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Download as PDF 4038 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 17 / Thursday, January 26, 2012 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED TOTAL COST BURDEN Type of data collection Number of respondents Average hourly wage rate * Total burden hours Total cost burden Focus Groups with Clinicians .......................................................... Focus Groups with Support Staff .................................................... Patient Interviews ............................................................................ Feedback Questionnaire for Patients Requesting Mailed Guides .. Feedback Questionnaire for Patients Visiting Mobile Web site ...... 30 36 300 200 200 23 27 75 33 33 $83.59 14.31 21.35 21.35 21.35 $1,923 386 1,601 705 705 Total .......................................................................................... 766 191 na 5,320 * Based upon the mean wages for clinicians (29–1062 family and general practitioners), clinical team members (31–9092 medical assistants) and consumers (00–0000 all occupations), National Compensation Survey: Occupational wages in the United States May 2010, ‘‘U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.’’ Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The maximum cost to the Federal Government is estimated to be $203,531 annually. Exhibit 3 shows the total and annualized cost by the major cost components. EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED TOTAL AND ANNUALIZED COST Cost component Total cost Annualized cost Project Development ....................................................................................................................................... Data Collection Activities ................................................................................................................................. Data Processing and Analysis ......................................................................................................................... Project Management ........................................................................................................................................ Overhead ......................................................................................................................................................... $146,175 85,425 65,375 47,588 62,500 $73,088 42,713 32,688 23,794 31,250 Total .......................................................................................................................................................... 407,063 203,531 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jan 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 Dated: January 17, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–1402 Filed 1–25–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M 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: ‘‘Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database.’’ 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Register on November 2nd, 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 February 27, 2012. 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 email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, AHRQ’s E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 17 / Thursday, January 26, 2012 / Notices collection of information for the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Nursing Home SOPS) Comparative Database. The Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database consists of data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Nursing homes in the U.S. are asked to voluntarily submit data from the survey to AHRQ through its contractor, Westat. The Nursing Home SOPS Database is modeled after the Hospital SOPS Database [OMB NO. 0935–0162, approved 05/04/2010] that was originally developed by AHRQ in 2006 in response to requests from hospitals interested in knowing how their patient safety culture survey results compare to those of other hospitals. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine called for health care organizations to develop a ‘‘culture of safety’’ such that their workforce and processes focus on improving the reliability and safety of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System). To respond to the need for tools to assess patient safety culture in nursing homes, AHRQ developed and pilot tested the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture with OMB approval (OMB NO.0935– 0132; Approved July 5, 2007). The survey is designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider and staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting and includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of patient safety culture. AHRQ released the survey into the public domain along with a Survey User’s Guide and other toolkit materials in November 2008 on the AHRQ Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/ qual/patientsafetyculture/ nhsurvindex.htm). Since its release, the survey has been voluntarily used by hundreds of nursing homes in the U.S. The Nursing Home SOPS and the Comparative Database are supported by AHRQ to meet its goals of promoting improvements in the quality and safety of health care in nursing home settings. The survey, toolkit materials, and preliminary comparative database results are all made available in the public domain along with technical assistance provided by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes, to facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient safety and quality improvement. The goal of this project is to create the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. This database will (1) allow nursing homes to compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other nursing homes; (2) provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal assessment and learning in the patient VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jan 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 safety improvement process; and (3) provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient safety culture. De-identified data files will also be available to researchers conducting patient safety analysis. The database will include 42 items that measure 12 areas, or composites, of patient safety culture. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, Westat, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of healthcare services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement, and database development. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2), and (a)(8). Method of Collection To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and data collections will be implemented: (1) Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form—The purpose of this form is to determine the eligibility status and initiate the registration process for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. The nursing home (or parent organization) point of contact (POC) will complete the form. The POC is either a corporate level health care manager for a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey vendor who contracts with a nursing home to collect their data, or a nursing home Director of Nursing or nurse manager. Many nursing homes are part of a QIO or larger nursing home or health system that includes many nursing home sites (2) Data Use Agreement—The purpose of this form is to obtain authorization from nursing homes to use their voluntarily submitted NH SOPS data for analysis and reporting according to the terms specified in the Data Use Agreement (DUA). The nursing home POC will complete the form. (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form—The purpose of this form is to obtain basic information about the characteristics of the nursing homes submitting their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database (e.g., bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The nursing home POC will complete the form. (4) Data Submission—After the nursing home POC has completed the Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form, the Data Use PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4039 Agreement and the Nursing Home Site Information Form they will submit their data from the NH SOPS to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. Data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture are used to produce three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database Report that is produced periodically and made available in the public domain on the AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/ nhsurvey11/nhsurv111.pdf for the 2011 report); (2) Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that are confidential, customized reports produced for each nursing home that submits data to the database; and (3) Research data sets of staff-level and nursing home-level deidentified data that enable researchers to conduct additional analyses. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the nursing home to participate in the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. The POC completes a number of data submission steps and forms, beginning with completion of the online Nursing Home SOPS Database Eligibility and Registration form and Data Use Agreement, which will be completed for 85 nursing homes or groups of affiliated nursing homes annually. The Nursing Home Site Information Form will be completed for each individual nursing home; since each POC represents an average of 5 nursing homes a total of 425 Information Forms will be completed annually and requires about 5 minutes to complete. The POC will submit data for all of the nursing homes they represent which will take about 5 and 1⁄2 hours, including the amount of time POCs typically spend deciding whether to participate in the database and preparing their materials and data set for submission to the database, and performing the submission. The total annual burden hours are estimated to be 511. Nursing homes administer the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture on a periodic basis. Hospitals submitting to the Hospital SOPS Comparative Database administer the survey every 16 months on average. Similarly, the number of nursing home submissions to the database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not administer the survey and submit data every year. The 85 respondents/ POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an estimate of nursing homes submitting data in the coming years, with the following assumptions: • 30 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 4040 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 17 / Thursday, January 26, 2012 / Notices • 5 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each. • 50 independent nursing homes submitting on their own behalf. