Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program, 55731 [2013-22105]

Download as PDF 55731 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 11, 2013 / Notices data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN—HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours Program Data Collection Tool ............................................. THC Alumni Survey ............................................................. THC Matriculant Survey ....................................................... THC Graduation Survey ...................................................... 40 200 200 200 1 1 1 1 40 200 200 200 8.00 0.33 0.25 0.25 320 66 50 50 Total .............................................................................. 640 ........................ 640 ........................ 486 Dated: September 5, 2013. Bahar Niakan, Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination. [FR Doc. 2013–22106 Filed 9–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) is announcing a change to its Health Workforce Research Center cooperative agreement program. Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HRSA–13–185, issued on November 26, 2012, announced HRSA’s intent to fund Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) focusing on research and technical assistance (TA). The FOA identified five broad areas of focus for research in HWRCs: Allied health, long-term care, behavioral health, oral health, and flexible use of workers to improve care delivery and efficiency. The concentration area, ‘‘flexible use of workers to improve care delivery and efficiency,’’ was further defined via published ‘‘frequently asked questions’’ as an area intended to address questions related to leveraging the existing health workforce to improve access to care, efficiency, and effectiveness in care delivery. Suggested topics for study included novel health care roles, team-based care (including the composition of teams and division of responsibilities across a team), professionals working at the top of their skills and training, and delegation. These proposed concentration areas were selected as areas of critical emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Sep 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 importance to health workforce policies and programs, as well as areas in which substantial expertise exists outside the government, indicating strong potential for public benefit. Applicants were asked to design a portfolio consisting of six research or TA projects, of which a subset would be selected for completion in the first budget period. Applicants were instructed to use their own judgment and expertise in designing a portfolio that would address timely, relevant, and important health workforce policy and planning questions. Though the FOA indicated the intent to fund only one cooperative agreement in each research focus area, the latitude given to applicants in designing their portfolios resulted in diverse interpretations of the concentration areas, particularly in the ‘‘flexible use of workers’’ category. For example, the top two ranked ‘‘flexible use of workers’’ HWRC (ranked at second and third in the research category) have distinct areas of focus. One focuses its portfolio on use of workers in community health centers, health IT, and telehealth. The other focuses primarily on primary care, including competencies for primary care teams, temporal shifts between primary and specialty practice over time, and flexibility in primary vs. specialty care service offerings. After further consideration, and in light of growing interest in promoting full and effective use of health workers, HRSA has concluded it is appropriate and consistent with the intent of the FOA to fund more than one cooperative agreement in a single area of concentration if the proposals cover research on distinct issues of importance. With this in mind, BHPr intends to fund two HWRCs in the concentration area ‘‘flexible use of workers.’’ This decision was made in light of the critical importance of defining new and emerging roles and models of the health workforce to meet the nation’s changing PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 health care needs. In addition, this allows BHPr to fund directly down the rank order list of applicants produced in the independent review process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Glos, Management Analyst, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9–57, Rockville, Maryland 20852, by phone: (301) 443–3579; fax: (301) 443–6380; or email: mglos@hrsa.gov. Dated: September 5, 2013. Mary K. Wakefield, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–22105 Filed 9–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Notice of Service Delivery Area Designation for the Wilton Rancheria Indian Health Service. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: This Notice advises the public that the Indian Health Service (IHS) proposes the geographic boundaries of the Service Delivery Area (SDA) for the newly restored Wilton Rancheria. The Wilton Rancheria SDA is to be comprised of Sacramento County in the State of California. The county listed is designated administratively as the SDA, to function as a Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA), for the purpose of operating a Contract Health Service (CHS) program pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistant Act (ISDEAA), Public Law 93–638. DATES: This notice is effective 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register (FR). 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 176 (Wednesday, September 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-22105]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) is announcing a change 
to its Health Workforce Research Center cooperative agreement program. 
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HRSA-13-185, issued on November 
26, 2012, announced HRSA's intent to fund Health Workforce Research 
Centers (HWRCs) focusing on research and technical assistance (TA). The 
FOA identified five broad areas of focus for research in HWRCs: Allied 
health, long-term care, behavioral health, oral health, and flexible 
use of workers to improve care delivery and efficiency. The 
concentration area, ``flexible use of workers to improve care delivery 
and efficiency,'' was further defined via published ``frequently asked 
questions'' as an area intended to address questions related to 
leveraging the existing health workforce to improve access to care, 
efficiency, and effectiveness in care delivery. Suggested topics for 
study included novel health care roles, team-based care (including the 
composition of teams and division of responsibilities across a team), 
professionals working at the top of their skills and training, and 
delegation. These proposed concentration areas were selected as areas 
of critical importance to health workforce policies and programs, as 
well as areas in which substantial expertise exists outside the 
government, indicating strong potential for public benefit.
    Applicants were asked to design a portfolio consisting of six 
research or TA projects, of which a subset would be selected for 
completion in the first budget period. Applicants were instructed to 
use their own judgment and expertise in designing a portfolio that 
would address timely, relevant, and important health workforce policy 
and planning questions.
    Though the FOA indicated the intent to fund only one cooperative 
agreement in each research focus area, the latitude given to applicants 
in designing their portfolios resulted in diverse interpretations of 
the concentration areas, particularly in the ``flexible use of 
workers'' category. For example, the top two ranked ``flexible use of 
workers'' HWRC (ranked at second and third in the research category) 
have distinct areas of focus. One focuses its portfolio on use of 
workers in community health centers, health IT, and telehealth. The 
other focuses primarily on primary care, including competencies for 
primary care teams, temporal shifts between primary and specialty 
practice over time, and flexibility in primary vs. specialty care 
service offerings. After further consideration, and in light of growing 
interest in promoting full and effective use of health workers, HRSA 
has concluded it is appropriate and consistent with the intent of the 
FOA to fund more than one cooperative agreement in a single area of 
concentration if the proposals cover research on distinct issues of 
importance.
    With this in mind, BHPr intends to fund two HWRCs in the 
concentration area ``flexible use of workers.'' This decision was made 
in light of the critical importance of defining new and emerging roles 
and models of the health workforce to meet the nation's changing health 
care needs. In addition, this allows BHPr to fund directly down the 
rank order list of applicants produced in the independent review 
process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Glos, Management Analyst, 
National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health 
Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers 
Lane, Room 9-57, Rockville, Maryland 20852, by phone: (301) 443-3579; 
fax: (301) 443-6380; or email: mglos@hrsa.gov.

    Dated: September 5, 2013.
Mary K. Wakefield,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-22105 Filed 9-10-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4165-15-P