Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Health Resources and Services Administration published an Agency Information Collection document in the Federal Register of September 17, 2010 (FR Doc. 201-023260), on page 57037, regarding the Black Lung Clinics Program Database (OMB No. 0915-0292). In the burden table, the Total responses, Hours per response and Total burden hours are incorrect.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of an Altered System of Records
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing a notice to alter the system of records for the National Practitioner Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and other Health Care Practitioners, HHS/HRSA/BHPR. The SORN 09-15-0054 was last published March 17, 1997. In accordance with the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, as amended, title IV of Public Law 99-660 (42 U.S.C. 11101 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary to establish a National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) to collect and release certain information relating to the professional competence and conduct of physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners. This information is releasable only to specific entities described in the SORN. It requires the maintenance of records such as medical malpractice payments, adverse licensure and clinical privilege actions, disciplinary actions taken by Boards of Medical Examiners, and professional review actions taken by health care entities against physicians, dentists, and other healthcare practitioners. Section 1921 of the Social Security Act, as amended by Section 5(b) of the Medicare and Medicaid Patient and Program Protection Act of 1987 (MMPPPA), and as amended by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA), expands reporting to the NPDB to authorize maintenance of records of adverse licensure actions and negative actions or findings taken by a State licensing authority, peer review organization, or private accreditation entity against all healthcare practitioners or healthcare entities. The purpose of these alterations is to update: (1) System location; (2) Category of individuals covered by the system; (3) Category of records in the system; (4) Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system; (5) Notification procedure; (6) Record access procedures; (7) Contesting record procedures; and (8) Routine uses for the contractors accessing the system. Also, HRSA is proposing an additional routine use, number 17 (Responding to a breach of the security or confidentiality of information) for this system of records. The physical NPDB system which includes hardware and software will not be altered.