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Number of responses per POC Hours per response Total burden hours Eligibility/Registration Forms ........................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................. Data Submission .............................................................................. 85 85 85 85 1 1 5 1 3/60 3/60 5/60 5.5 4 4 35 468 Total .......................................................................................... 340 NA NA 511 Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the respondents’ time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to be $21,152 annually. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Eligibility/Registration Forms ........................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................. Data Submission .............................................................................. 85 85 85 85 4 4 35 468 $41.39 41.39 41.39 41.39 $166 166 1,449 19,371 Total .......................................................................................... 340 511 NA 21,152 * The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are located at http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics4_623100.htm and http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics2_62.htm. The hourly wage of $41.39 is the weighted mean of $41.94 (General and Operations Managers; N = 25), $37.29 (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 25), $42.89 (General and Operations Managers; N = 30) and $50.00 (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 5). Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The estimated annualized cost to the government for developing, maintaining, and managing the database and analyzing the data and producing reports is shown below. The cost is estimated to be $310,000 annually. The total cost over the three years of this information collection request is $930,000. EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST Cost component Total cost Annualized cost Project Development ....................................................................................................................................... Data Collection Activities ................................................................................................................................. Data Processing and Analysis ......................................................................................................................... Publication of Results ...................................................................................................................................... Project Management ........................................................................................................................................ Overhead ......................................................................................................................................................... $59,715 82,107 111,963 111,966 7,464 556,785 $19,905 27,369 37,321 37,322 2,488 185,595 Total .......................................................................................................................................................... 930,000 310,000 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jan 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 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. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 17 / Thursday, January 26, 2012 / Notices Dated: January 17, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. Proposed Project [FR Doc. 2012–1400 Filed 1–25–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M 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. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. 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: ‘‘Assessing the Feasibility of Disseminating Effective Health Care Products through a Shared Electronic Medical Record Serving Member Organization of a Health Information Exchange.’’ 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 November 15th, 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. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by February 27, 2012. DATES: 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jan 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 Assessing the Feasibility of Disseminating Effective Health Care Products through a Shared Electronic Medical Record Serving Member Organization of a Health Information Exchange The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this collection of information from users of work products and services initiated by the John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center (Eisenberg Center). AHRQ is the lead agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of healthcare, reduce its cost, improve patient safety, decrease medical errors, and broaden access to essential services. AHRQ’s Eisenberg Center’s mission is improving communication of findings to a variety of audiences (‘‘customers’’), including consumers, clinicians, and health care policy makers. The Eisenberg Center compiles research results into useful formats for customer stakeholders. The Eisenberg Center also conducts investigations into effective communication of research findings in order to improve the usability and rapid incorporation of findings into medical practice. The Eisenberg Center is one of three components of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care (EHC) Program. The collections proposed under this clearance include activities to assess the feasibility of disseminating materials developed by the Eisenberg Center through the use of an electronic medical record (EMR) shared by a network of clinical care providers that are part of a Health Information Exchange (HIE) operating in multiple sites in several states. Our Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) members include 30 clinical care organizations operating more than 230 primary care clinics in six states. Data will be gathered from three different OCHINmember organizations representing a total of 10 primary care clinics. The information generated will be provided to AHRQ to guide decision making and planning for additional efforts to foster EHC Program product distribution via EMR prompting and product linkages. This research has the following goals: (1) Identify facilitators and barriers to successful efforts to implement processes that: (a) Support use of EHC Program products by clinicians in practice, and (b) place relevant clinical information in the hands of patients and family members in languages and PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4041 formats that are appropriate to patients’ information needs; (2) Examine ways in which EHC Program products can be used in concert with other support programs and products (e.g., healthwise® resources available through the EMR; brief patient instructions and letters, including those designed for use with persons having very low literacy skills); (3) Assess the extent to which EHC Program products are used (e.g., accessed by clinicians, provided to patients in relevant formats) in settings where use is supported by automated EMR features, such as on-screen prompts and reminders; and (4) Document the perceived value of integrating EHC Program products into systems of care supported by an EMR system as self-reported by clinicians involved in direct care of patients and clinic support personnel who interact with patients. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, the Eisenberg Center—Baylor College of Medicine, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research, and disseminate information, on healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of healthcare services and clinical practice. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (4). Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections will be implemented: (1) Automated Data Capture from EMR Usage Logs. Electronic usage data will be collected to determine the extent to which EHC Program guides for clinicians and patients were accessed to support shared decision making and patient education. The data will be retrieved from the existing EMR-linked database operated by the Kaiser Permanente staff in their coordination of activities related to the OCHIN HIE. Data will include: (a) Number and frequency of retrieval of EHC resource materials; (b) specific types of materials retrieved; and (c) health topic or condition targeted in the EHC materials. These data will inform the development of follow-up questions to be administered to clinicians and patients in the interviews and surveys described below. Because the data will be obtained using automated systems already in place, no special effort will be needed to generate these data, and thus this task is not included in the burden estimates in Exhibits 1 and 2. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 2012)]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-1400]


