Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities, OMB No. 0906-0028 Revision, 19762-19764 [2020-07331]

Download as PDF 19762 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 68 / Wednesday, April 8, 2020 / Notices Frequency of response: Annually. Total estimated burden: 83 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $4,785 (per year) which includes $0 annualized capital or O&M costs. Changes in estimates: The new burden in this ICR survey of individuals currently using ORD’s products, which is part of a new framework to evaluate ORD’s scientific research products. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Regulatory Support Division. [FR Doc. 2020–07329 Filed 4–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities, OMB No. 0906– 0028 Revision Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. OMB may act on HRSA’s ICR only after the 30 day comment period for this Notice has closed. DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than May 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443– 1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request Title: National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities, OMB No. 0906–0028— Revision. Abstract: The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) proposes to continue collecting data from entities, such as hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health plans, and health centers that are subject to NPDB reporting requirements during registration renewal.1 This will allow the NPDB to continue to assist these entities in understanding and meeting their reporting requirements. NPDB plans to expand its population of focus to include other eligible entities,2 including ambulatory surgery centers, group medical practices, skilled nursing facilities, mental health centers, and other registered entities. Beyond attesting to meeting NPDB reporting requirements, entities will also attest to querying and confidentiality compliance. NPDB began operation on September 1, 1990. The statutory authorities establishing and governing the NPDB are Title IV of Public Law (Pub. L.) 99– 660, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, as amended, Section 5 of the Medicare and Medicaid Patient and Program Protection Act of 1987, Public Law 100–93, codified as Section 1921 of the Social Security Act, 1 Unless otherwise noted, the term ‘‘health centers’’ refers to health centers whose access and reporting obligations are addressed in the NPDB statutory and regulatory requirements for health care entities. In this document, ‘‘health center’’ refers to organizations that receive grants under the HRSA Health Center Program as authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (referred to as ‘‘grantees’’) and FQHC Look-Alike organizations, which meet all the Health Center Program requirements but do not receive Health Center Program grants. It does not refer to FQHCs that are sponsored by tribal or Urban Indian Health Organizations, except for those that receive Health Center Program grants. 2 ‘‘Other eligible entities’’ that participate in the NPDB are defined in the provisions of Title IV, Section 1921, Section 1128E, and implementing regulations. In addition, a few federal agencies also participate with the NPDB through federal memorandums of understanding. Eligible entities are responsible for complying with all reporting and/or querying requirements that apply; some entities may qualify as more than one type of eligible entity. Each eligible entity must certify its eligibility in order to report to the NPDB, query the NPDB, or both. Information from the NPDB is available only to those entities specified as eligible in the statutes and regulations. Not all entities have the same reporting requirements or level of query access. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Section 221(a) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104–191, codified as Section 1128E of the Social Security Act. Final regulations governing the NPDB are codified at 45 CFR part 60. Responsibility of the NPDB implementation and operation resides in the Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, HHS. NPDB acts primarily as a flagging system; its principal purpose is to facilitate comprehensive review of practitioners’ professional credentials and background. Information on medical malpractice payments, healthrelated civil judgments, adverse licensure actions, adverse clinical privileging actions, adverse professional society actions, and Medicare/Medicaid exclusions is collected from, and disseminated to, eligible entities such as licensing boards, hospitals, and other health care entities. It is intended that NPDB information should be considered with other relevant information in evaluating a practitioner’s credentials. NPDB outlines specific reporting requirements for hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health plans, health centers and other eligible entities; per 45 CFR part 60. These reporting requirements are further explained in Chapter E of the NPDB e-Guidebook, which can be found at http:// www.npdb.hrsa.gov/resources/ aboutGuidebooks.jsp. Through a process called Attestation, hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health plans, health centers, and other eligible entities are required to attest that they understand and have met their responsibility to submit all required reports, queries, and maintain confidentiality adherence with NPDB compliance. The Attestation process is completely automated through the secure NPDB system (http:// www.npdb.hrsa.gov), using both secure email messaging and system notifications to alert entities registered with the NPDB of their responsibility to attest. All entities with reporting requirements and querying access to the NPDB must register with the NPDB before gaining access to the secure NPDB system for all reporting and querying transactions. The secure NPDB system currently used by hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health plans, health centers, and other entities to conduct reporting and querying will not undergo any changes, ensuring that these entities are familiar with the interface needed to complete the Attestation process. NPDB asks these entities to attest to their reporting, querying, and confidentiality E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 19763 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 68 / Wednesday, April 8, 2020 / Notices compliance every two years. If the organization is responsible for privileging or credentialing individuals who provide services for other sites, those sites are included in the Attestation process. Users of the NPDB include reporters (entities that are required to submit reports) and queriers (entities that are authorized to request for information). Data collected through the Attestation process informs the NPDB operations and facilitate the structuring of compliance efforts in a manner that is the most effective. The Attestation process will also serve as a catalyst to collect meaningful data about reporting entities which can later be transformed into actionable information and serve as a platform for future initiatives. The Attestation forms collect the following information: Information regarding subsites and entity relationships; contact information for the Attesting official; and a statement attesting whether the organization adhered to all reporting, querying, and confidentiality requirements. A 60-day notice published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2019, vol. 84, No. 244; pp. 69751–69753. There were no public comments. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The NPDB engages in compliance activities to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information in the NPDB. Through the Attestation process, the NPDB can better determine which, hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health plans, health centers and other eligible entities, are meeting the reporting, querying, and confidentiality requirements, and which of these entities may require additional outreach and assistance. The biennial Attestation process strengthens the robustness of the data in the NPDB, improving the accuracy of the query responses for entities with access to NPDB reports. Below is a summary of the proposed revisions: 1. Add Query and Confidentiality language to the instruments. Beyond attesting to meeting NPDB reporting requirements, entities will also attest to querying and confidentiality compliance. 2. Change Title of ICR. Current Title: National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, and Certain Other Health Care Entities Proposed New Title: National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities 3. Add NPDB Guidebook definition for Eligible Entities in footnote. 4. Discontinue use of the Generic Form. Currently Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, and Health Plans use the Generic Form to attest. This revision includes making each attestation form specific to entity type based on reporting/querying requirements. 5. Revise attestation question so that all entities will receive the same question. A. Current question for health centers Has your organization reported all adverse actions taken from Month DD, YYYY to Month DD, YYYY affecting the clinical privileges of a physician or dentist as defined above? • Yes, all required reports are submitted • No, some required reports have not been submitted If ‘‘no’’, why not? ________ B. Current question for hospitals, health plans, medical malpractice payers Has your organization submitted all reports, as required by law, from <MM DD,YYYY>, to <MM DD, YYYY>? • Yes, all required reports are submitted • No, some required reports have not been submitted If ‘‘no’’, why not? ________ C. New question for all registered entities Has your organization complied with all NPDB regulatory requirements as outlined above? • Yes • No If ‘‘no’’, why not?____ Likely Respondents: Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Form name Authorized Agent Attestation ............................................... Health Center Attestation ..................................................... Hospital Attestation .............................................................. Medical Malpractice, Peer Review Organization, or Private Accreditation Organization Attestation ............................. Other Eligible Entity Attestation: • Agencies administering federal programs, including contract entities. • Federal law enforcement officials and agencies (including DEA, HHS OIG, and federal prosecutors). • Federal licensing or certification agencies. • Health Plans. • Other health care entities with formal peer review. • Other Health care service providers. • Professional Societies with formal peer review. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours 3 350 650 3,250 1 1 1 350 650 3,250 1 1 1 350 650 3,250 250 7,100 1 1 250 7,100 1 1 250 7,100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 19764 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 68 / Wednesday, April 8, 2020 / Notices TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS—Continued Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours 3 • State agencies administering or supervising state programs. • State law or fraud enforcement agencies (including Medicaid fraud control units & state prosecutors). Total ....................................................................... Maria G. Button, Director, Executive Secretariat. [FR Doc. 2020–07331 Filed 4–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Neuropathic Pain Mechanisms. Date: April 16, 2020. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Rockledge II, 6701 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: John Bishop, Ph.D. Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5182, 3 There are approximately 700 authorized agents; 1,300 health centers; 6,500 hospitals; 500 medical malpractice payers, peer review organizations, and private accreditation organizations; and 14,200 other eligible entities, for an estimated total of 23,200 registered entities currently in attestation or scheduled for attestation with the NPDB. However, the reporting entities may include multiple sites that are registered independently in the system, thereby increasing the total number of respondents. Given that entities will only be required to complete attestation biennially, these estimates are divided in half for the annualized burden hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 11,600 ........................ MSC 7844, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 408– 9664, bishopj@csr.nih.gov. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, Comparative Medicine; 93.333, Clinical Research, 93.306, 93.333, 93.337, 93.393–93.396, 93.837–93.844, 93.846–93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 3, 2020. Miguelina Perez, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–07405 Filed 4–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The contract proposals and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the contract proposals, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIAID 2020 Omnibus BAA (HHS–NIH–NIAID–BAA2020–1) Research Area 002: Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Associated with Enterovirus D68. Date: April 16, 2020. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11,600 ........................ 11,600 Place: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3G41B, Rockville, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Zhuqing (Charlie) Li, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3G41B, Bethesda, MD 20892–9823, (240) 669–5068, zhuqing.li@nih.gov. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.855, Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research; 93.856, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 1, 2020. Tyeshia M. Roberson, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–07327 Filed 4–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; National Practitioner Data 
Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, 
Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities, OMB No. 
0906-0028 Revision

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA 
submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted 
during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB 
will accept further comments from the public during the review and 
approval period. OMB may act on HRSA's ICR only after the 30 day 
comment period for this Notice has closed.

DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than May 8, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance 
requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa Wright-Solomon, the 
HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at [email protected] or 
call (301) 443-1984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Information Collection Request Title: National Practitioner Data 
Bank Attestation of Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, 
Health Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities, OMB No. 
0906-0028--Revision.
    Abstract: The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) proposes to 
continue collecting data from entities, such as hospitals, medical 
malpractice payers, health plans, and health centers that are subject 
to NPDB reporting requirements during registration renewal.\1\ This 
will allow the NPDB to continue to assist these entities in 
understanding and meeting their reporting requirements.
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    \1\ Unless otherwise noted, the term ``health centers'' refers 
to health centers whose access and reporting obligations are 
addressed in the NPDB statutory and regulatory requirements for 
health care entities. In this document, ``health center'' refers to 
organizations that receive grants under the HRSA Health Center 
Program as authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service 
Act, as amended (referred to as ``grantees'') and FQHC Look-Alike 
organizations, which meet all the Health Center Program requirements 
but do not receive Health Center Program grants. It does not refer 
to FQHCs that are sponsored by tribal or Urban Indian Health 
Organizations, except for those that receive Health Center Program 
grants.
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    NPDB plans to expand its population of focus to include other 
eligible entities,\2\ including ambulatory surgery centers, group 
medical practices, skilled nursing facilities, mental health centers, 
and other registered entities. Beyond attesting to meeting NPDB 
reporting requirements, entities will also attest to querying and 
confidentiality compliance.
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    \2\ ``Other eligible entities'' that participate in the NPDB are 
defined in the provisions of Title IV, Section 1921, Section 1128E, 
and implementing regulations. In addition, a few federal agencies 
also participate with the NPDB through federal memorandums of 
understanding. Eligible entities are responsible for complying with 
all reporting and/or querying requirements that apply; some entities 
may qualify as more than one type of eligible entity. Each eligible 
entity must certify its eligibility in order to report to the NPDB, 
query the NPDB, or both. Information from the NPDB is available only 
to those entities specified as eligible in the statutes and 
regulations. Not all entities have the same reporting requirements 
or level of query access.
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    NPDB began operation on September 1, 1990. The statutory 
authorities establishing and governing the NPDB are Title IV of Public 
Law (Pub. L.) 99-660, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, 
as amended, Section 5 of the Medicare and Medicaid Patient and Program 
Protection Act of 1987, Public Law 100-93, codified as Section 1921 of 
the Social Security Act, and Section 221(a) of the Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, 
codified as Section 1128E of the Social Security Act. Final regulations 
governing the NPDB are codified at 45 CFR part 60. Responsibility of 
the NPDB implementation and operation resides in the Bureau of Health 
Workforce, HRSA, HHS.
    NPDB acts primarily as a flagging system; its principal purpose is 
to facilitate comprehensive review of practitioners' professional 
credentials and background. Information on medical malpractice 
payments, health-related civil judgments, adverse licensure actions, 
adverse clinical privileging actions, adverse professional society 
actions, and Medicare/Medicaid exclusions is collected from, and 
disseminated to, eligible entities such as licensing boards, hospitals, 
and other health care entities. It is intended that NPDB information 
should be considered with other relevant information in evaluating a 
practitioner's credentials.
    NPDB outlines specific reporting requirements for hospitals, 
medical malpractice payers, health plans, health centers and other 
eligible entities; per 45 CFR part 60. These reporting requirements are 
further explained in Chapter E of the NPDB e-Guidebook, which can be 
found at http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/resources/aboutGuidebooks.jsp.
    Through a process called Attestation, hospitals, medical 
malpractice payers, health plans, health centers, and other eligible 
entities are required to attest that they understand and have met their 
responsibility to submit all required reports, queries, and maintain 
confidentiality adherence with NPDB compliance. The Attestation process 
is completely automated through the secure NPDB system (http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov), using both secure email messaging and system 
notifications to alert entities registered with the NPDB of their 
responsibility to attest. All entities with reporting requirements and 
querying access to the NPDB must register with the NPDB before gaining 
access to the secure NPDB system for all reporting and querying 
transactions.
    The secure NPDB system currently used by hospitals, medical 
malpractice payers, health plans, health centers, and other entities to 
conduct reporting and querying will not undergo any changes, ensuring 
that these entities are familiar with the interface needed to complete 
the Attestation process. NPDB asks these entities to attest to their 
reporting, querying, and confidentiality

