Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Announcement of Applications From Hospitals Requesting Waiver for Organ Procurement Service Area, 49679-49681 [E8-18970]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices information from a supplier that tells us who it is, whether it meets certain qualifications to be a health care supplier, where it renders its services or supplies, the identity of the owners of the enrolling entity, and information necessary to establish the correct claims payment. Form Number: CMS–855S (OMB# 0938–New); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other forprofits and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 126,134; Total Annual Responses: 126,134; Total Annual Hours: 149,234. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received by the OMB desk officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on September 22, 2008. OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: OMB Desk Officer, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. Dated: August 14, 2008. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–19393 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–179] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Transmittal and Notice of Approval of State Plan Material and Medicaid State Plan—Base Plan, Attachments and Supplemental Pages and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 430.10–430.20 and 440.167; Use: The Medicaid State base plan pages and attachments are documents utilized by State and territorial agencies which have the responsibility for administering the Medicaid program. The Medicaid State plan is comprised of ‘‘pages’’ and organized by subject matter which includes Medicaid eligibility services, payment for services, and general, financial and personnel administration. When States seek to change selected pages of their State plans, the page(s) are transmitted to CMS for review and approval by the CMS Central and Regional Offices prior to amending its State plan. Form Number: CMS–179 (OMB# 0938–0193); Frequency: Once and as needed; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 4,681; Total Annual Hours: 9,271. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web Site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by October 21, 2008: 1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49679 instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ or ‘‘More Search Options’’ to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number llll, Room C4–26– 05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. Dated: August 14, 2008. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–19395 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–1417–NC] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Announcement of Applications From Hospitals Requesting Waiver for Organ Procurement Service Area Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice with comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces three hospitals’ requests for a waiver from entering into an agreement with their designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), in accordance with section 1138(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (the Act). This notice requests comments from OPOs and the general public for our consideration in determining whether we should grant the requested waivers. DATES: Comment Date: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on October 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–1417–NC. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific issues in this regulation to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ and enter the filecode to find the document accepting comments. E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 49680 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–1417– NC, P.O. Box 8016, Baltimore, MD 21244–8016. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–1417–NC, Mail Stop C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. 4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to either of the following addresses. a. Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the HHH Building is not readily available to persons without Federal Government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.) b. 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, please call telephone number (410) 786– 9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members. Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark A. Horney, (410) 786–4554. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 Comments received timely will also be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1–800–743–3951. I. Background Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are not-for-profit organizations that are responsible for the procurement, preservation, and transport of transplantable organs to transplant centers throughout the country. Qualified OPOs are designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recover or procure organs in CMS-defined exclusive geographic service areas, pursuant to section 371(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 273(b)(1) and our regulations at 42 CFR § 486.306. Once an OPO has been designated for an area, hospitals in that area that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are required to work with that OPO in providing organs for transplant, pursuant to section 1138(a)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (the Act), and our regulations at § 482.45. Section 1138(a)(1)(A)(iii) of the Act provides that a hospital must notify the designated OPO (for the service area in which it is located) of potential organ donors. Under section 1138(a)(1)(C) of the Act, every participating hospital must have an agreement to identify potential donors only with its designated OPO. However, section 1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act provides that a hospital may obtain a waiver of the above requirements from the secretary under certain specified conditions. A waiver allows the hospital to have an agreement with an OPO other than the one initially designated by CMS, if the hospital meets certain conditions specified in section 1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act. In addition, the Secretary may review additional criteria described in section 1138(a)(2)(B) of the Act to evaluate the hospital’s request for a waiver. Section 1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act states that in granting a waiver, the Secretary must determine that the waiver—(1) is expected to increase organ donations; and (2) will ensure equitable treatment of patients referred for transplants within the service area served by the designated OPO and within the service area served by the OPO with which the hospital seeks to enter into an PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agreement under the waiver. In making a waiver determination, section 1138(a)(2)(B) of the Act provides that the Secretary may consider, among other factors: (1) Cost-effectiveness; (2) improvements in quality; (3) whether there has been any change in a hospital’s designated OPO due to the changes made in definitions for metropolitan statistical areas; and (4) the length and continuity of a hospital’s relationship with an OPO other than the hospital’s designated OPO. Under section 1138(a)(2)(D) of the Act, the Secretary is required to publish a notice of any waiver application received from a hospital within 30 days of receiving the application, and to offer interested parties an opportunity to comment in writing during the 60-day period beginning on the publication date in the Federal Register. The criteria that the Secretary uses to evaluate the waiver in these cases are the same as those described above under sections 1138(a)(2)(A) and (B) of the Act and have been incorporated into the regulations at § 486.308(e) and (f). II. Waiver Request Procedures In October 1995, we issued a Program Memorandum (Transmittal No. A–95– 11) detailing the waiver process and discussing the information that hospitals must provide in requesting a waiver. We indicated that upon receipt of a waiver request, we would publish a Federal Register notice to solicit public comments, as required by section 1138(a)(2)(D) of the Act. According to these requirements, we will review the request and comments received. During the review process, we may consult on an as-needed basis with the Public Health Service’s Division of Transplantation, the United Network for Organ Sharing, and our regional offices. If necessary, we may request additional clarifying information from the applying hospital or others. We will then make a final determination on the waiver request and notify the hospital and the designated and requested OPOs. III. Hospital Waiver Requests As permitted by § 486.308(e), the following three hospitals have requested waivers to work with and OPO other than the designated OPO for its area: Northern Dutchess Hospital of Rhinebeck, New York has requested a waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a designated OPO other than the OPO designated for the service area in which the hospital is located. Northern Dutchess Hospital is requesting a waiver to work with: Center for Donation & Transplant, 218 Great Oak Boulevard, Albany, NY 12204. E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices Dutchess Hospital’s Designated OPO is: New York Organ Donor Network, 132 West 31st Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Methodist University Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee has requested a waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a designated OPO other than the OPO designated for the service area in which the hospital is located. Methodist University Hospital is requesting a waiver to work with: Tennessee Donor Services, 1600 Hayes Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Methodist University Hospital’s Designated OPO is: Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc., 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 302, Memphis, Tennessee 38018. Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center of Memphis, Tennessee has requested a waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a designated OPO other than the OPO designated for the service area in which the hospital is located. Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is requesting a waiver to work with: Tennessee Donor Services, 1600 Hayes Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Methodist University Hospital’s Designated OPO is: Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc., 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 302, Memphis, Tennessee 38018. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; Program No. 93.774, Medicare— Supplementary Medical Insurance, and Program No. 93.778, Medical Assistance Program) Dated: August 8, 2008. Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. E8–18970 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS–2899–PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for Continued Deeming Authority for Home Health Agencies Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Proposed notice. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of a deeming application from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies (HHAs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Section 1865(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization’s complete application, we publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period. DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. d.s.t. on September 21, 2008. In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–2899–PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ and enter the file code to find the document accepting comments. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS– 2899–PN, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, MD 21244–8013. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS– 2899–PN, Mail Stop C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. 4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to either of the following addresses: a. Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Building is not readily available to persons without Federal Government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49681 their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.) b. 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, please call telephone number (410) 786– 9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members. Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the ‘‘SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION’’ section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Williams, (410) 786–8636; Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786–6899. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments. Comments received timely will also be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1–800–743–3951. I. Background Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive covered services from a home health agency (HHA) provided certain requirements are met. Sections 1861(m) and (o), and 1891 of the Social Security Act (the Act) authorize the Secretary to establish distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as an HHA. Regulations concerning provider agreements are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and certification of facilities are at part 488. The regulations at part 484 specify the conditions that an HHA must meet in order to participate in the Medicare E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-1417-NC]


Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Announcement of Applications From 
Hospitals Requesting Waiver for Organ Procurement Service Area

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice with comment period.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces three hospitals' requests for a waiver 
from entering into an agreement with their designated Organ Procurement 
Organization (OPO), in accordance with section 1138(a)(2) of the Social 
Security Act (the Act). This notice requests comments from OPOs and the 
general public for our consideration in determining whether we should 
grant the requested waivers.

DATES: Comment Date: To be assured consideration, comments must be 
received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. 
on October 21, 2008.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1417-NC. 
Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by 
facsimile (FAX) transmission.
    You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one 
of the ways listed):
    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific 
issues in this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for ``Comment or Submission'' and enter the filecode to 
find the document accepting comments.

[[Page 49680]]

    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and 
two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: 
CMS-1417-NC, P.O. Box 8016, Baltimore, MD 21244-8016.

    Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received 
before the close of the comment period.
    3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one 
original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 
Attention: CMS-1417-NC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

    4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or 
courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the 
close of the comment period to either of the following addresses.

    a. Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.

(Because access to the interior of the HHH Building is not readily 
available to persons without Federal Government identification, 
commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots 
located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is 
available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping 
in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.)

    b. 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
    If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, 
please call telephone number (410) 786-9994 in advance to schedule your 
arrival with one of our staff members.
    Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand 
or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment 
period.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark A. Horney, (410) 786-4554.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the 
close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, 
including any personally identifiable or confidential business 
information that is included in a comment. We post all comments 
received before the close of the comment period on the following Web 
site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to 
view public comments.
    Comments received timely will also be available for public 
inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 
weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 
a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, 
phone 1-800-743-3951.

