Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 26964-26966 [2014-10752]

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This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Updating and Expanding the AHRQ QI Toolkit for Hospitals.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by July 11, 2014. DATES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Project Updating and Expanding the AHRQ QI Toolkit for Hospitals AHRQ has developed sets of Quality Indicators (QIs) that can be used to document quality and safety conditions at U.S. hospitals. Three sets of QIs are particularly relevant for hospitals and include: The Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs), the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), and the Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs). The IQIs contain measures of volume, mortality, and utilization for common medical conditions and major surgical procedures. The PSIs are a set of measures to screen for potentially preventable adverse events that patients may experience during hospitalization. The PDIs measure the quality of pediatric health care, mainly focusing on preventable complications that occur as a consequence of hospitalization among pediatric patients. These QIs have been previously developed and evaluated by AHRQ, and are in use at a number of hospitals throughout the country. The QIs and supportive documentation on how to work with them are posted on AHRQ’s Web site at www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov. Despite the availability of the QIs as tools to help hospitals assess their performance, many U.S. hospitals have limited experience with the use of such measurement tools, or in using quality improvement methods to improve their performance as assessed by these measures. To this end, RAND has previously contracted with AHRQ to develop an AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals (Toolkit). This Toolkit is publicly available and is posted on AHRQ’s Web site at http:// www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/ hospital/qitoolkit/index.html. The Toolkit assists hospitals in both using the QIs and improving the quality and safety of the care they provide, as measured by those indicators. As such, the Toolkit includes: (1) Instruction on how a hospital can apply the QIs to its inpatient data to estimate rates for each indicator; (2) methods the hospital can use to evaluate these QI rates for identifying opportunities for improvement; (3) strategies for implementing interventions (or evidence-based best practices); (4) methods to measure progress and performance on the QIs; (5) tools for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of these changes; and (6) discussion of the value of using the QIs for quality improvement as well as potential challenges and barriers to quality improvement efforts that incorporate the QIs and how to help overcome them. E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1 26965 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 91 / Monday, May 12, 2014 / Notices OMB approval was obtained for the development and evaluation of the original Toolkit in 2012, Development and Evaluation of AHRQ’s Quality Indicators Improvement Toolkit (OMB # 0935–0164), which consisted of a protocol very similar to the one described in this statement. Since the release of the Toolkit in 2012, the QIs have been updated and expanded, best practices have advanced, and many hospitals have improved their understanding of their quality improvement needs as well as increased their familiarity with the use of the Toolkit. These factors all point to the critical need to update the Toolkit. AHRQ has funded RAND, which partners with the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), to update and expand the Toolkit, and field test the updated Toolkit with hospitals as they carry out initiatives designed to improve performance on the QIs. This research has the following goals: (1) To assess the usability of the updated Toolkit for hospitals—with an emphasis on the Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI)—in order to improve the Toolkit, and (2) To examine hospitals’ experiences in implementing interventions to improve their performance on the AHRQ QIs, the results of which will be used to guide successful future applications of the Toolkit. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, the RAND Corporation, under contract number HHSA290201000017I, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of healthcare services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2). emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections will be implemented: (1) Pre/post-test interview protocol— consisting of both open and closed ended questions will be administered prior to implementation of the Toolkit and again post implementation. The purpose of this data collection is to obtain data on the steps the hospitals took to implement actions to improve performance on the QIs; their plans for making process changes; and their experiences in achieving changes and perceptions regarding lessons learned that could be shared with other hospitals. (2) Update protocol—consisting of both open and closed ended questions will be administered three times during the study (quarterly during the implementation year). The purpose of this data collection is to capture longitudinal data regarding hospitals’ progress in implementing changes, successes and challenges, and plans for subsequent actions. These data will include descriptive information on changes over time in the hospitals’ implementation actions and how they are using the Toolkit, as well as experiential information on the perceptions of participants regarding the improvement implementation process and its effects. It also ensures the collection of information close to pertinent events, which avoids the recall bias associated with retrospective reporting of experiences. (3) Usability testing protocol—also consisting of both open and closed ended questions will be administered once at the end of the evaluation period. The purpose of this data collection is to gather information from the hospitals on how they used each tool in the updated Toolkit, the ease of use of each tool, which tools were most helpful, suggested changes to improve each tool, and suggestions for other tools to add to the updated Toolkit. This information will be used in the revisions of the updated Toolkit following the end of the field test. All the information obtained from the proposed data collection will be used to strengthen the updated Toolkit before finalizing and disseminating it to hospitals for their use. First, information will be collected from the six hospitals participating in the Toolkit field test about their experiences in implementing performance improvements related to the AHRQ QIs, which will be used to prepare experiential case examples for inclusion in the Toolkit as a resource for other hospitals. Second, feedback will be elicited from them about the usability of the Toolkit, which will be applied to modify and refine the Toolkit so that it is as responsive as possible to the needs and priorities of the hospitals for which it is intended. