Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 64835-64837 [2018-27359]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices Federal Communications Commission. Cecilia Sigmund, Federal Register Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–27272 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0198; Docket No. 2018–0003; Sequence No. 20] Submission for OMB Review; Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an existing OMB emergency clearance notice regarding violations of arms control treaties or agreements with the United States. DATES: Submit comments on or before January 17, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for GSA, Room 10236, NEOB, Washington, DC 20503. Additionally submit a copy to GSA by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Mandell/IC 9000–0198, Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000–0198, Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States, in all correspondence related to amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 this collection. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail). Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States. Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, at 202–219–0202 or email cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION Jkt 247001 64835 A. Purpose This is a requirement for an extension of OMB control number 9000–0198, Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States. Section 1290 of Public Law 114–328 (codified at 22 U.S.C. 2593e) went into effect on December 23, 2016. The implementation of this FAR case will protect against doing business with entities that engage in any activity that contributed to or is a significant factor in a country’s failure to comply with arms control treaties or agreements with the United States. This action is necessary because of statutory requirements relating to a national security function of the United States. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 83 FR 28145, on June 15, 2018, as part of an interim rule under FAR Case 2017–018, Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States. Janet Fry, Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–27365 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: A 60-day notice published in the Federal Register at 83 FR 29117 on June 22, 2018. No comments were received. 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: ‘‘Online Application Order Form for Products from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).’’ DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 19, 2019. 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: C. Annual Reporting Burden Proposed Project Number of Respondents: 11,634. Responses per Respondent: 8.6. Total Responses: 99,796. Average Burden Hours per Response: 0.4 hours. Total Burden Hours: 40,478. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202–501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0198, Online Application Order Form for Products from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) 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 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced ‘‘H-Cup’’) is a vital resource helping the Agency achieve its research agenda, thereby furthering its goal of improving the delivery of health care in the United States. HCUP is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal- B. Public Comment PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 64836 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices State-Industry partnership and sponsored by AHRQ. HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States, with all-payer, encounter-level information beginning in 1988. The HCUP databases are annual files that contain anonymous information from hospital discharge records for inpatient care and certain components of outpatient care, such as emergency care and ambulatory surgeries. The project currently releases seven types of databases created for research use on a broad range of health issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, State, and local market levels. HCUP also produces a large number of software tools to enhance the use of administrative health care data for research and public health use. Software tools use information available from a variety of sources to create new data elements, often through sophisticated algorithms, for use with the HCUP databases. HCUP’s objectives are to: • Create and enhance a powerful source of national, state, and all-payer health care data. • Produce a broad set of software tools and products to facilitate the use of HCUP and other administrative data. • Enrich a collaborative partnership with statewide data organizations (that voluntarily participate in the project) aimed at increasing the quality and use of health care data. • Conduct and translate research to inform decision making and improve health care delivery. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES This project is being conducted by AHRQ through its primary contractor and subcontractor, IBM Watson Health and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., 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 outcomes, cost, cost-effectiveness, and use of health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(3). Method of Collection The HCUP releases seven types of databases for public research use: (1) The National Inpatient Sample (NIS) is the largest all-payer inpatient care database in the United States, yielding national estimates of hospital inpatient stays. The NIS approximates 20 percent of the discharges from all U.S. community hospitals and contains data from approximately 7 million hospital stays each year. NIS data releases are available for purchase from the HCUP Central Distributor for data years beginning in 1988. VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 (2) The Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID) is the only all-payer inpatient care database for children in the United States. The KID was specifically designed to permit researchers to study a broad range of conditions and procedures related to child health issues. The KID contains a sample of 2 to 3 million discharges for children age 20 and younger from more than 4,200 U.S. community hospitals. KID data releases are available every third year starting in 1997. (3) The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) is the largest all-payer ED database in the United States. It is constructed to capture information both on ED visits that do not result in an admission and on ED visits that result in an admission to the same hospital. The NEDS contains more than 31 million unweighted records for ED visits at about 950 U.S. community hospitals and approximates a 20-percent stratified sample of U.S. hospital-based EDs. NEDS data releases are available beginning with data year 2006. (4) The State Inpatient Databases (SID) contain the universe of inpatient discharge abstracts from data organizations in 48 States and the District of Columbia that currently participate in the SID. Together, the SID encompass approximately 97 percent of all U.S. community hospital discharges. Most States that participate in the SID make their data available for purchase through the HCUP Central Distributor. Files are available beginning with data year 1990. (5) The State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD) contain encounter-level data from ambulatory surgery and other outpatient services from hospital-owned facilities. In addition, some States provide data for ambulatory surgery and outpatient services from nonhospital-owned facilities. Currently, 35 States participate in the SASD. Files are available beginning with data year 1997. (6) The State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) contain