Extension of Provider Reimbursement Demonstration Project for the State of Alaska, 39213-39214 [2010-16680]

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Bryman, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2010–16592 Filed 7–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39213 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Extension of Provider Reimbursement Demonstration Project for the State of Alaska Department of Defense (DoD). Notice of demonstration extension. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice provides an extension of the demonstration project in the State of Alaska for individual provider payment rates. Under the demonstration, payment rates for physicians and other non-institutional individual professional providers in the State of Alaska have been set at a rate higher than the Medicare rate. DATES: The demonstration regarding payment rates for physicians and other non-institutional providers is extended through December 31, 2012. ADDRESSES: TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Branch, 16401 East Centretech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011– 9066. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Glenn J. Corn, TRICARE Management Activity, Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Branch, telephone (303) 676–3566. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 20, 2006, DoD published a notice of a TRICARE demonstration project for the State of Alaska, with an effective date of January 1, 2007 (71 FR 67113), to set payment rates for physicians and other non-institutional individual professional providers in the State of Alaska at a rate higher than the Medicare rate. The demonstration was effective January 1, 2007 for a period of three years, ending on December 31, 2009. On December 18, 2009, DoD published a Notice of demonstration extension (74 FR 67179) that extended the demonstration through December 31, 2010. The DoD has determined that increasing provider payment rates (factor rate increase) in Alaska, across all services, has shown mixed results on provider participation, beneficiary access to care, cost of health care services, military readiness, and morale and welfare. Due to recent Health Care Reform legislation (section 5104, Pub. L. 111–148), creating an interagency task force to assess and improve access to health care in the State of Alaska, the Agency has determined further extension of the Demonstration is needed pending receipt of the Task Force’s report. The report is due to Congress no later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Act that details E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 39214 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 130 / Thursday, July 8, 2010 / Notices the activities of the Task Force and contains the findings, strategies, recommendations, policies, and initiatives developed. The Agency needs time after the Task Force’s report to review the recommendations and determine appropriate related actions; therefore, we are extending the Demonstration through December 31, 2012. The demonstration continues to be conducted under statutory authority provided in 10 United States Code 1092. Dated: July 2, 2010. Mitchell S. Bryman, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2010–16680 Filed 7–7–10; 8:45 am] Dated: July 2, 2010. Darrin A. King, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Office of Postsecondary Education. Department of Education. 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The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Type of Review: Reinstatement. Title: Annual Performance Reports for Title III and Title V Programs. OMB #: 1840–0766. Agency Form Number(s): N/A. Frequency: Annually. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 891. Burden Hours: 17,460. Abstract: Titles III and V programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, provide discretionary and formula grants to approximately 40 percent of eligible institutions of higher education and organizations (MSEIP–Title III, E only) to support improvements in educational quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. The office of Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Services (IDUES) is authorized to award one year planning grants and five-year development grants and collect key data, analyze, report, and evaluate grantee and Program performance and outcomes. Grantees submit a yearly performance report to demonstrate that substantial progress is being made towards meeting the objectives of their project and first year grantees submit an interim (six month) report as well. This request continues the use of a webbased performance report to more effectively elicit program-specific information to be used for program monitoring, data analysis, and Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) reporting purposes. The Annual Performance Report (APR) continues to be the cornerstone of the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Information Management Performance System (IMPS) tailored to strengthen the Department of Education’s program monitoring efforts, streamline our processes, and enhance our customer service to the end of meeting legislative, regulatory, and directive requirements. The colleges and communities served by Titles III and V of the HEA include: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU); Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI); HispanicServing Institutions (HSI); American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU); Alaska NativeServing Institutions; Native HawaiianServing Institutions; Asian American and Native American Pacific IslanderServing Institutions (AANAPISI); Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI); and other institutions that serve a significant number of minority and financially disadvantaged students and have low average and general expenditures per student. There are major forces continuing to drive the APR: (1) The need to improve the quality and effectiveness of our program monitoring efforts; (2) the need to provide more reliable and valid data for the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA); (3) the need to evaluate grantee and Program effectiveness; and (4) capacity building efforts toward a Title III and Title V community of practice. The Office of Inspector General (IG) has identified repeatedly the aforementioned needs as areas that IDUES should resolve. For the past seven years, IDUES has been focused on addressing these areas and has designed this APR as the data collection tool of the Information Management Performance System platform. The APR supports IDUES IMPS as the database tool of our monitoring oversight, analysis, evaluation, trend and profile reporting of grant and program life cycle performance. According the IG audit ED–OIG/A04– 90013 (‘‘Office of Higher Education Programs Needs to Improve its Oversight of Parts A and B of the Title III Program’’), ‘‘[Higher Education Programs] needs a systematic approach to effectively and efficiently monitor Title III grantees for compliance and program performance.’’ With this methodical approach to program monitoring, IDUES is significantly reducing the risk of grantees using federal funds inappropriately and better ensuring that grant objectives are being met. In our most recent collection grantees indicated that only one percent of grantees requested a change to scheduled objectives and 57 percent of grantee objectives were on schedule of E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 130 (Thursday, July 8, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-16680]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Extension of Provider Reimbursement Demonstration Project for the 
State of Alaska

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Notice of demonstration extension.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides an extension of the demonstration project 
in the State of Alaska for individual provider payment rates. Under the 
demonstration, payment rates for physicians and other non-institutional 
individual professional providers in the State of Alaska have been set 
at a rate higher than the Medicare rate.

DATES: The demonstration regarding payment rates for physicians and 
other non-institutional providers is extended through December 31, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), Medical Benefits and 
Reimbursement Branch, 16401 East Centretech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011-
9066.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Glenn J. Corn, TRICARE Management 
Activity, Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Branch, telephone (303) 
676-3566.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 20, 2006, DoD published a notice 
of a TRICARE demonstration project for the State of Alaska, with an 
effective date of January 1, 2007 (71 FR 67113), to set payment rates 
for physicians and other non-institutional individual professional 
providers in the State of Alaska at a rate higher than the Medicare 
rate. The demonstration was effective January 1, 2007 for a period of 
three years, ending on December 31, 2009. On December 18, 2009, DoD 
published a Notice of demonstration extension (74 FR 67179) that 
extended the demonstration through December 31, 2010. The DoD has 
determined that increasing provider payment rates (factor rate 
increase) in Alaska, across all services, has shown mixed results on 
provider participation, beneficiary access to care, cost of health care 
services, military readiness, and morale and welfare. Due to recent 
Health Care Reform legislation (section 5104, Pub. L. 111-148), 
creating an interagency task force to assess and improve access to 
health care in the State of Alaska, the Agency has determined further 
extension of the Demonstration is needed pending receipt of the Task 
Force's report. The report is due to Congress no later than 180 days 
after the date of enactment of the Act that details

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the activities of the Task Force and contains the findings, strategies, 
recommendations, policies, and initiatives developed. The Agency needs 
time after the Task Force's report to review the recommendations and 
determine appropriate related actions; therefore, we are extending the 
Demonstration through December 31, 2012. The demonstration continues to 
be conducted under statutory authority provided in 10 United States 
Code 1092.

    Dated: July 2, 2010.
Mitchell S. Bryman,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2010-16680 Filed 7-7-10; 8:45 am]
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