I. Background

    Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are not-for-profit 
organizations that are responsible for the procurement, preservation, 
and transport of transplantable organs to transplant centers throughout 
the country. Qualified OPOs are designated by the Centers for Medicare 
& Medicaid Services (CMS) to recover or procure organs in CMS-defined 
exclusive geographic service areas, pursuant to section 371(b)(1) of 
the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 273(b)(1) and our regulations 
at 42 CFR Sec.  486.306. Once an OPO has been designated for an area, 
hospitals in that area that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are 
required to work with that OPO in providing organs for transplant, 
pursuant to section 1138(a)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 
and our regulations at Sec.  482.45.
    Section 1138(a)(1)(A)(iii) of the Act provides that a hospital must 
notify the designated OPO (for the service area in which it is located) 
of potential organ donors. Under section 1138(a)(1)(C) of the Act, 
every participating hospital must have an agreement to identify 
potential donors only with its designated OPO.
    However, section 1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act provides that a hospital 
may obtain a waiver of the above requirements from the secretary under 
certain specified conditions. A waiver allows the hospital to have an 
agreement with an OPO other than the one initially designated by CMS, 
if the hospital meets certain conditions specified in section 
1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act. In addition, the Secretary may review 
additional criteria described in section 1138(a)(2)(B) of the Act to 
evaluate the hospital's request for a waiver.
    Section 1138(a)(2)(A) of the Act states that in granting a waiver, 
the Secretary must determine that the waiver--(1) is expected to 
increase organ donations; and (2) will ensure equitable treatment of 
patients referred for transplants within the service area served by the 
designated OPO and within the service area served by the OPO with which 
the hospital seeks to enter into an agreement under the waiver. In 
making a waiver determination, section 1138(a)(2)(B) of the Act 
provides that the Secretary may consider, among other factors: (1) 
Cost-effectiveness; (2) improvements in quality; (3) whether there has 
been any change in a hospital's designated OPO due to the changes made 
in definitions for metropolitan statistical areas; and (4) the length 
and continuity of a hospital's relationship with an OPO other than the 
hospital's designated OPO. Under section 1138(a)(2)(D) of the Act, the 
Secretary is required to publish a notice of any waiver application 
received from a hospital within 30 days of receiving the application, 
and to offer interested parties an opportunity to comment in writing 
during the 60-day period beginning on the publication date in the 
Federal Register.
    The criteria that the Secretary uses to evaluate the waiver in 
these cases are the same as those described above under sections 
1138(a)(2)(A) and (B) of the Act and have been incorporated into the 
regulations at Sec.  486.308(e) and (f).

II. Waiver Request Procedures

    In October 1995, we issued a Program Memorandum (Transmittal No. A-
95-11) detailing the waiver process and discussing the information that 
hospitals must provide in requesting a waiver. We indicated that upon 
receipt of a waiver request, we would publish a Federal Register notice 
to solicit public comments, as required by section 1138(a)(2)(D) of the 
Act.
    According to these requirements, we will review the request and 
comments received. During the review process, we may consult on an as-
needed basis with the Public Health Service's Division of 
Transplantation, the United Network for Organ Sharing, and our regional 
offices. If necessary, we may request additional clarifying information 
from the applying hospital or others. We will then make a final 
determination on the waiver request and notify the hospital and the 
designated and requested OPOs.

III. Hospital Waiver Requests

    As permitted by Sec.  486.308(e), the following three hospitals 
have requested waivers to work with and OPO other than the designated 
OPO for its area:
    Northern Dutchess Hospital of Rhinebeck, New York has requested a 
waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a designated OPO other 
than the OPO designated for the service area in which the hospital is 
located. Northern Dutchess Hospital is requesting a waiver to work 
with: Center for Donation & Transplant, 218 Great Oak Boulevard, 
Albany, NY 12204.

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    Dutchess Hospital's Designated OPO is: New York Organ Donor 
Network, 132 West 31st Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
    Methodist University Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee has requested a 
waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a designated OPO other 
than the OPO designated for the service area in which the hospital is 
located. Methodist University Hospital is requesting a waiver to work 
with: Tennessee Donor Services, 1600 Hayes Street, Nashville, Tennessee 
37203.
    Methodist University Hospital's Designated OPO is: Mid-South 
Transplant Foundation, Inc., 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 302, 
Memphis, Tennessee 38018.
    Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center of Memphis, Tennessee has 
requested a waiver in order to enter into an agreement with a 
designated OPO other than the OPO designated for the service area in 
which the hospital is located. Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center is 
requesting a waiver to work with: Tennessee Donor Services, 1600 Hayes 
Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

    Methodist University Hospital's Designated OPO is: Mid-South 
Transplant Foundation, Inc., 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 302, 
Memphis, Tennessee 38018.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, 
Medicare--Hospital Insurance; Program No. 93.774, Medicare--
Supplementary Medical Insurance, and Program No. 93.778, Medical 
Assistance Program)

    Dated: August 8, 2008.
Kerry Weems,
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. E8-18970 Filed 8-21-08; 8:45 am]
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