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AGENCY:

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

ACTION:

Notice of New System of Records.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, we are proposing to establish a new system of records, “Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR), HHS/HCFA/OIS, 09-70-0009.” The MEDPAR will contain a summary of all services rendered to a Medicare beneficiary, from the time of admission through discharge, for a stay in an inpatient hospital and/or skilled nursing facility (SNF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility information which HCFA receives from the Social Security Administration on Medicare beneficiaries who have had stays at inpatient hospitals and SNF, and enrollment data on Medicare beneficiaries.

The primary purpose of the system of records is to collect and maintain information for all services rendered during a stay at an inpatient hospital and/or SNF of Medicare beneficiaries, so as to enable HCFA and its contractors to facilitate research on the quality and effectiveness of care provided, update annual hospital Prospective Payment System (PPS) rates, and to recalculate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) ratios for hospitals that are paid under the PPS and serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients may be entitled to increased reimbursement under Part A of the Medicare program. Information retrieved from this system of records will also be disclosed to: support regulatory, reimbursement, and policy functions performed within the agency or by a contractor or consultant, provide system data to a hospital that has an appeal properly pending before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB), or before an intermediary, assist another federal or state agency with information to enable such agency to administer a federal health benefits program, or to enable such agency to fulfill a requirement of a federal statute or regulation that implements a health benefits program funded in whole or in part with federal funds, support constituent requests made to a congressional representative, support litigation involving the agency, facilitate research on the quality and effectiveness of care provided, and, combat fraud and abuse in certain health benefits programs. We have provided background information about the modified system in the Supplementary Information section below. Although the Privacy Act requires only that HCFA provide an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the proposed routine uses, HCFA invites comments on all portions of this notice. See Effective Dates section for comment period.

EFFECTIVE DATES:

HCFA filed a new system report with the Chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 14, 2000. To ensure that all parties have adequate time in which to comment, the new system of records, including routine uses, will become effective 40 days from the publication of the notice, or from the date it was submitted to OMB and the congress, whichever is later, unless HCFA receives comments that require alterations to this notice.

ADDRESSES:

The public should address comments to: Director, Division of Data Liaison and Distribution (DDLD), HCFA, Room N2-04-27, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. Comments received will be available for review at this location, by appointment, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., eastern time zone.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Anne Rudolph, Division of Acute Care, Plan and Providers Purchasing Policy Group (PPPPG), Center for Health Plans and Providers (CHPP), HCFA, Room C4-07-07, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. The telephone number is (410) 786-4546.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Description of the Proposed System of Records

A. Statutory and Regulatory Basis For System of Records

Authority for maintainance of this system is given under sections 1102(a), 1871, and 1886(d)(5)(F) of the Social Security Act, (Title 42 United States Code (USC) sections 1302(a), 1395hh, and 1395ww(d)(5)(F)). Under section 1886 (d)(5)(F)(vi)(I) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 42 USC 1395ww (d)(5)(F)(vi)(I), hospitals that are paid under the PPS and serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients may be entitled to increased reimbursement under Part A of the Medicare program. Such disproportionate share hospital payments, which became effective for discharges occurring on or after May 1, 1986, depend in part on a hospital's “SSI ratio.” HCFA determines a hospital's SSI ratio by comparing, for the same period, (1) the hospital's total number of its Medicare inpatient days to (2) the hospital's “Medicare/SSI days,” i.e., inpatient days attributable to Medicare patients who for such days were eligible for SSI payments under Title XVI of the Act. In determining a hospital's SSI ratio, HCFA uses information from the National Claims History (NCH), (HHS/HCFA/OIS 09-70-0005), in conjunction with SSI eligibility information that HCFA receives from the Social Security Administration. HCFA notifies each hospital of the total number of its Medicare/SSI days for a given federal fiscal year, or cost reporting period, but does not identify which of the hospital's Medicare patients had Medicare/SSI days.

II. Collection and Maintenance of Data in the System

A. Scope of the Data Collected

The MEDPAR contains information necessary for appropriate Medicare claim processing. It contains the Medicare health insurance claim (HIC) number, sex, race, age (no date of birth), zip code, state and county for Medicare beneficiaries who have received inpatient hospital and SNF services. Start Printed Page 50549

B. Agency Policies, Procedures, and Restrictions on the Routine Use

We are establishing the following policies, procedures and restrictions on routine use disclosures of information that will be maintained in the system. In general, routine uses of this system (or a subset thereof) will be approved for the minimum set of data elements in the record needed to accomplish the purpose of the disclosure only after HCFA:

(a) Determines that the use or disclosure is consistent with the reason that the data is being collected, e.g., developing and refining payment systems and monitoring the quality of care provided to patients.

(b) Determines:

(1) That the purpose for which the disclosure is to be made can only be accomplished if the record is provided in individually identifiable form;

(2) That the purpose for which the disclosure is to be made is of sufficient importance to warrant the potential effect and/or risk on the privacy of the individual that additional exposure of the record might bring; and

(3) That there is a strong probability that the proposed use of the data would in fact accomplish the stated purpose(s).

(c) Requires the information recipient to:

(1) Establish administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent unauthorized use of disclosure of the record; and

(2) Remove or destroy at the earliest time all patient-identifiable information.

(d) Determines that the data are valid and reliable.

