Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 13878-13880 [2013-04752]

Download as PDF 13878 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 41 / Friday, March 1, 2013 / Notices FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than March 28, 2013. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Eagle Bancshares, Inc., Eagle, Nebraska; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Eagle State Bank, Eagle, Nebraska. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, February 25, 2013. Margaret McCloskey Shanks, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2013–04765 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than March 25, 2013. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. BancFirst Corporation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; to acquire control of Spirit Bankcorp, Inc., Bristow, Oklahoma, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of SpiritBank, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, February 25, 2013. Margaret McCloskey Shanks, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2013–04766 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services BILLING CODE 6210–01–P mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Document Identifiers CMS–588 and CMS– 10169] FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Feb 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Electronic Funds Transfers Authorization Agreement Use: The primary function of the Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement (CMS 588) is to gather information from a provider/ supplier to establish an electronic payment process. The legal authority to collect this information is found in Section 1815(a) of the Social Security Act. This section provides authority for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to pay providers/suppliers of Medicare services. Under 31 U.S.C. 3332(f)(1), all federal payments, including Medicare payments to providers and suppliers, shall be made by electronic funds transfer. 31 U.S.C. 7701 (c) requires that any person or entity doing business with the federal government must provide their Tax Identification Number (TIN). The goal of this submission is to renew the data collection. Only two minor revisions for systems requirements will be made at this time, specifically adding a street address line for the location of the financial institution and adding an additional National Provider Identification (NPI) number collection field for those providers/suppliers who have more than one NPI. Form Number: CMS–588 (OCN: 0938–0626). Frequency: Occasionally. Affected Public: Private Sector (business or other for-profits) and Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents: 94,000. Total Annual Responses: 94,000. Total Annual Hours: 23,500. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kim McPhillips at 410–786–5374. For all other issues call 410–786–1326.) E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 41 / Friday, March 1, 2013 / Notices 2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. Use: Since 1989, Medicare has been paying for durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies (other than customized items) using fee schedule amounts that are calculated for each item or category of DME identified by a Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code. Payments are based on the average supplier charges on Medicare claims from 1986 and 1987 and are updated annually on a factor legislated by Congress. For many years, the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have reported that these fees are often highly inflated and that Medicare has paid higher than market rates for several different types of DME. Due to reports of Medicare overpayment of DME and supplies, Congress required that CMS conduct a competitive bidding demonstration project for these items. Accordingly, CMS implemented a demonstration project for this program from 1999–2002 which produced significant savings for beneficiaries and taxpayers without hindering access to DMEPOS and related services. Shortly after a successful demonstration of the competitive bidding program, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 and mandated a phased-in approach to implement this program over the course of several years beginning in 2007 in 10 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). The statute specifically required the Secretary to establish and implement programs under which competitive bidding areas are established throughout the United States for contract award purposes for the furnishing of certain competitively priced items and services for which payment is made under Medicare Part B. This program is commonly known as the ‘‘Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.’’ CMS conducted its first round of bidding for the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program in 2007 with the help of its contractor, the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor. CMS published a Request for Bids instructions and accompanying forms for suppliers to submit their bids to participate in the program. During this first round of bidding, DMEPOS suppliers from across the U.S. submitted VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Feb 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 bids identifying the MSA(s) to service and the competitively bid item(s) they wished to furnish to Medicare beneficiaries. CMS evaluated these bids and contracted with those suppliers that met all program requirements. The first round of bidding was successfully implemented on July 1, 2008. On July 15, 2008, however, Congress delayed this program in section 154 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). MIPPA mandated certain changes to the competitive bidding program which included, but are not limited to: A delay of Rounds 1 (competition began in 2009) and 2 of the program (competition began in 2011 in 70 specific MSAs); the exclusion of Puerto Rico and negative pressure wound therapy from Round 1 and group 3 complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs from all rounds of competition; a process for providing feedback to suppliers regarding missing financial documentation; and a requirement for contract suppliers to disclose to CMS information regarding subcontracting relationships. Section 154 of the MIPPA specified that the competition for national mail order items and services may be phased in after 2010 and established a rule requiring that a bidder demonstrate that its bid covers 50 percent (or higher) of the types of diabetic testing strips, based on volume (the ‘‘50 percent rule’’) for national mail order competitions. As required by MIPPA, CMS conducted the competition for the Round 1 Rebid in 2009. The Round 1 Rebid contracts and prices became effective on January 1, 2011. The Affordable Care Act, enacted on March 23, 2010, expanded the Round 2 competition by adding an additional 21 MSAs, bringing the total MSAs for Round 2 to 91. The competition for Round 2 began in December 2011. CMS also began a competition for National Mail Order of Diabetic Testing Supplies at the same time as Round 2. The Round 2 and National Mail-Order contracts and prices have a target implementation date of July 1, 2013. The MMA requires