Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 57828-57829 [2015-24293]

Download as PDF 57828 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 186 / Friday, September 25, 2015 / Notices B. Medicare Part C/MA Appeals Section 940(b)(2) of the MMA applies the AIC adjustment requirement to Medicare Part C appeals by amending section 1852(g)(5) of the Act. The implementing regulations for Medicare Part C appeals are found at 42 CFR 422, subpart M. Specifically, §§ 422.600 and 422.612 discuss the AIC threshold amounts for ALJ hearings and judicial review. Section 422.600 grants any party to the reconsideration, except the MA organization, who is dissatisfied with the reconsideration determination, a right to an ALJ hearing as long as the amount remaining in controversy after reconsideration meets the threshold requirement established annually by the Secretary. Section 422.612 states, in part, that any party, including the MA organization, may request judicial review if the AIC meets the threshold requirement established annually by the Secretary. C. Health Maintenance Organizations, Competitive Medical Plans, and Health Care Prepayment Plans Section 1876(c)(5)(B) of the Act states that the annual adjustment to the AIC dollar amounts set forth in section 1869(b)(1)(E)(iii) of the Act applies to certain beneficiary appeals within the context of health maintenance organizations and competitive medical plans. The applicable implementing regulations for Medicare Part C appeals are set forth in 42 CFR 422, subpart M and apply to these appeals. The Medicare Part C appeals rules also apply to health care prepayment plan appeals. D. Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) Appeals The annually adjusted AIC threshold amounts for ALJ hearings and judicial review that apply to Medicare Parts A, B, and C appeals also apply to Medicare Part D appeals. Section 101 of the MMA added section 1860D–4(h)(1) of the Act regarding Part D appeals. This statutory provision requires a prescription drug plan sponsor to meet the requirements set forth in sections 1852(g)(4) and (g)(5) of the Act, in a similar manner as MA organizations. As noted previously, the annually adjusted AIC threshold requirement was added to section 1852(g)(5) of the Act by section 940(b)(2)(A) of the MMA. The implementing regulations for Medicare Part D appeals can be found at 42 CFR 423, subparts M and U. The regulations at § 423.562(c) prescribe that, unless the Part D appeals rules provide otherwise, the Part C appeals rules (including the annually adjusted AIC threshold amount) apply to Part D appeals to the extent they are appropriate. More specifically, §§ 423.1970 and 423.1976 of the Part D appeals rules discuss the AIC threshold amounts for ALJ hearings and judicial review. Section 423.1970(a) grants a Part D enrollee, who is dissatisfied with the independent review entity (IRE) reconsideration determination, a right to an ALJ hearing if the amount remaining in controversy after the IRE reconsideration meets the threshold amount established annually by the Secretary. Sections 423.1976(a) and (b) allow a Part D enrollee to request judicial review of an ALJ or Medicare Appeals Council (MAC) decision if, in part, the AIC meets the threshold amount established annually by the Secretary. II. Provisions of the Notice—Annual AIC Adjustments A. AIC Adjustment Formula and AIC Adjustments As previously noted, section 940 of the MMA requires that the AIC CY 2012 $ ALJ Hearing ......................................................................... Judicial Review .................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Sep 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 CY 2013 $ 130 1,350 [FR Doc. 2015–24359 Filed 9–24–15; 8:45 am] PO 00000 B. Calendar Year 2016 The AIC threshold amount for ALJ hearing requests will remain at $150 and the AIC threshold amount for judicial review will rise to $1,500 for CY 2016. These amounts are based on the 50.125 percent increase in the medical care component of the CPI, which was at 297.600 in July 2003 and rose to 446.773 in July 2015. The AIC threshold amount for ALJ hearing requests changes to $150.125 based on the 50.125 percent increase over the initial threshold amount of $100 established in 2003. In accordance with section 1869(b)(1)(E)(iii) of the Act, the adjusted threshold amounts are rounded to the nearest multiple of $10. Therefore, the CY 2016 AIC threshold amount for ALJ hearings is $150.00. The AIC threshold amount for judicial review changes to $1,501.25 based on the 50.125 percent increase over the initial threshold amount of $1,000. This amount was rounded to the nearest multiple of $10, resulting in the CY 2016 AIC threshold amount of $1,500.00 for judicial review. C. Summary Table of Adjustments in the AIC Threshold Amounts In the following table we list the CYs 2012 through 2016 threshold amounts. CY 2014 $ 140 1,400 Dated: September 10, 2015. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. BILLING CODE 4120–01–P threshold amounts be adjusted annually, beginning in January 2005, by the percentage increase in the medical care component of the CPI for all urban consumers (U.S. city average) for July 2003 to July of the year preceding the year involved and rounded to the nearest multiple of $10. 140 1,430 CY 2015 $ CY 2016 $ 150 1,460 150 1,500 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects: Title: Head Start Eligibility Verification. OMB No.: 0970–0374. Description: The Office of Head Start (OHS) within the Administration for Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 57829 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 186 / Friday, September 25, 2015 / Notices Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services, proposes to renew, with changes, its authority for record keeping requirements associated with Head Start eligibility verification. OHS revised the Head Start Eligibility Verification form to reflect changes in the eligibility final rule published on February 10, 2015 (80 FR 7368). OHS initially developed the form to help programs determine eligibility. However, Head Start programs are not required to use this specific form. Programs may either adopt the form or design a new form to meet the eligibility requirements. The Office of Head Start published a final rule on eligibility under the authority granted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Head Start Act (Act) at sections 644(c), 645(a)(1)(A), and 645A(c). The final rule clarifies Head Start’s eligibility procedures and enrollment requirements, and reinforces Head Start’s overall mission to support lowincome families and early learning. A program must maintain records as specified in sections 1305.4(d)(2), 1305.4(l), and 1305.4(h) through (j) of the final rule. Respondents: Head Start and Early Head Start program grant recipients. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instruments mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES § 1305.4(l) Eligibility determination records (sample form) ........................... § 1305.4(d)(2) ................................................................................................. § 1305.4(h),(i), and (j) .................................................................................... § 1305.4(l) Other Record Keeping ................................................................. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 124,520 In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: infocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–24293 Filed 9–24–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Sep 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response 478 1 1 1 .10 2 15 15 1,600 20 1,600 1,600 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; OAA Title III–E Evaluation Administration for Community Living, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administration for Community Living (formerly the Administration on Aging (AoA)) is announcing that the proposed collection of information listed below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Submit written comments on the collection of information by October 26, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information by fax 202.395.6974 to the OMB Desk Officer for ACL, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alice-Lynn Ryssman, 202.357.3491 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520), the Administration for Community Living (ACL, formerly the Administration for Aging) has submitted the following proposed collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance. The outcome evaluation data collection associated with the Title III–E National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) is necessary to meet three broad objectives PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total burden hours 76,480 40 24,000 24,000 of ACL: (1) To provide information to support program planning, including an analysis of program processes, (2) to develop information about program efficiency and costs, and (3) gauge program effectiveness in assessing community and client needs, targeting and prioritizing, and providing services to family caregivers. The outcome evaluation will examine to what extent do the needs, services, and outcomes of NFCSP caregivers differ from nonNFCSP caregivers over a twelve-month period. As well, where feasible, the individuals supported by these two groups of caregivers will be asked seven short questions about their situation initially and at the end of twelve months, to take into account the care recipients’ perceptions of their quality of life and the support for their caregivers. In response to the 60-day Federal Register Notice related to this proposed data collection and published on November 20, 2013, comments from six individuals and/or organizations were received. Many of the suggestions commented on the length of the survey and eliminating duplicative or cumbersome open-ended questions, efforts have been made to make the questions clearer, reduce the number of open-ended questions, and shorten the estimated time needed for the survey by about 10 percent. In addition, in response to concerns about the views of those receiving care from these caregivers, a very short seven-question survey has been added to ask the caregivers’ care recipients about their perceived quality of life and the support needed by their caregivers. The outcome study will conduct telephone interviews with a randomly E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 186 (Friday, September 25, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57828-57829]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-24293]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Proposed Projects:
    Title: Head Start Eligibility Verification.
    OMB No.: 0970-0374.
    Description: The Office of Head Start (OHS) within the 
Administration for

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Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human 
Services, proposes to renew, with changes, its authority for record 
keeping requirements associated with Head Start eligibility 
verification. OHS revised the Head Start Eligibility Verification form 
to reflect changes in the eligibility final rule published on February 
10, 2015 (80 FR 7368). OHS initially developed the form to help 
programs determine eligibility. However, Head Start programs are not 
required to use this specific form. Programs may either adopt the form 
or design a new form to meet the eligibility requirements.
    The Office of Head Start published a final rule on eligibility 
under the authority granted to the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services under the Head Start Act (Act) at sections 644(c), 
645(a)(1)(A), and 645A(c). The final rule clarifies Head Start's 
eligibility procedures and enrollment requirements, and reinforces Head 
Start's overall mission to support low-income families and early 
learning. A program must maintain records as specified in sections 
1305.4(d)(2), 1305.4(l), and 1305.4(h) through (j) of the final rule.
    Respondents: Head Start and Early Head Start program grant 
recipients.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Instruments                       Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Sec.   1305.4(l) Eligibility determination                 1,600             478             .10          76,480
 records (sample form)..........................
Sec.   1305.4(d)(2).............................              20               1            2                 40
Sec.   1305.4(h),(i), and (j)...................           1,600               1           15             24,000
Sec.   1305.4(l) Other Record Keeping...........           1,600               1           15             24,000
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 124,520
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified 
by the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-24293 Filed 9-24-15; 8:45 am]
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