State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee, 12208-12209 [2021-04241]

Download as PDF 12208 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 39 / Tuesday, March 2, 2021 / Notices If you have additional comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact James J. Sheets, Biometric Services Section, Identity Management Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, CJIS Division, Biometric Technology Center, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, including whether the information will have practical utility; —Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; —Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and —Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Overview of This Information Collection 1. Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection. 2. The Title of the Form/Collection: Federal Bureau of Investigation Bioterrorism Preparedness Act: Entity/ Individual Information. 3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: The form is FD–961. The applicable component within the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract:. Primary: City, country, state, federal, individuals, business or other for profit, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Mar 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 and not-for-profit institute. This collection is needed to receive names and other identifying information submitted by individuals requesting access to specific agents or toxins, and consult with appropriate officials of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture as to whether certain individuals specified in the provisions should be denied access to or granted limited access to specific agents. 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: There are approximately 3,655 (FY 2020) and respondents at 1 hour 30 minutes for the FD–961 form. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated public burden associated with this collection is approximately 5,483 hours annual burden, associated with this information collection. If additional information is required contact: Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, 3E.405A, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: February 24, 2021. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2021–04208 Filed 3–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the establishment of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (Committee) and also solicits nominations for members to be appointed by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). The No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, requires the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish (and periodically update) a standardized reporting format for voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases and provide guidance to States on collecting data. The Act also SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 directs the Secretary to convene an advisory committee. DATES: Nominations for membership will be considered if they are received by March 16, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send nominations to SAPCDACnominations@dol.gov to the attention of Elizabeth Schumacher, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, DOL. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Schumacher, Employee Benefits Security Administration, DOL at 202–693–8335. For press inquiries contact Grant Vaught, Office of Public Affairs, DOL at 202–693–4672. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 735 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as added by section 115(b) of the No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, div. BB, tit. I, Public Law 116–260 (Dec. 27, 2020), requires the DOL to establish (and periodically update) a standardized reporting format for voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases and provide guidance to States on collecting data. The Act also directs the Secretary to convene an advisory committee consisting of no more than 15 members to advise the Secretary regarding the format and guidance for voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases. The Committee will remain in existence from the time of its convention until it submits its report with its recommendations to the Secretary, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives. The Committee is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. II. Charter, General Responsibilities, and Composition of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee A. Charter Information and General Responsibilities On February 17, 2021, the Acting Secretary approved the charter establishing the Committee. The Committee will advise the Secretary regarding the standardized reporting format for the voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases. Reporting will include medical claims, pharmacy claims, dental claims, and eligibility and provider files collected from private E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 39 / Tuesday, March 2, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES and public payers. The Committee will also advise the Secretary on the guidance provided to States on the process by which States may collect such data in the standardized reporting format. The Committee must submit a report to the Secretary, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives that includes recommendations on the establishment of the format and guidance no later than 180 days from the date of enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, with a due date of June 25, 2021. A copy of the charter for the Committee may be obtained by visiting the Department’s website at https:// www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/about-ebsa/ about-us/state-all-payer-claimsdatabases-advisory-committee. B. Composition of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee The Committee shall consist of no more than 15 members appointed by the Secretary (in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)), and the Comptroller General of the United States to serve as Regular Government Employee or Special Government Employee members. The Committee shall be composed of the Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration of DOL, or a designee of such Assistant Secretary; the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of HHS, or a designee of such Assistant Secretary; and members appointed by the Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of HHS, including: A member to serve as the Committee chair; a representative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; a representative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; a representative of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of HHS with expertise in data privacy and security; a representative of the National Center for Health Statistics; a representative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; and a representative of a State All Payer Claims Databases. Members appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States shall include: A representative of an employer that sponsors a group health plan; a representative of an employee organization that sponsors a group health plan; an academic researcher with expertise in health economics or health services research; a VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Mar 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 consumer advocate; and two additional members. Members of the Committee must have distinguished themselves in fields of health services research, health economics, health informatics, data privacy and security, or the governance of State All Payer Claims Databases, or represent organizations likely to submit data to or use the database, including patients, employers, employee organizations that sponsor group health plans, health care providers, health insurance issuers, or third-party administrators of group health plans. III. Submissions of Nominations DOL is requesting nominations for a Committee chair and a representative of a State All Payer Claims Databases. DOL will consider qualified individuals who are self-nominated or are nominated by organizations representing affected stakeholders when selecting those representatives. DOL will make every effort to appoint members to serve on the Committee from among those candidates determined to have the technical expertise required to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs and in a manner intended to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. Selection of Committee membership will be consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope, and credibility among diverse stakeholders. The diversity in such membership includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. DOL reserves discretion to appoint members to serve on the Committee who were not nominated in response to this notice if necessary to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs in a manner intended to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. DOL has a process for vetting nominees under consideration for appointment. DOL will contact nominees for information on their status as registered lobbyists. Anyone currently subject to federal registration requirements as a lobbyist is not eligible for appointment to this Committee. Additionally, nominees will be evaluated in accordance with Secretary’s Order 10–2020 (85 FR 71104) to ensure they are financially independent from the Department programs and activities for which they may be called upon to provide advice. Follow-up communications with nominees may occur as necessary throughout the process. Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified individuals (selfnominations will also be accepted). PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12209 Each nomination must include the following information: 1. A letter of nomination that contains contact information for both the nominator and nominee (if not the same). 2. A statement from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve on the Committee if appointed, will attend and participate in Committee meetings regularly, and has no conflicts of interest that would preclude Committee membership. 3. The nominee should also indicate which category or categories of stakeholders designated by the statute he or she is willing to represent, along with an explanation of interest in serving on the Committee. For selfnominations, this information may be included in the nomination letter. 4. A curriculum vitae that indicates the nominee’s educational experience, as well as relevant professional experience. 5. Two letters of reference that support the nominee’s qualifications for participation on the Committee. For nominations other than selfnominations, a nomination letter that includes information supporting the nominee’s qualifications may be counted as one of the letters of reference. Please do not include information that you do not want publicly disclosed. To ensure that a nomination is considered, the Department must receive all of the nomination information specified in section III of this notice by March 16, 2021. Nominations should be sent to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Dated: February 24, 2021. Ali Khawar, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2021–04241 Filed 3–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2019–0004] Gestamp West Virginia: Grant of Permanent Variance Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of Permanent Variance. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 39 (Tuesday, March 2, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12208-12209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04241]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of the State All Payer 
Claims Databases Advisory Committee (Committee) and also solicits 
nominations for members to be appointed by the Secretary of Labor 
(Secretary). The No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2021, requires the Department of Labor (DOL) to 
establish (and periodically update) a standardized reporting format for 
voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims 
Databases and provide guidance to States on collecting data. The Act 
also directs the Secretary to convene an advisory committee.

