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This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on October 24th, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. One comment was 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 January 30, 2009. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (Attention: AHRQs 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: Proposed Project: ‘‘The AHRQ Data Inventory’’ The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in determining the availability of regularly collected administrative and other data collection initiatives about outpatient PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Stimson Lumber Company, Inc. Wavecom S.A. Tygris Commercial Finance Group, Inc. Tygris Commercial Finance Group, Inc. International Offshore Services, LLC. health service utilization. AHRQ seeks to better understand issues in developing data collection initiatives, redundancies in these initiatives, uses of available data, gaps in available information, similarities across data projects, and areas for possible collaboration and coordination. AHRQ’s initial focus is on those data sets that would inform healthcare providers, policymakers, and consumers about outpatient health service utilization and episodes of care. The primary purpose of this information collection is to comprehensively document outpatient health care data collection initiatives in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other geographic units. Information being collected about the data sets is not readily available to the public. In-depth information about the data sets will provide guidance to AHRQ on the potential synergy across such initiatives and suggest how the information can inform Federal, State, and local health care policymakers, clinicians, and consumers. Information collected during the interviews will comprehensively document outpatient health care data collection initiatives. This project is important for several reasons. First, many data collection initiatives exist or are in the planning E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 80411 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 251 / Wednesday, December 31, 2008 / Notices stages, but there is limited collaboration and synthesis among initiatives. With limited resources and common goals, it is imperative to understand the issues in developing data collection initiatives, redundancies in such initiatives, and gaps in available information. Second, with the increasing costs of health care, it has become more important than ever to use health services efficiently, yet care and information about care is often collected and delivered in isolation without coordination across sites or providers of care. The results of this project will provide AHRQ and other policymakers with the information they need to serve as a catalyst to promote coordinated standardization, reduce redundancies, identify gaps in information, and assist in further development of needed data efforts. 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 the costs and utilization of, and access to, health care and the ways in which health care services are organized, delivered, and financed (42 U.S.C. 299(b)(l)(D) and (E)); (2) conduct and support research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care (42 U.S.C. 299a(a)); and (3) conduct and support research to advance the creation of effective linkages between various sources of health information (42 U.S.C. 299b–3(a)(3)). Method of Collection The survey will be initiated with an e-mail message from AHRQ to managers/administrators of each data set selected for inclusion in the Inventory. Data sets listed in the inventory were identified from a search of Web-based information about outpatient and ambulatory patient care data sets. The initial contact will be followed by an e-mail distribution of a cover letter and the questionnaire. The cover letter will include information about the purpose of the study, reason respondents are being contacted, information about the nondisclosure of their responses, and a request to have respondents review information captured from the Internet about their data sets. In addition, respondents will be informed that they have the option to complete and return the questionnaire electronically or participate in a telephone interview. Respondents who do not return their questionnaires by the requested time will get an e-mail reminder. The e-mail reminder will be followed by a telephone reminder. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annual burden hours for the respondent’s time to participate in this project. A maximum of 80 respondents will complete the survey questionnaire which will require about 45 minutes to complete. The total estimated burden hours for this information collection is 60 hours. Exhibit 2 show the estimated cost burden based on the respondent’s time to participate in this project. The total cost burden is approximately $2,993. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Inventory Survey .............................................................................................. 80 1 45/60 60 Total .......................................................................................................... 80 1 na 60 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total costs burden Inventory Survey .............................................................................................. 80 60 $49.89 $2,993 Total .......................................................................................................... 80 60 na 2,993 * Based upon the mean of general and operations managers (11–102 1), National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States 2007, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, including whether the This one-year project is estimated to information will have practical utility; Cost component Total cost cost the government $136,000. Exhibit 3 (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of details the costs associated with this Project Management ............ 20,000.00 burden (including hours and costs) of project, which include $11,000 for Overhead .............................. 21,000.00 the proposed collection(s) of project development, $72,500 for data information; (c) ways to enhance the collection and analysis, $12,000 for Total ............................... 