Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 35206-35208 [2017-15884]

Download as PDF 35206 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS OVER 3 YEARS Number of respondents Type of information collection Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Mail/email * ....................................................................................................... Telephone ........................................................................................................ Web-based ....................................................................................................... Focus Groups .................................................................................................. In-person .......................................................................................................... Automated ** .................................................................................................... Cognitive Testing *** ........................................................................................ 6,000 600 3,000 1,500 600 1,500 600 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 20/60 40/60 10/60 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 2,000 400 500 3,000 600 1,500 900 Totals ........................................................................................................ 13,800 na na 8,900 * May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change. ** May include testing of database software, CAPI software or other automated technologies. *** May include cognitive interviews for questionnaire or toolkit development, or ‘‘think aloud’’ testing of prototype Web sites. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED COST BURDEN OVER 3 YEARS Number of respondents Type of information collection Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Mail/email ......................................................................................................... Telephone ........................................................................................................ Web-based ....................................................................................................... Focus Groups .................................................................................................. In-person .......................................................................................................... Automated ........................................................................................................ Cognitive Testing ............................................................................................. 6,000 600 3,000 1,500 600 1,500 600 2,000 400 500 3,000 600 1,500 900 $38.06 38.06 38.06 38,06 38.06 38.06 38.06 $76,120 15,224 19,030 114,180 22,836 57,090 34,254 Totals ........................................................................................................ 13,800 8,900 na 338,734 * Based upon the average wages for 29–000 (Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations), ‘‘National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2016,’’ U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ nat.htm#29-0000. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 comments will become a matter of public record. Sharon B. Arnold, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2017–15883 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P 60 days for public comment. No substantive comments were received; however changes have been made to the burden estimates in Exhibit 1, resulting in an increase of 1,316 burden hours. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. Comments on this notice must be received by August 28, 2017. DATES: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reapprove the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Insurance Component.’’ This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 28, 2017, and allowed SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer) or by email at OIRA_submission@ omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer). 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: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 35207 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices conduct research on health care, 42 U.S.C. 299a. Proposed Project Medical Expenditure Panel Survey— Insurance Component Method of Collection In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. Employer-sponsored health insurance is the source of coverage for 84.4 million current and former workers, plus many of their family members, and is a cornerstone of the U.S. health care system. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Insurance Component (MEPS– IC) measures the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance on an annual basis. These statistics for private industry are produced at the National, State, and sub-State (metropolitan area) level. Statistics are also produced for State and Local governments. This research has the following goals: (1) Provide data for Federal policymakers evaluating the effects of National and State health care reforms. (2) Provide descriptive data on the current employer-sponsored health insurance system and data for modeling the differential impacts of proposed health policy initiatives. (3) Supply critical State and National estimates of health insurance spending for the National Health Accounts and Gross Domestic Product. The MEPS–IC is conducted pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct surveys to collect data on the cost, use and quality of health care, including types and costs of private insurance, 42 U.S.C. 299b–2(a), and to To achieve the goals of this project, following data collections will be implemented for both private sector and state and local government employers: (1) Pre-screener Questionnaire—The purpose of the Pre-screener Questionnaire, which is collected via telephone, varies depending on the insurance status of the establishment contacted. Establishment is defined as a single, physical location in the private sector and a governmental unit in state and local governments. For establishments that do not offer health insurance to their employees, the Prescreener Questionnaire is used to collect basic information, such as number of employees. For establishments that do offer health insurance, the Pre-screener Questionnaire collects contact name and address information for the person in the establishment best equipped to complete the full questionnaire. (2) Establishment Questionnaire—The purpose of the mailed Establishment Questionnaire is to obtain general information from employers that provide health insurance to their employees, including total active enrollment in health insurance, other employee benefits, demographic characteristics of employees, and retiree health insurance. (3) Plan Questionnaire—The purpose of the mailed Plan Questionnaire is to collect plan-specific information on each plan (up to four plans) offered by establishments. This questionnaire obtains information on total premiums, employer and employee contributions to the premium, and plan enrollment for each type of coverage offered—single, employee-plus-one, and family—within a plan. It also asks for information on deductibles, copays, and other plan characteristics. The primary objective of the MEPS– IC is to collect information on employersponsored health insurance. Such information is needed in order to provide the tools for Federal, State, and academic researchers to evaluate current and proposed health policies and to support the production of important statistical measures for other Federal agencies. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondent’s time to participate in the MEPS–IC. The Pre-screener questionnaire will be completed by 30,041 respondents and takes 5 minutes to complete. The Establishment questionnaire will be completed by 25,914 respondents and takes 23 minutes to complete. The Plan questionnaire will be completed by 22,943 respondents and will require an average of 2.5 responses per respondent. Each Plan questionnaire takes 11 minutes to complete. The total annualized burden hours are estimated to be 22,952 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated with the respondents’ time to participate in this data collection. The annualized cost burden is estimated to be $733,776. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS FOR THE 2018–2019 MEPS–IC Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Prescreener Questionnaire .............................................................................. Establishment Questionnaire ........................................................................... Plan Questionnaire .......................................................................................... 30,041 25,914 22,943 1 1 2.5 5/60 * 23/60 11/60 2,503 9,934 10,515 Total .......................................................................................................... 78,898 na na 22,952 * The burden estimate printed on the establishment questionnaire is 45 minutes which includes the burden estimate for completing the establishment questionnaire and two plan questionnaires (on average, each establishment completes 2.5 plan questionnaires). The establishment and plan questionnaires are sent to the respondent as a package and are completed by the respondent at the same time. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN FOR THE 2018–2019 MEPS–IC Number of respondents Form name Prescreener Questionnaire .............................................................................. Establishment Questionnaire ........................................................................... Plan Questionnaire .......................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total burden hours 30,041 25,914 22,943 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 2,503 9,934 10,515 28JYN1 Average hourly wage rate * 31.97 31.97 31.97 Total cost burden $80,021 317,590 336,165 35208 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN FOR THE 2018–2019 MEPS–IC—Continued Number of respondents Form name Total .......................................................................................................... Total burden hours 78,898 Average hourly wage rate * 22,952 na Total cost burden 733,776 * Based upon the mean hourly wage for Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists occupation code 13–1141, at https:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes131141.htm (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.) 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. Sharon B. Arnold, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2017–15884 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 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: ‘‘The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery.’’ SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register titled ‘‘The AHRQ Safety Program for Enhancing Surgical Care and Recovery,’’ on May 18, 2017 and allowed 60 days for public comment. AHRQ did not receive any substantive comments. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 28, 2017. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer) or by email at OIRA_submission@ omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ’s desk 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 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery is a quality improvement project that aims to provide technical assistance to hospitals to help them implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes and prevent complications among patients who undergo surgery. Enhanced recovery pathways are a constellation of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative practices that decrease complications and accelerate recovery. A number of studies and meta-analyses have demonstrated successful results. In order to facilitate broader adoption of these evidence-based practices among U.S. hospitals, this AHRQ project will adapt the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to reducing other patient harms, to enhanced recovery of surgical patients. The approach uses a combination of clinical and cultural (i.e., technical and adaptive) intervention components which include PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 promoting leadership and frontline staff engagement, close teamwork among surgeons, anesthesia providers, and nurses, as well as enhancing patient communication and engagement. Interested hospitals will voluntarily participate. This project has the following goals: • Improve outcomes of surgical patients by disseminating and supporting implementation of evidencebased enhanced recovery practices within the CUSP framework. • Develop a bundle of technical and adaptive interventions and associated tools and educational materials to support implementation. • Provide technical assistance and training to hospitals for implementing enhanced recovery practices. • Assess the adoption, and evaluate the effectiveness of, the intervention among the participating hospitals. This project is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor Johns Hopkins University; with subcontractors Westat, and the American College of Surgeons. The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery is being undertaken pursuant to AHRQ’s mission to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health services, and access to such services, through the establishment of a broad base of scientific research and through the promotion of improvements in clinical and health systems practices, including the prevention of diseases and other health conditions. 42 U.S.C. 299. Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections will be implemented: (1) Safety Culture Survey. Hospitals will assess the impact of participation in the project on perioperative safety culture by having their staff members who will be part of the enhanced recovery program complete a survey adapted from the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) at the beginning and end of the program. The hospital’s enhanced recovery project team will receive their survey results and then debrief their staff on their safety culture and identify opportunities for further improvement. The national E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 144 (Friday, July 28, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35206-35208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-15884]