data from hospital-owned emergency departments (ED) for visits that do not result in a hospitalization. Currently, 38 States participate in the SEDD. Files are available beginning with data year 1999. (7) A new database called the Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD) is planned for release in late 2019. The NRD is designed to support various types of analyses of national readmission rates. This database addresses a large gap in health care data—the lack of nationally representative information on hospital readmissions. The NRD is a calendar- PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 year, discharge-level database constructed from the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID). To support AHRQ’s mission to improve health care through scientific research, HCUP databases and software tools are disseminated to users outside of the Agency through a mechanism known as the HCUP Central Distributor at https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/ tech_assist/centdist.jsp. The HCUP Central Distributor assists qualified researchers to access uniform research data across multiple states with the use of one application process. The HCUP databases disseminated through the Central Distributor are referred to as ‘‘restricted access public release files’’; that is, they are publicly available, but only under restricted conditions. This information collection request is for the activities associated with the HCUP database application process, not the collection of health care data for HCUP databases. The activities associated with this application include: (1) HCUP Application. All persons requesting access to the HCUP databases must complete an application at https:// distributor.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/. Applications for HCUP State databases require a brief description of the planned research use to ensure that the intended use is consistent with HCUP policies and with the HCUP Data Use Agreement (DUA). Paper versions of all application packages are also available for downloading at http://www.hcupus.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/centdist.jsp. (2) HCUP DUA Training. All persons wanting access to the HCUP databases must complete an online training course. The purpose of the training is to emphasize the importance of data protection, reduce the risk of inadvertent violations, and describe the individual’s responsibility when using HCUP data. The training course can be accessed and completed online at http:// www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/techassist/ dua.jsp. (3) HCUP DUA. All persons wanting access to the HCUP databases must sign a data use agreement. An example DUA for the Nationwide databases is available at http://www.hcupus.ahrq.gov/team/NationwideDUA.jsp. HCUP databases are released to researchers outside of AHRQ after the completion of required training and submission of an application that includes a signed HCUP DUA. In addition, before restricted access public release state-level databases are released, AHRQ must review and approve the applicant’s statement of intended use to ensure that the planned use is consistent with HCUP policies and with the HCUP DUA. Fees are set E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices for databases released through the HCUP Central Distributor depending on the type of database. The fee for sale of state-level data is determined by each participating Statewide Data Organization and reimbursed to those organizations. Information collected in the HCUP Application process will be used for two purposes only: 1. Business Transaction: In order to deliver the HCUP databases and software, contact information is necessary for shipping some types of HCUP data on disk (or any other media used in the future). 2. Enforcement of the HCUP DUA: The HCUP DUA contains several restrictions on use of the data. Most of these restrictions have been put in place to safeguard the privacy of individuals and establishments represented in the data. For example, data users can only use the data for research, analysis, and aggregate statistical reporting and are prohibited from attempting to identify any persons in the data. Contact information on HCUP DUAs is retained in the event that a violation of the DUA takes place. 64837 Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden associated with the applicants’ time to order any of the HCUP databases. An estimated 1,500 persons will order HCUP data annually. Each of these persons will complete an application (10 minutes), the DUA training (15 minutes) and a DUA (5 minutes). The total burden is estimated to be 750 hours annually. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated with the applicants’ time to order HCUP data. The total cost burden is estimated to be $29,662 annually. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours HCUP Application Form .................................................................. HCUP DUA Training ....................................................................... HCUP DUA ..................................................................................... 1,500 1,500 1,500 1 .............................. 1 .............................. 1 .............................. 10/60 ..................... 15/60 ..................... 5/60 ....................... 250 375 125 Total ......................................................................................... 4,500 na ............................ na .......................... 750 EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden HCUP Application Form ....................................................................... HCUP DUA Training ............................................................................ HCUP DUA .......................................................................................... 1,500 1,500 1,500 250 ....................... 375 ....................... 125 ....................... $39.55 ................. 39.55 ................... 39.55 ................... $9,887 14,831 4,944 Total ..................................................................................................... 4,500 750 ....................... na ........................ 29,662 * Based upon the mean of the average wages for Life Scientists, All Other (19–1099), National Compensation Survey: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#b29-0000. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Francis D. Chesley, Jr., Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2018–27359 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Diagnostic and Treatment of Clinical Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia (CATD) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Request for supplemental evidence and data submissions. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions from the public. Scientific information is being solicited to inform our review of Diagnostic and Treatment of Clinical Alzheimer’s-type Dementia (CATD), which is currently being conducted by the AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific information will improve the quality of this review. DATES: Submission Deadline on or before January 17, 2019. ADDRESSES: Email submissions: epc@ahrq.hhs.gov. Print submissions: Mailing Address: Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ATTN: EPC SEADs Coordinator, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E53A, Rockville, MD 20857. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 18, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64835-64837]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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: ``Online Application Order Form for Products from the 
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).''

