Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 25673-25675 [2016-10084]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2016 / Notices eligibility for benefits or premium or contribution amounts; and (iii) no genetic information collected or acquired will be used for underwriting purposes. The Secretary of Labor or the Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to be notified if a group health plan or health insurance issuer intends to claim the research exception permitted under Title I of GINA. Nonfederal governmental group health plans and issuers solely in the individual health insurance market or Medigap market will be required to file with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Notice of Research Exception under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is a model notice that can be completed by group health plans and health insurance issuers and filed with either the Department of Labor or CMS to comply with the notification requirement. Form Number: CMS–10286 (OMB Control Number 0938–1077); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 2; Total Annual Responses: 2; Total Annual Hours: 0.5. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Russell Tipps at 301– 492–4371). 2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Consumer Experience Survey Data Collection; Use: Section 1311(c)(4) of the Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop an enrollee satisfaction survey system that assesses consumer experience with qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through an Exchange. It also requires public display of enrollee satisfaction information by the Exchange to allow individuals to easily compare enrollee satisfaction levels between comparable plans. HHS established the QHP Enrollee Experience Survey (QHP Enrollee Survey) to assess consumer experience with the QHPs offered through the Marketplaces. The survey include topics to assess consumer experience with the health care system such as communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services. CMS developed the survey using the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) principles (http://www.cahps.ahrq.gov/ about.htm) and established an application and approval process for survey vendors who want to participate in collecting QHP enrollee experience data. The QHP Enrollee Survey, which is based on the CAHPS® Health Plan VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Apr 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 Survey, will (1) help consumers choose among competing health plans, (2) provide actionable information that the QHPs can use to improve performance, (3) provide information that regulatory and accreditation organizations can use to regulate and accredit plans, and (4) provide a longitudinal database for consumer research. CMS completed two rounds of developmental testing including 2014 psychometric testing and 2015 beta testing of the QHP Enrollee Survey. The psychometric testing helped determine psychometric properties and provided an initial measure of performance for Marketplaces and QHPs to use for quality improvement. Based on psychometric test results, CMS further refined the questionnaire and sampling design to conduct the 2015 beta test of the QHP Enrollee Survey. CMS obtained clearance for the national implementation of the QHP Enrollee Survey which is currently being conducted in 2016. At this time, CMS is requesting approval of adding six disability status items required by section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act and that were tested during the 2014 psychometric testing of the QHP Enrollee Survey. With the addition of these six questions, the revised total estimated annual burden hours of national implementation of the QHP Enrollee Survey is 37,823 hours with 120,000 responses. The revised total annualized burden over three years for this requested information collection is 113,469 hours and the total average annualized number of responses is 315,045 responses. Form Number: CMS–10488 (OMB Control Number: 0938–1221); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Public sector (Individuals and Households), Private sector (Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 120,000; Total Annual Responses: 120,000; Total Annual Hours: 37,823. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Nidhi Singh Shah at 301–492–5110.) Dated: April 26, 2016. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–10083 Filed 4–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25673 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifiers: CMS–10406, CMS– 10572 and CMS–P–0015A] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by May 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395–5806 OR Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following: 1. Access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995. 2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 25674 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2016 / Notices and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov. 3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786–1326. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786– 1326. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term ‘‘collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment: 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection; Title: Probable Fraud Measurement Pilot; Use: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the collections required for a probable fraud measurement pilot. The probable fraud measurement pilot would establish a baseline estimate of probable fraud in payments for home health care services in the fee-forservice Medicare program. CMS and its agents will collect information from home health agencies, the referring physicians and Medicare beneficiaries selected in a national random sample of home health claims. The pilot will rely on the information collected along with a summary of the service history of the HHA, the referring provider, and the beneficiary to estimate the percentage of total payments that are associated with probable fraud and the percentage of all claims that are associated with probable fraud for Medicare fee-for-service home health. Form Number: CMS–10406 (OMB control number: 0938–1192); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Individual and Private Sector—Business or other for-profits; Number of Respondents: 6,000; Total Annual Responses: 6,000; Total Annual Hours: 7,500. (For policy questions regarding VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Apr 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 this collection contact Cecilia Franco at (786) 313–0737.) 