Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 33069-33073 [2019-14770]

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Effective on the termination date listed above, the Receivership has been terminated, the Receiver has been discharged, and the Receivership has ceased to exist as a legal entity. Dated at Washington, DC, on July 8, 2019. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–14746 Filed 7–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6714–01–P FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 84 FR 28812. PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIME AND DATE OF THE MEETING: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and its continuation on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. This meeting was continued on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. * * * * * CHANGES IN THE MEETING: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Judith Ingram, Press Officer, Telephone: (202) 694–1220. Laura E. Sinram, Acting Secretary and Clerk of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2019–14893 Filed 7–9–19; 4:15 pm] jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6715–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 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) approve the proposed changes to the currently approved information collection project: ‘‘Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component.’’ This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2019 and allowed 60 days for public comment. AHRQ received no 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 30 days after date of publication. 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: SUMMARY: Proposed Project This request is for an update to the previously submitted and OMBapproved clearance for the data collections of the Household and Medical Provider Components of the MEPS. The previous OMB clearance request for the MEPS was approved November, 2018 with an expiration date of November 30, 2021. We propose updating the MEPS–HC by (1) adding a PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Termination date 7/1/2019 section to the 2020 self-administered questionnaire (SAQ, Male/Female) that will include questions on mental health, (2) collecting a health insurance costsharing document and (3) implementing a pilot study to evaluate the potential effectiveness of including a sample of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) nonrespondents in future MEPS panels as a strategy to improve the overall MEPS response rate. MEPS Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component • Household Component: A sample of households participating in the NHIS in the prior calendar year are interviewed 5 times over a 2 and one half (2.5) year period. These 5 interviews yield two years of information on use of, and expenditures for, health care, sources of payment for that health care, insurance status, employment, health status and health care quality. • Medical Provider Component: The MEPS–MPC collects information from medical and financial records maintained by hospitals, physicians, pharmacies and home health agencies named as sources of care by household respondents. • Insurance Component (MEPS–IC): The MEPS–IC collects information on establishment characteristics, insurance offerings and premiums from employers. The MEPS–IC is conducted by the Census Bureau for AHRQ and is cleared separately. The MEPS is a multi-purpose survey. In addition to collecting data to yield annual estimates for a variety of measures related to health care use and expenditures, MEPS also provides estimates of measures related to health status, consumer assessment of health care, health insurance coverage, demographic characteristics, employment and access to health care indicators. Estimates can be provided for individuals, families and population subgroups of interest. Data obtained in this study are used to provide, among others, the following national estimates: • Annual estimates of health care use and expenditures for persons and families E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 33070 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices • annual estimates of sources of payment for health care utilizations, including public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, private insurance, and out of pocket payments • annual estimates of health care use, expenditures and sources of payment of persons and families by type of utilization including inpatient stay, ambulatory care, home health, dental care and prescribed medications • the number and characteristics of the population eligible for public programs including the use of services and expenditures of the population(s) eligible for benefits under Medicare and Medicaid • the number, characteristics, and use of services and expenditures of persons and families with various forms of insurance • annual estimates of consumer satisfaction with health care, and indicators of health care quality for key conditions • annual estimates to track disparities in health care use and access In addition to national estimates, data collected in this ongoing longitudinal study are used to study the determinants of the use of services and expenditures, and changes in the access to and the provision of health care in relation to: • Socio-economic and demographic factors such as employment or income • the health status and satisfaction with health care of individuals and families • the health needs and circumstances of specific subpopulation groups such as the elderly and children To meet the need for national data on health care use, access, cost and quality, MEPS-Household Component (MEPS– HC) collects information on: • Access to care and barriers to receiving needed care • satisfaction with usual providers • health status and limitations in activities • medical conditions for which health care was used • use, expense and payment (as well as insurance status of person receiving care) for health services Given the twin problems of nonresponse and response error of some household reported data, information is collected directly from medical providers in the MEPS–MPC to improve the accuracy of expenditure estimates derived from the MEPS–HC. Because of their greater level of precision and detail, we also use MEPS–MPC data as the main source of imputations of missing expenditure data. Thus, the MEPS–MPC is designed to satisfy the following analytical objectives: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 • Serve as source data for household reported events with missing expenditure information • Serve as an imputation source to reduce the level of bias in survey estimates of medical expenditures due to item nonresponse and less complete and less accurate household data • Serve as the primary data source for expenditure estimates of medical care provided by separately billing doctors in hospitals, emergency rooms, and outpatient departments, Medicaid recipients and expenditure estimates for pharmacies • Allow for an examination of the level of agreement in reported expenditures from household respondents and medical providers Data from the MEPS, both the HC and MPC components, are intended for a number of annual reports produced by AHRQ, including the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractors, Westat and RTI International, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on healthcare and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the cost and use of health care services and with respect to health statistics and surveys. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(3) and (8); 42 U.S.C. 299b–2. Method of Collection To achieve the goals of the MEPS–HC the following data collections are implemented: 1. Household Component Core Instrument. The core instrument collects data about persons in sample households. Topical areas asked in each round of interviewing include priority condition enumeration, health status, health care utilization including prescribed medicines, expenses and payments, employment, and health insurance. Other topical areas that are asked only once a year include access to care, income, assets, satisfaction with providers, and children’s health. While many of the questions are asked about the entire reporting unit (RU), which is typically a family, only one person normally provides this information. All sections of the current core instrument are available on the AHRQ website at http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/survey_ comp/survey_questionnaires.jsp . 2. Adult Self-Administered Questionnaire. A brief self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) is used to collect self-reported (rather than through household proxy) health opinions and satisfaction with health care, and information on health status, preventive PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 care and health care quality measures for adults 18 and older. 3. Diabetes Care SAQ. A brief selfadministered paper-and-pencil questionnaire on the quality of diabetes care is administered once a year (during rounds 3 and 5) to persons identified as having diabetes. Included are questions about the number of times the respondent reported having a hemoglobin A1c blood test, whether the respondent reported having his or her feet checked for sores or irritations, whether the respondent reported having an eye exam in which the pupils were dilated, the last time the respondent had his or her blood cholesterol checked and whether the diabetes has caused kidney or eye problems. Respondents are also asked if their diabetes is being treated with diet, oral medications or insulin. 4. Authorization forms for the MEPS– MPC Provider and Pharmacy Survey. We ask respondents for authorization to obtain supplemental information from their medical providers (hospitals, physicians, home health agencies and institutions) and pharmacies. 5. MEPS Validation Interview. Each interviewer is required to have at least 15 percent of his/her caseload validated to insure that the computer assisted personal interview (CAPI) questionnaire content was asked appropriately and procedures followed, for example, the use of show cards. Validation flags are set programmatically for cases preselected by data processing staff before each round of interviewing. Home office and field management may also request that other cases be validated throughout the field period. When an interviewer fails a validation their work is subject to 100 percent validation. Additionally, any case completed in less than 30 minutes is validated. A validation abstract form containing selected data collected in the CAPI interview is generated and used by the validator to guide the validation interview. 6. Mental Health Questions. Added to SAQ (Male/Female). MEPS will include questions addressing issues in regards to an individual’s mental health and mental health treatment including mental health status, access to care, barriers to care, experiences with care, and use of peer support and other services to the SAQ for administration during the summer of 2020 with data collection targeting the adult (age 18 and over) population. AHRQ worked with several experts in the mental health field to develop these questions and used their expertise to take advantage of already tested and widely accepted measures. 7. Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection. AHRQ is seeking to enhance E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices data collection practices in the 2020 fielding of the MEPS–HC to collect more detailed health insurance cost-sharing information from respondents with current private insurance, Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans. Specifically, we will ask respondents to provide a document for themselves and family members that includes information on plan deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and other cost sharing details for specific services. An example of the type of document we are proposing to collect is the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. AHRQ worked with experts on a feasibility study to identify the best methods for collecting these types of documents in a way that would minimize respondent burden (OMB approval 0935–0124). AHRQ proposes to provide informational materials to respondents to help them identify the documents and also proposes to provide respondents with a $30 per plan, post-collection incentive to facilitate response and mitigate perceived additional burden. 8. Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents. This test will be conducted on 400 sampled addresses in 6–8 selected MEPS primary sampling units (PSUs) in the 2020 spring data collection cycle. The sample households for this test will be drawn from nonrespondents to the 2019 NHIS (which are not currently part of the MEPS frame), and only the MEPS Round 1 interview will be administered. The purpose of the test is to evaluate the potential effectiveness of including a sample of NHIS nonrespondents in future MEPS panels to mitigate the impact of declining NHIS response rates on the overall MEPS response rate. The general trend of declining response rates for household surveys is problematic and this evaluation is designed to explore an avenue to stop further declines and potentially improve the overall MEPS response rate. To achieve the goal of the MEPS–MPC the following data collections are implemented. No updates to the MEPS– MPC are being requested: 1. MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call. An initial screening call is placed to determine the type of facility, whether the practice or facility is in scope for the MEPS–MPC, the appropriate MEPS– MPC respondent and some details about the organization and availability of medical records and billing at the practice/facility. All hospitals, physician offices, home health agencies, institutions and pharmacies are screened by telephone. A unique screening instrument is used for each of these seven provider types in the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 MEPS–MPC, except for the two home care provider types which use the same screening form. 2. Home Care Provider Questionnaire for Health Care Providers. This questionnaire is used to collect data from home health care agencies which provide medical care services to household respondents. Information collected includes type of personnel providing care, hours or visits provided per month, and the charges and payments for services received. Some HMOs may be included in this provider type. 3. Home Care Provider Questionnaire for Non-Health Care Providers. This questionnaire is used to collect information about services provided in the home by non-health care workers to household respondents because of a medical condition; for example, cleaning or yard work, transportation, shopping, or child care. 4. Medical Event Questionnaire for Office-Based Providers. This questionnaire is for office-based physicians, including doctors of medicine (MDs) and osteopathy (DOs), as well as providers practicing under the direction or supervision of an MD or DO (e.g., physician assistants and nurse practitioners working in clinics). Providers of care in private offices as well as staff model HMOs are included. 