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 19, 2019.

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

Online Application Order Form for Products from the Healthcare Cost and 
Utilization Project (HCUP)

    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 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, 
pronounced ``H-Cup'') is a vital resource helping the Agency achieve 
its research agenda, thereby furthering its goal of improving the 
delivery of health care in the United States. HCUP is a family of 
health care databases and related software tools and products developed 
through a Federal-

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State-Industry partnership and sponsored by AHRQ. HCUP includes the 
largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United 
States, with all-payer, encounter-level information beginning in 1988. 
The HCUP databases are annual files that contain anonymous information 
from hospital discharge records for inpatient care and certain 
components of outpatient care, such as emergency care and ambulatory 
surgeries. The project currently releases seven types of databases 
created for research use on a broad range of health issues, including 
cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access 
to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, 
State, and local market levels. HCUP also produces a large number of 
software tools to enhance the use of administrative health care data 
for research and public health use. Software tools use information 
available from a variety of sources to create new data elements, often 
through sophisticated algorithms, for use with the HCUP databases.
    HCUP's objectives are to:

     Create and enhance a powerful source of national, 
state, and all-payer health care data.
     Produce a broad set of software tools and products to 
facilitate the use of HCUP and other administrative data.
     Enrich a collaborative partnership with statewide data 
organizations (that voluntarily participate in the project) aimed at 
increasing the quality and use of health care data.
     Conduct and translate research to inform decision 
making and improve health care delivery.

    This project is being conducted by AHRQ through its primary 
contractor and subcontractor, IBM Watson Health and Social & Scientific 
Systems, Inc., 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 outcomes, cost, cost-
effectiveness, and use of health care services and access to such 
services. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(3).