DATES: Nominations for membership will be considered if they are 
received by March 16, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Send nominations to [email protected] to the 
attention of Elizabeth Schumacher, Office of Health Plan Standards and 
Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, DOL.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Schumacher, Employee 
Benefits Security Administration, DOL at 202-693-8335. For press 
inquiries contact Grant Vaught, Office of Public Affairs, DOL at 202-
693-4672.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 735 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 
as added by section 115(b) of the No Surprises Act, enacted as part of 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, div. BB, tit. I, Public Law 
116-260 (Dec. 27, 2020), requires the DOL to establish (and 
periodically update) a standardized reporting format for voluntary 
reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases and 
provide guidance to States on collecting data. The Act also directs the 
Secretary to convene an advisory committee consisting of no more than 
15 members to advise the Secretary regarding the format and guidance 
for voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims 
Databases. The Committee will remain in existence from the time of its 
convention until it submits its report with its recommendations to the 
Secretary, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of 
the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee 
on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives. The Committee 
is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 
U.S.C. App. 2.

II. Charter, General Responsibilities, and Composition of the State All 
Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee

A. Charter Information and General Responsibilities

    On February 17, 2021, the Acting Secretary approved the charter 
establishing the Committee. The Committee will advise the Secretary 
regarding the standardized reporting format for the voluntary reporting 
by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases. Reporting 
will include medical claims, pharmacy claims, dental claims, and 
eligibility and provider files collected from private

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and public payers. The Committee will also advise the Secretary on the 
guidance provided to States on the process by which States may collect 
such data in the standardized reporting format.
    The Committee must submit a report to the Secretary, the Committee 
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Education and 
Labor of the House of Representatives that includes recommendations on 
the establishment of the format and guidance no later than 180 days 
from the date of enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2021, with a due date of June 25, 2021.
    A copy of the charter for the Committee may be obtained by visiting 
the Department's website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/about-ebsa/about-us/state-all-payer-claims-databases-advisory-committee.