5. Medical Event Questionnaire for Separately Billing Doctors. This questionnaire collects information from physicians identified by hospitals (during the Hospital Event data collection) as providing care to sampled persons during the course of inpatient, outpatient department or emergency room care, but who bill separately from the hospital. 6. Hospital Event Questionnaire. This questionnaire is used to collect information about hospital events, including inpatient stays, outpatient department, and emergency room visits. Hospital data are collected not only from the billing department, but from medical records and administrative records departments as well. Medical records departments are contacted to determine the names of all the doctors who treated the patient during a stay or visit. In many cases, the hospital administrative office also has to be contacted to determine whether the doctors identified by medical records billed separately from the hospital; doctors that do bill separately from the hospital will be contacted as part of the Medical Event Questionnaire for Separately Billing Doctors. HMOs are included in this provider type. 7. Institutions Event Questionnaire. This questionnaire is used to collect PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33071 information about institution events, including nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Institution data are collected not only from the billing department, but from medical records and administrative records departments as well. Medical records departments are contacted to determine the names of all the doctors who treated the patient during a stay. In many cases, the institution’s administrative office also has to be contacted to determine whether the doctors identified by medical records billed separately from the institution itself. Some HMOs may be included in this provider type. 8. Pharmacy Data Collection Questionnaire. This questionnaire requests the National Drug Code (NDC) and when that is not available the prescription name, strength and form as well as the date prescription was filled, payments by source, the quantity, and person for whom the prescription was filled. When the NDC is available, we do not ask for prescription name, strength or form because that information is embedded in the NDC; this reduces burden on the respondent. Most pharmacies have the requested information available in electronic format and respond by providing a computer generated printout of the patient’s prescription information. If the computerized form is unavailable, the pharmacy can report their data to a telephone interviewer. Pharmacies are also able to provide a CD–ROM with the requested information if that is preferred. HMOs are included in this provider type. Dentists, optometrists, psychologists, podiatrists, chiropractors, and others not providing care under the supervision of a MD or DO are considered out of scope for the MEPS– MPC. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents’ time to participate in the MEPS–HC and the MEPS–MPC. The MEPS–HC Core Interview will be completed by 13,338 * (see note below Exhibit 1) ‘‘family level’’ respondents, also referred to as RU respondents. Since the MEPS–HC consists of 5 rounds of interviewing covering a full two years of data, the annual average number of responses per respondent is 2.5 responses per year. The MEPS–HC core requires an average response time of 92 minutes to administer. The Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ) and Adult SAQ (SAQ) will be completed once a year by each female person in the RU that is 18 years old and older, an estimated 12,984 E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 33072 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices persons. The Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ) and Adult SAQ (SAQ) will be completed once a year by each male person in the RU that is 18 years old and older, an estimated 11,985 persons. The Adult SAQs each require an average of 7 minutes to complete. The Mental Health Questions in the Adult SAQ (Male/Female) will be completed during Round 2, Panel 25; Round 4, Panel 24 by each person in the RU that is 18 years old and older, an estimated 20,476 persons, and takes about 3.5 minutes to complete. The Diabetes Care SAQ will be completed once a year by each adult person in the RU identified as having diabetes, an estimated 2,072 persons, and takes about 3 minutes to complete. The 12,804 RUs in the MEPS–HC will complete an average of 5.4 forms, which require about 3 minutes each to complete. The authorization form for the MEPS–MPC Pharmacy Survey will be completed once for each pharmacy for any RU member who has obtained a prescription medication. RUs will complete an average of 3.1 forms, which take about 3 minutes to complete. The Health Insurance Cost Sharing collection will be completed during Round 1, Panel 25 and Round 3, Panel 24 by each RU with a current private health insurance plan, a Medicare Advantage plan, or a Medicare Part D plan. An estimated 6,258 respondents will locate and provide cost-sharing documentation for an average of 1.3 plans per eligible RU. This activity will require 45 minutes to complete for each plan. About one third of all interviewed RUs will complete a validation interview as part of the MEPS–HC quality control, which takes an average of 5 minutes to complete. The Pilot Test Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents will be completed by 200 * (see note below Exhibit 1) ‘‘family level’’ respondents, also referred to as RU respondents. The Pilot MEPS–HC core requires an average response time of 92 minutes to administer. The total annual burden hours for the MEPS–HC are estimated to be 67,542 hours. All medical providers and pharmacies included in the MEPS–MPC will receive a screening call and the MEPS–MPC uses 7 different questionnaires; 6 for medical providers and 1 for pharmacies. Each questionnaire is relatively short and requires 2 to 13 minutes to complete. The total annual burden hours for the MEPS–MPC are estimated to be 17,388 hours. The total annual burden for the MEPS–HC and MPC is estimated to be 86,160 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annual cost burden associated with the respondents’ time to participate in this information collection. The annual cost burden for the MEPS–HC is estimated to be $1,673,909; the annual cost burden for the MEPS–MPC is estimated to be $298,580. The total annual cost burden for the MEPS–HC and MPC is estimated to be $1,972,489. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours MEPS–HC MEPS–HC Core Interview ............................................................................... Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ)—Years 2019 and 2021; Adult SAQ (SAQ)— Year 2020 ..................................................................................................... Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ)—Years 2019 and 2021; Adult SAQ (SAQ)—Year 2020 ............................................................................................................. Diabetes care SAQ .......................................................................................... Mental Health Questions Included in Adult SAQ (Male/Female)—Year 2020 Authorization form for the MEPS–MPC Provider Survey ................................ Authorization form for the MEPS–MPC Pharmacy Survey ............................. Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection—2020 ........................................... MEPS–HC Validation Interview ....................................................................... Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents—2020 .................................... * 13,338 2.5 92/60 51,129 12,984 1 7/60 1,515 11,985 2,072 20,476 12,804 12,804 6,258 4,225 200 1 1 1 5.4 3.1 1.3 1 1 7/60 3/60 3.5/60 3/60 3/60 45/60 5/60 92/60 1,398 104 1,194 3,457 1,985 6,101 352 307 Subtotal for the MEPS–HC ....................................................................... 102,366 na na 67,542 MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call ** ............................................................. Home care for health care providers questionnaire ........................................ Home care for non-health care providers questionnaire ................................. Office-based providers questionnaire .............................................................. Separately billing doctors questionnaire .......................................................... Hospitals questionnaire ................................................................................... Institutions (non-hospital) questionnaire .......................................................... Pharmacies questionnaire ............................................................................... 36,598 635 11 11,210 12,397 5,310 116 6,919 1 1.53 1 1.65 3.46 3.26 2.05 2.92 2/60 9/60 11/60 10/60 13/60 9/60 9/60 3/60 1,220 146 2 3,083 9,294 2,597 36 1,010 Subtotal for the MEPS–MPC .................................................................... 73,196 na na 17,388 Grand Total ....................................................................................... 175, 562 na na 84,930 jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES MEPS–MPC * While the expected number of responding units for the annual estimates is 12,804, it is necessary to adjust for survey attrition of initial respondents by a factor of 0.96 (13,338 = 12,804/0.96). ** There are 6 different contact guides; one for office based, separately billing doctor, hospital, institution, and pharmacy provider types, and the two home care provider types, which use the same contact guide. The total estimated annual burden hours for the MEPS has increased from 77,666 hours in the previous clearance VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 to 84,930 hours in this clearance request, a difference of 7,264 hours. The addition of 1,194 hours due to the PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 addition of Mental Health questions to the Adult SAQ (Male/Female), 6,101 additional hours due to the health E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 33073 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices insurance cost sharing collection, and 307 additional hours due to the pilot test on sampling NHIS nonrespondents account for the difference. While the burden associated with these added tasks totals 7,602 hours, reductions in other burden estimates leave a net difference of 7,264 hours overall. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate Total cost burden MEPS–HC MEPS–HC Core Interview ............................................................................... Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ)–Years 2019 and 2021; Adult SAQ (SAQ)—Year 2020 ............................................................................................................. Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ)—Years 2019 and 2021; Adult SAQ (SAQ) -Year 2020 ............................................................................................................. Diabetes care SAQ .......................................................................................... Mental Health Questions Included in Adult SAQ (Male/Female)—Year 2020 Authorization forms for the MEPS–MPC Provider Survey .............................. Authorization form for the MEPS–MPC Pharmacy Survey ............................. Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection—2020 ........................................... MEPS–HC Validation Interview ....................................................................... Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents—2020 .................................... * 13,338 51,129 * $24.34 $1,244,479 12,984 1,515 * 24.34 36,875 11,985 2,072 20,476 12,804 12,804 6,258 4,225 200 1,398 104 1,194 3,457 1,985 6,101 352 307 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 * 24.34 34,027 2,531 29,062 84,143 48,314 148,498 8,567 7,472 Subtotal for the MEPS–HC ....................................................................... 102,366 67,542 na 1,643,968 MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call ................................................................ Home care for health care providers questionnaire ........................................ Home care for non-health care providers questionnaire ................................. Office-based providers questionnaire .............................................................. Separately billing doctors questionnaire .......................................................... Hospitals questionnaire ................................................................................... Institutions (non-hospital) questionnaire .......................................................... Pharmacies questionnaire ............................................................................... 36,598 635 11 11,210 12,397 5,310 116 6,919 1,220 146 2 3,083 9,294 2,597 36 1,010 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 ** 17.25 *** 15.90 21,045 2,519 35 53,182 160,322 44,798 621 16,059 Subtotal for the MEPS–MPC .................................................................... 73,196 17,388 na 298,580 Grand Total ....................................................................................... 175,562 na na 1,942,548 MEPS–MPC * Mean hourly wage for All Occupations (00–0000). ** Mean hourly wage for Medical Secretaries (43–6013). *** Mean hourly wage for Pharmacy Technicians (29–2052). jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, 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’s 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: July 8, 2019. Virginia L. Mackay-Smith, Associate Director. [FR Doc. 2019–14770 Filed 7–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA–2019–D–1768] Harmonizing Compendial Standards With Drug Application Approval Using the United States Pharmacopeial Convention Pending Monograph Process; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice of availability. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ‘‘Harmonizing Compendial Standards with Drug Application Approval Using the USP Pending Monograph Process.’’ This guidance assists applicants (or drug substance master file (MF) holders referenced in an application) in the SUMMARY: Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 133 (Thursday, July 11, 2019)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-14770]


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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 changes to the 
currently approved information collection project: ``Medical 
Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component and the MEPS 
Medical Provider Component.''
    This proposed information collection was previously published in 
the Federal Register on May 1, 2019 and allowed 60 days for public 
comment. AHRQ received no 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 30 days after date 
of publication.

