Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations, 69090-69092 [2013-27485]

Download as PDF 69090 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 222 / Monday, November 18, 2013 / Notices complete a Health Plan information form of information about each Health Plan such as the name of the plan, the product type (e.g., HMO, PPO), the population surveyed (e.g., adult Medicaid or child Medicaid), the health plan State, total enrollment at the time the sample frame was generated, mode of survey administration (mail, telephone, IVR) and how the sample was selected. The online Health Plan Information form takes on average 30 minutes to complete per health plan with each POC completing the form for 4 plans on average. The data use agreement will be completed by the 60 participating State Medicaid agencies or individual health plans. Vendors do not sign or submit DUAs. The DUA requires about 3 minutes to sign and return by fax or mail. Each submitter will provide a copy of their questionnaire and the survey data file in the required file format. Survey data files must conform to the data file layout specifications provide by the CAHPS Database. Since the unit of analysis is at the health plan level, submitters will upload one data file per health plan. Once a data file is uploaded the file will be automatically checked to ensure it conforms to the specifications and a data file status report will be produced and made available to the submitter. Submitters will review each report and will be expected to fix any errors in their data file and resubmit if necessary. It will take about one hour to submit the data for each plan, and each POC will submit data for 4 plans on average. The total burden is estimated to be 490 hours annually. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the respondents’ time to complete one submission process. The cost burden is estimated to be $20,202 annually. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Number of responses per POC Hours per response Total burden hours Registration Form ............................................................................................ Health Plan Information Form ......................................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................................... Data Files Submission ..................................................................................... 80 80 60 80 1 4 1 4 5/60 30/60 3/60 1 7 160 3 320 Total .......................................................................................................... 300 NA NA 490 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Registration Form ............................................................................................ Health Plan Information Form ......................................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................................... Data Files Submission ..................................................................................... 80 80 60 80 7 160 3 320 47.34\a\ 47.34\a\ 85.02\b\ 37.63\c\ $331 7,574 255 12,042 Total .......................................................................................................... 300 490 NA 20,202 *National Compensation Survey: Occupational wages in the United States May 2012, ‘‘U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.’’ (a) Based on the mean hourly wage for Medical and Health Services Managers (11–9111). (b) Based on the mean hourly wage for Chief Executives (11–1011). (c) Based on the mean hourly wages for Computer Programmer (15–1131). 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:33 Nov 15, 2013 Jkt 232001 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. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Dated: October 31, 2013. Richard Kronick, Director. Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations [FR Doc. 2013–27176 Filed 11–15–13; 8:45 am] In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404–639–7570 and BILLING CODE 4160–90–M PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60 Day–14–0636] E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 69091 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 222 / Monday, November 18, 2013 / Notices send comments to LeRoy Richardson, 1600 Clifton Road, MS–D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to omb@ cdc.gov. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection 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 on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Proposed Project: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Secure Public Health Emergency Response Communications Network (Epi-X) (OMB Control No. 0920–0636, exp. 5/31/ 2014)—Revision—Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description From 2009–2012, CDC conducted incident specific, public health emergency response operations on average of six public health incidents a year with an average emergency response length of 50 days for each incident. The effectiveness and efficiency of CDC’s response to any public health incident depends on information at the agency’s disposal to characterize and monitor the incident, make timely decisions, and take levels, and to notify them 24/7, when necessary. Similarly, Epi-X was specifically designed to provide public health decision-makers at the state and local levels a secure, reliable tool for communicating sensitive, unusual, or urgent public health incidents to neighboring jurisdictions as well as to CDC. CDC has recognized a need to expand the use of Epi-X to collect specific response related information in anticipation of, during and following public health emergencies. Proposed data collection instruments under this generic ICR will be designed to ensure ready access to public health and disease epidemiology information. Authorized officials from state and local health departments affected by the public health incident will be informed of this data collection first through an Epi-X Facilitator, who will work closely with Epi-X program staff and the Epi-X Information Collection Request Liaison to ensure that Epi-X incident specific information collections are understood. The survey instruments will contain specific questions relevant to the current and ongoing public health incident and response activities. Respondents will receive the survey instrument(s) as an official CDC email, which is clearly labeled, ‘‘Epi-X Emergency Public Health Incident Information Request.’’ The email message will be accompanied by a link to an Epi-X Forum discussion Web page. Respondents can provide their answers to the survey questions by posting information within the discussion. The total estimated burden for the generic information collection is 73,200 hours for three years. There are no costs to respondents except their time. appropriate actions to prevent or reduce the impact of the incident. Available information in anticipation of, during and following public health incident responses is often incomplete, is not easily validated by state and local health authorities, and is sometimes conflicting. This lack of reliable information often creates a high level of uncertainty with potential negative impacts on public health response operations. Secure communications with CDC’s state, local, territorial, and tribal public health partners is essential to resolve conflicting information, validate incident status, and establish and maintain situational awareness. Reliable, secure communications are essential for the agency to gain and maintain accurate situational awareness, make informed decisions, and to respond in the most appropriate manner possible in order to minimize the impact of an incident on the public health of the United States. This generic Information Collection Request (ICR) is being revised to: (1) Remove verbiage limiting data collection to activation of the Incident Management Structure, (2) broaden categories under which data may be collected to increase its utilization, and (3) provide clarity regarding the data elements. (Epi-X) is CDC’s Web-based communication system for securely communicating in immediate anticipation of, during and following public health emergencies that have multi-jurisdictional impacts and implications. The incidents of September 11, 2001 illustrated the need for an encrypted and secure communications system that would permit CDC to communicate urgently with partners at the state and local ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Average burden per response (in hours) Number responses per respondent Total burden hours Form name State Epidemiologists .... Epi-X Emergency Public Health Incident Information Request. Epi-X Emergency Public Health Incident Information Request. 50 104 1 5,200 County Health ............... Officials .......................... 1,600 12 1 19,200 Total ....................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Type of respondent .............................................................................. ........................ ........................ ........................ 24,400 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:33 Nov 15, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 69092 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 222 / Monday, November 18, 2013 / Notices LeRoy Richardson, Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2013–27485 Filed 11–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [30Day–14–0728] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call (404) 639–7570 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice. Proposed Project National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) [0920– 0728, Exp, Jan 31, 2014]—Revision— Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description: The Public Health Services Act (42 U.S.C. 241) authorizes CDC to disseminate nationally notifiable condition information. The Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) is based on data collected at the state, territorial and local levels as a result of legislation and regulations in those jurisdictions that require health care providers, medical laboratories, and other entities to submit healthrelated data on reportable conditions to public health departments. These reportable conditions, which include infectious and non-infectious diseases, vary by jurisdiction depending upon each jurisdiction’s health priorities and needs. Currently approximately 300 conditions are reportable in one or more of the states. Since infectious disease agents and environmental hazards often cross geographical boundaries, public health departments have to be able to share data on certain conditions across jurisdictions and coordinate program activities to prevent and control the conditions. Each year, the Council of State and Territorial Disease Epidemiologists (CSTE), supported by CDC, performs an assessment of conditions reported to state, territorial and local jurisdictions to determine which should be designated nationally notifiable conditions. For conditions that are nationally notifiable, case notifications are voluntarily submitted to CDC so that information can be shared across jurisdictional boundaries and both surveillance and prevention and control activities can be coordinated at regional and national levels. CDC requests a three year approval for a Revision of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) information collection, [National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS, OMB Control No. 0920–0728, Expiration Date 01/31/2014]. This request has been developed in coordination with four other CDC applications to OMB for nationally notifiable diseases case notification: Control Numbers 0920–0128, (Congenital Syphilis Surveillance), 0920–0819 (Nationally Notifiable Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Morbidity Surveillance) 0920–0009 (National Disease Surveillance Program—I. Case Reports) and 0920– 0004 (National Disease Surveillance Program—II. Disease Summaries). This consolidation of information collection 0920–0128 and some parts of information collections 0920–0819, 0920–0009 and 0920–0004, is an important step in implementing CDC’s longer term strategy of developing a more coordinated and integrated infectious diseases surveillance system that reduces overlap and duplication; increases interoperability, integration and efficiency; and thereby reduces burden to state, territorial and local health departments that report infectious disease data to CDC. Due to the coordination, this NNDSS application includes 11 conditions and many additional data elements for the case notifications that were not previously included in NNDSS OMB application Control No. 0920–0728. For many conditions submitted to CDC, participating public health departments also submit data elements which are specific to each condition. With the coordination with other CDC programs conducting surveillance on notifiable conditions, this application includes disease-specific tables for 68 diseases. The 2010 NNDSS OMB application included disease-specific data elements for only 14 of those conditions. Because this information collection request includes case notifications that were not part of the 2010 NNDSS/ NEDSS application, replaces one application and replaces parts of three other OMB applications, burden estimates have been adjusted to incorporate burden estimates from the other four applications. The estimates are adjusted for the increased number of conditions reported to NNDSS, the expansion of core data elements, and the inclusion of more disease-specific tables. These changes have increased the burden estimates in this application in comparison with the burden estimates in the 2010 NNDSS/NEDSS OMB application (OMB Control No. 0920–0728). As CDC works with state, territorial and local health departments to develop and implement new information technologies to submit these data through NNDSS, burden will also increase as the public health departments commit resources to implementing the new technologies. However, over the next 3 years, as the new automated electronic systems are implemented, burden will be decreased. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The estimated annual burden is 28,340 hours. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ESTIMATES OF ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Respondents States ........................................................................................................................................... Territories ..................................................................................................................................... Cities ............................................................................................................................................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:33 Nov 15, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 50 5 2 18NON1 Number of responses per respondent 52 52 52 Average burden per response (in hours) 10 5 10