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents’ time to participate in this information collection. Three protocols will be used to collect data from respondents in interviews that will take one hour each. The pre/post-test interview protocol will be administered twice—at the beginning and end of the field-test year. The pre-test interviews will be performed as one-hour group interviews with the six hospitals’ implementation teams at the start of the year. Each hospital’s implementation team is expected to consist of about 5 people. At the end of the year, post-test interviews that last one hour each and use the same protocol as the pre-test interviews will be conducted during site visits at the six hospitals with the implementation team. Thus these 5 people of the implementation team at each hospital will be interviewed twice, both pre- and post-field test. At the posttest site visits, data will also be collected through one-hour interviews performed separately with 4 key stakeholder groups—physicians, nurses, clerks, and others—that are not on the implementation team. Each stakeholder group is expected to consist of about 5 people. Thus these 20 people from the 4 stakeholder groups at each hospital will be interviewed once for one hour post-field test. Interviewing these additional stakeholder groups will ensure that we gather information on stakeholder variations in perceptions and experiences, of which the implementation teams might not be aware. The quarterly update protocol will be administered quarterly to 2 hospital staff members from each hospital during the year (in months 3, 6, and 9). The usability testing protocol will be administered to 4 staff members once at the end of the evaluation period. The total burden is estimated to be 240 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated with the respondents’ time to participate in the evaluation. The total cost burden is estimated to be $7,179. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Data collection Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol with Implementation Team ......................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 May 09, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 30 E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 2 12MYN1 Hours per response Total burden hours 1 60 26966 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 91 / Monday, May 12, 2014 / Notices EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS—Continued Number of respondents Data collection Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol with Stakeholder Groups ............................ Quarterly Update Protocol ............................................................................... Usability Testing Protocol ................................................................................ 120 12 24 1 3 1 1 1 1 120 36 24 Total .......................................................................................................... 186 NA NA 240 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Data collection Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol (Implementation Team and Stakeholder Groups) ........................................................................................................ Quarterly Update Protocol ............................................................................... Usability Testing Protocol ................................................................................ 150 12 24 180 36 24 $29.91 29.91 29.91 $5,384 1,077 718 Total .......................................................................................................... 186 240 NA 7,179 * Based upon the mean of the average wages taken from an average of hourly rates for occupations likely to be involved in the QI process (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical records and health information technicians, statisticians, and health technologists and technicians). Statistics are taken from the General Medical and Surgical Hospitals industry category in the May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, accessed on January 22, 2014 [www.bls.gov/oes/]. Request for Comments emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. 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. Dated: May 1, 2014. Richard Kronick, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2014–10752 Filed 5–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 May 09, 2014 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 3. Health Care Research and Training (HCRT) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Date: June 19–20, 2014 (Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on June 19 and closed for remainder of the meeting). Notice of Meetings 4. Healthcare Information Technology Research (HITR) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. Date: June 25–27, 2014 (Open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25 and closed for remainder of the meeting). AGENCY: Notice of Five AHRQ Subcommittee Meetings. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``Updating and Expanding the AHRQ QI Toolkit for Hospitals.'' 
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-
13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on 
this proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 11, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