136,500.00 quality, utility, and clarity of the preparing reports, $20,000 for project information to be collected; and (d) management and $21,000 for overhead. Request for Comments ways to minimize the burden of the In accordance with the above-cited collection of information upon the EXHIBIT 3—PROJECT COSTS Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, respondents, including the use of comments on AHRQ’s information automated collection techniques or Cost component Total cost collection are requested with regard to other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to Project Development ............ $11,000.00 any of the following: (a) Whether the this notice will be summarized and Data Collection and Analysis 72,500.00 proposed collection of information is Preparation of Reports ......... 12,000.00 necessary for the proper performance of included in the Agency’s subsequent pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 EXHIBIT 3—PROJECT COSTS— Continued Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 80412 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 251 / Wednesday, December 31, 2008 / Notices Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. BILLING CODE 4160–90–M BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Notice of Charter Amendment pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Dated: December 17, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–30762 Filed 12–30–08; 8:45 am] Dated: December 17, 2008. Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. E8–31111 Filed 12–30–08; 8:45 am] Privacy Act of 1974; Notice of Modified System of Records This gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. 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By assuming the statutorily mandated responsibilities of ACIPC, the BSC, NCIPC will thereby become a statutorily mandated committee, continuing to serve the purposes set forth by Section 394(a) of the Public Health Service Act. For information, contact Gwendolyn Cattledge, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, 4770 Buford Highway, Mailstop K02, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, telephone (770) 488–4655 or fax (770) 488–4422. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ACTION: Notice of a Modified System of Records. SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, CMS is proposing to make minor amendments to an existing system of records (SOR) titled, ‘‘Performance Measurement and Reporting System (PMRS),’’ System No. 09–70–0584, published at 72 FR 52133 (September 12, 2007). PMRS serves as a master system of records to assist in projects that provide transparency in health care on a broad scale enabling consumers to compare the quality and price of health care services so that they can make informed choices among individual physicians, practitioners, and other providers of services. We are making minor amendments to PMRS to include two additional legal authorities: The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) (Pub. L. 110–173) and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) (Pub. L. 110–275). Section 101(b) of the MMSEA amended section 1848(k)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act) (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4) and section 101(c) of division B of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 to extend the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). MIPPA, effective July 15, 2008, extended the PQRI for 2010 and subsequent years and authorized a new incentive program for successful electronic prescribers under section 1848(m)(2) of the Act. In addition, the MIPPA requires the Secretary to post on the CMS Web site the names of eligible professionals or group practices who satisfactorily submit data on quality measures through PQRI and the names of those eligible professionals or group practices PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 who are successful electronic prescribers. This requirement is codified at section 1848(m)(5)(G) of the Act. Accordingly, CMS is adding §§ 131 and 132 of MIPPA, § 101 of MMSEA, § 1848(k) of the Act, and § 1848(m) of the Act to the PMRS’ legal authority section. In addition, we are clarifying in this notice that the term, ‘‘performance measurement results’’ used in the PMRS includes, but is not limited to, submission of data on measures, eprescribing usage, frequency of reporting or performance, as well as rates or scores based on application of specific measures. We consider all of these types of information to be valid indicators of a physician’s, practitioner’s, or other provider’s commitment to and delivery of high quality, high value health care. The primary purpose of this system is to support the collection, maintenance, and processing of information to promote the delivery of high quality, efficient, effective, and economical health care services, and promoting the quality and efficiency of services of the type for which payment may be made under title XVIII by allowing for the establishment and implementation of performance measures, the provision of feedback to physicians, and public reporting of performance information. Information in this system will also be disclosed to: (1) Support regulatory, reimbursement, and policy functions performed for the Agency or by a contractor, consultant, or a CMS grantee; (2) assist another Federal and/ or state agency, agency of a state government, or an agency established by state law; (3) promote more informed choices by Medicare beneficiaries among their Medicare group options by making physician performance measurement information available to Medicare beneficiaries through a Web site and other forms of data dissemination; (4) provide CVEs and data aggregators with information that will assist in generating single or multipayer performance measurement results to promote transparency in health care to members of their community; (5) assist individual physicians, practitioners, providers of services, suppliers, laboratories, and other health care professionals who are participating in health care transparency projects; (6) assist individuals or organizations with projects that provide transparency in health care on a broad scale enabling consumers to compare the quality and price of health care services; or for research, evaluation, and epidemiological projects related to the prevention of disease or disability; E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 251 (Wednesday, December 31, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80410-80412]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-30762]


