Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 55475-55477 [2012-22028]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Docket 2012–0076; Sequence 39; OMB Control No. 9000–0053] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Permits, Authorities, or Franchises Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension of a previously existing OMB clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning permits, authorities, or franchises for regulated transportation. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 9, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000–0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises, by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Information Collection 9000– 0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 ‘‘Information Collection 9000–0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 9000–0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000–0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA (202) 208–4949 or email michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The FAR requires insertion of clause 52.247–2, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises, when regulated transportation is involved. The clause requires the contractor to indicate whether it has the proper authorization from the Federal Highway Administration (or other cognizant regulatory body) to move material. The contractor may be required to provide copies of the authorization before moving material under the contract. The clause also requires the contractor, at its expense, to obtain and maintain any permits, franchises, licenses, and other authorities issued by State and local governments. The Government may request to review the documents to ensure that the contractor has complied with all regulatory requirements. B. Annual Reporting Burden The estimated annual reporting burden has decreased from what was published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 56640, on November 2, 2009. The decrease is based on a revised estimate of the number of respondents, responses per year and response time per response. According to Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) data, 3,877 contracts were awarded to 1021 unique vendors under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 484 for trucking, where the requirements for this collection would apply. It is estimated that a maximum of 25%, or 255 of these vendors would be required to provide the information required by the clause. The information need only PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55475 be gathered and submitted on an exception basis. We estimate that any respondent will be required to submit supporting information only one time annually. In addition, we think that it will take the contractor only half an hour to pull existing franchises or permits from the files. Respondents: 255. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 255. Hours Per Response: 0.5. Total Burden Hours: 128. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0053, Permits, Authorities, or Franchises, in all correspondence. Dated: August 28, 2012. William Clark, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2012–22202 Filed 9–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P 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: ‘‘A Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 9, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 55476 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRO.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project A Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events 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 collection of information for a Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events. This project aims to design and test a system for collecting information from patients about health care safety events following standard definitions and formats. There is a growing body of evidence that many adverse medical events go unreported in current systems (Weissman et al., 2008). A primary reason for this reporting gap is that most reporting systems do not presently accept or elicit reports from patients and their families (RTI 2010). AHRQ recognizes that the unique perspective of health care consumers could reveal important information that is not reported by health care providers. Patient reports could complement and enhance reports from providers and thus produce a more complete and accurate understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of medical adverse events (RTI, 2010). In an effort to realize untapped potential of health care consumers to provide important information about patient safety events, AHRQ has funded the development of a prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety (CRSPS), designed to collect information from medical patients about medical errors that resulted or nearly resulted in harm or injury. The purpose of this project is to test the prototype for its ability to record data from consumers about patient safety events defined as an incident or near miss by the AHRQ Common Formats (AHRQ, 2010, details at: www.pso.ahrq.gov/formats/ commonfmt.htm). Currently there is no mechanism for consumers to report information about patient safety events defined as an incident or near miss by the AHRQ Common Formats. Such information is necessary for research on how to improve the quality of health care, promote patient safety and reduce medical errors. There is a need to collect this information from consumers and match these consumer reports to the information collected by providers, because the two sources may differ. Examining data from both sources allows the project to determine to what extent patients are able to provide more complete or more detailed information. This research has the following goals: 1. To develop and design a prototype system to collect information about patient safety events. 2. To develop and test Web and telephone modes of a prototype questionnaire. 3. To develop and test protocols for a follow-up survey of health care providers. This demonstration project is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, RAND Corporation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and ECRI Institute, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2). Method of Collection To achieve the goal of this project the following data collections will be implemented: 1. Safety event intake form and follow up. The safety event intake form asks about a medical error or mistake, harm or injury as well as near misses. Medical patients, consumers, family members and other caregivers voluntarily report safety events through a Web site or by telephone. The questions ask what happened, details of the event, when, where, whether there was harm, the type of harm, contributing factors, disclosure, and whether the patient reported the event and to whom. Information is also collected regarding whether the respondent is willing to have CRSPS staff follow up to clarify information. If a respondent consents, CRSPS staff will follow up by phone and ask questions about any information that was not clear in the initial report and annotate the report with this information. 