Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements, 29721-29722 [E9-14666]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Information Collection: Uniform Billing Form (OWCP–04). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before August 24, 2009. ADDRESSES: Mr. Steven D. Lawrence, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0292, fax (202) 693–1451, E-mail Lawrence.Steven@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or E-mail). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. All three of these statutes require that OWCP pay for medical treatment of beneficiaries; this medical treatment can include inpatient/outpatient hospital services, as well as services provided by nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. In order to determine whether billed amounts are appropriate, OWCP VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 needs to identify the patient, the specific services that were rendered and their relationship to the work-related injury or illness. The regulations implementing these statutes require the use of Form OWCP–04 (which includes the first page of the private sector Form UB–04) for the submission of medical bills from institutional providers (20 CFR 10.801, 30.701, 725.405, 725.406, 725.701 and 725.704). The Uniform Billing Form, known as the paper UB–04, has been approved by the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), by various other government health care programs, and by the private sector, to request payment to institutional providers of medical services. The paper UB–04 has been designed by the National Uniform Billing Committee and is neither a government-printed form nor distributed by OWCP; OWCP has, however, developed detailed instructions to ensure that it obtains the information it needs to consider requests for payment from institutional providers using this form. This information collection is currently approved for use through January 31, 2010. II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks approval for the extension of this information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to provide payment covered medical services to injured employees who are covered under the FECA, BLBA and the EEOICPA. Type of Review: Extension. PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29721 Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Uniform Billing Form (OWCP– 04). OMB Number: 1215–0176. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Total Respondents: 5,481. Total Annual responses: 21,924. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,558. Estimated Time Per Response: 7 minutes. Frequency: Annually. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: June 18, 2009. Steven D. Lawrence, Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. E9–14688 Filed 6–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CH–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Information Collection: Provider Enrollment Form (OWCP– E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 29722 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices 1168). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before August 24, 2009. ADDRESSES: Mr. Steven D. Lawrence, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0292, fax (202) 693–1451, e-mail Lawrence.Steven@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-mail). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: * Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and * Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions I. Background The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. These statutes require OWCP to pay for appropriate medical and vocational rehabilitation services provided to beneficiaries. In order for OWCP’s billing contractor to pay providers of these services with its automated bill processing system, providers must ‘‘enroll’’ with one or more of the OWCP programs that administer the statutes by submitting certain profile information, including identifying information, tax I.D. information, and whether they possess specialty or sub-specialty training. Form OWCP–1168 is used to obtain this information from each provider. If this information is not obtained before the provider submits his or her first bill for payment, the bill payment process is substantially prolonged and increases the burden on providers. This information collection is currently approved for use through January 31, 2010. II. Review Focus The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: * Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; * Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; The Department of Labor seeks the approval of the extension of this information collection in order to carry out a wide range of automated bill ‘‘edits’’, such as the identification of duplicate billings, the application of pertinent fee schedules, utilization review, and fraud and abuse detection. The profile information is also used to furnish detailed reports to providers on the status of previously submitted bills. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Provider Enrollment Form (OWCP–1168). OMB Number: 1215–0137. Agency Numbers: OWCP–1168. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 70,185. Total Annual Responses: 70,185. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 9,335. Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (Operating/ Maintenance): $32,987. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: June 18, 2009. Steven D. Lawrence, Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. E9–14666 Filed 6–22–09; 8:45 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 BILLING CODE 4510–CH–P PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended AGENCY: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Employment Standards Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice of revision of listing of covered Department of Energy facilities. SUMMARY: The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is publishing a list of Department of Energy (DOE) facilities covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA). This notice revises the listing of DOE facilities that was included as part of the list of covered facilities last published by DOE on August 23, 2004 (69 FR 51825) to include the determinations made by OWCP on this subject through June 23, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shelby Hallmark, Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S– 3524, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: 202–693–0031 (this is not a toll-free number). ADDRESSES: OWCP welcomes comments regarding this list. Individuals who wish to suggest changes to this list may provide information to OWCP at the following address: Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C–3321, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. You may also suggest changes to this list by e-mail at DEEOICPublic@dol.gov. You should include ‘‘DOE facilities list’’ in the subject line of any e-mail containing comments on this list. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq.), was originally enacted on October 30, 2000. Primary responsibility for administration of EEOICPA was assigned to the Department of Labor (DOL) by Executive Order 13179 (‘‘Providing Compensation to America’s Nuclear Weapons Workers’’) of December 7, 2000 (65 FR 77487). In E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 119 (Tuesday, June 23, 2009)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-14666]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration


Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection 
Requirements

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to 
ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, 
reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, 
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) approval of the Information Collection: Provider 
Enrollment Form (OWCP-

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1168). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be 
obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section 
of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section below on or before August 24, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Mr. Steven D. Lawrence, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone 
(202) 693-0292, fax (202) 693-1451, e-mail Lawrence.Steven@dol.gov. 
Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or 
e-mail).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is the agency 
responsible for administration of the Federal Employees' Compensation 
Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 
30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness 
Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. 
These statutes require OWCP to pay for appropriate medical and 
vocational rehabilitation services provided to beneficiaries. In order 
for OWCP's billing contractor to pay providers of these services with 
its automated bill processing system, providers must ``enroll'' with 
one or more of the OWCP programs that administer the statutes by 
submitting certain profile information, including identifying 
information, tax I.D. information, and whether they possess specialty 
or sub-specialty training. Form OWCP-1168 is used to obtain this 
information from each provider.
    If this information is not obtained before the provider submits his 
or her first bill for payment, the bill payment process is 
substantially prolonged and increases the burden on providers. This 
information collection is currently approved for use through January 
31, 2010.

II. Review Focus

    The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments 
which:
    * Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    * Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    * Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and
    * Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions

    The Department of Labor seeks the approval of the extension of this 
information collection in order to carry out a wide range of automated 
bill ``edits'', such as the identification of duplicate billings, the 
application of pertinent fee schedules, utilization review, and fraud 
and abuse detection. The profile information is also used to furnish 
detailed reports to providers on the status of previously submitted 
bills.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Employment Standards Administration.
    Title: Provider Enrollment Form (OWCP-1168).
    OMB Number: 1215-0137.
    Agency Numbers: OWCP-1168.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Total Respondents: 70,185.
    Total Annual Responses: 70,185.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 9,335.
    Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (Operating/Maintenance): $32,987.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: June 18, 2009.
Steven D. Lawrence,
Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, 
Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration 
and Planning, Employment Standards Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-14666 Filed 6-22-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-CH-P