2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title Information Collection: Information Collection for Transparency in Coverage Reporting by Qualified Health Plan Issuers; Use: Section 1311(e)(3) of the Affordable Care Act requires issuers of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), to make available and submit transparency in coverage data. This data collection would collect certain information from QHP issuers in Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges that rely on the federal IT platform (i.e., HealthCare.gov). HHS anticipates that consumers may use this information to inform plan selection. Although this proposed data collection is limited to certain QHP issuers, HHS intends to phase in implementation for other entities over time. As stated in the final rule Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans; Exchange Standards for Employers (77 FR 18310; March 27, 2012), broader implementation (including under Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) 2715A), will continue to be addressed in separate rulemaking issued by HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (the Departments). For State-based Exchanges not addressed in the current proposal, standards will be proposed later. Consistent with PHS Act section 2715A, which largely extends the transparency reporting provisions set forth in section 1311(e)(3) to nongrandfathered group health plans (including large group and self-insured health plans) and health insurance issuers offering group and individual health insurance coverage (non-QHP issuers), the Departments intend to propose other transparency reporting requirements, through a separate rulemaking, for non-QHP issuers and non-grandfathered group health plans. Those proposed reporting requirements may differ from those prescribed in the HHS proposal under section 1311(e)(3), and will take into account differences in markets and other relevant factors. Importantly, the Departments intend to streamline reporting under multiple reporting provisions and reduce unnecessary duplication. The Departments intend to implement any transparency reporting requirements applicable to non-QHP issuers and nongrandfathered group health plans only after notice and comment, and after giving those issuers and plans sufficient PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 time, following the publication of final rules, to come into compliance with those requirements. CMS received a total of 13 comments during the 60-day comment period (August 12, 2015, 80 FR 48320). Form Number: CMS–10572 (OMB control number: 0938–NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Private Sector; Number of Respondents: 475; Number of Responses: 475; Total Annual Hours: 16,150. (For questions regarding this collection, contact Valisha Price at (301) 492–4343.) 3. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey; Use: CMS is the largest single payer of health care in the United States. With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), the agency will play a direct or indirect role in administering health insurance coverage for more than 120 million people across the Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange populations. One of our critical aims is to be an effective steward, major force, and trustworthy partner in leading the transformation of the health care system. We also aim to provide Americans with high quality care and better health at lower costs through improvement. At the forefront of these initiatives is the newly formed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The CMMI is authorized by Section 1115A of the Social Security Act, as established by section 3021 of the ACA and was established to ‘‘test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care furnished’’ to Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. Implicit across all of CMMI activities is an emphasis on diffusion—finding and validating innovative models that have the potential to scale, facilitating rapid adoption, and letting them take root in organizations, health systems, and communities across America. The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is the most comprehensive and complete survey available on the Medicare population and is essential in capturing data not otherwise collected through our operations. The MCBS is an in-person, nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that we sponsor and is directed by the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) in partnership with the CMMI. The survey captures beneficiary information whether aged or disabled, living in the community or facility, or serviced by E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 83 / Friday, April 29, 2016 / Notices managed care or fee-for-service. Data produced as part of the MCBS are enhanced with our administrative data (e.g. fee-for-service claims, prescription drug event data, enrollment, etc.) to provide users with more accurate and complete estimates of total health care costs and utilization. The MCBS has been continuously fielded for more than 20 years (encompassing over 1 million interviews), and consists of three annual interviews per survey participant. The MCBS continues to provide unique insight into the Medicare program and helps CMS and our external stakeholders better understand and evaluate the impact of existing programs and significant new policy initiatives. In the past, MCBS data have been used to assess potential changes to the Medicare program. For example, the MCBS was instrumental in supporting the development and implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit by providing a means to evaluate prescription drug costs and out-ofpocket burden for these drugs to Medicare beneficiaries. The revision will streamline some questionnaire sections, add a few new measures, and update the wording of questions and response categories. Most of the revised questions reflect an effort to bring the MCBS questionnaire in line with other national surveys that have more current wording of questions and response categories with well-established measures. As a whole, these revisions do not change the respondent burden; there is a small increase in overall burden reflecting a program change to oversample small population groups. Form Number: CMS–P–0015A (OMB control number: 0938–0568); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Number of Respondents: 16,071; Total Annual Responses: 43,199; Total Annual Hours: 60,103. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact William Long at 410–786–7927.) asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: April 26, 2016. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–10084 Filed 4–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Apr 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–3329–FN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Approval of the Institute for Medical Quality’s Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: This final notice announces our decision to approve the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) for recognition as a national accrediting organization for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. An ASC that participates in Medicaid must also meet the Medicare conditions for coverage (CfCs) as required under our regulations. DATES: This final notice is effective April 29, 2016 through April 29 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Williams, (410) 786–8636. Monda Shaver, (410) 786–3410. Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786–6899. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive covered services in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) provided certain requirements are met. Section 1832(a)(2)(F)(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) establishes distinct criteria for facilities seeking designation as an ASC. Regulations concerning provider agreements are at 42 CFR part 489 and those pertaining to activities relating to the survey and certification of facilities are at 42 CFR part 488. The regulations at 42 CFR part 416 specify the conditions that an ASC must meet in order to participate in the Medicare program, the scope of covered services and the conditions for Medicare payment for ASCs. Generally, to enter into a Medicare provider agreement, an ASC must first be certified as complying with the conditions set forth in part 416 and be recommended to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for participation by a state survey agency. Thereafter, the ASC is subject to periodic surveys by a state survey agency to determine whether it continues to meet these conditions. However, there is an alternative to certification surveys by state agencies. Accreditation by a nationally recognized PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25675 Medicare accreditation program approved by CMS may substitute for both initial and ongoing state review. Section 1865(a)(1) of the Act provides that if the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services finds that accreditation of a provider entity by an approved national accrediting organization meets or exceeds all applicable Medicare conditions, we may treat the provider entity as having met those conditions, that is, we may ‘‘deem’’ the provider entity to be in compliance. Accreditation by an accrediting organization is voluntary and is not required for Medicare participation. Part 488 subpart A, implements the provisions of section 1865 of the Act and requires that a national accrediting organization applying for approval of its Medicare accreditation program must provide CMS with reasonable assurance that the accrediting organization requires its accredited provider entities to meet requirements that are at least as stringent as the Medicare conditions. Our regulations concerning the approval of accrediting organizations are set forth at § 488.5. II. Application Approval Process Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act provides a statutory timetable to ensure that our review of applications for CMSapproval of an accreditation program is conducted in a timely manner. The Act provides us 210 days after the date of receipt of a complete application, with any documentation necessary to make the determination, to complete our survey activities and application process. Within 60 days after receiving a complete application, we must publish a notice in the Federal Register that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the request, and provides no less than a 30day public comment period. At the end of the 210-day period, we must publish a notice in the Federal Register approving or denying the application. III. Provisions of the Proposed Notice In the December 04, 2015 Federal Register (80 FR 75866), we published a proposed notice announcing the Institute for Medical Quality’s (IMQ’s) request for initial approval of its Medicare ASC accreditation program. In the December 04, 2015 proposed notice, we detailed our evaluation criteria. Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and in our regulations at § 488.5, we conducted a review of IMQ’s Medicare ASC accreditation application in accordance with the criteria specified by our regulations, which include, but are not limited to the following: E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[Document Identifiers: CMS-10406, CMS-10572 and CMS-P-0015A]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is 
announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention 
to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in 
the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of 
information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an 
existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity 
for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to 
send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this 
collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) 
The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for 
the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology to minimize the information collection burden.

DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by 
the OMB desk officer by May 31, 2016.

ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, 
please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be 
assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by 
the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk 
Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 OR Email: 
OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.
    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make 
your request using one of following:
    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.
    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB 
number,

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and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov.
    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-
1326.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. The term ``collection of 
information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and 
includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires 
federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each 
proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of 
information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that 
summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for 
public comment:
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently 
approved information collection; Title: Probable Fraud Measurement 
Pilot; Use: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is 
seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the 
collections required for a probable fraud measurement pilot. The 
probable fraud measurement pilot would establish a baseline estimate of 
probable fraud in payments for home health care services in the fee-
for-service Medicare program. CMS and its agents will collect 
information from home health agencies, the referring physicians and 
Medicare beneficiaries selected in a national random sample of home 
health claims. The pilot will rely on the information collected along 
with a summary of the service history of the HHA, the referring 
provider, and the beneficiary to estimate the percentage of total 
payments that are associated with probable fraud and the percentage of 
all claims that are associated with probable fraud for Medicare fee-
for-service home health. Form Number: CMS-10406 (OMB control number: 
0938-1192); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Individual and Private 
Sector--Business or other for-profits; Number of Respondents: 6,000; 
Total Annual Responses: 6,000; Total Annual Hours: 7,500. (For policy 
questions regarding this collection contact Cecilia Franco at (786) 
313-0737.)
    2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request 
for a new OMB control number); Title Information Collection: 
Information Collection for Transparency in Coverage Reporting by 
Qualified Health Plan Issuers; Use: Section 1311(e)(3) of the 
Affordable Care Act requires issuers of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), 
to make available and submit transparency in coverage data. This data 
collection would collect certain information from QHP issuers in 
Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges that rely on 
the federal IT platform (i.e., HealthCare.gov). HHS anticipates that 
consumers may use this information to inform plan selection.