2. Health care provider follow up. For the subset of consumers that consent, patient safety officers at health care provider organizations who maintain the adverse event reporting system will contribute supplemental information about the consumer-reported incident which occurred at their facility. CRSPS staff will contact the health care organization to share the consumer report with the patient safety officer or other appointed liaison. The liaison will determine if the consumer-reported incident matches an event in the provider’s Incident Reporting System, and if so, provide additional information. Data collected will be analyzed to produce estimates and basic descriptive statistics on the quantity and type of consumer-reported patient safety events, examine the variability of responses to questions, examine the mode of data collection by event types, and conduct correlations, cross tabulations of responses and other statistical analysis. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for respondents’ time to participate in this information collection based on the expected number of respondents, 840 to the intake form and 84 to the provider follow up. The number of respondents is based on the size of the selected community, estimates of health care utilization, rates of adverse events, and response rates in similar investigations. The intake form is expected to maximally require 25 minutes via the Web or telephone including the optional 10 minutes of follow-up questions, resulting in a total burden of 490 hours. The health care provider follow up is expected to take 20 minutes and only occurs for the estimated 10% of patients consenting; this form carries a total burden of 28 hours. The total burden is 518 hours annually. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Safety event intake form and follow up ........................................................... Health care provider follow up ......................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 840 84 E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 1 1 10SEN1 Hours per response 35/60 20/60 Total burden hours 490 28 55477 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Notices EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS—Continued Number of respondents Form name Total .......................................................................................................... Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for patients, $10,652, and for the health care Number of responses per respondent 924 Hours per response NA organization, $885, for a total annualized cost burden of $11,537. Respondents will not incur any other NA Total burden hours 518 costs beyond those associated with their time to participate. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate Total cost burden Safety event intake form and follow up ........................................................... Health care provider follow up ......................................................................... 840 84 490 28 $21.74 * 31.61 ** $10,652 885 Total .......................................................................................................... 924 518 NA 11,537 * Based upon the mean of the average Wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2011, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00–0000 ** Based upon the mean of the average wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2011: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists (General Medical and Surgical Hospitals). U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes299011.htm Estimated Annual Cost to the Government AHRQ is supporting the conduct of this project as part of a contract with the RAND Corporation and the ECRI Institute. The estimated cost for this work is $899,827. EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST Cost component Total cost Annualized cost Intake Form Development ............................................................................................................................... System Development ....................................................................................................................................... Project Management ........................................................................................................................................ Overhead ......................................................................................................................................................... $364,375 413,860 35,325 86,267 $242,917 275,907 23,550 57,511 Total .......................................................................................................................................................... 899,827 599,885 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 health care research and health care 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:57 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 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: August 30, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–22028 Filed 9–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research And Quality Special Emphasis Panel Meeting Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. AGENCY: ACTION: PO 00000 Notice of SEP meeting. Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with section 10 (a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2), announcement is made of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) meeting on ‘‘Partnerships for Sustainable Research and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Medicine (R24)’’. DATES: September 20–21, 2012 (Open on September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and closed for the remainder of the meeting). This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the September 20– 21 meeting, due to the time constraints of reviews and funding cycles. ADDRESSES: Hyatt Regency Hotel Bethesda, One Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wishing to obtain a roster of members, agenda or minutes of the nonconfidential portions of this meeting SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 175 (Monday, September 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55475-55477]
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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: ``A Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety 
Events.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 
3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed 
information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRO.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

A Prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events

    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 collection of information for a Prototype 
Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events. This project aims 
to design and test a system for collecting information from patients 
about health care safety events following standard definitions and 
formats.
    There is a growing body of evidence that many adverse medical 
events go unreported in current systems (Weissman et al., 2008). A 
primary reason for this reporting gap is that most reporting systems do 
not presently accept or elicit reports from patients and their families 
(RTI 2010). AHRQ recognizes that the unique perspective of health care 
consumers could reveal important information that is not reported by 
health care providers. Patient reports could complement and enhance 
reports from providers and thus produce a more complete and accurate 
understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of medical adverse 
events (RTI, 2010).
    In an effort to realize untapped potential of health care consumers 
to provide important information about patient safety events, AHRQ has 
funded the development of a prototype Consumer Reporting System for 
Patient Safety (CRSPS), designed to collect information from medical 
patients about medical errors that resulted or nearly resulted in harm 
or injury. The purpose of this project is to test the prototype for its 
ability to record data from consumers about patient safety events 
defined as an incident or near miss by the AHRQ Common Formats (AHRQ, 
2010, details at: www.pso.ahrq.gov/formats/commonfmt.htm).
    Currently there is no mechanism for consumers to report information 
about patient safety events defined as an incident or near miss by the 
AHRQ Common Formats. Such information is necessary for research on how 
to improve the quality of health care, promote patient safety and 
reduce medical errors. There is a need to collect this information from 
consumers and match these consumer reports to the information collected 
by providers, because the two sources may differ. Examining data from 
both sources allows the project to determine to what extent patients 
are able to provide more complete or more detailed information.
    This research has the following goals:
    1. To develop and design a prototype system to collect information 
about patient safety events.
    2. To develop and test Web and telephone modes of a prototype 
questionnaire.
    3. To develop and test protocols for a follow-up survey of health 
care providers.
    This demonstration project is being conducted by AHRQ through its 
contractor, RAND Corporation with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana 
Farber Cancer Institute, and ECRI Institute, pursuant to AHRQ's 
statutory authority to conduct and support research on health care and 
on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with 
respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and 
value of health care services and with respect to quality measurement 
and improvement. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goal of this project the following data collections 
will be implemented:
    1. Safety event intake form and follow up. The safety event intake 
form asks about a medical error or mistake, harm or injury as well as 
near misses. Medical patients, consumers, family members and other 
caregivers voluntarily report safety events through a Web site or by 
telephone. The questions ask what happened, details of the event, when, 
where, whether there was harm, the type of harm, contributing factors, 
disclosure, and whether the patient reported the event and to whom. 
Information is also collected regarding whether the respondent is 
willing to have CRSPS staff follow up to clarify information. If a 
respondent consents, CRSPS staff will follow up by phone and ask 
questions about any information that was not clear in the initial 
report and annotate the report with this information.
    2. Health care provider follow up. For the subset of consumers that 
consent, patient safety officers at health care provider organizations 
who maintain the adverse event reporting system will contribute 
supplemental information about the consumer-reported incident which 
occurred at their facility. CRSPS staff will contact the health care 
organization to share the consumer report with the patient safety 
officer or other appointed liaison. The liaison will determine if the 
consumer-reported incident matches an event in the provider's Incident 
Reporting System, and if so, provide additional information.
    Data collected will be analyzed to produce estimates and basic 
descriptive statistics on the quantity and type of consumer-reported 
patient safety events, examine the variability of responses to 
questions, examine the mode of data collection by event types, and 
conduct correlations, cross tabulations of responses and other 
statistical analysis.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for 
respondents' time to participate in this information collection based 
on the expected number of respondents, 840 to the intake form and 84 to 
the provider follow up. The number of respondents is based on the size 
of the selected community, estimates of health care utilization, rates 
of adverse events, and response rates in similar investigations. The 
intake form is expected to maximally require 25 minutes via the Web or 
telephone including the optional 10 minutes of follow-up questions, 
resulting in a total burden of 490 hours. The health care provider 
follow up is expected to take 20 minutes and only occurs for the 
estimated 10% of patients consenting; this form carries a total burden 
of 28 hours. The total burden is 518 hours annually.

                                  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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Safety event intake form and follow up..........             840               1           35/60             490
Health care provider follow up..................              84               1           20/60              28
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    Total.......................................             924              NA              NA             518
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    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for patients, 
$10,652, and for the health care organization, $885, for a total 
annualized cost burden of $11,537. Respondents will not incur any other 
costs beyond those associated with their time to participate.

                                   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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Safety event intake form and follow up..........             840             490        $21.74 *         $10,652
Health care provider follow up..................              84              28        31.61 **             885
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             924             518              NA          11,537
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* Based upon the mean of the average Wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United
  States, May 2011, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00-0000
\**\ Based upon the mean of the average wages, National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United
  States, May 2011: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists (General Medical and Surgical Hospitals). U.S.
  Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes299011.htm

Estimated Annual Cost to the Government

    AHRQ is supporting the conduct of this project as part of a 
contract with the RAND Corporation and the ECRI Institute. The 
estimated cost for this work is $899,827.

                  Exhibit 3--Estimated Annualized Cost
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           Cost component                Total cost      Annualized cost
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Intake Form Development.............          $364,375          $242,917
System Development..................           413,860           275,907
Project Management..................            35,325            23,550
Overhead............................            86,267            57,511
                                     -----------------------------------
    Total...........................           899,827           599,885
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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 health care research and 
health care 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: August 30, 2012.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-22028 Filed 9-7-12; 8:45 am]
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