Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 15229-15231 [2015-06451]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 55 / Monday, March 23, 2015 / Notices National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; 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: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel; Biomarker. Date: April 16, 2015. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health; Neuroscience Center; 6001 Executive Boulevard; Rockville, MD 20852; (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Joel A. Saydoff, Ph.D.; Scientific Review Officer; Scientific Review Branch; Division of Extramural Research; NINDS/NIH/DHHS/Neuroscience Center; 6001 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3205, MSC 9529; Bethesda, MD 20892–9529; 301–496– 9223; joel.saydoff@nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: March 17, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–06475 Filed 3–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Mar 20, 2015 Jkt 235001 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: ‘‘Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 22, 2015. 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: SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Proposed Project Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database Background on the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Nursing Home SOPS). In 1999, the Institute of Medicine called for health care organizations to develop a ‘‘culture of safety’’ such that their workforce and processes focus on improving the reliability and safety of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System). To respond to the need for tools to assess patient safety culture in health care, AHRQ developed and pilot tested the Nursing Home SOPS with OMB approval (OMB NO. 0935–0132; Approved July 5, 2007). The survey is designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider and staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting and includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of patient safety culture. AHRQ made the survey publicly available along with a Survey User’s Guide and other toolkit materials in November 2008 on the AHRQ Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/ professionals/quality-patient-safety/ patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/ index.html). The AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database consists of data from the AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS. Nursing homes in the U.S. are asked to voluntarily submit data from the survey to AHRQ through its contractor, Westat. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15229 The Nursing Home SOPS database (OMB NO. 0935–0195, last approved on June 12, 2012) was developed by AHRQ in 2011 in response to requests from nursing homes interested in knowing how their patient safety culture survey results compare to those of other nursing homes in their efforts to improve patient safety. Rationale for the information collection. The Nursing Home SOPS and the Comparative Database support AHRQ’s goals of promoting improvements in the quality and safety of health care in nursing home settings. The survey, toolkit materials, and comparative database results are all made publicly available on AHRQ’s Web site. Technical assistance is provided by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes to facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient safety and quality improvement. The goal of this project is to renew the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. This database will: (1) Allow nursing homes to compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other nursing homes, (2) Provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process, and (3) Provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient safety culture. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, Westat, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to: the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services; quality measurement and improvement; and database development. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1), (2), and (8). Method of Collection To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and data collections will be implemented: (1) Eligibility and Registration Form— The nursing home (or parent organization) point of contact (POC) completes a number of data submission steps and forms, beginning with the completion of an online eligibility and registration form. The purpose of this form is to determine the eligibility status and initiate the registration process for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit their Nursing Home E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 15230 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 55 / Monday, March 23, 2015 / Notices SOPS data to the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. (2) Data Use Agreement—The purpose of the data use agreement, completed by the nursing home POC, is to state how data submitted by nursing homes will be used and provides confidentiality assurances. (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form—The purpose of the site information form is to obtain basic information about the characteristics of the nursing homes submitting their Nursing Home SOPS data to the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database (e.g., bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The nursing home POC completes the form. (4) Data Files Submission—The number of submissions to the database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not administer the survey and submit data every year. Data submission is typically handled by one POC who is either a corporate level health care manager for a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey vendor who contracts with a nursing home to collect their data, or a nursing home Director of Nursing or nurse manager. POCs submit data on behalf of 5 nursing homes, on average, because many nursing homes are part of a QIO or larger nursing home or health system that includes many nursing home sites, or the POC is a vendor that is submitting data for multiple nursing homes. POCs upload their data file(s), using the nursing home data file specifications, to ensure that users submit standardized and consistent data in the way variables are named, coded, and formatted. Survey data from the AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS are used to produce three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database Report that is produced periodically and made publicly available on the AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/ professionals/quality-patient-safety/ patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/ 2014/nhsurv14-ptI.pdf for the 2014 report); (2) Individual Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that are confidential, customized reports produced for each nursing home that submits data to the database (the number of reports produced is based on the number of nursing homes submitting in any given calendar year); and (3) Research data sets of individuallevel and nursing home-level deidentified data to enable researchers to conduct analyses. Nursing homes are asked to voluntarily submit their Nursing Home SOPS survey data to the Comparative Database. The data are then cleaned and aggregated and used to produce a Comparative Database Report that displays averages, standard deviations, and percentile scores on the survey’s 42 items and 12 patient safety culture dimensions, as well as displaying these results by nursing home characteristics (bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and Census Bureau Region, etc.) and respondent characteristics (work area/ unit, staff position, and interaction with patients). Data submitted by nursing homes are also used to give each nursing home its own customized survey feedback report that presents the nursing home’s results compared to the latest comparative database results. If a nursing home submits data more than once, its survey feedback report also presents trend data, comparing its previous and most recent data. Nursing homes use the Nursing Home SOPS, Comparative Database Reports and Individual Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports for a number of purposes, to: • Raise staff awareness about patient safety. • Diagnose and assess the current status of patient safety culture in their nursing home. • Identify strengths and areas for patient safety culture improvement. • Examine trends in patient safety culture change over time. • Evaluate the cultural impact of patient safety initiatives and interventions. • Compare patient safety culture survey results with other nursing homes in their efforts to improve patient safety and health care quality. