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

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Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443-1129.

The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

Proposed Project: Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program—New

Public Law Number 106-129 amended the Public Health Service Act to establish a new program to support graduate medical education (GME) in children's hospitals. The provision authorizes payments in FY 2000 and FY 2001 for direct and indirect expenses associated with operating approved GME programs. Section 340E(c)(1) states that the amount determined under this subsection for payments for direct medical expenses for a fiscal year is equal to the product of (A) the updated per resident amount as determined, and (B) the average number of FTE residents in the hospital's approved graduate medical residency training programs as determined under section 1886(h)(4) of the Social Security Act during the fiscal year. The statute directs the Secretary to take into account factors identified in section 340E(b)(1)(B) and 340E(d)(2) “ case mix, number of FTE residents, treatment of more severely ill patients and the additional costs related to teaching residents.

Administration of the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program relies on the reporting of the number of full-time equivalent residents in applicant children's hospital training programs to determine the amount of direct and indirect expense payments to participating children's hospitals. Indirect expense payments will also be derived from a formula that requires the reporting of case mix index information from participating children's hospitals.

Hospitals will be requested to submit such information in an annual application. The statute also requires reconciliation of the estimated numbers of residents with the actual number determined after the close of the fiscal year. Participating children's hospitals would be required to complete an adjusted report to correct such information on an annual basis.

Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden

Form nameNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHrs. per responseTotal hour burden
Form E (Short)42142*99.9 4,194
Form E (Long)12112*46.7 560
Form F (Short)421428336
Form F (Long)12112896
IME Data *5415414756
Required GPRA Tables54154281,512
Total547,454
*The hours per response are paradoxically greater for the short form because of the relatively large number of hospitals which have been reporting residency counts to Medicare but expect considerable work in translating resident counts based on hospital cost-reporting years to counts, in part prospective, based on Federal fiscal years, including obtaining interim counts from other hospitals of incoming rotations.

HRSA is requesting from OMB an emergency review and approval of this data collection within 40 days from the date of publication of this notice, with a 180-day approval period. During this 180-day approval period, we will publish a separate Federal Register notice announcing the initiation of an extensive 60-day review and public comment period on the data collection activity.

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to: John Morrall, Human Resources and Housing Branch, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th St., NM, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: May 8, 2000.

Claude Earl Fox,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 00-11893 Filed 5-12-00; 8:45 am]

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