Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), 18823-18825 [2012-7269]

Download as PDF 18823 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / Notices EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS—Continued Number of respondents Form name Total ................................................................................................... Number of responses per respondent 384 Hours per response na Total burden hours na 640 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Medical records review .................................................................................... Patient/family/caregiver interviews Patient interview ....................................................................................... Family/caregiver interview ........................................................................ QI Nurse to conduct interviews ................................................................ Provider interviews Provider interviews ................................................................................... QI Nurse to conduct interviews ................................................................ 120 160 $32.56 $5,210 120 120 6 80 80 160 21.35 21.35 32.56 1,708 1,708 5,210 12 6 80 80 86.96 32.56 6,957 2,605 Total ................................................................................................... 384 640 na 23,398 * Based upon the mean of the average wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational wages in the United States May 2010, ‘‘U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics;’’ 29–1111 (Registered Nurse, $32.56/hr); 00–0000 (All Occupations, $21.35/hr); 29–1069 (Physicians and Surgeons, All Other, $86.96/hr). Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The total cost to the government is estimated to be $253,033, which includes costs for project development, data collection, data analysis, publication, project management, and overhead as shown in Exhibit 3. The data collection occurs throughout the 2.5 year project term (30 month); thus, it has an estimated annual cost of $101,212. EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED ANNUAL AND TOTAL COSTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Estimated annual cost Task/activity Estimated total cost Project Development ............................................................................................................................................... Data collection ......................................................................................................................................................... Data analysis ........................................................................................................................................................... Publication ............................................................................................................................................................... Project Management ................................................................................................................................................ Overhead ................................................................................................................................................................. $7,438 30,866 9,470 5,606 15,086 32,746 *$18,596 77,165 23,676 14,016 37,716 81,864 Total .................................................................................................................................................................. 101,212 253,033 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 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: March 14, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–7270 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Solicits nominations for new members of USPSTF. AGENCY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Qualification Requirements: Qualified applicants and nominees must at a minimum demonstrate knowledge, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18824 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / Notices expertise and national leadership in the following areas: 1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed literature and in the methods of evidence review; 2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; and 3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and health system level. Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such as metaanalysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy. Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise in the following areas: • Behavioral medicine • Public health • Health equity and the reduction of health disparities • Application of science to health policy • Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences including health care professionals, policy makers and the general public. Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should highlight them in their nomination materials. Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to complete regular conflict of interest disclosures. Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the work products of the USPSTF. DATES: All nominations submitted in writing or electronically will be considered for appointment to the USPSTF. Nominations must be received by May 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin in January of the following year. Nominated individuals will be selected for the USPSTF on the basis of their qualifications (in particular, those that address the required qualifications, outlined above) and the current expertise needs of the USPSTF. It is anticipated that two or three individuals will be invited to serve on the USPSTF beginning in January, 2013. All individuals will be considered; VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 however, strongest consideration will be given in 2012 to individuals with demonstrated training and expertise in the areas of behavioral medicine, family medicine, general internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology. AHRQ will retain and may consider nominations received this year and not selected during this cycle for future vacancies. ADDRESSES: Submit your responses either in writing or electronically to: Gloria Washington, ATTN: USPSTF Nominations, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850. USPSTFmennber nominationsaAHRQ.hhs.gov. Nomination Submissions Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but must include: (1) The applicant’s current curriculum vitae and contact information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone number and (2) A letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification requirements and how he/she would contribute to the USPSTF. The letter should also attest to the nominee’s willingness to serve as a member of the USPSTF. AHRQ will later ask persons under serious consideration for membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts. Nominee Selection Appointments to the USPSTF will be made on the basis of qualifications as outlined above (see Qualification Requirements) and the current expertise needs of the USPSTF. Arrangement for Public Inspection Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, AHRQ, and are available for review during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting members. Information regarded as private and personal, such as a nominee’s social security number, home and email addresses, home telephone and fax numbers, or names of family members will not be disclosed to the public. See 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 5.67. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria Washington at USPSTFmember nominationsa_AHRQ.hhs.