the Secretary to recompete contracts not less often than once every 3 years. Most Round 1 Rebid contracts will expire on December 31, 2013. (Round 1 Rebid contracts for mailorder diabetic testing supplies ended on December 31, 2012.) Consequently, we are currently in the process of recompeting the competitive bidding contracts in the Round 1 Rebid areas. The most recent approval for this information collection request (ICR) was issued by OMB on October 10, 2012. Since then, CMS has decided to sequentially update the paperwork PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13879 burden necessary to administer the program as it expands nationally and cycles through multiple rounds of competition. Specifically, we are now seeking to update our burden estimates for certain contract maintenance forms for Round 2 and the national mail-order competitions. These include Form C and the Contract Supplier’s Disclosure of Subcontractors form. We are also requesting approval of two additional forms: The Change of Ownership (CHOW) Purchaser Form and the CHOW Contract Supplier Notification Form, which will be utilized in all rounds of competition. Finally, we are retaining without change Forms A, B, and D and their associated burden under this ICR. We note that the information collection for Forms A and B is already complete. We intend to continue use of the Forms in future rounds of competition. Form Number: CMS–10169 (OCN: 0938– 1016). Frequency: Occasionally. Affected Public: Private Sector (business or other for-profits) and Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 19,035. Total Annual Responses: 19,035. Total Annual Hours: 9,311. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Michael Keane at 410–786–4495. 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.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, 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. In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by April 30, 2013: 1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ or ‘‘More Search Options’’ to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number lll, Room C4–26– 05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 13880 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 41 / Friday, March 1, 2013 / Notices or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit. Dated: February 26, 2013. Martique Jones, Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. Dated: February 25, 2013. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–04752 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P [FR Doc. 2013–04740 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Clinical Center; Notice of Meeting National Institutes of Health mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research. The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended to discuss personnel matters, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Name of Committee: NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research. Date: March 18, 2013. Open: 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Agenda: To review the FY14 Clinical Center Budget. Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, CRC Medical Board Room 4–2551, Bethesda, MD 20892. Closed: 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Agenda: To discuss personnel matters and/ or issues of which the premature disclosure may affect outcomes. Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, CRC Medical Board Room 4–2551, Bethesda, MD 20892. Contact Person: Maureen E Gormley, Executive Secretary, Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Room 6–2551, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496–2897. Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver’s license, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Feb 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: Heart, Lung, and Blood Initial Review Group, Heart, Lung, and Blood Program Project Review Committee. Date: March 22, 2013. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Doubletree Hotel Bethesda, (Formerly Holiday Inn Select), 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. Contact Person: Jeffrey H Hurst, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of Scientific Review/DERA, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7208, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–435–0303, hurstj@nhlbi.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.233, National Center for Sleep Disorders Research; 93.837, Heart and Vascular Diseases Research; 93.838, Lung Diseases Research; 93.839, Blood Diseases and Resources Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: February 25, 2013. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–04739 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, Systems Biology and Networks Specials. Date: March 12, 2013. Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Barbara J Thomas, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 2218, MSC 7890, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–435– 0603, bthomas@csr.nih.gov. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, Comparative Medicine; 93.333, Clinical Research, 93.306, 93.333, 93.337, 93.393–93.396, 93.837–93.844, 93.846–93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: February 25, 2013. Melanie J. Gray, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–04736 Filed 2–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[Document Identifiers CMS-588 and CMS-10169]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
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) 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: Revision of a currently 
approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Electronic Funds 
Transfers Authorization Agreement Use: The primary function of the 
Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement (CMS 588) is to 
gather information from a provider/supplier to establish an electronic 
payment process.
    The legal authority to collect this information is found in Section 
1815(a) of the Social Security Act. This section provides authority for 
the Secretary of Health and Human Services to pay providers/suppliers 
of Medicare services. Under 31 U.S.C. 3332(f)(1), all federal payments, 
including Medicare payments to providers and suppliers, shall be made 
by electronic funds transfer. 31 U.S.C. 7701 (c) requires that any 
person or entity doing business with the federal government must 
provide their Tax Identification Number (TIN).
    The goal of this submission is to renew the data collection. Only 
two minor revisions for systems requirements will be made at this time, 
specifically adding a street address line for the location of the 
financial institution and adding an additional National Provider 
Identification (NPI) number collection field for those providers/
suppliers who have more than one NPI. Form Number: CMS-588 (OCN: 0938-
0626). Frequency: Occasionally. Affected Public: Private Sector 
(business or other for-profits) and Not-for-profit institutions. Number 
of Respondents: 94,000. Total Annual Responses: 94,000. Total Annual 
Hours: 23,500. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact 
Kim McPhillips at 410-786-5374. For all other issues call 410-786-
1326.)