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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: ``The AHRQ Data Inventory.'' 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 October 24th, 2008 and allowed 60 days for 
public comment. One comment was 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 January 30, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ's OMB Desk 
Officer by fax at (202) 395-6974 (Attention: AHRQs 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: ``The AHRQ Data Inventory''

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested 
in determining the availability of regularly collected administrative 
and other data collection initiatives about outpatient health service 
utilization. AHRQ seeks to better understand issues in developing data 
collection initiatives, redundancies in these initiatives, uses of 
available data, gaps in available information, similarities across data 
projects, and areas for possible collaboration and coordination. AHRQ's 
initial focus is on those data sets that would inform healthcare 
providers, policymakers, and consumers about outpatient health service 
utilization and episodes of care.
    The primary purpose of this information collection is to 
comprehensively document outpatient health care data collection 
initiatives in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other 
geographic units. Information being collected about the data sets is 
not readily available to the public. In-depth information about the 
data sets will provide guidance to AHRQ on the potential synergy across 
such initiatives and suggest how the information can inform Federal, 
State, and local health care policymakers, clinicians, and consumers. 
Information collected during the interviews will comprehensively 
document outpatient health care data collection initiatives.
    This project is important for several reasons. First, many data 
collection initiatives exist or are in the planning

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stages, but there is limited collaboration and synthesis among 
initiatives. With limited resources and common goals, it is imperative 
to understand the issues in developing data collection initiatives, 
redundancies in such initiatives, and gaps in available information. 
Second, with the increasing costs of health care, it has become more 
important than ever to use health services efficiently, yet care and 
information about care is often collected and delivered in isolation 
without coordination across sites or providers of care. The results of 
this project will provide AHRQ and other policymakers with the 
information they need to serve as a catalyst to promote coordinated 
standardization, reduce redundancies, identify gaps in information, and 
assist in further development of needed data efforts.
    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 the costs and 
utilization of, and access to, health care and the ways in which health 
care services are organized, delivered, and financed (42 U.S.C. 
299(b)(l)(D) and (E)); (2) conduct and support research on health care 
and on systems for the delivery of such care (42 U.S.C. 299a(a)); and 
(3) conduct and support research to advance the creation of effective 
linkages between various sources of health information (42 U.S.C. 299b-
3(a)(3)).

Method of Collection

    The survey will be initiated with an e-mail message from AHRQ to 
managers/administrators of each data set selected for inclusion in the 
Inventory. Data sets listed in the inventory were identified from a 
search of Web-based information about outpatient and ambulatory patient 
care data sets. The initial contact will be followed by an e-mail 
distribution of a cover letter and the questionnaire. The cover letter 
will include information about the purpose of the study, reason 
respondents are being contacted, information about the nondisclosure of 
their responses, and a request to have respondents review information 
captured from the Internet about their data sets. In addition, 
respondents will be informed that they have the option to complete and 
return the questionnaire electronically or participate in a telephone 
interview. Respondents who do not return their questionnaires by the 
requested time will get an e-mail reminder. The e-mail reminder will be 
followed by a telephone reminder.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annual burden hours for the 
respondent's time to participate in this project. A maximum of 80 
respondents will complete the survey questionnaire which will require 
about 45 minutes to complete. The total estimated burden hours for this 
information collection is 60 hours.
    Exhibit 2 show the estimated cost burden based on the respondent's 
time to participate in this project. The total cost burden is 
approximately $2,993.

                                  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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Inventory Survey................................              80               1           45/60              60
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................              80               1              na              60
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total costs
                    Form name                       respondents        hours        wage rate *       burden
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Inventory Survey................................              80              60          $49.89          $2,993
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................              80              60              na           2,993
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* Based upon the mean of general and operations managers (11-102 1), National Compensation Survey: Occupational
  Wages in the United States 2007, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    This one-year project is estimated to cost the government $136,000. 
Exhibit 3 details the costs associated with this project, which include 
$11,000 for project development, $72,500 for data collection and 
analysis, $12,000 for preparing reports, $20,000 for project management 
and $21,000 for overhead.

                        Exhibit 3--Project Costs
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                     Cost component                         Total cost
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Project Development.....................................      $11,000.00
Data Collection and Analysis............................       72,500.00
Preparation of Reports..................................       12,000.00
Project Management......................................       20,000.00
Overhead................................................       21,000.00
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    Total...............................................      136,500.00
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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 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 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

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request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All 
comments will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: December 17, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
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