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents’ time to participate in the database. An estimated 300 POCs, each representing an average of 5 individual nursing homes each, will complete the database submission steps and forms annually. Completing the eligibility and registration form will take about 3 minutes. Each POC will complete a data use agreement which takes about 3 minutes to complete. The Nursing Home Site Information Form is completed by all POCs for each of their nursing homes (300 x 5 = 1,500 forms in total) and is estimated to take 5 minutes to complete. The POC will submit data for all of the nursing homes he/she represents, which will take 1 hour on average. The total annual burden hours are estimated to be 455. The 300 respondents/POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an estimate of nursing homes submitting data in the coming years, with the following assumptions: • 105 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each • 18 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each • 177 independent nursing homes submitting on their own behalf Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the respondents’ time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to be $20,839 annually. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents/ POCs mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Form name Number of responses per POC Hours per response Total burden hours Eligibility/Registration Form ............................................................................. Data Use Agreement ....................................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................................. Data Files Submission ..................................................................................... 300 300 300 300 1 1 5 1 3/60 3/60 5/60 1 15 15 125 300 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,200 NA NA 455 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Mar 20, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1 15231 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 55 / Monday, March 23, 2015 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Eligibility/Registration Forms ........................................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................................. Data Files Submission ..................................................................................... 300 300 300 300 15 15 125 300 $45.80 45.80 45.80 45.80 $687 687 5,725 13,740 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,200 455 NA 20,839 * The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are located at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_623100.htm and http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/oes/current/naics2_62.htm. The hourly wage of $45.80 is the weighted mean of $47.97 (General and Operations Managers; N = 88), $40.07 (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 89), $47.10 (General and Operations Managers; N =105) and $55.94 (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 18). 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: March 17, 2015. Sharon B. Arnold, Deputy Director, AHRQ. [FR Doc. 2015–06451 Filed 3–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Proposed Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Performance Measures and Additional Data Collection (Part of the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation and Crosssite [FaMLE Cross-site] Project). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Mar 20, 2015 Jkt 235001 OMB No.: New Collection. Background: For decades various organizations and agencies have been developing and operating programs to strengthen families through healthy marriage and relationship education and responsible fatherhood programming. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), has had administrative responsibility for federal funding of such programs since 2006 through the Healthy Marriage (HM) and Responsible Fatherhood (RF) Grant Programs. The authorizing legislation for the programs may be found in section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act [1]. Responsible Fatherhood grantees provide a comprehensive set of services designed to promote responsible fatherhood including activities related to promoting economic stability, fostering responsible parenting, and promoting healthy marriage. Grantees receiving funding for Healthy Marriage offer a broad array of services designed to promote healthy marriage. The federal government currently collects a set of performance measures from HM and RF grantees. The purpose of this previously approved information collection is to allow OFA and ACF to carry out their responsibilities for program accountability. Descriptions of the information collection may be found at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=2012060970-005; all measures may be found at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAICList?ref_nbr=201206-0970-005. The Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) Cross-Site Project: The Offices of Family Assistance (OFA) and Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are proposing new data collection activities to replace existing performance measures as part of the PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation and Cross-site (FaMLE Crosssite) Project. The purpose of the FaMLE Cross-site Project is to support high quality data collection, strengthen local evaluations, and conduct cross-site analysis for the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage grantees. The FaMLE Cross-site project will answer three main research questions: (1) What strategies did grantees use to design well-conceived programs? (2) What strategies did grantees use to successfully implement well-conceived programs? (3) What were the reported outcomes for participants in the programs? In order to answer these questions, we are considering a new set of data collection activities. Current request: ACF is engaged in a learning agenda to increase our understanding of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs. This means that we incorporate multiple opportunities and options for learning throughout a program’s implementation that provide a range of insights and perspectives. These opportunities help programming constantly develop and advance. For example, data provide the opportunity to feed information back to decision-makers and leaders—both those on the ground and those in management—to inform program design, operation, and oversight. On November 6, 2014, ACF published a Federal Register Notice (79 FR 65973) requesting public comment on the following: Performance measures. ACF is proposing a new set of performance measures to be collected by all grantees, beginning with the next round of HMRF grants. These measures will collect standardized information in the following areas: • Applicant characteristics; • Program operations (including program characteristics and service delivery); and • Participant outcomes (will be measured both at initiation of program E:\FR\FM\23MRN1.SGM 23MRN1

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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: ``Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative 
Database.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 
3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed 
information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 22, 2015.

