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Download as PDF 57362 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 192 / Thursday, October 2, 2008 / Notices Proposed Project 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 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()(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 July 24th, 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. Changes were made to this 30 day notice to account for the electronic patient records review which were not accounted for in the 60 day notice. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 1, 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 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 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: ‘‘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, Jain 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 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Risk manager questionnaire ............................................................ Total .......................................................................................... 1 Not Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Form name 1,020 1,020 Hours per response 1 (1) 25/60 ( 1) applicable. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Oct 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Total burden hours 425 425 57363 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 192 / Thursday, October 2, 2008 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Risk manager questionnaire ............................................................ Total .......................................................................................... Total burden hours 1,020 1,020 Average hourly wage rate1 425 425 Total cost burden $27.10 (2) $11,518 $11,518 1 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.’’ 2 Not applicable. Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Request for Comments mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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: September 19, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–23370 Filed 10–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Oct 01, 2008 Jkt 217001 Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), 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 following meeting for the aforementioned subcommittee: Name: Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), CDC. Time and Date: 12–2 p.m., October 9, 2008. Place: This meeting will be held by conference call. The call in number is (866) 919–3560 and enter passcode: 4168828. Status: Open to the public. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period which is tentatively scheduled from 1:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Purpose: The Ethics Subcommittee will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners. Matters to be Discussed: Agenda items will include review of ethics guidance for public health emergency preparedness and response. Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, PhD, Designated Federal Official, Ethics Subcommittee, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D–50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone 404–639–4690, e-mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov. The Ethics Subcommittee determines that subcommittee business requires its consideration of this matter on less than 15 days notice to the public and that no earlier notice of this meeting was possible. At the Ethics Subcommittee’s September 25, 2008 meeting, the subcommittee discussed this matter and determined that additional consideration is necessary prior to submitting the report to the ACD, CDC. The ACD, CDC is scheduled to meet late October. 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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: September 26, 2008. Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 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DATES: Nominations will be considered if we receive all of the required information no later than 5 p.m., November 3, 2008. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver nominations to the following address: Division of DMEPOS Policy, Mail stop C5–08–17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD, 21244–1850. Attention: Ralph Goldberg or Gina Longus. Nominations may also be e-mailed to ralph.goldberg@cms.hhs.gov or gina.longus@cms.hhs.gov. E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 192 (Thursday, October 2, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57362-57363]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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()(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 July 24th, 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. Changes were made to 
this 30 day notice to account for the electronic patient records review 
which were not accounted for in the 60 day notice.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 1, 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 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, Jain 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
    Total...............................             1,020             (\1\)             (\1\)              425
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\1\ Not applicable.


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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\1\         burden
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Risk manager questionnaire..............             1,020               425            $27.10           $11,518
    Total...............................             1,020               425             (\2\)          $11,518
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\1\ 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.''
\2\ Not applicable.

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: September 19, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
 [FR Doc. E8-23370 Filed 10-1-08; 8:45 am]
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