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 [email protected] (attention: AHRQ's desk officer).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

    This request is for an update to the previously submitted and OMB-
approved clearance for the data collections of the Household and 
Medical Provider Components of the MEPS. The previous OMB clearance 
request for the MEPS was approved November, 2018 with an expiration 
date of November 30, 2021. We propose updating the MEPS-HC by (1) 
adding a section to the 2020 self-administered questionnaire (SAQ, 
Male/Female) that will include questions on mental health, (2) 
collecting a health insurance cost-sharing document and (3) 
implementing a pilot study to evaluate the potential effectiveness of 
including a sample of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 
nonrespondents in future MEPS panels as a strategy to improve the 
overall MEPS response rate.

MEPS Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component

     Household Component: A sample of households participating 
in the NHIS in the prior calendar year are interviewed 5 times over a 2 
and one half (2.5) year period. These 5 interviews yield two years of 
information on use of, and expenditures for, health care, sources of 
payment for that health care, insurance status, employment, health 
status and health care quality.
     Medical Provider Component: The MEPS-MPC collects 
information from medical and financial records maintained by hospitals, 
physicians, pharmacies and home health agencies named as sources of 
care by household respondents.
     Insurance Component (MEPS-IC): The MEPS-IC collects 
information on establishment characteristics, insurance offerings and 
premiums from employers. The MEPS-IC is conducted by the Census Bureau 
for AHRQ and is cleared separately.
    The MEPS is a multi-purpose survey. In addition to collecting data 
to yield annual estimates for a variety of measures related to health 
care use and expenditures, MEPS also provides estimates of measures 
related to health status, consumer assessment of health care, health 
insurance coverage, demographic characteristics, employment and access 
to health care indicators.
    Estimates can be provided for individuals, families and population 
subgroups of interest. Data obtained in this study are used to provide, 
among others, the following national estimates:
     Annual estimates of health care use and expenditures for 
persons and families

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     annual estimates of sources of payment for health care 
utilizations, including public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, 
private insurance, and out of pocket payments
     annual estimates of health care use, expenditures and 
sources of payment of persons and families by type of utilization 
including inpatient stay, ambulatory care, home health, dental care and 
prescribed medications
     the number and characteristics of the population eligible 
for public programs including the use of services and expenditures of 
the population(s) eligible for benefits under Medicare and Medicaid
     the number, characteristics, and use of services and 
expenditures of persons and families with various forms of insurance
     annual estimates of consumer satisfaction with health 
care, and indicators of health care quality for key conditions
     annual estimates to track disparities in health care use 
and access
    In addition to national estimates, data collected in this ongoing 
longitudinal study are used to study the determinants of the use of 
services and expenditures, and changes in the access to and the 
provision of health care in relation to:
     Socio-economic and demographic factors such as employment 
or income
     the health status and satisfaction with health care of 
individuals and families
     the health needs and circumstances of specific 
subpopulation groups such as the elderly and children
    To meet the need for national data on health care use, access, cost 
and quality, MEPS-Household Component (MEPS-HC) collects information 
on:
     Access to care and barriers to receiving needed care
     satisfaction with usual providers
     health status and limitations in activities
     medical conditions for which health care was used
     use, expense and payment (as well as insurance status of 
person receiving care) for health services
    Given the twin problems of nonresponse and response error of some 
household reported data, information is collected directly from medical 
providers in the MEPS-MPC to improve the accuracy of expenditure 
estimates derived from the MEPS-HC. Because of their greater level of 
precision and detail, we also use MEPS-MPC data as the main source of 
imputations of missing expenditure data. Thus, the MEPS-MPC is designed 
to satisfy the following analytical objectives:
     Serve as source data for household reported events with 
missing expenditure information
     Serve as an imputation source to reduce the level of bias 
in survey estimates of medical expenditures due to item nonresponse and 
less complete and less accurate household data
     Serve as the primary data source for expenditure estimates 
of medical care provided by separately billing doctors in hospitals, 
emergency rooms, and outpatient departments, Medicaid recipients and 
expenditure estimates for pharmacies
     Allow for an examination of the level of agreement in 
reported expenditures from household respondents and medical providers
    Data from the MEPS, both the HC and MPC components, are intended 
for a number of annual reports produced by AHRQ, including the National 
Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractors, 
Westat and RTI International, pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to 
conduct and support research on healthcare and on systems for the 
delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the cost 
and use of health care services and with respect to health statistics 
and surveys. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(3) and (8); 42 U.S.C. 299b-2.

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goals of the MEPS-HC the following data collections 
are implemented:
    1. Household Component Core Instrument. The core instrument 
collects data about persons in sample households. Topical areas asked 
in each round of interviewing include priority condition enumeration, 
health status, health care utilization including prescribed medicines, 
expenses and payments, employment, and health insurance. Other topical 
areas that are asked only once a year include access to care, income, 
assets, satisfaction with providers, and children's health. While many 
of the questions are asked about the entire reporting unit (RU), which 
is typically a family, only one person normally provides this 
information. All sections of the current core instrument are available 
on the AHRQ website at http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/survey_comp/survey_questionnaires.jsp .
    2. Adult Self-Administered Questionnaire. A brief self-administered 
questionnaire (SAQ) is used to collect self-reported (rather than 
through household proxy) health opinions and satisfaction with health 
care, and information on health status, preventive care and health care 
quality measures for adults 18 and older.
    3. Diabetes Care SAQ. A brief self-administered paper-and-pencil 
questionnaire on the quality of diabetes care is administered once a 
year (during rounds 3 and 5) to persons identified as having diabetes. 