Updating and Expanding the AHRQ QI Toolkit for Hospitals

    AHRQ has developed sets of Quality Indicators (QIs) that can be 
used to document quality and safety conditions at U.S. hospitals. Three 
sets of QIs are particularly relevant for hospitals and include: The 
Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs), the Patient Safety Indicators 
(PSIs), and the Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs). The IQIs contain 
measures of volume, mortality, and utilization for common medical 
conditions and major surgical procedures. The PSIs are a set of 
measures to screen for potentially preventable adverse events that 
patients may experience during hospitalization. The PDIs measure the 
quality of pediatric health care, mainly focusing on preventable 
complications that occur as a consequence of hospitalization among 
pediatric patients. These QIs have been previously developed and 
evaluated by AHRQ, and are in use at a number of hospitals throughout 
the country. The QIs and supportive documentation on how to work with 
them are posted on AHRQ's Web site at www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov.
    Despite the availability of the QIs as tools to help hospitals 
assess their performance, many U.S. hospitals have limited experience 
with the use of such measurement tools, or in using quality improvement 
methods to improve their performance as assessed by these measures. To 
this end, RAND has previously contracted with AHRQ to develop an AHRQ 
Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals (Toolkit). This Toolkit is 
publicly available and is posted on AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/qitoolkit/index.html. The 
Toolkit assists hospitals in both using the QIs and improving the 
quality and safety of the care they provide, as measured by those 
indicators. As such, the Toolkit includes: (1) Instruction on how a 
hospital can apply the QIs to its inpatient data to estimate rates for 
each indicator; (2) methods the hospital can use to evaluate these QI 
rates for identifying opportunities for improvement; (3) strategies for 
implementing interventions (or evidence-based best practices); (4) 
methods to measure progress and performance on the QIs; (5) tools for 
evaluating the cost-effectiveness of these changes; and (6) discussion 
of the value of using the QIs for quality improvement as well as 
potential challenges and barriers to quality improvement efforts that 
incorporate the QIs and how to help overcome them.