B. Composition of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory 
Committee

    The Committee shall consist of no more than 15 members appointed by 
the Secretary (in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services (HHS)), and the Comptroller General of the United States to 
serve as Regular Government Employee or Special Government Employee 
members. The Committee shall be composed of the Assistant Secretary of 
the Employee Benefits Security Administration of DOL, or a designee of 
such Assistant Secretary; the Assistant Secretary for Planning and 
Evaluation of the Department of HHS, or a designee of such Assistant 
Secretary; and members appointed by the Secretary, in coordination with 
the Secretary of HHS, including: A member to serve as the Committee 
chair; a representative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services; a representative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and 
Quality; a representative of the Office for Civil Rights of the 
Department of HHS with expertise in data privacy and security; a 
representative of the National Center for Health Statistics; a 
representative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health 
Information Technology; and a representative of a State All Payer 
Claims Databases.
    Members appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States 
shall include: A representative of an employer that sponsors a group 
health plan; a representative of an employee organization that sponsors 
a group health plan; an academic researcher with expertise in health 
economics or health services research; a consumer advocate; and two 
additional members.
    Members of the Committee must have distinguished themselves in 
fields of health services research, health economics, health 
informatics, data privacy and security, or the governance of State All 
Payer Claims Databases, or represent organizations likely to submit 
data to or use the database, including patients, employers, employee 
organizations that sponsor group health plans, health care providers, 
health insurance issuers, or third-party administrators of group health 
plans.

III. Submissions of Nominations

    DOL is requesting nominations for a Committee chair and a 
representative of a State All Payer Claims Databases. DOL will consider 
qualified individuals who are self-nominated or are nominated by 
organizations representing affected stakeholders when selecting those 
representatives. DOL will make every effort to appoint members to serve 
on the Committee from among those candidates determined to have the 
technical expertise required to meet specific statutory categories and 
Departmental needs and in a manner intended to ensure an appropriate 
balance of membership. Selection of Committee membership will be 
consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope, and credibility 
among diverse stakeholders. The diversity in such membership includes, 
but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, 
and gender identity.
    DOL reserves discretion to appoint members to serve on the 
Committee who were not nominated in response to this notice if 
necessary to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs 
in a manner intended to ensure an appropriate balance of membership.
    DOL has a process for vetting nominees under consideration for 
appointment. DOL will contact nominees for information on their status 
as registered lobbyists. Anyone currently subject to federal 
registration requirements as a lobbyist is not eligible for appointment 
to this Committee. Additionally, nominees will be evaluated in 
accordance with Secretary's Order 10-2020 (85 FR 71104) to ensure they 
are financially independent from the Department programs and activities 
for which they may be called upon to provide advice. Follow-up 
communications with nominees may occur as necessary throughout the 
process.
    Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified 
individuals (self-nominations will also be accepted). Each nomination 
must include the following information:
    1. A letter of nomination that contains contact information for 
both the nominator and nominee (if not the same).
    2. A statement from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve 
on the Committee if appointed, will attend and participate in Committee 
meetings regularly, and has no conflicts of interest that would 
preclude Committee membership.
    3. The nominee should also indicate which category or categories of 
stakeholders designated by the statute he or she is willing to 
represent, along with an explanation of interest in serving on the 
Committee. For self-nominations, this information may be included in 
the nomination letter.
    4. A curriculum vitae that indicates the nominee's educational 
experience, as well as relevant professional experience.
    5. Two letters of reference that support the nominee's 
qualifications for participation on the Committee. For nominations 
other than self-nominations, a nomination letter that includes 
information supporting the nominee's qualifications may be counted as 
one of the letters of reference.
    Please do not include information that you do not want publicly 
disclosed.
    To ensure that a nomination is considered, the Department must 
receive all of the nomination information specified in section III of 
this notice by March 16, 2021. Nominations should be sent to the 
address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    Dated: February 24, 2021.
Ali Khawar,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2021-04241 Filed 3-1-21; 8:45 am]
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