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of diseases and other health conditions, and improvements in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. See 42 U.S.C. 299(b). AHRQ is authorized to convene the United States Preventive Services Task Force and to provide ongoing research, technical, administrative, and dissemination support for USPSTF’s operation See 42 U.S.C. 299b–4(a)(1). The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and evidencebased medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications. The Task Force makes its recommendations based on comprehensive, systematic reviews and careful assessment of the available medical evidence. Current recommendations and procedures of the USPSTF may be found at: uspreventive servicestaskforce.org. The USPSTF is composed of members appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve for four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace those members who are completing their appointments. USPSTF members meet three times a year for two days in the Washington, DC area. A significant portion of the USPSTF’s work occurs between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. Member duties include prioritizing topics, designing research plans, reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews of evidence, discussing and making recommendations on preventive services, reviewing stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can expect frequent emails, to participate in multiple conference calls each month, periodic interactions with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates that members devote approximately 200 hours a year outside E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / Notices of in-person meetings to their USPSTF duties. The members are all volunteers. To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities. Interested individuals can self nominate. Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for membership on the USPSTF. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2011 who continue to have interest in serving should be renominated for consideration in the future. Dated: March 15, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–7269 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration on Aging Notice of Intent To Provide Expansion and Capacity Building Funding to the Incumbent Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Grantees Under Limited Competition The Administration on Aging is announcing the availability of expansion funds for the support of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program. This additional funding opportunity will be used to expand the reach of the SMP program with the explicit purpose of expanding current program capacity to recruit, train, and support the SMP volunteer network. In addition, this funding opportunity will increase targeted collaborative efforts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Inspector General and other law enforcement entities in identified high fraud states. Funding Opportunity Title/Program Name: Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion and SMP Capacity Building Grants. Announcement Type: Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion Capacity. Funding Opportunity Number: Program Announcement No. HHS– 2012–AoA–SM–1208. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Statutory Authority: HIPAA of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–191). (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.048 Discretionary Projects.) The deadline date for comments on this program announcement is April 27, 2012. Other important dates: • The application due date April 30, 2012. DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 • The anticipated start date is September 30, 2012. I. Funding Opportunity Description During the past several years, the Department of Health and Human Services has increased efforts to fight Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The Administration on Aging (AoA), through the SMP program, has worked in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Department of Justice to expand strategies to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in these Federal programs. This additional funding opportunity will be used to expand the reach of the SMP program with the explicit purpose of expanding efforts to target collaborative efforts with CMS, OIG and other law enforcement entities in high fraud states and to expand current capacity to recruit, train, and support the SMP volunteer network. Justification for the Exception to Competition It is necessary to limit competition for this program to the current SMP grantees to expand their implementation efforts. In order for the outcomes expected to be produced within the allotted timeframe of the program, the infrastructure for achieving these results must already be in place. This infrastructure includes: • A proven SMP volunteer management, training, and recruiting program; • Expertise in capturing data in the SMP management, tracking, and reporting system (SMART FACTS); • Established partnership relationships between the SMP program and state and local fraud control partners, including CMS, OIG, Attorney General, and State Insurance Commissioners offices; • Developed and tested SMP program public awareness materials, brochures, PSAs, and other resources to use in outreach and educational efforts; • Expertise and experience in reaching targeted populations with the SMP message, among others. The current SMP projects are uniquely qualified to address the requirements contained in this funding opportunity. Their established infrastructure and expertise will enable them to successfully meet the challenging and time-sensitive requirements of this program. It is essential that the infrastructure, foundation of expertise, and proven experience is in place to assure the grant objectives are achieved. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 18825 II. Award Information A. Purpose of the Program: Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion. B. Amount of the Awards: $20,000 to $300,000. C. Project Period: September 30, 2012–September 29, 2013. III. Eligible Applicants Incumbent Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) grantees. IV. Evaluation Criteria A. Project Relevance & Current Need. Weight: 5 points. B. Approach. Weight: 30 points. C. Budget. Weight: 10 points. D. Project Impact. Weight: 30 points. E. Organizational Capacity. Weight: 25 points. V. Application and Submission Requirements A. SF 424—Application for Federal Assistance. B. SF 424A—Budget Information. C. Separate Budget Narrative/ Justification. D. SF 424B—Assurances. Note: Be sure to complete this form according to instructions and have it signed and dated by the authorized representative (see item 18d of the SF 424). E. Lobbying Certification. F. Program narrative no more than five pages. G. Work Plan. H. The application should be submitted through grants.gov using the funding opportunity # HSS–2012–AoA– SM–1208. VI. Application Review Information Three independent reviewers external to the Office of Elder Rights will score the applications. VII. Agency Contact For further information or comments regarding this program expansion supplement, contact Rebecca Kinney, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Office of Elder Rights, One Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20001; telephone (202) 357–3520; fax (202) 357–3560; email Rebecca.Kinney@aoa.hhs.gov. Dated: March 22, 2012. Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18823-18825]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7269]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive 
Services Task Force (USPSTF)

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION: Solicits nominations for new members of USPSTF.

