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Dated: September 8, 2011. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2011–23702 Filed 9–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–45–P PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: 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: ‘‘Health Literacy Item Set Supplemental to CAHPS Health Plan Survey—Pretest of Proposed Questions and Methodology.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 7th, 2011 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. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 17, 2011. 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. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project Health Literacy Item Set Supplemental to CAHPS Health Plan Survey—Pretest of Proposed Questions and Methodology The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) program is a multi-year initiative. AHRQ first launched the program in October 1995 in response to concerns about the lack of good information about the quality of health plans from the enrollees’ perspective. Numerous public and private organizations collected information on E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 57047 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 179 / Thursday, September 15, 2011 / Notices enrollee and patient satisfaction, but the surveys varied from sponsor to sponsor and often changed from year to year. The CAHPS® program was designed to: • Make it possible to compare survey results across sponsors and over time; and • Generate tools and resources that sponsors can use to produce understandable and usable comparative information for consumers, health providers and for quality improvement purposes. Over time, the program has expanded beyond its original focus on health plans to address a range of health care services and to meet the various needs of health care consumers, purchasers, health plans, providers, and policymakers. Based on a literature review and an assessment of currently available questionnaires, AHRQ identified the need to develop a health literacy module for the CAHPS® Health Plan Survey. The intent of the health literacy module is to examine health plan enrollees’ perspectives on how well health information is communicated to them by health plans and by healthcare professionals in the health plan setting. The objective of the new module is to provide information to health plans, clinicians, group practices, and other interested parties regarding the quality of health information delivered to patients. The health literacy module will be pre-tested as a supplement to the CAHPS® Health Plan Survey. This pre-test has the following goals: (1) Analysis of item wording—Assess candidate wordings for items. (2) Analysis of participation rate— Evaluate the overall response rate and the proportion of that obtained from mail versus telephone modes of data collection. (3) Case mix adjustment analysis— Evaluate variables that need to be considered for case mix adjustment of scores. (4) Psychometric Analysis—Provide information for the revision of the health literacy item set based on the assessment of the reliability and validity. (5) Dissemination of the CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy supplemental item set. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, the RAND Corporation, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct research and evaluations on health care and systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services. See 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1). Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this pre-test the CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy Survey will be implemented with a sample of persons from the surveys’ target population, consumers of health care services offered by health plans. The data from this pre-test will be used to refine the health literacy module questions and will ensure that the future data collection yield high quality data and ensure a minimization of respondent burden, increase agency efficiency, and improve responsiveness to the public. The survey items will be added to currently available CAHPS surveys and will enhance the ability of health plans and health professionals working in a health plan primary care setting to assess the quality of their services. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden for the respondents’ time to participate in this data collection. About 1000 persons will complete the CAHPS Health Plan Survey Health Literacy Module. The estimated response time of 25 minutes is based on the written length of the survey and AHRQ’s experience with previous CAHPS® surveys of comparable length that were fielded with similar samples. The total burden hours are estimated to be 417 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the respondents’ cost burden associated with their time to participate in this data collection. The total cost burden is estimated to be $8,715. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy Module .................................................. 1000 1 25/60 417 Total .......................................................................................................... 1000 1 na 417 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy Survey ................................................... 1000 417 $20.90 $8,715 Total .......................................................................................................... 1000 417 na 8,715 wreier-aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES *Based upon the average wages, ‘‘National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2009,’’ U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government Exhibit 3 shows the total and annualized cost to conduct this VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:07 Sep 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 research. The total cost for this project is approximately $299,000. Since the data collection period is less than one PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 year, the total and annualized costs are identical. E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 57048 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 179 / Thursday, September 15, 2011 / Notices EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST Cost component Total cost Annualized cost Review of literature .................................................................................................................................................. Cognitive interviews ................................................................................................................................................. Field test .................................................................................................................................................................. Data analyses .......................................................................................................................................................... Finalize survey ......................................................................................................................................................... AHRQ project management .................................................................................................................................... $20,000 60,000 90,000 40,000 39,000 50,000 $20,000 60,000 90,000 40,000 39,000 50,000 Total .................................................................................................................................................................. 299,000 299,000 Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 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 healthcare research and healthcare 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: Aug 31 2011. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2011–23543 Filed 9–14–11; 8:45 am] Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Insurance Component 2012–2013.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 30th, 2011 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. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 17, 2011. 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: BILLING CODE 4160–90–M Proposed Project Medical Expenditure Panel Survey— Insurance Component 2012–2013 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wreier-aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:07 Sep 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 Employer-sponsored health insurance is the source of coverage for 85 million current and former workers, plus many of their family members, and is a cornerstone of the U.S. health care system. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Insurance Component (MEPS– IC) measures the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance on an annual basis. These statistics are produced at the National, State, and sub-State (metropolitan area) level for private industry. Statistics are also produced for State and Local governments. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This research has the following goals: (1) To provide data for Federal policymakers evaluating the effects of National and State health care reforms; (2) to provide descriptive data on the current employer-sponsored health insurance system and data for modeling the differential impacts of proposed health policy initiatives; and (3) to supply critical State and National estimates of health insurance spending for the National Health Accounts and Gross Domestic Product. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau and pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct surveys to collect data on the cost, use and quality of health care, including the types and costs of private health insurance. 42 U.S.C. 299b–2(a). Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections for both private sector and state and local government employers will be implemented: (1) Prescreener Questionnaire—The purpose of the Prescreener Questionnaire, which is collected via telephone, varies depending on the insurance status of the establishment contacted. (Establishment is defined as a single, physical location in the private sector and a governmental unit in state and local governments.) For establishments that do not offer health insurance to their employees, the prescreener is used to collect basic information such as number of employees. Collection is completed for these establishments through this telephone call. For establishments that do offer health insurance, contact name and address information is collected that is used for the mailout of the establishment and plan questionnaires. Obtaining this contact information helps ensure that the questionnaires are directed to the person in the establishment best equipped to complete them. E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 179 (Thursday, September 15, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57046-57048]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23543]


