Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP), 43257-43258 [2021-16837]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 149 / Friday, August 6, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Parham at (410) 786–4669. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term ‘‘collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment: 1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups Reclassification Request (MS–DRGs); Use: Section 1886(d)(4) of the Act establishes a classification system, referred to as DRGs, for inpatient discharges and adjusts payments under the IPPS based on appropriate weighting factors assigned to each MS–DRG. Section 1886(d)(4)(C)(i) of the Act specifies adjustments to the classification and weighting factors shall occur ‘‘at least annually to reflect changes in treatment patterns, technology, and other factors which may change the relative use of hospital resources.’’ The requests are evaluated in the Division of Coding and DRGs (DCDRG) by the DRG and Coding Team and the clinical advisors (medical officers) in both the Technology, Coding and Pricing Group (TCPG) and the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group (HAPG), along with the CMS contractor(s). This team participates via conference calls in the review of MedPAR claims data to analyze and perform clinical review of the requested changes. Based on the examination of claims data and clinical judgment, the team provides recommendations to CMS and HHS leadership for proposed changes. Per the statue, proposed MS–DRG changes and payment adjustments must go through notice and comment rulemaking giving the opportunity for the public to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Aug 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 comment. Finalized MS–DRG changes are effective with discharges on and after October 1, consistent with the beginning of the fiscal year. CMS makes the updated MS–DRG Grouper software and related materials that reflects the changes available to the public for free via download at: https://www.cms.gov/ Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-ServicePayment/AcuteInpatientPPS/MS-DRGClassifications-and-Software. When an application is submitted in MEARISTM, the DRG and Coding Team in DCDRG will have instant access to the application request and accompanying materials to facilitate a more-timely review of the request, including the ability to efficiently inform other team members involved in the process that information is available for their review and input. Form Number: CMS–10775 (OMB control number 0938–New); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private Sector, Business or other for-profits, Not-for-profits institutions; Number of Respondents: 50; Total Annual Responses: 50; Total Annual Hours: 48,000. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Marilu Hue at 410–786–4510.) Dated: August 3, 2021. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–16865 Filed 8–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Indian Health Service, HHS. Notice and request for comments. Request for extension of approval. AGENCY: ACTION: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Indian Health Service (IHS) invites the general public to take this opportunity to comment on the information collection Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 0917– 0014, titled, ‘‘IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP).’’ DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by October 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: For Comments: Submit comments to Jackie Santiago by one of the following methods: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43257 • Email: Jackie.Santiago@ihs.gov. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be made available to the public by publishing them in the 30 day Federal Register notice for this information collection. For this reason, please do not include information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If comments are submitted via email, the email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice. A copy of the draft supporting statement is available at www.regulations.gov (see Docket ID (IHS_FRDOC_0001)). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information, please contact Evonne Bennett, Information Collection Clearance Officer at: Evonne.Bennett@ihs.gov or 301–443– 4750. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This previously approved information collection project was last published in the Federal Register (83 FR 6601) on February 14, 2018, and allowed 30 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. This notice announces our intent to submit this collection, which expires November 30, 2021, to OMB for approval of an extension and solicit comments on specific aspects for the proposed information collection. The IHS is submitting the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, as amended, and its implementing regulations. This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies as required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A) and 5 CFR 1320.8(d) concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 43258 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 149 / Friday, August 6, 2021 / Notices through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques of other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Title: 0917–0014, ‘‘Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program.’’ Type of Information Collection Request: Three year extension approval of this information collection. OMB Control Number: 0917–0014. Forms: Educational and Professional Background, Financial Information, and General Applicant Information (i.e., all forms are part of the LRP application). The LRP application is available in an electronically fillable and fileable format. Need and Use of Information Collection: The IHS LRP identifies health professionals with pre-existing financial obligations for education expenses that meet program criteria and who are qualified and willing to serve at, often remote, IHS health care facilities. Under the program, eligible health professionals sign a contract through which the IHS agrees to repay part or all of their indebtedness in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice fulltime at an eligible Indian health program. This program is necessary to augment the critically low health professional staff at IHS health care facilities. Eligible health professionals wishing to have their health education loans repaid may apply to the IHS LRP. A two-year contract obligation is signed by both parties, and the individual agrees to work at an eligible Indian health program location and provide health services to American Indian and Alaska Native individuals. The information collected via the online application from individuals is analyzed and a score is given to each applicant. This score will determine which applicants will be awarded each fiscal year. The administrative scoring system assigns a score to the geographic location according to vacancy rates for that fiscal year and also considers whether the location is in an isolated area. When an applicant accepts employment at a location, the applicant in turn ‘‘picks-up’’ the score of that location. Status of the Proposed Information Collection: Renewal of a current collection. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Type of Respondents: Individuals. The table below provides: Types of data collection instruments, estimated number of respondents, Number of responses per respondent, annual number of responses, Average burden hour per response, and Total annual burden hour(s). ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS Data collection instrument(s) Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden per response (in hours) Total annual responses (in hours) LRP Application ............................................................................................... LRP Application (3 forms in total) 1,999 1 1.5 2,998.5 There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report. Elizabeth A. Fowler, Acting Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 2021–16837 Filed 8–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; Post-Award Reporting Requirements Including Research Performance Progress Report Collection (Office of the Director) National Institutes of Health, Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. DATES: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:29 Aug 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Ms. Mikia P. Currie, Program Analyst, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, or call a non-toll-free number 301–435– 0941 or Email your request, including your address to ProjectClearanceBranch@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2021, pages PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18994–18995 (86 FR 18994) and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of the Director (OD) Office of Policy and Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. Proposed Collection: Public Health Service (PHS) Post-award Reporting Requirements Including Research Performance Progress Report Collection, Revision, OMB 0925–0002, Expiration Date 2/28/2023, Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Need and Use of Information Collection: This collection is being revised to omit the Inclusion Enrollment E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 149 (Friday, August 6, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43257-43258]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-16837]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the 
Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