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OMB approval was obtained for the development and evaluation of the 
original Toolkit in 2012, Development and Evaluation of AHRQ's Quality 
Indicators Improvement Toolkit (OMB  0935-0164), which 
consisted of a protocol very similar to the one described in this 
statement.
    Since the release of the Toolkit in 2012, the QIs have been updated 
and expanded, best practices have advanced, and many hospitals have 
improved their understanding of their quality improvement needs as well 
as increased their familiarity with the use of the Toolkit. These 
factors all point to the critical need to update the Toolkit. AHRQ has 
funded RAND, which partners with the University HealthSystem Consortium 
(UHC), to update and expand the Toolkit, and field test the updated 
Toolkit with hospitals as they carry out initiatives designed to 
improve performance on the QIs.
    This research has the following goals:
    (1) To assess the usability of the updated Toolkit for hospitals--
with an emphasis on the Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI)--in order to 
improve the Toolkit, and
    (2) To examine hospitals' experiences in implementing interventions 
to improve their performance on the AHRQ QIs, the results of which will 
be used to guide successful future applications of the Toolkit.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, the 
RAND Corporation, under contract number HHSA290201000017I, pursuant to 
AHRQ's statutory authority to conduct and support research on 
healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, including 
activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, 
appropriateness and value of healthcare services and with respect to 
quality measurement and improvement. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections 
will be implemented:
    (1) Pre/post-test interview protocol--consisting of both open and 
closed ended questions will be administered prior to implementation of 
the Toolkit and again post implementation. The purpose of this data 
collection is to obtain data on the steps the hospitals took to 
implement actions to improve performance on the QIs; their plans for 
making process changes; and their experiences in achieving changes and 
perceptions regarding lessons learned that could be shared with other 
hospitals.
    (2) Update protocol--consisting of both open and closed ended 
questions will be administered three times during the study (quarterly 
during the implementation year). The purpose of this data collection is 
to capture longitudinal data regarding hospitals' progress in 
implementing changes, successes and challenges, and plans for 
subsequent actions. These data will include descriptive information on 
changes over time in the hospitals' implementation actions and how they 
are using the Toolkit, as well as experiential information on the 
perceptions of participants regarding the improvement implementation 
process and its effects. It also ensures the collection of information 
close to pertinent events, which avoids the recall bias associated with 
retrospective reporting of experiences.
    (3) Usability testing protocol--also consisting of both open and 
closed ended questions will be administered once at the end of the 
evaluation period. The purpose of this data collection is to gather 
information from the hospitals on how they used each tool in the 
updated Toolkit, the ease of use of each tool, which tools were most 
helpful, suggested changes to improve each tool, and suggestions for 
other tools to add to the updated Toolkit. This information will be 
used in the revisions of the updated Toolkit following the end of the 
field test.
    All the information obtained from the proposed data collection will 
be used to strengthen the updated Toolkit before finalizing and 
disseminating it to hospitals for their use. First, information will be 
collected from the six hospitals participating in the Toolkit field 
test about their experiences in implementing performance improvements 
related to the AHRQ QIs, which will be used to prepare experiential 
case examples for inclusion in the Toolkit as a resource for other 
hospitals. Second, feedback will be elicited from them about the 
usability of the Toolkit, which will be applied to modify and refine 
the Toolkit so that it is as responsive as possible to the needs and 
priorities of the hospitals for which it is intended.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents' time to participate in this information collection. Three 
protocols will be used to collect data from respondents in interviews 
that will take one hour each. The pre/post-test interview protocol will 
be administered twice--at the beginning and end of the field-test year. 
The pre-test interviews will be performed as one-hour group interviews 
with the six hospitals' implementation teams at the start of the year. 
Each hospital's implementation team is expected to consist of about 5 
people. At the end of the year, post-test interviews that last one hour 
each and use the same protocol as the pre-test interviews will be 
conducted during site visits at the six hospitals with the 
implementation team. Thus these 5 people of the implementation team at 
each hospital will be interviewed twice, both pre- and post-field test. 
At the post-test site visits, data will also be collected through one-
hour interviews performed separately with 4 key stakeholder groups--
physicians, nurses, clerks, and others--that are not on the 
implementation team. Each stakeholder group is expected to consist of 
about 5 people. Thus these 20 people from the 4 stakeholder groups at 
each hospital will be interviewed once for one hour post-field test. 
Interviewing these additional stakeholder groups will ensure that we 
gather information on stakeholder variations in perceptions and 
experiences, of which the implementation teams might not be aware.
    The quarterly update protocol will be administered quarterly to 2 
hospital staff members from each hospital during the year (in months 3, 
6, and 9). The usability testing protocol will be administered to 4 
staff members once at the end of the evaluation period. The total 
burden is estimated to be 240 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated 
with the respondents' time to participate in the evaluation. The total 
cost burden is estimated to be $7,179.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                 Data collection                     Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol with                         30               2               1              60
 Implementation Team............................

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Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol with                        120               1               1             120
 Stakeholder Groups.............................
Quarterly Update Protocol.......................              12               3               1              36
Usability Testing Protocol......................              24               1               1              24
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             186              NA              NA             240
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                 Data collection                    respondents        hours        wage rate *       burden
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Pre/Post-Test Interview Protocol (Implementation             150             180          $29.91          $5,384
 Team and Stakeholder Groups)...................
Quarterly Update Protocol.......................              12              36           29.91           1,077
Usability Testing Protocol......................              24              24           29.91             718
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             186             240              NA           7,179
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* Based upon the mean of the average wages taken from an average of hourly rates for occupations likely to be
  involved in the QI process (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical records and health information
  technicians, statisticians, and health technologists and technicians). Statistics are taken from the General
  Medical and Surgical Hospitals industry category in the May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational
  Employment and Wage Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, accessed on
  January 22, 2014 [www.bls.gov/oes/].

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.
    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.

    Dated: May 1, 2014.
Richard Kronick,
AHRQ Director.
[FR Doc. 2014-10752 Filed 5-9-14; 8:45 am]
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