    Although this proposed data collection is limited to certain QHP 
issuers, HHS intends to phase in implementation for other entities over 
time. As stated in the final rule Patient Protection and Affordable 
Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans; 
Exchange Standards for Employers (77 FR 18310; March 27, 2012), broader 
implementation (including under Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) 
2715A), will continue to be addressed in separate rulemaking issued by 
HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (the 
Departments). For State-based Exchanges not addressed in the current 
proposal, standards will be proposed later.
    Consistent with PHS Act section 2715A, which largely extends the 
transparency reporting provisions set forth in section 1311(e)(3) to 
non-grandfathered group health plans (including large group and self-
insured health plans) and health insurance issuers offering group and 
individual health insurance coverage (non-QHP issuers), the Departments 
intend to propose other transparency reporting requirements, through a 
separate rulemaking, for non-QHP issuers and non-grandfathered group 
health plans. Those proposed reporting requirements may differ from 
those prescribed in the HHS proposal under section 1311(e)(3), and will 
take into account differences in markets and other relevant factors. 
Importantly, the Departments intend to streamline reporting under 
multiple reporting provisions and reduce unnecessary duplication. The 
Departments intend to implement any transparency reporting requirements 
applicable to non-QHP issuers and non-grandfathered group health plans 
only after notice and comment, and after giving those issuers and plans 
sufficient time, following the publication of final rules, to come into 
compliance with those requirements.
    CMS received a total of 13 comments during the 60-day comment 
period (August 12, 2015, 80 FR 48320). Form Number: CMS-10572 (OMB 
control number: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: 
Private Sector; Number of Respondents: 475; Number of Responses: 475; 
Total Annual Hours: 16,150. (For questions regarding this collection, 
contact Valisha Price at (301) 492-4343.)
    3. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Current 
Beneficiary Survey; Use: CMS is the largest single payer of health care 
in the United States. With full implementation of the Affordable Care 
Act of 2010 (ACA), the agency will play a direct or indirect role in 
administering health insurance coverage for more than 120 million 
people across the Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange populations. 
One of our critical aims is to be an effective steward, major force, 
and trustworthy partner in leading the transformation of the health 
care system. We also aim to provide Americans with high quality care 
and better health at lower costs through improvement. At the forefront 
of these initiatives is the newly formed Center for Medicare and 
Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
    The CMMI is authorized by Section 1115A of the Social Security Act, 
as established by section 3021 of the ACA and was established to ``test 
innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program 
expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care 
furnished'' to Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. Implicit 
across all of CMMI activities is an emphasis on diffusion--finding and 
validating innovative models that have the potential to scale, 
facilitating rapid adoption, and letting them take root in 
organizations, health systems, and communities across America.
    The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is the most 
comprehensive and complete survey available on the Medicare population 
and is essential in capturing data not otherwise collected through our 
operations. The MCBS is an in-person, nationally-representative, 
longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that we sponsor and is 
directed by the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) in 
partnership with the CMMI. The survey captures beneficiary information 
whether aged or disabled, living in the community or facility, or 
serviced by

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managed care or fee-for-service. Data produced as part of the MCBS are 
enhanced with our administrative data (e.g. fee-for-service claims, 
prescription drug event data, enrollment, etc.) to provide users with 
more accurate and complete estimates of total health care costs and 
utilization. The MCBS has been continuously fielded for more than 20 
years (encompassing over 1 million interviews), and consists of three 
annual interviews per survey participant.
    The MCBS continues to provide unique insight into the Medicare 
program and helps CMS and our external stakeholders better understand 
and evaluate the impact of existing programs and significant new policy 
initiatives. In the past, MCBS data have been used to assess potential 
changes to the Medicare program. For example, the MCBS was instrumental 
in supporting the development and implementation of the Medicare 
prescription drug benefit by providing a means to evaluate prescription 
drug costs and out-of-pocket burden for these drugs to Medicare 
beneficiaries. The revision will streamline some questionnaire 
sections, add a few new measures, and update the wording of questions 
and response categories. Most of the revised questions reflect an 
effort to bring the MCBS questionnaire in line with other national 
surveys that have more current wording of questions and response 
categories with well-established measures. As a whole, these revisions 
do not change the respondent burden; there is a small increase in 
overall burden reflecting a program change to oversample small 
population groups. Form Number: CMS-P-0015A (OMB control number: 0938-
0568); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Individuals or 
Households; Number of Respondents: 16,071; Total Annual Responses: 
43,199; Total Annual Hours: 60,103. (For policy questions regarding 
this collection contact William Long at 410-786-7927.)

    Dated: April 26, 2016.
William N. Parham, III,
Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and 
Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2016-10084 Filed 4-28-16; 8:45 am]
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