Included are questions about the number of times the respondent 
reported having a hemoglobin A1c blood test, whether the respondent 
reported having his or her feet checked for sores or irritations, 
whether the respondent reported having an eye exam in which the pupils 
were dilated, the last time the respondent had his or her blood 
cholesterol checked and whether the diabetes has caused kidney or eye 
problems. Respondents are also asked if their diabetes is being treated 
with diet, oral medications or insulin.
    4. Authorization forms for the MEPS-MPC Provider and Pharmacy 
Survey. We ask respondents for authorization to obtain supplemental 
information from their medical providers (hospitals, physicians, home 
health agencies and institutions) and pharmacies.
    5. MEPS Validation Interview. Each interviewer is required to have 
at least 15 percent of his/her caseload validated to insure that the 
computer assisted personal interview (CAPI) questionnaire content was 
asked appropriately and procedures followed, for example, the use of 
show cards. Validation flags are set programmatically for cases pre-
selected by data processing staff before each round of interviewing. 
Home office and field management may also request that other cases be 
validated throughout the field period. When an interviewer fails a 
validation their work is subject to 100 percent validation. 
Additionally, any case completed in less than 30 minutes is validated. 
A validation abstract form containing selected data collected in the 
CAPI interview is generated and used by the validator to guide the 
validation interview.
    6. Mental Health Questions. Added to SAQ (Male/Female). MEPS will 
include questions addressing issues in regards to an individual's 
mental health and mental health treatment including mental health 
status, access to care, barriers to care, experiences with care, and 
use of peer support and other services to the SAQ for administration 
during the summer of 2020 with data collection targeting the adult (age 
18 and over) population. AHRQ worked with several experts in the mental 
health field to develop these questions and used their expertise to 
take advantage of already tested and widely accepted measures.
    7. Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection. AHRQ is seeking to 
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data collection practices in the 2020 fielding of the MEPS-HC to 
collect more detailed health insurance cost-sharing information from 
respondents with current private insurance, Medicare Advantage, or 
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans. Specifically, we will ask 
respondents to provide a document for themselves and family members 
that includes information on plan deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums 
and other cost sharing details for specific services. An example of the 
type of document we are proposing to collect is the Summary of Benefits 
and Coverage. AHRQ worked with experts on a feasibility study to 
identify the best methods for collecting these types of documents in a 
way that would minimize respondent burden (OMB approval 0935-0124). 
AHRQ proposes to provide informational materials to respondents to help 
them identify the documents and also proposes to provide respondents 
with a $30 per plan, post-collection incentive to facilitate response 
and mitigate perceived additional burden.
    8. Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents. This test will be 
conducted on 400 sampled addresses in 6-8 selected MEPS primary 
sampling units (PSUs) in the 2020 spring data collection cycle. The 
sample households for this test will be drawn from nonrespondents to 
the 2019 NHIS (which are not currently part of the MEPS frame), and 
only the MEPS Round 1 interview will be administered. The purpose of 
the test is to evaluate the potential effectiveness of including a 
sample of NHIS nonrespondents in future MEPS panels to mitigate the 
impact of declining NHIS response rates on the overall MEPS response 
rate. The general trend of declining response rates for household 
surveys is problematic and this evaluation is designed to explore an 
avenue to stop further declines and potentially improve the overall 
MEPS response rate.
    To achieve the goal of the MEPS-MPC the following data collections 
are implemented. No updates to the MEPS-MPC are being requested:
    1. MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call. An initial screening call is 
placed to determine the type of facility, whether the practice or 
facility is in scope for the MEPS-MPC, the appropriate MEPS-MPC 
respondent and some details about the organization and availability of 
medical records and billing at the practice/facility. All hospitals, 
physician offices, home health agencies, institutions and pharmacies 
are screened by telephone. A unique screening instrument is used for 
each of these seven provider types in the MEPS-MPC, except for the two 
home care provider types which use the same screening form.
    2. Home Care Provider Questionnaire for Health Care Providers. This 
questionnaire is used to collect data from home health care agencies 
which provide medical care services to household respondents. 
Information collected includes type of personnel providing care, hours 
or visits provided per month, and the charges and payments for services 
received. Some HMOs may be included in this provider type.
    3. Home Care Provider Questionnaire for Non-Health Care Providers. 
This questionnaire is used to collect information about services 
provided in the home by non-health care workers to household 
respondents because of a medical condition; for example, cleaning or 
yard work, transportation, shopping, or child care.
    4. Medical Event Questionnaire for Office-Based Providers. This 
questionnaire is for office-based physicians, including doctors of 
medicine (MDs) and osteopathy (DOs), as well as providers practicing 
under the direction or supervision of an MD or DO (e.g., physician 
assistants and nurse practitioners working in clinics). Providers of 
care in private offices as well as staff model HMOs are included.
    5. Medical Event Questionnaire for Separately Billing Doctors. This 
questionnaire collects information from physicians identified by 
hospitals (during the Hospital Event data collection) as providing care 
to sampled persons during the course of inpatient, outpatient 
department or emergency room care, but who bill separately from the 
hospital.