AGENCY: Indian Health Service, HHS.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments. Request for extension of 
approval.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Indian Health Service (IHS) invites the general public to take this 
opportunity to comment on the information collection Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 0917-0014, titled, ``IHS 
Loan Repayment Program (LRP).''

DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by October 
5, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For Comments: Submit comments to Jackie Santiago by one of 
the following methods:
     Email: [email protected].
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be made 
available to the public by publishing them in the 30 day Federal 
Register notice for this information collection. For this reason, 
please do not include information of a confidential nature, such as 
sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If comments 
are submitted via email, the email address will be automatically 
captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 
public docket and made available on the internet. Please note that 
responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice 
about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as 
public comments that may be made available to the public 
notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice.
    A copy of the draft supporting statement is available at 
www.regulations.gov (see Docket ID (IHS_FRDOC_0001)).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information, 
please contact Evonne Bennett, Information Collection Clearance Officer 
at: [email protected] or 301-443-4750.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This previously approved information 
collection project was last published in the Federal Register (83 FR 
6601) on February 14, 2018, and allowed 30 days for public comment. No 
public comment was received in response to the notice. This notice 
announces our intent to submit this collection, which expires November 
30, 2021, to OMB for approval of an extension and solicit comments on 
specific aspects for the proposed information collection.
    The IHS is submitting the proposed information collection to OMB 
for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, as 
amended, and its implementing regulations. This notice is soliciting 
comments from members of the public and affected agencies as required 
by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A) and 5 CFR 1320.8(d) concerning the proposed 
collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) 
Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information 
on those who are to respond; including

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through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques of other 
forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission 
of responses.
    Title: 0917-0014, ``Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program.''
    Type of Information Collection Request: Three year extension 
approval of this information collection.
    OMB Control Number: 0917-0014.
    Forms: Educational and Professional Background, Financial 
Information, and General Applicant Information (i.e., all forms are 
part of the LRP application). The LRP application is available in an 
electronically fillable and fileable format.
    Need and Use of Information Collection: The IHS LRP identifies 
health professionals with pre-existing financial obligations for 
education expenses that meet program criteria and who are qualified and 
willing to serve at, often remote, IHS health care facilities. Under 
the program, eligible health professionals sign a contract through 
which the IHS agrees to repay part or all of their indebtedness in 
exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice 
fulltime at an eligible Indian health program. This program is 
necessary to augment the critically low health professional staff at 
IHS health care facilities.
    Eligible health professionals wishing to have their health 
education loans repaid may apply to the IHS LRP. A two-year contract 
obligation is signed by both parties, and the individual agrees to work 
at an eligible Indian health program location and provide health 
services to American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.
    The information collected via the on-line application from 
individuals is analyzed and a score is given to each applicant. This 
score will determine which applicants will be awarded each fiscal year. 
The administrative scoring system assigns a score to the geographic 
location according to vacancy rates for that fiscal year and also 
considers whether the location is in an isolated area. When an 
applicant accepts employment at a location, the applicant in turn 
``picks-up'' the score of that location.
    Status of the Proposed Information Collection: Renewal of a current 
collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals.
    The table below provides: Types of data collection instruments, 
estimated number of respondents, Number of responses per respondent, 
annual number of responses, Average burden hour per response, and Total 
annual burden hour(s).

                                             Estimated Burden Hours
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                                                                  Number of      Average burden    Total annual
        Data collection instrument(s)            Number of      responses per     per response    responses (in
                                                respondents       respondent       (in hours)         hours)
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LRP Application.............................           1,999                1              1.5          2,998.5
LRP Application (3 forms in total)
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    There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance 
Costs to report.

Elizabeth A. Fowler,
Acting Director, Indian Health Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-16837 Filed 8-5-21; 8:45 am]
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