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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission For OMB Review; Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), Department of Health and Human Services, has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following proposal for the collection of information. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 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.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection;

Title of Information Collection: Emergency and Foreign Hospital Services—Beneficiary Statement in Canadian Travel Claims and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR, Section 424.123;

Form No.: HCFA-R-0096 (OMB# 0938-0484);

Use: Payment may be made for certain Part A inpatient hospital services and Part B outpatient hospital services provided in a nonparticipating U.S. or foreign hospital when services are necessary to prevent the death or serious impairment of the health of the individual. In these situations, the threat to the life or health of the individual necessitates the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish such services. Section 3698.4, requires a beneficiary statement indication that after a medical emergency occurred, the beneficiary was traveling between Alaska and another State through Canada by the most direct route without unreasonable delay to acquire medical care;

Frequency: On occasion;

Affected Public: Individuals or Households;

Number of Respondents: 1,100;

Total Annual Responses: 1,100;

Total Annual Hours: 275.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access HCFA's WEB SITE ADDRESS at​regs/​prdact95.htm, or E-mail your request, including your address and phone number, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed within 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB Desk Officer designated at the following address: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Allison Eydt, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503.

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Dated: January 3, 2000.

John Parmigiani,

Manager, HCFA, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards.

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[FR Doc. 00-1979 Filed 1-26-00; 8:45 am]