Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 3898-3899 [2013-00858]

Download as PDF 3898 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Final Effect of Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HHS gives notice concerning the final effect of the HHS decision to designate a class of employees from the Mound Plant, in Miamisburg, Ohio, as an addition to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. On December 7, 2012, as provided for under 42 U.S.C. 7384q(b), the Secretary of HHS designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: SUMMARY: All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Mound Plant in Miamisburg, Ohio, from September 1, 1972, through December 31, 1972, or from January 1, 1975, through December 31, 1976, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort. This designation became effective on January 6, 2013, as provided for under 42 U.S.C. 7384l(14)(C). Hence, beginning on January 6, 2013, members of this class of employees, defined as reported in this notice, became members of the SEC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stuart L. Hinnefeld, Director, Division of Compensation Analysis and Support, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C– 46, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Telephone 877–222–7570. Information requests can also be submitted by email to DCAS@CDC.GOV. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2013–00920 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. HHS gives notice concerning the final effect of the HHS decision to designate a class of employees from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (X–10), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as an addition to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. On December 7, 2012, as provided for under 42 U.S.C. 7384q(b), the Secretary of HHS designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: SUMMARY: All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (X–10) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from June 17, 1943, through July 31, 1955, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort. This designation became effective on January 6, 2013, as provided for under 42 U.S.C. 7384l(14)(C). Hence, beginning on January 6, 2013, members of this class of employees, defined as reported in this notice, became members of the SEC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stuart L. Hinnefeld, Director, Division of Compensation Analysis and Support, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C– 46, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Telephone 877–222–7570. Information requests can also be submitted by email to DCAS@CDC.GOV. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2013–00924 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–19–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10142 and CMS– R–262] DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with BILLING CODE 4163–19–P Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Final Effect of Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the Agency’s function; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); Use: Under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), and implementing regulations at 42 CFR, Medicare Advantage organizations (MAO) and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) are required to submit an actuarial pricing ‘‘bid’’ for each plan offered to Medicare beneficiaries for approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Title I of the MMA established a program to offer prescription drug benefits to Medicare enrollees through Prescription Drug Plans. MMA Title II revised several aspects of the Medicare+Choice program (renamed Medicare Advantage), including the payment methodology and the introduction of ‘‘Regional’’ MA plans. CMS payments to PDPs and MA plans will be on a market-based competitive approach. MAOs and PDPs use the Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) software to develop their actuarial pricing bid. The information provided in the BPT is the basis for the plan’s enrollee premiums and CMS payments for each contract year. The tool collects data such as medical expense development (from claims data and/or manual rating), administrative expenses, profit levels, and projected plan enrollment information. By statute, completed BPTs are due to CMS by the first Monday of June each year. CMS reviews and analyzes the information provided on the Bid Pricing Tool. Ultimately, CMS decides whether to approve the plan pricing (i.e., payment and premium) proposed by each organization. CMS is requesting to E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices continue its use of the BPT for the collection of information for CY2014 through CY2016. Form Number: CMS– 10142 (OCN: 0938–0944); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private Sector— Business or other for-profits and not-forprofit institutions; Number of Respondents: 555; Total Annual Responses: 4,995; Total Annual Hours: 149,850. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Diane Spitalnic at 410–786–5745. For all other issues call 410–786–1326.) 2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary Submission for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); Use: Under the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) organizations are required to submit plan benefit packages for all Medicare beneficiaries residing in their service area. The plan benefit package submission consists of the Plan Benefit Package (PBP) software, formulary file, and supporting documentation, as necessary. MA and PDP organizations use the PBP software to describe their organization’s plan benefit packages, including information on premiums, cost sharing, authorization rules, and supplemental benefits. They also generate a formulary to describe their list of drugs, including information on prior authorization, step therapy, tiering, and quantity limits. Additionally, CMS uses the PBP and formulary data to review and approve the plan benefit packages proposed by each MA and PDP organization. After receiving OMB clearance in spring 2000, CMS implemented the PBP as part of the Contract Year (CY) 2001 Adjusted Community Rate Proposal (ACRP) process. In addition, information collected via the PBP and formulary has been used to support the marketing material review process, the National Medicare Education Program, and other program oversight and development activities. For instance, the PBP software automatically generates the standardized sentences for the Summary of Benefits (SB) by using the plan benefit package data entered into the PBP software by the organization’s user. These standardized sentences are used by the MA organizations in their SB marketing materials and by CMS to generate plan benefits data for display in the Medicare & You handbook and on the www.medicare.gov Web site. CMS is requesting to continue its use of the PBP software and formulary submission for the collection of benefits VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 and related information for CY 2014 through CY 2016. CMS estimates that 578 MA organizations and 63 PDP organizations will be required to submit the plan benefit package information in CY 2014. Based on operational changes and policy clarifications to the Medicare program and continued input and feedback by the industry, CMS has made the necessary changes to the plan benefit package submission. Form Number: CMS–R–262 (OCN: 0938– 0763); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private Sector—Business or other for-profits and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 641; Total Annual Responses: 6,169; Total Annual Hours: 56,708. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kristy Holtje at 410–786–2209. For all other issues call 410–786–1326.) To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web Site address at http://www.cms.gov/ Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/ PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRAListing.html, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786–1326. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received by the OMB desk officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on February 19, 2013. OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: January 11, 2013. Martique Jones, Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–00858 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10437] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3899 Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Generic Social Marketing & Consumer Testing Research; Use: The purpose of this submission is to request an Information Collection Request (ICR) generic clearance for a program of consumer research aimed at a broad audience of those affected by CMS programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance exchanges. This program extends strategic efforts to reach and tailor communications to beneficiaries, caregivers, providers, stakeholders, and any other audiences that would support the Agency in improving the functioning of the health care system, improve patient care and outcomes, and reduce costs without sacrificing quality of care. With the clearance, CMS will create a fast track, streamlined, proactive process for collection of data and utilizing the feedback on service delivery for continuous improvement of communication activities aimed at diverse CMS audiences. The generic clearance will allow rapid response to inform CMS initiatives using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative consumer research strategies (including formative research studies and methodological tests) to improve communication with key CMS audiences. As new information resources and persuasive technologies are developed, they can be tested and evaluated for beneficiary response to the materials and delivery channels. Results will inform communication development and information architecture as well as allow for continuous quality improvement. The overall goal is to maximize the extent to which consumers have access to useful sources of CMS program information in E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[Document Identifier: CMS-10142 and CMS-R-262]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing 
the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. 
Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden 
estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, 
including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility 
of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of 
the Agency's function; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology to minimize the information 
collection burden.
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Bid Pricing Tool 
(BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans 
(PDP); Use: Under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and 
Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), and implementing regulations at 42 
CFR, Medicare Advantage organizations (MAO) and Prescription Drug Plans 
(PDP) are required to submit an actuarial pricing ``bid'' for each plan 
offered to Medicare beneficiaries for approval by the Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
    Title I of the MMA established a program to offer prescription drug 
benefits to Medicare enrollees through Prescription Drug Plans. MMA 
Title II revised several aspects of the Medicare+Choice program 
(renamed Medicare Advantage), including the payment methodology and the 
introduction of ``Regional'' MA plans. CMS payments to PDPs and MA 
plans will be on a market-based competitive approach.
    MAOs and PDPs use the Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) software to develop 
their actuarial pricing bid. The information provided in the BPT is the 
basis for the plan's enrollee premiums and CMS payments for each 
contract year. The tool collects data such as medical expense 
development (from claims data and/or manual rating), administrative 
expenses, profit levels, and projected plan enrollment information. By 
statute, completed BPTs are due to CMS by the first Monday of June each 
year.
    CMS reviews and analyzes the information provided on the Bid 
Pricing Tool. Ultimately, CMS decides whether to approve the plan 
pricing (i.e., payment and premium) proposed by each organization. CMS 
is requesting to

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continue its use of the BPT for the collection of information for 
CY2014 through CY2016. Form Number: CMS-10142 (OCN: 0938-0944); 
Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private Sector--Business or other 
for-profits and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 
555; Total Annual Responses: 4,995; Total Annual Hours: 149,850. (For 
policy questions regarding this collection contact Diane Spitalnic at 
410-786-5745. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)
    2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Plan Benefit 
Package (PBP) and Formulary Submission for Medicare Advantage (MA) 
Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); Use: Under the Medicare 
Modernization Act (MMA), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug 
Plan (PDP) organizations are required to submit plan benefit packages 
for all Medicare beneficiaries residing in their service area. The plan 
benefit package submission consists of the Plan Benefit Package (PBP) 
software, formulary file, and supporting documentation, as necessary. 
MA and PDP organizations use the PBP software to describe their 
organization's plan benefit packages, including information on 
premiums, cost sharing, authorization rules, and supplemental benefits. 
They also generate a formulary to describe their list of drugs, 
including information on prior authorization, step therapy, tiering, 
and quantity limits. Additionally, CMS uses the PBP and formulary data 
to review and approve the plan benefit packages proposed by each MA and 
PDP organization.
    After receiving OMB clearance in spring 2000, CMS implemented the 
PBP as part of the Contract Year (CY) 2001 Adjusted Community Rate 
Proposal (ACRP) process. In addition, information collected via the PBP 
and formulary has been used to support the marketing material review 
process, the National Medicare Education Program, and other program 
oversight and development activities. For instance, the PBP software 
automatically generates the standardized sentences for the Summary of 
Benefits (SB) by using the plan benefit package data entered into the 
PBP software by the organization's user. These standardized sentences 
are used by the MA organizations in their SB marketing materials and by 
CMS to generate plan benefits data for display in the Medicare & You 
handbook and on the www.medicare.gov Web site.
    CMS is requesting to continue its use of the PBP software and 
formulary submission for the collection of benefits and related 
information for CY 2014 through CY 2016. CMS estimates that 578 MA 
organizations and 63 PDP organizations will be required to submit the 
plan benefit package information in CY 2014. Based on operational 
changes and policy clarifications to the Medicare program and continued 
input and feedback by the industry, CMS has made the necessary changes 
to the plan benefit package submission. Form Number: CMS-R-262 (OCN: 
0938-0763); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private Sector--
Business or other for-profits and not-for-profit institutions; Number 
of Respondents: 641; Total Annual Responses: 6,169; Total Annual Hours: 
56,708. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kristy 
Holtje at 410-786-2209. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web 
Site address at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRA-Listing.html, or Email your 
request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS 
document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports 
Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.
    To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the 
proposed information collections must be received by the OMB desk 
officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on February 19, 
2013. OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS 
Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: January 11, 2013.
Martique Jones,
Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic 
Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-00858 Filed 1-16-13; 8:45 am]
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