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Download as PDF 27225 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 89 / Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Notices 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: May 1, 2020. Virginia L. Mackay-Smith, Associate Director. [FR Doc. 2020–09725 Filed 5–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project ‘‘Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Social and Health Experiences SelfAdministered Questionnaire.’’ DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by 60 days after date of publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by SUMMARY: emails at doris.lefkowitz@ AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project ‘‘Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Social and Health Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire.’’ The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) consists of the following three components and has been conducted annually since 1996: • Household Component: A sample of households participating in the National Health Interview Survey (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. This request is for the MEPS–HC only. The OMB Control Number for the MEPS–HC and MPC is 0935–0118, which was last approved by OMB on November 8, 2019, and will expire on November 30, 2022. The purpose of this request is to integrate the new self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) entitled, ‘‘Social and Health Experiences,’’ into the MEPS. This SAQ will include questions in a dual mode (web and paper) selfadministered questionnaire about social and behavioral determinants of health including questions about housing affordability and quality, neighborhood characteristics, food security, transportation needs, financial strain, smoking and physical activity, and experiences with discrimination, social support, general well-being, personal safety, and adverse circumstances in childhood. The information collected will be used to examine the relationship between measures of the social determinants of health and measures of health status, and the use and expense of health care services. The goal of this survey is to help understand the relationship between social determinants of health and health care need in order to ultimately improve health care and health. 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 Data collection will be for adults (aged 18 and over). AHRQ proposes a mixed-mode (web and paper) primarily to further protect respondents’ privacy due to the sensitive nature of some of the items. Web completion will be the main mode with paper offered to those with barriers to internet access. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for respondents’ time to participate in this research. The Social and Health Experiences SAQ will be completed during Round 1, Panel 26, Round 3, Panel 25, and Round 5, Panel 24, by each person in the Reporting Unit (RU) that is 18 years old and older, an estimated 27,059 persons, and takes about 7 minutes to complete. The total annualized burden is estimated to be 3,157 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated with respondents’ time to participate in this research. The total cost burden is estimated to be $81,198 annually. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Activity Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Social and Health Experiences SAQ; Adult SAQ—Year 2021 ....................... 27,059 1 7/60 3,157 Total .......................................................................................................... 27,059 n/a n/a 3,157 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 27226 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 89 / Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Activity Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Social and Health Experiences SAQ (SDOH); Adult SAQ—Year 2021 ......... 27,059 3,157 $25.72 $81,198 Total .......................................................................................................... 27,059 3,157 n/a 81,198 * Mean hourly wage for All Occupations (00–0000). Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00-0000. Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ’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: May 1, 2020. Virginia L. Mackay-Smith, Associate Director. [FR Doc. 2020–09724 Filed 5–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Notice of Meeting Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, announcement is made of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) meeting on AHRQ–HS–20– 001, ‘‘Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 in Older Adults (R18).’’ This SEP meeting will be closed to the public. DATES: May 29, 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Virtual Review), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20850. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anyone wishing to obtain a roster of members, agenda or minutes of the nonconfidential portions of this meeting should contact: Jenny Griffith, Acting Committee Management Officer, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations, AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20850, Telephone: (301) 427–1557. Agenda items for this meeting are subject to change as priorities dictate. A Special Emphasis Panel is a group of experts in fields related to health care research who are invited by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and agree to be available, to conduct on an as needed basis, scientific reviews of applications for AHRQ support. Individual members of the Panel do not attend regularlyscheduled meetings and do not serve for fixed terms or a long period of time. Rather, they are asked to participate in particular review meetings which require their type of expertise. The SEP meeting referenced above will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(d), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6). Grant applications for the AHRQ–HS–20–001, ‘‘Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults (R18)’’ is to be reviewed and discussed at this meeting. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: May 1, 2020. Virginia L. Mackay-Smith, Associate Director. [FR Doc. 2020–09723 Filed 5–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–2744 and CMS– 10652] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by June 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 89 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27225-27226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09724]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project ``Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Social and Health 
Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire.''

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by 60 days after date 
of publication of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
[email protected]hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

``Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Social and Health Experiences 
Self-Administered Questionnaire.''

    The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) consists of the 
following three components and has been conducted annually since 1996:
     Household Component: A sample of households participating 
in the National Health Interview Survey (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.
    This request is for the MEPS-HC only. The OMB Control Number for 
the MEPS-HC and MPC is 0935-0118, which was last approved by OMB on 
November 8, 2019, and will expire on November 30, 2022.
    The purpose of this request is to integrate the new self-
administered questionnaire (SAQ) entitled, ``Social and Health 
Experiences,'' into the MEPS. This SAQ will include questions in a dual 
mode (web and paper) self-administered questionnaire about social and 
behavioral determinants of health including questions about housing 
affordability and quality, neighborhood characteristics, food security, 
transportation needs, financial strain, smoking and physical activity, 
and experiences with discrimination, social support, general well-
being, personal safety, and adverse circumstances in childhood. The 
information collected will be used to examine the relationship between 
measures of the social determinants of health and measures of health 
status, and the use and expense of health care services. The goal of 
this survey is to help understand the relationship between social 
determinants of health and health care need in order to ultimately 
improve health care and health.
    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

    Data collection will be for adults (aged 18 and over). AHRQ 
proposes a mixed-mode (web and paper) primarily to further protect 
respondents' privacy due to the sensitive nature of some of the items. 
Web completion will be the main mode with paper offered to those with 
barriers to internet access.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for 
respondents' time to participate in this research. The Social and 
Health Experiences SAQ will be completed during Round 1, Panel 26, 
Round 3, Panel 25, and Round 5, Panel 24, by each person in the 
Reporting Unit (RU) that is 18 years old and older, an estimated 27,059 
persons, and takes about 7 minutes to complete. The total annualized 
burden is estimated to be 3,157 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden associated 
with respondents' time to participate in this research. The total cost 
burden is estimated to be $81,198 annually.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                    Activity                         Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Social and Health Experiences SAQ; Adult SAQ--            27,059               1            7/60           3,157
 Year 2021......................................
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    Total.......................................          27,059             n/a             n/a           3,157
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                    Activity                        respondents        hours        wage rate *       burden
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Social and Health Experiences SAQ (SDOH); Adult           27,059           3,157          $25.72         $81,198
 SAQ--Year 2021.................................
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................          27,059           3,157             n/a          81,198
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* Mean hourly wage for All Occupations (00-0000).
Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States,
  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00-0000.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ's 
information collection are requested with regard to any of the 
following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ'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: May 1, 2020.
Virginia L. Mackay-Smith,
Associate Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-09724 Filed 5-6-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P