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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: ``Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative 
Database.'' 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 November 2nd, 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 February 27, 2012.

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 email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, AHRQ's

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collection of information for the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient 
Safety Culture (Nursing Home SOPS) Comparative Database. The Nursing 
Home SOPS Comparative Database consists of data from the AHRQ Nursing 
Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Nursing homes in the U.S. are 
asked to voluntarily submit data from the survey to AHRQ through its 
contractor, Westat. The Nursing Home SOPS Database is modeled after the 
Hospital SOPS Database [OMB NO. 0935-0162, approved 05/04/2010] that 
was originally developed by AHRQ in 2006 in response to requests from 
hospitals interested in knowing how their patient safety culture survey 
results compare to those of other hospitals. In 1999, the Institute of 
Medicine called for health care organizations to develop a ``culture of 
safety'' such that their workforce and processes focus on improving the 
reliability and safety of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is 
Human: Building a Safer Health System). To respond to the need for 
tools to assess patient safety culture in nursing homes, AHRQ developed 
and pilot tested the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture with 
OMB approval (OMB NO.0935-0132; Approved July 5, 2007). The survey is 
designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider and staff opinions 
about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting and 
includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of patient safety culture. 
AHRQ released the survey into the public domain along with a Survey 
User's Guide and other toolkit materials in November 2008 on the AHRQ 
Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/patientsafetyculture/nhsurvindex.htm). Since its release, the survey has been voluntarily 
used by hundreds of nursing homes in the U.S.
    The Nursing Home SOPS and the Comparative Database are supported by 
AHRQ to meet its goals of promoting improvements in the quality and 
safety of health care in nursing home settings. The survey, toolkit 
materials, and preliminary comparative database results are all made 
available in the public domain along with technical assistance provided 
by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes, to 
facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient safety 
and quality improvement.
    The goal of this project is to create the Nursing Home SOPS 
Comparative Database. This database will (1) allow nursing homes to 
compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other 
nursing homes; (2) provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal 
assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process; and 
(3) provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify 
their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient 
safety culture. De-identified data files will also be available to 
researchers conducting patient safety analysis. The database will 
include 42 items that measure 12 areas, or composites, of patient 
safety culture.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, 
Westat, pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to conduct and support 
research on healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, 
including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, 
efficiency, appropriateness and value of healthcare services and with 
respect to quality measurement and improvement, and database 
development. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2), and (a)(8).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and 
data collections will be implemented:
    (1) Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form--The purpose of 
this form is to determine the eligibility status and initiate the 
registration process for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit 
their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. The nursing 
home (or parent organization) point of contact (POC) will complete the 
form. The POC is either a corporate level health care manager for a 
Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey vendor who contracts 
with a nursing home to collect their data, or a nursing home Director 
of Nursing or nurse manager. Many nursing homes are part of a QIO or 
larger nursing home or health system that includes many nursing home 
sites
    (2) Data Use Agreement--The purpose of this form is to obtain 
authorization from nursing homes to use their voluntarily submitted NH 
SOPS data for analysis and reporting according to the terms specified 
in the Data Use Agreement (DUA). The nursing home POC will complete the 
form.
    (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form--The purpose of this form is 
to obtain basic information about the characteristics of the nursing 
homes submitting their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database 
(e.g., bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The 
nursing home POC will complete the form.
    (4) Data Submission--After the nursing home POC has completed the 
Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form, the Data Use Agreement 
and the Nursing Home Site Information Form they will submit their data 
from the NH SOPS to the NH SOPS Comparative Database.
    Data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture 
are used to produce three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS 
Comparative Database Report that is produced periodically and made 
available in the public domain on the AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhsurvey11/nhsurv111.pdf for the 2011 report); (2) 
Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that are confidential, customized 
reports produced for each nursing home that submits data to the 
database; and (3) Research data sets of staff-level and nursing home-
level de-identified data that enable researchers to conduct additional 
analyses.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
nursing home to participate in the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative 
Database. The POC completes a number of data submission steps and 
forms, beginning with completion of the online Nursing Home SOPS 
Database Eligibility and Registration form and Data Use Agreement, 
which will be completed for 85 nursing homes or groups of affiliated 
nursing homes annually. The Nursing Home Site Information Form will be 
completed for each individual nursing home; since each POC represents 
an average of 5 nursing homes a total of 425 Information Forms will be 
completed annually and requires about 5 minutes to complete. The POC 
will submit data for all of the nursing homes they represent which will 
take about 5 and \1/2\ hours, including the amount of time POCs 
typically spend deciding whether to participate in the database and 
preparing their materials and data set for submission to the database, 
and performing the submission. The total annual burden hours are 
estimated to be 511.
    Nursing homes administer the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient 
Safety Culture on a periodic basis. Hospitals submitting to the 
Hospital SOPS Comparative Database administer the survey every 16 
months on average. Similarly, the number of nursing home submissions to 
the database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not 
administer the survey and submit data every year. The 85 respondents/
POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an estimate of nursing homes 
submitting data in the coming years, with the following assumptions:

     30 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes 
each.

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     5 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf of 
10 nursing homes each.
     50 independent nursing homes submitting on their own 
behalf.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                Number of
                Form name                     Number of       responses per       Hours per       Total burden
                                          respondents/POCs         POC            response            hours
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Eligibility/Registration Forms..........                85                 1              3/60                 4
Data Use Agreement......................                85                 1              3/60                 4
Nursing Home Site Information Form......                85                 5              5/60                35
Data Submission.........................                85                 1               5.5               468
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    Total...............................               340                NA                NA               511
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    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the 
respondents' time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to 
be $21,152 annually.

                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                              Number of       Total burden     Average hourly      Total cost
                Form name                 respondents/POCs        hours          wage rate *         burden
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Eligibility/Registration Forms..........                85                 4            $41.39              $166
Data Use Agreement......................                85                 4             41.39               166
Nursing Home Site Information Form......                85                35             41.39             1,449
Data Submission.........................                85               468             41.39            19,371
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    Total...............................               340               511                NA            21,152
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* The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage
  Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are located
  at http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics4_623100.htm and http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics2_62.htm. The
  hourly wage of $41.39 is the weighted mean of $41.94 (General and Operations Managers; N = 25), $37.29
  (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 25), $42.89 (General and Operations Managers; N = 30) and $50.00
  (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 5).

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    The estimated annualized cost to the government for developing, 
maintaining, and managing the database and analyzing the data and 
producing reports is shown below. The cost is estimated to be $310,000 
annually. The total cost over the three years of this information 
collection request is $930,000.

                  Exhibit 3--Estimated Annualized Cost
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           Cost component                Total cost      Annualized cost
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Project Development.................           $59,715           $19,905
Data Collection Activities..........            82,107            27,369
Data Processing and Analysis........           111,963            37,321
Publication of Results..............           111,966            37,322
Project Management..................             7,464             2,488
Overhead............................           556,785           185,595
                                     -----------------------------------
    Total...........................           930,000           310,000
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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.


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    Dated: January 17, 2012.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-1400 Filed 1-25-12; 8:45 am]
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