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

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database

    Background on the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture 
(Nursing Home SOPS). In 1999, the Institute of Medicine called for 
health care organizations to develop a ``culture of safety'' such that 
their workforce and processes focus on improving the reliability and 
safety of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is Human: Building a 
Safer Health System). To respond to the need for tools to assess 
patient safety culture in health care, AHRQ developed and pilot tested 
the Nursing Home SOPS with OMB approval (OMB NO. 0935-0132; Approved 
July 5, 2007).
    The survey is designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider 
and staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical error, and 
error reporting and includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of 
patient safety culture. AHRQ made the survey publicly available along 
with a Survey User's Guide and other toolkit materials in November 2008 
on the AHRQ Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/index.html).
    The AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database consists of data 
from the AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS. Nursing homes in the U.S. are asked to 
voluntarily submit data from the survey to AHRQ through its contractor, 
Westat. The Nursing Home SOPS database (OMB NO. 0935-0195, last 
approved on June 12, 2012) was developed by AHRQ in 2011 in response to 
requests from nursing homes interested in knowing how their patient 
safety culture survey results compare to those of other nursing homes 
in their efforts to improve patient safety.
    Rationale for the information collection. The Nursing Home SOPS and 
the Comparative Database support AHRQ's goals of promoting improvements 
in the quality and safety of health care in nursing home settings. The 
survey, toolkit materials, and comparative database results are all 
made publicly available on AHRQ's Web site. Technical assistance is 
provided by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes 
to facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient 
safety and quality improvement.
    The goal of this project is to renew the Nursing Home SOPS 
Comparative Database. This database will:
    (1) Allow nursing homes to compare their patient safety culture 
survey results with those of other nursing homes,
    (2) Provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal assessment 
and learning in the patient safety improvement process, and
    (3) Provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify 
their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient 
safety culture.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, 
Westat, pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to conduct and support 
research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, 
including activities with respect to: the quality, effectiveness, 
efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services; quality 
measurement and improvement; and database development. 42 U.S.C. 
299a(a)(1), (2), and (8).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and 
data collections will be implemented:
    (1) Eligibility and Registration Form--The nursing home (or parent 
organization) point of contact (POC) completes a number of data 
submission steps and forms, beginning with the completion of an online 
eligibility and registration form. The purpose of this form is to 
determine the eligibility status and initiate the registration process 
for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit their Nursing Home

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SOPS data to the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database.
    (2) Data Use Agreement--The purpose of the data use agreement, 
completed by the nursing home POC, is to state how data submitted by 
nursing homes will be used and provides confidentiality assurances.
    (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form--The purpose of the site 
information form is to obtain basic information about the 
characteristics of the nursing homes submitting their Nursing Home SOPS 
data to the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database (e.g., bed size, 
urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The nursing home POC 
completes the form.
    (4) Data Files Submission--The number of submissions to the 
database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not 
administer the survey and submit data every year. Data submission is 
typically handled by one POC who is either a corporate level health 
care manager for a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey 
vendor who contracts with a nursing home to collect their data, or a 
nursing home Director of Nursing or nurse manager. POCs submit data on 
behalf of 5 nursing homes, on average, because many nursing homes are 
part of a QIO or larger nursing home or health system that includes 
many nursing home sites, or the POC is a vendor that is submitting data 
for multiple nursing homes. POCs upload their data file(s), using the 
nursing home data file specifications, to ensure that users submit 
standardized and consistent data in the way variables are named, coded, 
and formatted.
