforts to reduce medical errors. See 
Report for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and 
Education, and related agencies Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 
2002, S. Rep. 107-84, at 11 (2001).
    This project is being funded by AHRQ and conducted by the RAND 
corporation as part of a contract under which RAND serves as the 
Patient Safety Evaluation center for AHRQ's patient safety initiative.

Method of Collection

    The baseline survey and data collection procedures have been 
previously conducted and reviewed (under OMB Number 0935-0125, 
Expiration Date 07/31/2008). The follow-up survey will include an 
initial mailed survey with two waves of mailed follow-ups as needed, 
and a computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) survey follow-up 
for the remaining non-responders. The survey will be completed by one 
Risk Manager per hospital.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents' time to participate in this information collection. The 
questionnaire is expected to require 25 minutes to complete, resulting 
in a total burden of 425 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the 
respondents, which is estimated to be $11,518. The respondents will not 
incur any other costs beyond those associated with their time to 
participate.

                                  Exhibit 1.--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Risk manager questionnaire......................           1,020               1           25/60             425
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    Total.......................................           1,020              NA              NA             425
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                                  Exhibit 2.--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                    Form name                       respondents        hours        wage rate*        burden
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Risk manager questionnaire......................           1,020             425          $27.10         $11,518
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................           1,020             425              NA          11,518
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* Based upon the mean of the average wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational wages in the United
  States 2006, ``U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.''

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    The Agency is supporting the conduct of this survey and analysis of 
survey data as part of a contract with the RAND Corporation under which 
RAND serves as the Patient Safety Evaluation Center for AHRQ's patient 
safety initiative. The estimated cost for this work is $240,000, 
including $190,000 for data collection activities and $50,000 to design 
the study, analyze the data and report the findings.

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: July 16, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. E8-16874 Filed 7-23-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4160-90-M