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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) reapprove the proposed information 
collection project: ``Medical Expenditure Panel Survey--Insurance 
Component.''
    This proposed information collection was previously published in 
the Federal Register on April 28, 2017, and allowed 60 days for public 
comment. No substantive comments were received; however changes have 
been made to the burden estimates in Exhibit 1, resulting in an 
increase of 1,316 burden hours. The purpose of this notice is to allow 
an additional 30 days for public comment.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 28, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ's OMB Desk 
Officer by fax at (202) 395-6974 (attention: AHRQ's desk officer) or by 
email at OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ's desk officer).
    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:

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Proposed Project

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey--Insurance Component

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information 
collection. Employer-sponsored health insurance is the source of 
coverage for 84.4 million current and former workers, plus many of 
their family members, and is a cornerstone of the U.S. health care 
system. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey--Insurance Component 
(MEPS-IC) measures the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored 
health insurance on an annual basis. These statistics for private 
industry are produced at the National, State, and sub-State 
(metropolitan area) level. Statistics are also produced for State and 
Local governments.
    This research has the following goals:
    (1) Provide data for Federal policymakers evaluating the effects of 
National and State health care reforms.
    (2) Provide descriptive data on the current employer-sponsored 
health insurance system and data for modeling the differential impacts 
of proposed health policy initiatives.
    (3) Supply critical State and National estimates of health 
insurance spending for the National Health Accounts and Gross Domestic 
Product.
    The MEPS-IC is conducted pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to 
conduct surveys to collect data on the cost, use and quality of health 
care, including types and costs of private insurance, 42 U.S.C. 299b-
2(a), and to conduct research on health care, 42 U.S.C. 299a.

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goals of this project, following data collections 
will be implemented for both private sector and state and local 
government employers:
    (1) Pre-screener Questionnaire--The purpose of the Pre-screener 
Questionnaire, which is collected via telephone, varies depending on 
the insurance status of the establishment contacted. Establishment is 
defined as a single, physical location in the private sector and a 
governmental unit in state and local governments. For establishments 
that do not offer health insurance to their employees, the Pre-screener 
Questionnaire is used to collect basic information, such as number of 
employees. For establishments that do offer health insurance, the Pre-
screener Questionnaire collects contact name and address information 
for the person in the establishment best equipped to complete the full 
questionnaire.
    (2) Establishment Questionnaire--The purpose of the mailed 
Establishment Questionnaire is to obtain general information from 
employers that provide health insurance to their employees, including 
total active enrollment in health insurance, other employee benefits, 
demographic characteristics of employees, and retiree health insurance.
    (3) Plan Questionnaire--The purpose of the mailed Plan 
Questionnaire is to collect plan-specific information on each plan (up 
to four plans) offered by establishments. This questionnaire obtains 
information on total premiums, employer and employee contributions to 
the premium, and plan enrollment for each type of coverage offered--
single, employee-plus-one, and family--within a plan. It also asks for 
information on deductibles, copays, and other plan characteristics.
    The primary objective of the MEPS-IC is to collect information on 
employer-sponsored health insurance. Such information is needed in 
order to provide the tools for Federal, State, and academic researchers 
to evaluate current and proposed health policies and to support the 
production of important statistical measures for other Federal 
agencies.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondent's time to participate in the MEPS-IC. The Pre-screener 
questionnaire will be completed by 30,041 respondents and takes 5 
minutes to complete. The Establishment questionnaire will be completed 
by 25,914 respondents and takes 23 minutes to complete. The Plan 
questionnaire will be completed by 22,943 respondents and will require 
an average of 2.5 responses per respondent. Each Plan questionnaire 
takes 11 minutes to complete. The total annualized burden hours are 
estimated to be 22,952 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated 
with the respondents' time to participate in this data collection. The 
annualized cost burden is estimated to be $733,776.

                     Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours for the 2018-2019 MEPS-IC
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Prescreener Questionnaire.......................          30,041               1            5/60           2,503
Establishment Questionnaire.....................          25,914               1         * 23/60           9,934
Plan Questionnaire..............................          22,943             2.5           11/60          10,515
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................          78,898              na              na          22,952
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* The burden estimate printed on the establishment questionnaire is 45 minutes which includes the burden
  estimate for completing the establishment questionnaire and two plan questionnaires (on average, each
  establishment completes 2.5 plan questionnaires). The establishment and plan questionnaires are sent to the
  respondent as a package and are completed by the respondent at the same time.


                      Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden for the 2018-2019 MEPS-IC
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                                                                                      Average
                    Form name                        Number of     Total burden    hourly  wage     Total cost
                                                    respondents        hours          rate *          burden
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Prescreener Questionnaire.......................          30,041           2,503           31.97         $80,021
Establishment Questionnaire.....................          25,914           9,934           31.97         317,590
Plan Questionnaire..............................          22,943          10,515           31.97         336,165
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------

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    Total.......................................          78,898          22,952              na         733,776
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* Based upon the mean hourly wage for Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists occupation code 13-
  1141, at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes131141.htm (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

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.

Sharon B. Arnold,
Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2017-15884 Filed 7-27-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P