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compliance every two years. If the organization is responsible for 
privileging or credentialing individuals who provide services for other 
sites, those sites are included in the Attestation process.
    Users of the NPDB include reporters (entities that are required to 
submit reports) and queriers (entities that are authorized to request 
for information). Data collected through the Attestation process 
informs the NPDB operations and facilitate the structuring of 
compliance efforts in a manner that is the most effective. The 
Attestation process will also serve as a catalyst to collect meaningful 
data about reporting entities which can later be transformed into 
actionable information and serve as a platform for future initiatives. 
The Attestation forms collect the following information: Information 
regarding sub-sites and entity relationships; contact information for 
the Attesting official; and a statement attesting whether the 
organization adhered to all reporting, querying, and confidentiality 
requirements.
    A 60-day notice published in the Federal Register on December 19, 
2019, vol. 84, No. 244; pp. 69751-69753. There were no public comments.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The NPDB engages in 
compliance activities to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the 
information in the NPDB. Through the Attestation process, the NPDB can 
better determine which, hospitals, medical malpractice payers, health 
plans, health centers and other eligible entities, are meeting the 
reporting, querying, and confidentiality requirements, and which of 
these entities may require additional outreach and assistance. The 
biennial Attestation process strengthens the robustness of the data in 
the NPDB, improving the accuracy of the query responses for entities 
with access to NPDB reports.
    Below is a summary of the proposed revisions:
    1. Add Query and Confidentiality language to the instruments. 
Beyond attesting to meeting NPDB reporting requirements, entities will 
also attest to querying and confidentiality compliance.
    2. Change Title of ICR.
    Current Title: National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of 
Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, and 
Certain Other Health Care Entities
    Proposed New Title: National Practitioner Data Bank Attestation of 
Reports by Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health Plans, Health 
Centers, and Other Eligible Entities
    3. Add NPDB Guidebook definition for Eligible Entities in footnote.
    4. Discontinue use of the Generic Form. Currently Hospitals, 
Medical Malpractice Payers, and Health Plans use the Generic Form to 
attest. This revision includes making each attestation form specific to 
entity type based on reporting/querying requirements.
    5. Revise attestation question so that all entities will receive 
the same question.

A. Current question for health centers
    Has your organization reported all adverse actions taken from Month 
DD, YYYY to Month DD, YYYY affecting the clinical privileges of a 
physician or dentist as defined above?
     Yes, all required reports are submitted
     No, some required reports have not been submitted
    If ``no'', why not? ________
    B. Current question for hospitals, health plans, medical 
malpractice payers
    Has your organization submitted all reports, as required by law, 
from , to ?
     Yes, all required reports are submitted
     No, some required reports have not been submitted
    If ``no'', why not? ________
    C. New question for all registered entities
    Has your organization complied with all NPDB regulatory 
requirements as outlined above?
     Yes
     No
    If ``no'', why not?____
    Likely Respondents: Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Payers, Health 
Plans, Health Centers, and Other Eligible Entities.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating, and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this ICR are summarized in the table below.

                                     Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                     Number of                    Average burden
            Form name                Number of     responses per       Total       per response    Total burden
                                    respondents     respondent       responses      (in hours)       hours \3\
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Authorized Agent Attestation....             350               1             350               1             350
Health Center Attestation.......             650               1             650               1             650
Hospital Attestation............           3,250               1           3,250               1           3,250
Medical Malpractice, Peer Review             250               1             250               1             250
 Organization, or Private
 Accreditation Organization
 Attestation....................
Other Eligible Entity                      7,100               1           7,100               1           7,100
 Attestation:
     Agencies
     administering federal
     programs, including
     contract entities..........
     Federal law
     enforcement officials and
     agencies (including DEA,
     HHS OIG, and federal
     prosecutors)...............
     Federal licensing
     or certification agencies..
     Health Plans.......
     Other health care
     entities with formal peer
     review.....................
     Other Health care
     service providers..........
     Professional
     Societies with formal peer
     review.....................

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     State agencies
     administering or
     supervising state programs.
     State law or fraud
     enforcement agencies
     (including Medicaid fraud
     control units & state
     prosecutors)...............
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        Total...................          11,600  ..............          11,600  ..............          11,600
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Maria G. Button,
Director, Executive Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2020-07331 Filed 4-7-20; 8:45 am]
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