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    2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Medicare Durable 
Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) 
Competitive Bidding Program. Use: Since 1989, Medicare has been paying 
for durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies (other than customized 
items) using fee schedule amounts that are calculated for each item or 
category of DME identified by a Healthcare Common Procedure Coding 
System code. Payments are based on the average supplier charges on 
Medicare claims from 1986 and 1987 and are updated annually on a factor 
legislated by Congress. For many years, the Government Accountability 
Office and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services have reported that these fees are often 
highly inflated and that Medicare has paid higher than market rates for 
several different types of DME. Due to reports of Medicare overpayment 
of DME and supplies, Congress required that CMS conduct a competitive 
bidding demonstration project for these items. Accordingly, CMS 
implemented a demonstration project for this program from 1999-2002 
which produced significant savings for beneficiaries and taxpayers 
without hindering access to DMEPOS and related services. Shortly after 
a successful demonstration of the competitive bidding program, Congress 
passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization 
Act of 2003 and mandated a phased-in approach to implement this program 
over the course of several years beginning in 2007 in 10 metropolitan 
statistical areas (MSAs). The statute specifically required the 
Secretary to establish and implement programs under which competitive 
bidding areas are established throughout the United States for contract 
award purposes for the furnishing of certain competitively priced items 
and services for which payment is made under Medicare Part B. This 
program is commonly known as the ``Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding 
Program.''
    CMS conducted its first round of bidding for the Medicare DMEPOS 
Competitive Bidding Program in 2007 with the help of its contractor, 
the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor. CMS published a 
Request for Bids instructions and accompanying forms for suppliers to 
submit their bids to participate in the program. During this first 
round of bidding, DMEPOS suppliers from across the U.S. submitted bids 
identifying the MSA(s) to service and the competitively bid item(s) 
they wished to furnish to Medicare beneficiaries. CMS evaluated these 
bids and contracted with those suppliers that met all program 
requirements. The first round of bidding was successfully implemented 
on July 1, 2008.
    On July 15, 2008, however, Congress delayed this program in section 
154 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 
(MIPPA). MIPPA mandated certain changes to the competitive bidding 
program which included, but are not limited to: A delay of Rounds 1 
(competition began in 2009) and 2 of the program (competition began in 
2011 in 70 specific MSAs); the exclusion of Puerto Rico and negative 
pressure wound therapy from Round 1 and group 3 complex rehabilitative 
power wheelchairs from all rounds of competition; a process for 
providing feedback to suppliers regarding missing financial 
documentation; and a requirement for contract suppliers to disclose to 
CMS information regarding subcontracting relationships. Section 154 of 
the MIPPA specified that the competition for national mail order items 
and services may be phased in after 2010 and established a rule 
requiring that a bidder demonstrate that its bid covers 50 percent (or 
higher) of the types of diabetic testing strips, based on volume (the 
``50 percent rule'') for national mail order competitions. As required 
by MIPPA, CMS conducted the competition for the Round 1 Rebid in 2009. 
The Round 1 Rebid contracts and prices became effective on January 1, 
2011.
    The Affordable Care Act, enacted on March 23, 2010, expanded the 
Round 2 competition by adding an additional 21 MSAs, bringing the total 
MSAs for Round 2 to 91. The competition for Round 2 began in December 
2011. CMS also began a competition for National Mail Order of Diabetic 
Testing Supplies at the same time as Round 2. The Round 2 and National 
Mail-Order contracts and prices have a target implementation date of 
July 1, 2013.
    The MMA requires the Secretary to re-compete contracts not less 
often than once every 3 years. Most Round 1 Rebid contracts will expire 
on December 31, 2013. (Round 1 Rebid contracts for mail-order diabetic 
testing supplies ended on December 31, 2012.) Consequently, we are 
currently in the process of re-competing the competitive bidding 
contracts in the Round 1 Rebid areas.
    The most recent approval for this information collection request 
(ICR) was issued by OMB on October 10, 2012. Since then, CMS has 
decided to sequentially update the paperwork burden necessary to 
administer the program as it expands nationally and cycles through 
multiple rounds of competition. Specifically, we are now seeking to 
update our burden estimates for certain contract maintenance forms for 
Round 2 and the national mail-order competitions. These include Form C 
and the Contract Supplier's Disclosure of Subcontractors form. We are 
also requesting approval of two additional forms: The Change of 
Ownership (CHOW) Purchaser Form and the CHOW Contract Supplier 
Notification Form, which will be utilized in all rounds of competition. 
Finally, we are retaining without change Forms A, B, and D and their 
associated burden under this ICR. We note that the information 
collection for Forms A and B is already complete. We intend to continue 
use of the Forms in future rounds of competition. Form Number: CMS-
10169 (OCN: 0938-1016). Frequency: Occasionally. Affected Public: 
Private Sector (business or other for-profits) and Individuals or 
households. Number of Respondents: 19,035. Total Annual Responses: 
19,035. Total Annual Hours: 9,311. (For policy questions regarding this 
collection contact Michael Keane at 410-786-4495. 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.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995, 
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.
    In commenting on the proposed information collections please 
reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured 
consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of 
the following ways by April 30, 2013:
    1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to 
http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ``Comment or 
Submission'' or ``More Search Options'' to find the information 
collection document(s) accepting comments.
    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following 
address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, 
Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB 
Control Number ------, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.


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    Dated: February 26, 2013.
Martique Jones,
Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic 
Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-04752 Filed 2-28-13; 8:45 am]
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