Method of Collection

    The HCUP releases seven types of databases for public research use:
    (1) The National Inpatient Sample (NIS) is the largest all-payer 
inpatient care database in the United States, yielding national 
estimates of hospital inpatient stays. The NIS approximates 20 percent 
of the discharges from all U.S. community hospitals and contains data 
from approximately 7 million hospital stays each year. NIS data 
releases are available for purchase from the HCUP Central Distributor 
for data years beginning in 1988.
    (2) The Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) is the only all-payer 
inpatient care database for children in the United States. The KID was 
specifically designed to permit researchers to study a broad range of 
conditions and procedures related to child health issues. The KID 
contains a sample of 2 to 3 million discharges for children age 20 and 
younger from more than 4,200 U.S. community hospitals. KID data 
releases are available every third year starting in 1997.
    (3) The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) is the 
largest all-payer ED database in the United States. It is constructed 
to capture information both on ED visits that do not result in an 
admission and on ED visits that result in an admission to the same 
hospital. The NEDS contains more than 31 million unweighted records for 
ED visits at about 950 U.S. community hospitals and approximates a 20-
percent stratified sample of U.S. hospital-based EDs. NEDS data 
releases are available beginning with data year 2006.
    (4) The State Inpatient Databases (SID) contain the universe of 
inpatient discharge abstracts from data organizations in 48 States and 
the District of Columbia that currently participate in the SID. 
Together, the SID encompass approximately 97 percent of all U.S. 
community hospital discharges. Most States that participate in the SID 
make their data available for purchase through the HCUP Central 
Distributor. Files are available beginning with data year 1990.
    (5) The State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD) 
contain encounter-level data from ambulatory surgery and other 
outpatient services from hospital-owned facilities. In addition, some 
States provide data for ambulatory surgery and outpatient services from 
nonhospital-owned facilities. Currently, 35 States participate in the 
SASD. Files are available beginning with data year 1997.
    (6) The State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) contain data 
from hospital-owned emergency departments (ED) for visits that do not 
result in a hospitalization. Currently, 38 States participate in the 
SEDD. Files are available beginning with data year 1999.
    (7) A new database called the Nationwide Readmissions Database 
(NRD) is planned for release in late 2019. The NRD is designed to 
support various types of analyses of national readmission rates. This 
database addresses a large gap in health care data--the lack of 
nationally representative information on hospital readmissions. The NRD 
is a calendar-year, discharge-level database constructed from the HCUP 
State Inpatient Databases (SID).
    To support AHRQ's mission to improve health care through scientific 
research, HCUP databases and software tools are disseminated to users 
outside of the Agency through a mechanism known as the HCUP Central 
Distributor at https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/centdist.jsp. 
The HCUP Central Distributor assists qualified researchers to access 
uniform research data across multiple states with the use of one 
application process. The HCUP databases disseminated through the 
Central Distributor are referred to as ``restricted access public 
release files''; that is, they are publicly available, but only under 
restricted conditions.
    This information collection request is for the activities 
associated with the HCUP database application process, not the 
collection of health care data for HCUP databases. The activities 
associated with this application include:
    (1) HCUP Application. All persons requesting access to the HCUP 
databases must complete an application at https://distributor.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/. Applications for HCUP State databases require a brief 
description of the planned research use to ensure that the intended use 
is consistent with HCUP policies and with the HCUP Data Use Agreement 
(DUA). Paper versions of all application packages are also available 
for downloading at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/centdist.jsp.
    (2) HCUP DUA Training. All persons wanting access to the HCUP 
databases must complete an online training course. The purpose of the 
training is to emphasize the importance of data protection, reduce the 
risk of inadvertent violations, and describe the individual's 
responsibility when using HCUP data. The training course can be 
accessed and completed online at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/techassist/dua.jsp.
    (3) HCUP DUA. All persons wanting access to the HCUP databases must 
sign a data use agreement. An example DUA for the Nationwide databases 
is available at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/team/NationwideDUA.jsp.
    HCUP databases are released to researchers outside of AHRQ after 
the completion of required training and submission of an application 
that includes a signed HCUP DUA. In addition, before restricted access 
public release state-level databases are released, AHRQ must review and 
approve the applicant's statement of intended use to ensure that the 
planned use is consistent with HCUP policies and with the HCUP DUA. 
Fees are set

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for databases released through the HCUP Central Distributor depending 
on the type of database. The fee for sale of state-level data is 
determined by each participating Statewide Data Organization and 
reimbursed to those organizations.
    Information collected in the HCUP Application process will be used 
for two purposes only:
    1. Business Transaction: In order to deliver the HCUP databases and 
software, contact information is necessary for shipping some types of 
HCUP data on disk (or any other media used in the future).
    2. Enforcement of the HCUP DUA: The HCUP DUA contains several 
restrictions on use of the data. Most of these restrictions have been 
put in place to safeguard the privacy of individuals and establishments 
represented in the data. For example, data users can only use the data 
for research, analysis, and aggregate statistical reporting and are 
prohibited from attempting to identify any persons in the data. Contact 
information on HCUP DUAs is retained in the event that a violation of 
the DUA takes place.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden associated with the 
applicants' time to order any of the HCUP databases. An estimated 1,500 
persons will order HCUP data annually. Each of these persons will 
complete an application (10 minutes), the DUA training (15 minutes) and 
a DUA (5 minutes). The total burden is estimated to be 750 hours 
annually.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated 
with the applicants' time to order HCUP data. The total cost burden is 
estimated to be $29,662 annually.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                       Number of     Number of  responses                          Total burden
             Form name                respondents      per  respondent       Hours per response        hours
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HCUP Application Form.............           1,500  1....................  10/60................             250
HCUP DUA Training.................           1,500  1....................  15/60................             375
HCUP DUA..........................           1,500  1....................  5/60.................             125
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    Total.........................           4,500  na...................  na...................             750
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                       Number of                            Average hourly wage     Total cost
             Form name                respondents    Total  burden hours           rate *             burden
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HCUP Application Form.............           1,500  250..................  $39.55...............          $9,887
HCUP DUA Training.................           1,500  375..................  39.55................          14,831
HCUP DUA..........................           1,500  125..................  39.55................           4,944
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Total.............................           4,500  750..................  na...................          29,662
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* Based upon the mean of the average wages for Life Scientists, All Other (19-1099), National Compensation
  Survey:
Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States,
  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#b29-0000.

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.

Francis D. Chesley, Jr.,
Acting Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2018-27359 Filed 12-17-18; 8:45 am]
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