Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request, 68448-68449 [2013-27244]

Download as PDF 68448 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 220 / Thursday, November 14, 2013 / Notices Comment letters should be emailed to GreenBook@gao.gov. Please include Comment Letter in the subject line of the email. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government please contact Kristen Kociolek, Assistant Director, Financial Management and Assurance telephone 202–512–2989, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20548–0001. ADDRESSES: Authority: 31 U.S.C. 3512(c), (d). James Dalkin, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office. [FR Doc. 2013–27183 Filed 11–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1610–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary [Document Identifier: HHS–OS–20883–60D] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request Office of the Secretary, HHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit a new Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR. DATES: Comments on the ICR must be received on or before January 13, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to Information.CollectionClearance@ hhs.gov or by calling (202) 690–6162. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information Collection Clearance staff, Information.CollectionClearance@ hhs.gov or (202) 690–6162. SUMMARY: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier HHS–OS–20883– 60D for reference. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request Title: Support and Services at Home (SASH) Participant Survey Abstract: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct a survey of Support And Services at Home (SASH) participants to assess the impact of the SASH program on health outcomes. Information collected includes general health status, functional status, quality of life, medication problems and dietary issues. The SASH program operates in Vermont and links staff based in housing properties with a team of community-based health and supportive services providers to help older adults coordinate and manage their care needs. SASH services include: assessment by a multidisciplinary team, creation of an individualized care plan, on-site nursing and care coordination with team members and other local partners, and community activities to support health and wellness. SASH is anchored in affordable senior housing properties, serving residents in the property and seniors living in the surrounding community. The goal of this project is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the SASH program. The evaluation will assess whether the SASH model of coordinated health and supportive services in affordable housing improves quality of life, health and functional status of participants. The evaluation has been designed to comprehensively address the research questions while minimizing the burden placed on the SASH program staff, their partners (e.g., service providers), and Medicare and dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The mail survey is designed to collect outcomes that cannot be measured from claims data or other sources. We will use brief, standardized scales with demonstrated reliability and validity in older adults. Number of respondents TKELleY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Form name Information collected in the survey is not of a sensitive nature. Questions in the beneficiary survey are confined to health outcomes. RTI International will conduct and analyze the survey. RTI has experience doing similar work for ASPE and other government clients. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: To determine the impact of the SASH program on quality of life, health and functional status of participants. Care has been taken to ensure that there is no overlap between other ongoing state evaluations. Through discussions with SASH program staff and other state officials in Vermont, we determined that the information we seek to collect is not already being collected from our proposed sample, nor can it be measured from claims data. As a result of these efforts, the information collected through the survey will not duplicate any other effort and is not obtainable from any other source. Likely Respondents: The target population for the survey is Medicare beneficiaries participating in the Support and Services at Home (SASH) demonstration. SASH provides integrated, home-based services to beneficiaries in selected housing properties throughout Vermont. At this point, 1,685 intervention beneficiaries have been identified in 37 SASH sites. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search 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. Number of responses per respondent Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours SASH Participant Survey ................................................................................. 669 1 20/60 223 Total ............................................................................................................. 669 1 20/60 223 VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Nov 13, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 220 / Thursday, November 14, 2013 / Notices OS specifically requests comments on (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. Darius Taylor, Deputy, Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–27244 Filed 11–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–05–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Notice of Meeting Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 ‘‘AHRQ RFA–HS14–002, Addressing Methodological Challenges in Research for Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions (R21)’’. Each SEP meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. DATES: November 14, 2013 (Open on November 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and closed for the remainder of the meeting). ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wishing to obtain a roster of members, agenda or minutes of the nonconfidential portions of this meeting should contact: Mrs. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 2038, Rockville, Maryland 20850, Telephone: (301) 427– 1554. Agenda items for this meeting are subject to change as priorities dictate. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Special Emphasis Panel is a group of experts in fields related to health care research TKELleY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Nov 13, 2013 Jkt 232001 who are invited by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and agree to be available, to conduct on an as needed basis, scientific reviews of applications for AHRQ support. Individual members of the Panel do not attend regularlyscheduled meetings and do not serve for fixed terms or a long period of time. Rather, they are asked to participate in particular review meetings which require their type of expertise. Each SEP meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. The SEP meeting referenced above will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(d), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6). Grant applications for the ‘‘AHRQ RFA–HS14–002, Addressing Methodological Challenges in Research for Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions (R21)’’ are to be reviewed and discussed at this meeting. 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. Dated: November 5, 2013. Richard Kronick, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2013–27174 Filed 11–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Notice of Meeting Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 ‘‘AHRQ RFA–HS14–001, Rapid Secondary Analysis to Optimize Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions (R01)’’. Each SEP meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. DATES: November 13, 2013 (Open on November 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 68449 and closed for the remainder of the meeting). Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wishing to obtain a roster of members, agenda or minutes of the nonconfidential portions of this meeting should contact: Mrs. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 2038, Rockville, Maryland 20850, Telephone: (301) 427– 1554. Agenda items for this meeting are subject to change as priorities dictate. A Special Emphasis Panel is a group of experts in fields related to health care research who are invited by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and agree to be available, to conduct on an as needed basis, scientific reviews of applications for AHRQ support. Individual members of the Panel do not attend regularlyscheduled meetings and do not serve for fixed terms or a long period of time. Rather, they are asked to participate in particular review meetings which require their type of expertise. Each SEP meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. The SEP meeting referenced above will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(d), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6). Grant applications for the ‘‘AHRQ RFA–HS14–001, Rapid Secondary Analysis to Optimize Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions (R01)’’ are to be reviewed and discussed at this meeting. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: November 5, 2013. Richard Kronick, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2013–27173 Filed 11–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

