Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906-0056 − Extension, 79492 [2020-27063]

Download as PDF 79492 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Clinic COVID–19 Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906–0056 Ø Extension Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of the ICR. DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than February 8, 2021. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443–1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference. SUMMARY: Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Clinic COVID–19 Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906–0056 ¥ Extension Abstract: This ICR is for continued approval of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID–19 Testing Program Data Collection. HRSA is proposing to continue this data collection with no changes. The current performance measures are collected electronically in the RHC COVID–19 Testing Report (CTR), which funded provider’s access via rhccovidreporting.com. RHC COVID–19 Testing Program Data Collection supports the HRSA requirement to monitor and report on funds distributed under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Signed into law on April 24, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act appropriated $225 million to RHCs to support COVID–19 testing efforts, expand access to testing in rural communities, and other related expenses. On May 20, 2020, HRSA issued funding as one-time payments to 2,406 RHC organizations based on the number of certified clinic sites they operate, providing $49,461.42 per clinic site (4,549 RHC clinic sites total across the country). The RHC CTR collects monthly, aggregate data from funded organizations. Funded organizations provide basic identifying information, report on the number of and location of testing sites, indicate how they used the funds, and report the total number of patients tested and the number of tests with a positive result. Funded organizations must report the number of patients tested and the number of positive tests on a monthly basis for the duration of the reporting period. HRSA will use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of the COVID–19 Testing Program at an aggregate level, to understand how the RHC COVID–19 Testing Program funding is being used to support RHC organizations and patients, and to ensure that it is compliant with federal reporting requirements. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The RHC CTR is designed to collect information from funded providers who use the RHC COVID–19 Testing Program funding to support COVID–19 testing efforts, expand access to testing in rural communities, and other related expenses. These data are critical to meet HRSA requirements to monitor and report on how federal funding is being used and to measure the effectiveness of RHC CTR. Specifically, these data will be used to assess the following: • Whether program funds are being spent for their intended purposes; • Where COVID–19 testing supported by these funds is occurring; • Number of patients tested for COVID–19; and • Results of provided COVID–19 tests. Likely Respondents: RHC organizations who received funding for COVID–19 testing and related expenses. 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS: Form name Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours RHC COVID–19 Testing Report (RHC CTR) ...................... 2,406 12 28,872 .25 7,218 HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information PO 00000 technology to minimize the information collection burden. Maria G. Button, Director, Executive Secretariat. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: 
Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural 
Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906-
0056 - Extension

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public 
comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection 
Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the 
public regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of the ICR.

DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than February 
8, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to [email protected] or mail the HRSA 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600 Fishers 
Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and 
draft instruments, email [email protected] or call Lisa Wright-
Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 
443-1984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the information request collection title 
for reference.
    Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 
Testing Program Data Collection, OMB No. 0906-0056 - Extension
    Abstract: This ICR is for continued approval of the Rural Health 
Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection. HRSA is 
proposing to continue this data collection with no changes. The current 
performance measures are collected electronically in the RHC COVID-19 
Testing Report (CTR), which funded provider's access via 
rhccovidreporting.com. RHC COVID-19 Testing Program Data Collection 
supports the HRSA requirement to monitor and report on funds 
distributed under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care 
Enhancement Act. Signed into law on April 24, 2020, the Paycheck 
Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act appropriated $225 
million to RHCs to support COVID-19 testing efforts, expand access to 
testing in rural communities, and other related expenses. On May 20, 
2020, HRSA issued funding as one-time payments to 2,406 RHC 
organizations based on the number of certified clinic sites they 
operate, providing $49,461.42 per clinic site (4,549 RHC clinic sites 
total across the country).
    The RHC CTR collects monthly, aggregate data from funded 
organizations. Funded organizations provide basic identifying 
information, report on the number of and location of testing sites, 
indicate how they used the funds, and report the total number of 
patients tested and the number of tests with a positive result.
    Funded organizations must report the number of patients tested and 
the number of positive tests on a monthly basis for the duration of the 
reporting period. HRSA will use this information to evaluate the 
effectiveness of the COVID-19 Testing Program at an aggregate level, to 
understand how the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program funding is being used 
to support RHC organizations and patients, and to ensure that it is 
compliant with federal reporting requirements.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The RHC CTR is designed 
to collect information from funded providers who use the RHC COVID-19 
Testing Program funding to support COVID-19 testing efforts, expand 
access to testing in rural communities, and other related expenses. 
These data are critical to meet HRSA requirements to monitor and report 
on how federal funding is being used and to measure the effectiveness 
of RHC CTR. Specifically, these data will be used to assess the 
following:
     Whether program funds are being spent for their intended 
purposes;
     Where COVID-19 testing supported by these funds is 
occurring;
     Number of patients tested for COVID-19; and
     Results of provided COVID-19 tests.
    Likely Respondents: RHC organizations who received funding for 
COVID-19 testing and related expenses.
    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
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RHC COVID-19 Testing Report (RHC CTR)..............................           2,406               12           28,872              .25            7,218
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    HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and 
utility of the proposed information collection for the proper 
performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the 
estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology to 
minimize the information collection burden.

Maria G. Button,
Director, Executive Secretariat.
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