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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: ``Health Literacy Item Set Supplemental to CAHPS Health Plan 
Survey--Pretest of Proposed Questions and Methodology.'' In accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the 
public to comment on this proposed information collection.
    This proposed information collection was previously published in 
the Federal Register on July 7th, 2011 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.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 17, 2011.

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

Health Literacy Item Set Supplemental to CAHPS Health Plan Survey--
Pretest of Proposed Questions and Methodology

    The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems 
(CAHPS[reg]) program is a multi-year initiative. AHRQ first launched 
the program in October 1995 in response to concerns about the lack of 
good information about the quality of health plans from the enrollees' 
perspective. Numerous public and private organizations collected 
information on

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enrollee and patient satisfaction, but the surveys varied from sponsor 
to sponsor and often changed from year to year. The CAHPS[reg] program 
was designed to:
     Make it possible to compare survey results across sponsors 
and over time; and
     Generate tools and resources that sponsors can use to 
produce understandable and usable comparative information for 
consumers, health providers and for quality improvement purposes.
    Over time, the program has expanded beyond its original focus on 
health plans to address a range of health care services and to meet the 
various needs of health care consumers, purchasers, health plans, 
providers, and policymakers. Based on a literature review and an 
assessment of currently available questionnaires, AHRQ identified the 
need to develop a health literacy module for the CAHPS[reg] Health Plan 
Survey. The intent of the health literacy module is to examine health 
plan enrollees' perspectives on how well health information is 
communicated to them by health plans and by healthcare professionals in 
the health plan setting. The objective of the new module is to provide 
information to health plans, clinicians, group practices, and other 
interested parties regarding the quality of health information 
delivered to patients. The health literacy module will be pre-tested as 
a supplement to the CAHPS[reg] Health Plan Survey.
    This pre-test has the following goals:
    (1) Analysis of item wording--Assess candidate wordings for items.
    (2) Analysis of participation rate--Evaluate the overall response 
rate and the proportion of that obtained from mail versus telephone 
modes of data collection.
    (3) Case mix adjustment analysis--Evaluate variables that need to 
be considered for case mix adjustment of scores.
    (4) Psychometric Analysis--Provide information for the revision of 
the health literacy item set based on the assessment of the reliability 
and validity.
    (5) Dissemination of the CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy 
supplemental item set.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, the 
RAND Corporation, pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to conduct 
research and evaluations on health care and systems for the delivery of 
such care, including activities with respect to the quality, 
effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care 
services. See 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goals of this pre-test the CAHPS Health Plan Health 
Literacy Survey will be implemented with a sample of persons from the 
surveys' target population, consumers of health care services offered 
by health plans. The data from this pre-test will be used to refine the 
health literacy module questions and will ensure that the future data 
collection yield high quality data and ensure a minimization of 
respondent burden, increase agency efficiency, and improve 
responsiveness to the public. The survey items will be added to 
currently available CAHPS surveys and will enhance the ability of 
health plans and health professionals working in a health plan primary 
care setting to assess the quality of their services.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden for the 
respondents' time to participate in this data collection. About 1000 
persons will complete the CAHPS Health Plan Survey Health Literacy 
Module. The estimated response time of 25 minutes is based on the 
written length of the survey and AHRQ's experience with previous 
CAHPS[reg] surveys of comparable length that were fielded with similar 
samples. The total burden hours are estimated to be 417 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the respondents' cost burden associated with their 
time to participate in this data collection. The total cost burden is 
estimated to be $8,715.

                                  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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CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy Module........            1000               1           25/60             417
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................            1000               1              na             417
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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*        burden
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CAHPS Health Plan Health Literacy Survey........            1000             417          $20.90          $8,715
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................            1000             417              na           8,715
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*Based upon the average wages, ``National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May
  2009,'' U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    Exhibit 3 shows the total and annualized cost to conduct this 
research. The total cost for this project is approximately $299,000. 
Since the data collection period is less than one year, the total and 
annualized costs are identical.

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                  Exhibit 3--Estimated Annualized Cost
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                                                            Annualized
             Cost component                 Total cost         cost
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Review of literature....................         $20,000         $20,000
Cognitive interviews....................          60,000          60,000
Field test..............................          90,000          90,000
Data analyses...........................          40,000          40,000
Finalize survey.........................          39,000          39,000
AHRQ project management.................          50,000          50,000
                                         -------------------------------
    Total...............................         299,000         299,000
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Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 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 healthcare research and 
healthcare 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: Aug 31 2011.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-23543 Filed 9-14-11; 8:45 am]
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