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SUMMARY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites 
nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. 
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
    Qualification Requirements: Qualified applicants and nominees must 
at a minimum demonstrate knowledge,

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expertise and national leadership in the following areas:
    1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed 
literature and in the methods of evidence review;
    2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; 
and
    3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical 
practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and 
health system level.
    Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience 
may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such 
as meta-analysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For 
individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional 
qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy.
    Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise 
in the following areas:
     Behavioral medicine
     Public health
     Health equity and the reduction of health disparities
     Application of science to health policy
     Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences 
including health care professionals, policy makers and the general 
public.
    Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should 
highlight them in their nomination materials.
    Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether 
financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the 
scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to 
complete regular conflict of interest disclosures.
    Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a 
team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. 
Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the 
work products of the USPSTF.

DATES: All nominations submitted in writing or electronically will be 
considered for appointment to the USPSTF. Nominations must be received 
by May 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin 
in January of the following year.
    Nominated individuals will be selected for the USPSTF on the basis 
of their qualifications (in particular, those that address the required 
qualifications, outlined above) and the current expertise needs of the 
USPSTF. It is anticipated that two or three individuals will be invited 
to serve on the USPSTF beginning in January, 2013. All individuals will 
be considered; however, strongest consideration will be given in 2012 
to individuals with demonstrated training and expertise in the areas of 
behavioral medicine, family medicine, general internal medicine, and 
obstetrics/gynecology. AHRQ will retain and may consider nominations 
received this year and not selected during this cycle for future 
vacancies.

ADDRESSES: Submit your responses either in writing or electronically 
to: Gloria Washington, ATTN: USPSTF Nominations, Center for Primary 
Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850. 
USPSTFmennbernominationsaAHRQ.hhs.gov.

Nomination Submissions

    Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but must 
include:
    (1) The applicant's current curriculum vitae and contact 
information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone 
number and
    (2) A letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification 
requirements and how he/she would contribute to the USPSTF. The letter 
should also attest to the nominee's willingness to serve as a member of 
the USPSTF.
    AHRQ will later ask persons under serious consideration for 
membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation 
of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will 
concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, and research 
grants or contracts.

Nominee Selection

    Appointments to the USPSTF will be made on the basis of 
qualifications as outlined above (see Qualification Requirements) and 
the current expertise needs of the USPSTF.

Arrangement for Public Inspection

    Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for 
Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, AHRQ, and are 
available for review during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to 
individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting 
members. Information regarded as private and personal, such as a 
nominee's social security number, home and email addresses, home 
telephone and fax numbers, or names of family members will not be 
disclosed to the public. See 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 5.67.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria Washington at 
USPSTFmembernominationsa--AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged 
with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of 
health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). 
AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion 
of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of 
diseases and other health conditions, and improvements in the 
organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. See 42 
U.S.C. 299(b).
    AHRQ is authorized to convene the United States Preventive Services 
Task Force and to provide ongoing research, technical, administrative, 
and dissemination support for USPSTF's operation See 42 U.S.C. 299b-
4(a)(1). The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and 
evidence-based medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans 
by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of 
clinical preventive services and health promotion.
    The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive 
services for adults and children, and include screening tests, 
counseling services, and preventive medications. The Task Force makes 
its recommendations based on comprehensive, systematic reviews and 
careful assessment of the available medical evidence. Current 
recommendations and procedures of the USPSTF may be found at: 
uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
    The USPSTF is composed of members appointed by the Director of AHRQ 
to serve for four year terms. New members are selected each year to 
replace those members who are completing their appointments.
    USPSTF members meet three times a year for two days in the 
Washington, DC area. A significant portion of the USPSTF's work occurs 
between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. 
Member duties include prioritizing topics, designing research plans, 
reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews of evidence, 
discussing and making recommendations on preventive services, reviewing 
stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and 
participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can 
expect frequent emails, to participate in multiple conference calls 
each month, periodic interactions with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates 
that members devote approximately 200 hours a year outside

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of in-person meetings to their USPSTF duties. The members are all 
volunteers.
    To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages 
nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with 
disabilities. Interested individuals can self nominate. Organizations 
and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for 
membership on the USPSTF. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2011 
who continue to have interest in serving should be re-nominated for 
consideration in the future.

    Dated: March 15, 2012.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-7269 Filed 3-27-12; 8:45 am]
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