 [Document Identifier: HHS-OS-20883-60D]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Public Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of 
Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit a new Information 
Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks 
comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any 
other aspect of the ICR.

DATES: Comments on the ICR must be received on or before January 13, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to 
Information.CollectionClearance@hhs.gov or by calling (202) 690-6162.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information Collection Clearance 
staff, Information.CollectionClearance@hhs.gov or (202) 690-6162.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the document identifier HHS-OS-20883-60D 
for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: Support and Services at Home 
(SASH) Participant Survey

    Abstract: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and 
Evaluation (ASPE) is requesting approval from the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) to conduct a survey of Support And Services at Home 
(SASH) participants to assess the impact of the SASH program on health 
outcomes. Information collected includes general health status, 
functional status, quality of life, medication problems and dietary 
issues. The SASH program operates in Vermont and links staff based in 
housing properties with a team of community-based health and supportive 
services providers to help older adults coordinate and manage their 
care needs. SASH services include: assessment by a multidisciplinary 
team, creation of an individualized care plan, on-site nursing and care 
coordination with team members and other local partners, and community 
activities to support health and wellness. SASH is anchored in 
affordable senior housing properties, serving residents in the property 
and seniors living in the surrounding community.
    The goal of this project is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation 
of the SASH program. The evaluation will assess whether the SASH model 
of coordinated health and supportive services in affordable housing 
improves quality of life, health and functional status of participants. 
The evaluation has been designed to comprehensively address the 
research questions while minimizing the burden placed on the SASH 
program staff, their partners (e.g., service providers), and Medicare 
and dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The mail 
survey is designed to collect outcomes that cannot be measured from 
claims data or other sources. We will use brief, standardized scales 
with demonstrated reliability and validity in older adults. Information 
collected in the survey is not of a sensitive nature. Questions in the 
beneficiary survey are confined to health outcomes. RTI International 
will conduct and analyze the survey. RTI has experience doing similar 
work for ASPE and other government clients.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: To determine the impact 
of the SASH program on quality of life, health and functional status of 
participants. Care has been taken to ensure that there is no overlap 
between other ongoing state evaluations. Through discussions with SASH 
program staff and other state officials in Vermont, we determined that 
the information we seek to collect is not already being collected from 
our proposed sample, nor can it be measured from claims data. As a 
result of these efforts, the information collected through the survey 
will not duplicate any other effort and is not obtainable from any 
other source.
    Likely Respondents: The target population for the survey is 
Medicare beneficiaries participating in the Support and Services at 
Home (SASH) demonstration. SASH provides integrated, home-based 
services to beneficiaries in selected housing properties throughout 
Vermont. At this point, 1,685 intervention beneficiaries have been 
identified in 37 SASH sites.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information, to search 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.

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                                                                                      Average
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
                    Form name                       respondents    responses per   response (in        hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
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SASH Participant Survey.........................             669               1           20/60             223
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  Total.........................................             669               1           20/60             223
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    OS specifically requests comments on (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.

Darius Taylor,
Deputy, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-27244 Filed 11-13-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4150-05-P