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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Health Care Financing Administration. 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, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. 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.

Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection: Maximizing the Effective Use of Telemedicine: A Study of the Effects, Cost Effectiveness and Utilization Patterns of Consultations via Telemedicine.

Form No.: HCFA-R-197 (OMB# 0938-0705).

Use: This study deals with several issues of importance to HCFA regarding the recent proliferation of Telemedicine programs. The primary goal of this study is to develop policy recommendations for Medicare concerning utilization review and Start Printed Page 11588payment methods for Telemedicine services. The major objective is to evaluate the use of interactive video Telemedicine consultation. Recommendations will be based on analysis of the use of Telemedicine for such medical consultation.

Frequency: Other: periodically.

Affected Public: Individuals or households, Business or other for-profit, and Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents: 1,450.

Total Annual Responses: 84,235.

Total Annual Hours: 360.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 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, phone number, OMB number, and HCFA document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed within 60 days of this notice directly to the HCFA Paperwork Clearance Officer designated at the following address: HCFA, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards, Attention: Dawn Willinghan, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: February 24, 2000.

John P. Burke III,

HCFA Reports Clearance Officer, HCFA Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards.

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[FR Doc. 00-5106 Filed 3-2-00; 8:45 am]