National Practitioner Data Bank Continues Temporary Waiver of User Fees for Eligible Entities, 40303 [2020-14291]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 129 / Monday, July 6, 2020 / Notices 40303 FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: TABLE 1—ESTIMATED ANNUAL REPORTING BURDEN 1 Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Pretest screener ................................................... Pretest completes ................................................ Main study screener ............................................. Main study completes, Medical Condition 1 ........ Main study completes, Medical Condition 2 ........ 290 180 2,526 510 1,090 1 1 1 1 1 290 180 2,526 510 1,090 Total .............................................................. 1,600 ........................ ........................ Activity 0.08 0.33 0.08 0.33 0.33 Total hours (5 minutes) ............ (20 minutes) .......... (5 minutes) ............ (20 minutes) .......... (20 minutes) .......... 23 59 202 168 360 ....................................... 812 are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information. Dated: June 29, 2020. Lowell J. Schiller, Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–14372 Filed 7–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration National Practitioner Data Bank Continues Temporary Waiver of User Fees for Eligible Entities Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to its authority under Federal regulations for the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), HRSA’s Division of Practitioner Data Bank announces a continuation of its temporary waiver of user fees for NPDB queries from March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, to support our eligible entities in making credentialing, hiring, privileging, and licensing SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Average burden per response VerDate Sep<11>2014 04:41 Jul 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 decisions in combatting the COVID–19 pandemic. The waiver includes all onetime queries and continuous queries during the waiver time period. Fees for self-queries will not be waived. The NPDB is a confidential information clearinghouse created by Congress and is intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the professional credentials of health care practitioners, entities, providers, and suppliers. In response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and associated emergency declarations by all states, the Federal Government, state governments, and many health care entities have taken unprecedented steps regarding licensure portability and the deployment of health workforce resources, including the expansion of telemedicine and granting of disaster privileges. HRSA’s NPDB is in a unique position to temporarily waive fees, granting NPDB access to the nation’s hospitals, health centers, health plans, state licensing boards, Federal agencies, and other eligible health care entities in support of their efforts to mobilize and appropriately deploy health workforce professionals. PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 The NPDB waiver announcement published on April 17, 2020 (85 FR 21447), was effective retroactively from March 1, 2020, through May 31, 2020. This update continues the waiver through September 30, 2020. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Loewenstein, Director, Division of Practitioner Data Bank, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, (301) 443– 2300, NPDBPolicy@hrsa.gov. The NPDB will waive fees retroactively from March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, for eligible entity queries (one-time query and continuous query). The NPDB will not refund the cost of queries performed prior to the announcement of the waiver, but will issue query credits to reimburse entities for one-time and continuous queries performed and paid for during the waiver period. Regulations regarding the NPDB are codified at 45 CFR part 60. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Thomas J. Engels, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–14291 Filed 7–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 EN06JY20.002</GPH> 1There Total annual responses

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 129 (Monday, July 6, 2020)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-14291]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


National Practitioner Data Bank Continues Temporary Waiver of 
User Fees for Eligible Entities

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to its authority under Federal regulations for the 
National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), HRSA's Division of Practitioner 
Data Bank announces a continuation of its temporary waiver of user fees 
for NPDB queries from March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, to 
support our eligible entities in making credentialing, hiring, 
privileging, and licensing decisions in combatting the COVID-19 
pandemic. The waiver includes all one-time queries and continuous 
queries during the waiver time period. Fees for self-queries will not 
be waived. The NPDB is a confidential information clearinghouse created 
by Congress and is intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the 
professional credentials of health care practitioners, entities, 
providers, and suppliers. In response to President Trump's declaration 
of a national emergency and associated emergency declarations by all 
states, the Federal Government, state governments, and many health care 
entities have taken unprecedented steps regarding licensure portability 
and the deployment of health workforce resources, including the 
expansion of telemedicine and granting of disaster privileges. HRSA's 
NPDB is in a unique position to temporarily waive fees, granting NPDB 
access to the nation's hospitals, health centers, health plans, state 
licensing boards, Federal agencies, and other eligible health care 
entities in support of their efforts to mobilize and appropriately 
deploy health workforce professionals.

DATES: The NPDB waiver announcement published on April 17, 2020 (85 FR 
21447), was effective retroactively from March 1, 2020, through May 31, 
2020. This update continues the waiver through September 30, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Loewenstein, Director, Division 
of Practitioner Data Bank, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, (301) 443-
2300, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NPDB will waive fees retroactively from 
March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, for eligible entity queries 
(one-time query and continuous query). The NPDB will not refund the 
cost of queries performed prior to the announcement of the waiver, but 
will issue query credits to reimburse entities for one-time and 
continuous queries performed and paid for during the waiver period. 
Regulations regarding the NPDB are codified at 45 CFR part 60.

Thomas J. Engels,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-14291 Filed 7-2-20; 8:45 am]
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