Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387-Extension, 11305-11306 [2021-03750]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices basis for the duration of the reporting period. HRSA will use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of COVID– 19 Testing Program at an aggregate level, assist HRSA in understanding how RHC COVID–19 Testing Program funding is being used to support RHC organizations and patients, and ensure that HRSA is compliant with federal reporting requirements. A 60-day notice published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2020, vol. 85, No. 238; p. 79492. There were no public comments. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The RHC CTR is designed to collect information from funded providers who use 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: Respondents are RHC organizations who received funding for COVID–19 testing and related expenses. 11305 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 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 .......................................... 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 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. [FR Doc. 2021–03749 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915–0387— Extension Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on the proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA 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, below, or any other aspect of the ICR. DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than April 26, 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. Information Collection Request Title: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915– 0387—Extension. Abstract: This program is authorized by Title III, Public Health Service Act, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Section 330A(g) (42 U.S.C. 254c(g)), as amended. This authority authorizes HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to issue grants that expand access to, coordinate, contain the cost of, and improve the quality of essential health care services, including preventive and emergency services, through the development of health care networks in rural and frontier areas and regions. Across these various programs, the authority allows HRSA to provide funds to rural communities to support the direct delivery of health care and related services, expand existing services, or enhance health service delivery through education, promotion, and prevention programs. The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. The goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. Additional objectives of the program include improved health outcomes for patients, enhanced chronic disease management, and better engagement of patients and their caregivers. Organizations participating in the program are required to use an evidence-based quality improvement model, perform tests of change focused on improvement, and use health E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 11306 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. HIT may include an electronic patient registry or an electronic health record, and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. With HIT it is possible to generate timely and meaningful data, which helps providers track and plan care. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: For this program, performance measures were drafted to provide data to the program and to enable HRSA to provide aggregate program data required by Congress under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. These measures cover the principal topic areas of interest to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, including: (a) Access to care; (b) population demographics; (c) staffing; (d) consortium/network; (e) sustainability; and (f) project specific domains. All measures speak to HRSA’s progress toward meeting the goals set. HRSA collects this information to quantify the impact of grant funding on access to health care, quality of services, and improvement of health outcomes. HRSA uses the data for program improvement and grantees use the data for performance tracking. No changes are proposed from the current data collection effort. Likely Respondents: The respondents would be recipients of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program. 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 Form name Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours Quality Program PIMS Measures ........................................ 32 1 32 8 256 Total .............................................................................. 32 ........................ 32 ........................ 256 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. BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES [Document Identifier OS–0990–xxxx] Agency Information Collection Request. 60-Day Public Comment Request Office of the Secretary, HHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Comments on the ICR must be received on or before April 26, 2021. DATES: Submit your comments to Sherrette.Funn@hhs.gov or by calling (202) 795–7714. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier 0990-New-60D, and project title for reference, to Sherrette Funn, the Reports Clearance Officer, Sherrette.funn@hhs.gov, or call 202–795–7714. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (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. Title of the Collection: Advancing the response to COVID–19 Learning Community Measure. Type of Collection: (New). OMB No. 0990–NEW–Office of the Secretary/Office of Minority Health. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2021–03750 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Number of responses per respondent PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Abstract: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking an approval by OMB on a new information collection, advancing the response to COVID–19 Learning Community Measure (hereafter COVID–19 Learning Community Measure). The purpose of this data collection is to gather quantitative and qualitative data from Learning Community members to monitor learning community performance in achieving process and outcome measures over the course of the one-year project. OMH will collect a set of process and outcome measures from program participants to assess the degree to which the learning community is effective in connecting subject matter experts and public health leaders, facilitating networking, and peer-to-peer information sharing of promising practices, programs, and/or policy. The clearance is needed to collect data to enable OMH to monitor and evaluate the COVID–19 Learning Community performance. The data will be used to report the impact of the COVID–19 Learning Community. The ability to monitor and evaluate performance in this manner, and to work towards continuous program improvement are basic functions that OMH must be able to accomplish in order to carry out goals for the COVID– 19 Learning Community and to ensure E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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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: Small 
Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387--
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 the proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA 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, below, or any other aspect of the 
ICR.

DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than April 26, 
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: Small Health Care Provider 
Quality Improvement Program, OMB No. 0915-0387--Extension.
    Abstract: This program is authorized by Title III, Public Health 
Service Act, Section 330A(g) (42 U.S.C. 254c(g)), as amended. This 
authority authorizes HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to 
issue grants that expand access to, coordinate, contain the cost of, 
and improve the quality of essential health care services, including 
preventive and emergency services, through the development of health 
care networks in rural and frontier areas and regions. Across these 
various programs, the authority allows HRSA to provide funds to rural 
communities to support the direct delivery of health care and related 
services, expand existing services, or enhance health service delivery 
through education, promotion, and prevention programs.
    The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement 
Grant (Rural Quality) Program is to provide support to rural primary 
care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. 
The goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-
based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care 
setting. Additional objectives of the program include improved health 
outcomes for patients, enhanced chronic disease management, and better 
engagement of patients and their caregivers. Organizations 
participating in the program are required to use an evidence-based 
quality improvement model, perform tests of change focused on 
improvement, and use health

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information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. HIT may 
include an electronic patient registry or an electronic health record, 
and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. 
With HIT it is possible to generate timely and meaningful data, which 
helps providers track and plan care.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: For this program, 
performance measures were drafted to provide data to the program and to 
enable HRSA to provide aggregate program data required by Congress 
under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. These 
measures cover the principal topic areas of interest to the Federal 
Office of Rural Health Policy, including: (a) Access to care; (b) 
population demographics; (c) staffing; (d) consortium/network; (e) 
sustainability; and (f) project specific domains. All measures speak to 
HRSA's progress toward meeting the goals set.
    HRSA collects this information to quantify the impact of grant 
funding on access to health care, quality of services, and improvement 
of health outcomes. HRSA uses the data for program improvement and 
grantees use the data for performance tracking. No changes are proposed 
from the current data collection effort.
    Likely Respondents: The respondents would be recipients of the 
Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program.
    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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Quality Program PIMS Measures...              32               1              32               8             256
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    Total.......................              32  ..............              32  ..............             256
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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.
[FR Doc. 2021-03750 Filed 2-23-21; 8:45 am]
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