    Survey data from the AHRQ Nursing Home SOPS are used to produce 
three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database 
Report that is produced periodically and made publicly available on the 
AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/nursing-home/2014/nhsurv14-ptI.pdf for the 
2014 report); (2) Individual Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that 
are confidential, customized reports produced for each nursing home 
that submits data to the database (the number of reports produced is 
based on the number of nursing homes submitting in any given calendar 
year); and (3) Research data sets of individual-level and nursing home-
level de-identified data to enable researchers to conduct analyses.
    Nursing homes are asked to voluntarily submit their Nursing Home 
SOPS survey data to the Comparative Database. The data are then cleaned 
and aggregated and used to produce a Comparative Database Report that 
displays averages, standard deviations, and percentile scores on the 
survey's 42 items and 12 patient safety culture dimensions, as well as 
displaying these results by nursing home characteristics (bed size, 
urbanicity, ownership, and Census Bureau Region, etc.) and respondent 
characteristics (work area/unit, staff position, and interaction with 
patients).
    Data submitted by nursing homes are also used to give each nursing 
home its own customized survey feedback report that presents the 
nursing home's results compared to the latest comparative database 
results. If a nursing home submits data more than once, its survey 
feedback report also presents trend data, comparing its previous and 
most recent data.
    Nursing homes use the Nursing Home SOPS, Comparative Database 
Reports and Individual Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports for a 
number of purposes, to:
     Raise staff awareness about patient safety.
     Diagnose and assess the current status of patient safety 
culture in their nursing home.
     Identify strengths and areas for patient safety culture 
improvement.
     Examine trends in patient safety culture change over time.
     Evaluate the cultural impact of patient safety initiatives 
and interventions.
     Compare patient safety culture survey results with other 
nursing homes in their efforts to improve patient safety and health 
care quality.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents' time to participate in the database. An estimated 300 
POCs, each representing an average of 5 individual nursing homes each, 
will complete the database submission steps and forms annually. 
Completing the eligibility and registration form will take about 3 
minutes. Each POC will complete a data use agreement which takes about 
3 minutes to complete. The Nursing Home Site Information Form is 
completed by all POCs for each of their nursing homes (300 x 5 = 1,500 
forms in total) and is estimated to take 5 minutes to complete. The POC 
will submit data for all of the nursing homes he/she represents, which 
will take 1 hour on average. The total annual burden hours are 
estimated to be 455.
    The 300 respondents/POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an 
estimate of nursing homes submitting data in the coming years, with the 
following assumptions:
     105 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes 
each
     18 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf 
of 10 nursing homes each
     177 independent nursing homes submitting on their own 
behalf
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the 
respondents' time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to 
be $20,839 annually.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated annualized burden hours
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                                                     Number of       Number of
                    Form name                      respondents/    responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                       POCs             POC          response          hours
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Eligibility/Registration Form...................             300               1            3/60              15
Data Use Agreement..............................             300               1            3/60              15
Nursing Home Site Information Form..............             300               5            5/60             125
Data Files Submission...........................             300               1               1             300
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................           1,200              NA              NA             455
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated annualized cost burden
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                                                     Number of                        Average
                    Form name                      respondents/    Total burden     hourly wage     Total cost
                                                       POCs            hours          rate *          burden
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Eligibility/Registration Forms..................             300              15          $45.80            $687
Data Use Agreement..............................             300              15           45.80             687
Nursing Home Site Information Form..............             300             125           45.80           5,725
Data Files Submission...........................             300             300           45.80          13,740
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................           1,200             455              NA          20,839
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* The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage
  Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are
  located at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_623100.htm and http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/oes/current/naics2_62.htm. The hourly wage of $45.80 is the weighted mean of $47.97 (General and Operations
  Managers; N = 88), $40.07 (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 89), $47.10 (General and Operations
  Managers; N =105) and $55.94 (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 18).

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: March 17, 2015.
Sharon B. Arnold,
Deputy Director, AHRQ.
[FR Doc. 2015-06451 Filed 3-20-15; 8:45 am]
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