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 222 (Monday, November 18, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 69090-69092]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27485]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60 Day-14-0636]


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 
Recommendations

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-7570 
and

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send comments to LeRoy Richardson, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, 
GA 30333 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection 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 on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.
    Proposed Project: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Secure Public Health Emergency Response Communications Network (Epi-X) 
(OMB Control No. 0920-0636, exp. 5/31/2014)--Revision--Office of Public 
Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    From 2009-2012, CDC conducted incident specific, public health 
emergency response operations on average of six public health incidents 
a year with an average emergency response length of 50 days for each 
incident. The effectiveness and efficiency of CDC's response to any 
public health incident depends on information at the agency's disposal 
to characterize and monitor the incident, make timely decisions, and 
take appropriate actions to prevent or reduce the impact of the 
incident.
    Available information in anticipation of, during and following 
public health incident responses is often incomplete, is not easily 
validated by state and local health authorities, and is sometimes 
conflicting. This lack of reliable information often creates a high 
level of uncertainty with potential negative impacts on public health 
response operations. Secure communications with CDC's state, local, 
territorial, and tribal public health partners is essential to resolve 
conflicting information, validate incident status, and establish and 
maintain situational awareness. Reliable, secure communications are 
essential for the agency to gain and maintain accurate situational 
awareness, make informed decisions, and to respond in the most 
appropriate manner possible in order to minimize the impact of an 
incident on the public health of the United States.
    This generic Information Collection Request (ICR) is being revised 
to: (1) Remove verbiage limiting data collection to activation of the 
Incident Management Structure, (2) broaden categories under which data 
may be collected to increase its utilization, and (3) provide clarity 
regarding the data elements.
    (Epi-X) is CDC's Web-based communication system for securely 
communicating in immediate anticipation of, during and following public 
health emergencies that have multi-jurisdictional impacts and 
implications. The incidents of September 11, 2001 illustrated the need 
for an encrypted and secure communications system that would permit CDC 
to communicate urgently with partners at the state and local levels, 
and to notify them 24/7, when necessary. Similarly, Epi-X was 
specifically designed to provide public health decision-makers at the 
state and local levels a secure, reliable tool for communicating 
sensitive, unusual, or urgent public health incidents to neighboring 
jurisdictions as well as to CDC.
    CDC has recognized a need to expand the use of Epi-X to collect 
specific response related information in anticipation of, during and 
following public health emergencies. Proposed data collection 
instruments under this generic ICR will be designed to ensure ready 
access to public health and disease epidemiology information.
    Authorized officials from state and local health departments 
affected by the public health incident will be informed of this data 
collection first through an Epi-X Facilitator, who will work closely 
with Epi-X program staff and the Epi-X Information Collection Request 
Liaison to ensure that Epi-X incident specific information collections 
are understood. The survey instruments will contain specific questions 
relevant to the current and ongoing public health incident and response 
activities.
    Respondents will receive the survey instrument(s) as an official 
CDC email, which is clearly labeled, ``Epi-X Emergency Public Health 
Incident Information Request.'' The email message will be accompanied 
by a link to an Epi-X Forum discussion Web page. Respondents can 
provide their answers to the survey questions by posting information 
within the discussion. The total estimated burden for the generic 
information collection is 73,200 hours for three years.
    There are no costs to respondents except their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                                      Average
                                                     Number of        Number        burden per     Total burden
      Type of respondent            Form name       respondents    responses per   response  (in       hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
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State Epidemiologists.........  Epi-X Emergency               50             104               1           5,200
                                 Public Health
                                 Incident
                                 Information
                                 Request.
County Health.................  Epi-X Emergency            1,600              12               1          19,200
Officials.....................   Public Health
                                 Incident
                                 Information
                                 Request.
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    Total.....................  ................  ..............  ..............  ..............          24,400
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LeRoy Richardson,
Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific 
Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-27485 Filed 11-15-13; 8:45 am]
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