    6. Hospital Event Questionnaire. This questionnaire is used to 
collect information about hospital events, including inpatient stays, 
outpatient department, and emergency room visits. Hospital data are 
collected not only from the billing department, but from medical 
records and administrative records departments as well. Medical records 
departments are contacted to determine the names of all the doctors who 
treated the patient during a stay or visit. In many cases, the hospital 
administrative office also has to be contacted to determine whether the 
doctors identified by medical records billed separately from the 
hospital; doctors that do bill separately from the hospital will be 
contacted as part of the Medical Event Questionnaire for Separately 
Billing Doctors. HMOs are included in this provider type.
    7. Institutions Event Questionnaire. This questionnaire is used to 
collect information about institution events, including nursing homes, 
rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Institution 
data are collected not only from the billing department, but from 
medical records and administrative records departments as well. Medical 
records departments are contacted to determine the names of all the 
doctors who treated the patient during a stay. In many cases, the 
institution's administrative office also has to be contacted to 
determine whether the doctors identified by medical records billed 
separately from the institution itself. Some HMOs may be included in 
this provider type.
    8. Pharmacy Data Collection Questionnaire. This questionnaire 
requests the National Drug Code (NDC) and when that is not available 
the prescription name, strength and form as well as the date 
prescription was filled, payments by source, the quantity, and person 
for whom the prescription was filled. When the NDC is available, we do 
not ask for prescription name, strength or form because that 
information is embedded in the NDC; this reduces burden on the 
respondent. Most pharmacies have the requested information available in 
electronic format and respond by providing a computer generated 
printout of the patient's prescription information. If the computerized 
form is unavailable, the pharmacy can report their data to a telephone 
interviewer. Pharmacies are also able to provide a CD-ROM with the 
requested information if that is preferred. HMOs are included in this 
provider type.
    Dentists, optometrists, psychologists, podiatrists, chiropractors, 
and others not providing care under the supervision of a MD or DO are 
considered out of scope for the MEPS-MPC.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents' time to participate in the MEPS-HC and the MEPS-MPC.
    The MEPS-HC Core Interview will be completed by 13,338 * (see note 
below Exhibit 1) ``family level'' respondents, also referred to as RU 
respondents. Since the MEPS-HC consists of 5 rounds of interviewing 
covering a full two years of data, the annual average number of 
responses per respondent is 2.5 responses per year. The MEPS-HC core 
requires an average response time of 92 minutes to administer. The 
Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ) and Adult SAQ (SAQ) will be completed once a 
year by each female person in the RU that is 18 years old and older, an 
estimated 12,984

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persons. The Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ) and Adult SAQ (SAQ) will be 
completed once a year by each male person in the RU that is 18 years 
old and older, an estimated 11,985 persons. The Adult SAQs each require 
an average of 7 minutes to complete. The Mental Health Questions in the 
Adult SAQ (Male/Female) will be completed during Round 2, Panel 25; 
Round 4, Panel 24 by each person in the RU that is 18 years old and 
older, an estimated 20,476 persons, and takes about 3.5 minutes to 
complete. The Diabetes Care SAQ will be completed once a year by each 
adult person in the RU identified as having diabetes, an estimated 
2,072 persons, and takes about 3 minutes to complete. The 12,804 RUs in 
the MEPS-HC will complete an average of 5.4 forms, which require about 
3 minutes each to complete. The authorization form for the MEPS-MPC 
Pharmacy Survey will be completed once for each pharmacy for any RU 
member who has obtained a prescription medication. RUs will complete an 
average of 3.1 forms, which take about 3 minutes to complete. The 
Health Insurance Cost Sharing collection will be completed during Round 
1, Panel 25 and Round 3, Panel 24 by each RU with a current private 
health insurance plan, a Medicare Advantage plan, or a Medicare Part D 
plan. An estimated 6,258 respondents will locate and provide cost-
sharing documentation for an average of 1.3 plans per eligible RU. This 
activity will require 45 minutes to complete for each plan. About one 
third of all interviewed RUs will complete a validation interview as 
part of the MEPS-HC quality control, which takes an average of 5 
minutes to complete. The Pilot Test Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents will 
be completed by 200 * (see note below Exhibit 1) ``family level'' 
respondents, also referred to as RU respondents. The Pilot MEPS-HC core 
requires an average response time of 92 minutes to administer. The 
total annual burden hours for the MEPS-HC are estimated to be 67,542 
hours.
    All medical providers and pharmacies included in the MEPS-MPC will 
receive a screening call and the MEPS-MPC uses 7 different 
questionnaires; 6 for medical providers and 1 for pharmacies. Each 
questionnaire is relatively short and requires 2 to 13 minutes to 
complete. The total annual burden hours for the MEPS-MPC are estimated 
to be 17,388 hours. The total annual burden for the MEPS-HC and MPC is 
estimated to be 86,160 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annual cost burden associated with 
the respondents' time to participate in this information collection. 
The annual cost burden for the MEPS-HC is estimated to be $1,673,909; 
the annual cost burden for the MEPS-MPC is estimated to be $298,580. 
The total annual cost burden for the MEPS-HC and MPC is estimated to be 
$1,972,489.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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                                                     MEPS-HC
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MEPS-HC Core Interview..........................        * 13,338             2.5           92/60          51,129
Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ)--Years 2019 and 2021;             12,984               1            7/60           1,515
 Adult SAQ (SAQ)--Year 2020.....................
Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ)--Years 2019 and 2021;               11,985               1            7/60           1,398
 Adult SAQ (SAQ)--Year 2020.....................
Diabetes care SAQ...............................           2,072               1            3/60             104
Mental Health Questions Included in Adult SAQ             20,476               1          3.5/60           1,194
 (Male/Female)--Year 2020.......................
Authorization form for the MEPS-MPC Provider              12,804             5.4            3/60           3,457
 Survey.........................................
Authorization form for the MEPS-MPC Pharmacy              12,804             3.1            3/60           1,985
 Survey.........................................
Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection--2020..           6,258             1.3           45/60           6,101
MEPS-HC Validation Interview....................           4,225               1            5/60             352
Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents--2020             200               1           92/60             307
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Subtotal for the MEPS-HC....................         102,366              na              na          67,542
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                                                    MEPS-MPC
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MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call **.............          36,598               1            2/60           1,220
Home care for health care providers                          635            1.53            9/60             146
 questionnaire..................................
Home care for non[dash]health care providers                  11               1           11/60               2
 questionnaire..................................
Office[dash]based providers questionnaire.......          11,210            1.65           10/60           3,083
Separately billing doctors questionnaire........          12,397            3.46           13/60           9,294
Hospitals questionnaire.........................           5,310            3.26            9/60           2,597
Institutions (non-hospital) questionnaire.......             116            2.05            9/60              36
Pharmacies questionnaire........................           6,919            2.92            3/60           1,010
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Subtotal for the MEPS-MPC...................          73,196              na              na          17,388
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
        Grand Total.............................        175, 562              na              na          84,930
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* While the expected number of responding units for the annual estimates is 12,804, it is necessary to adjust
  for survey attrition of initial respondents by a factor of 0.96 (13,338 = 12,804/0.96).
** There are 6 different contact guides; one for office based, separately billing doctor, hospital, institution,
  and pharmacy provider types, and the two home care provider types, which use the same contact guide.

    The total estimated annual burden hours for the MEPS has increased 
from 77,666 hours in the previous clearance to 84,930 hours in this 
clearance request, a difference of 7,264 hours. The addition of 1,194 
hours due to the addition of Mental Health questions to the Adult SAQ 
(Male/Female), 6,101 additional hours due to the health

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insurance cost sharing collection, and 307 additional hours due to the 
pilot test on sampling NHIS nonrespondents account for the difference. 
While the burden associated with these added tasks totals 7,602 hours, 
reductions in other burden estimates leave a net difference of 7,264 
hours overall.

                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                                                      Average
                    Form name                        Number of     Total burden     hourly wage     Total cost
                                                    respondents        hours           rate           burden
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                                                     MEPS-HC
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MEPS-HC Core Interview..........................        * 13,338          51,129        * $24.34      $1,244,479
Adult Female SAQ (PSAQ)-Years 2019 and 2021;              12,984           1,515         * 24.34          36,875
 Adult SAQ (SAQ)--Year 2020.....................
Adult Male SAQ (PSAQ)--Years 2019 and 2021;               11,985           1,398         * 24.34          34,027
 Adult SAQ (SAQ) -Year 2020.....................
Diabetes care SAQ...............................           2,072             104         * 24.34           2,531
Mental Health Questions Included in Adult SAQ             20,476           1,194         * 24.34          29,062
 (Male/Female)--Year 2020.......................
Authorization forms for the MEPS-MPC Provider             12,804           3,457         * 24.34          84,143
 Survey.........................................
Authorization form for the MEPS-MPC Pharmacy              12,804           1,985         * 24.34          48,314
 Survey.........................................
Health Insurance Cost Sharing Collection--2020..           6,258           6,101         * 24.34         148,498
MEPS-HC Validation Interview....................           4,225             352         * 24.34           8,567
Pilot Test on Sampling NHIS Nonrespondents--2020             200             307         * 24.34           7,472
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Subtotal for the MEPS-HC....................         102,366          67,542              na       1,643,968
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                                                    MEPS-MPC
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MPC Contact Guide/Screening Call................          36,598           1,220        ** 17.25          21,045
Home care for health care providers                          635             146        ** 17.25           2,519
 questionnaire..................................
Home care for non[dash]health care providers                  11               2        ** 17.25              35
 questionnaire..................................
Office[dash]based providers questionnaire.......          11,210           3,083        ** 17.25          53,182
Separately billing doctors questionnaire........          12,397           9,294        ** 17.25         160,322
Hospitals questionnaire.........................           5,310           2,597        ** 17.25          44,798
Institutions (non-hospital) questionnaire.......             116              36        ** 17.25             621
Pharmacies questionnaire........................           6,919           1,010       *** 15.90          16,059
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Subtotal for the MEPS-MPC...................          73,196          17,388              na         298,580
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
        Grand Total.............................         175,562              na              na       1,942,548
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* Mean hourly wage for All Occupations (00-0000).
** Mean hourly wage for Medical Secretaries (43-6013).
*** Mean hourly wage for Pharmacy Technicians (29-2052).

    Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 National Occupational 
Employment and Wage Estimates United States, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521, 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's health 
care research and health care information dissemination functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the 
accuracy of AHRQ's estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of 
the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon 
the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques 
or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: July 8, 2019.
Virginia L. Mackay-Smith,
Associate Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-14770 Filed 7-10-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P