III. Proposed Routine Use Disclosures of Data in the System

The Privacy Act allows us to disclose information without an individual's consent if the information is to be used for a purpose that is compatible with the purpose(s) for which the information was collected. Any such compatible use of data is known as a “routine use.” The proposed routine uses in this system meet the compatibility requirement of the Privacy Act. We are proposing to establish the following routine use disclosures of information maintained in the system:

1. To agency contractors, or consultants who have been engaged by the agency to assist in the performance of a service related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform the activity.

We contemplate disclosing information under this routine use only in situations in which HCFA may enter into a contractual or similar agreement with a third party to assist in accomplishing HCFA function relating to purposes for this system of records.

HCFA occasionally contracts out certain of its functions when doing so would contribute to effective and efficient operations. HCFA must be able to give a contractor or consultant whatever information is necessary for the contractor or consultant to fulfill its duties. In these situations, safeguards are provided in the contract prohibiting the contractor or consultant from using or disclosing the information for any purpose other than that described in the contract and requires the contractor or consultant to return or destroy all information at the completion of the contract.

2. To a hospital that has an appeal properly pending before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB), or before an intermediary, on the issue of whether it is entitled to disproportionate share hospital payments, or the amount of such payments. As a condition of disclosure under this routine use, HCFA will require the recipient of the information to:

(a) Establish reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent unauthorized access, use or disclosure of the record or any part thereof. The physical safeguards must provide a level of security that is at least the equivalent to the level of security contemplated in OMB Circular A-130 (Revised), Appendix III, Security of Federal Automated Information Systems, which sets forth guidelines for security plans for automated information systems in Federal agencies.

(b) Remove or destroy the information that allows the subject individual(s) to be identified at the earliest time at which removal or destruction can be accomplished consistent with the purpose of the request;

(c) Refrain from using or disclosing the information for any purpose other than the stated purpose under which the information was disclosed; and

(d) Attest in writing that it understands the foregoing provisions, and is willing to abide by the foregoing provisions and any additional provisions that HCFA deems appropriate in the particular circumstances.

Disclosure under this routine use shall be for the purpose of assisting the hospital to verify or challenge HCFA's determination of the hospital's SSI ratio (i.e., the total number of Medicare days compared to the number of Medicare/SSI days), and shall be limited to data concerning the SSI eligibility status of individuals who had stays at the inpatient hospital's facility during the period that is relevant to the appeal. The proposed routine use would permit disclosure only to a hospital that has a proper appeal pending before the PRRB or before an intermediary.

3. To another federal or state agency:

(a) To contribute to the accuracy of HCFA's proper payment of Medicare benefits, and/or

(b) To enable such agency to administer a federal health benefits program, or as necessary to enable such agency to fulfill a requirement of a federal statute or regulation that implements a health benefits program funded in whole or in part with federal funds.

Other federal or state agencies in their administration of a federal health program may require MEDPAR information in order to support evaluations and monitoring of Medicare claims information of beneficiaries who have had stays at inpatient hospitals and SNF, including proper reimbursement for services provided.

4. To an individual or organization for research, evaluation, or epidemiological projects related to the prevention of disease or disability, or the restoration or maintenance of health, and for payment related projects.

The MEDPAR data will provide the research, evaluation and epidemiological projects a broader, longitudinal, national perspective of the MEDPAR and inpatient data. HCFA anticipates that many researchers will have legitimate requests to use these data in projects that could ultimately improve the care provided to Medicare patients and the policy that governs the care. HCFA understands the concerns about the privacy and confidentiality of the release of data for a research use. Disclosure of MEDPAR data for research and evaluation purposes will usually involve aggregate data rather than individual-specific data.

5. To a member of congress or to a congressional staff member in response to an inquiry of the congressional office made at the written request of the constituent about whom the record is maintained.

Beneficiaries sometimes request the help of a member of congress in resolving an issue relating to a matter before HCFA. The member of congress then writes HCFA, and HCFA must be able to give sufficient information to be responsive to the inquiry.

6. To the Department of Justice (DOJ), court or adjudicatory body when:

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(b) Any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity, or

(c) Any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity where the DOJ has agreed to represent the employee, or

(d) The United States Government is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, HCFA determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation and that the use of such records by the DOJ, court or adjudicatory body is compatible with the purpose for which the agency collected the records.

Whenever HCFA is involved in litigation, and occasionally when another party is involved in litigation and HCFA's policies or operations could be affected by the outcome of the litigation, HCFA would be able to disclose information to the DOJ, court or adjudicatory body involved.

7. To a HCFA contractor (including, but not necessarily limited to fiscal intermediaries and carriers) that assists in the administration of a HCFA-administered health benefits program, or to a grantee of a HCFA-administered grant program, when disclosure is deemed reasonably necessary by HCFA to prevent, deter, discover, detect, investigate, examine, prosecute, sue with respect to, defend against, correct, remedy, or otherwise combat fraud or abuse in such program.

We contemplate disclosing information under this routine use only in situations in which HCFA may enter into a contractual relationship or grant with a third party to assist in accomplishing HCFA functions relating to the purpose of combating fraud and abuse.

HCFA occasionally contracts out certain of its functions and makes grants when doing so would contribute to effective and efficient operations. HCFA must be able to give a contractor or grantee whatever information is necessary for the contractor or grantee to fulfill its duties. In these situations, safeguards are provided in the contract prohibiting the contractor or grantee from using or disclosing the information for any purpose other than that described in the contract and requiring the contractor or grantee to return or destroy all information.

8. To another federal agency or to an instrumentality of any governmental jurisdiction within or under the control of the United States (including any State or local governmental agency), that administers, or that has the authority to investigate potential fraud or abuse in, a health benefits program funded in whole or in part by federal funds, when disclosure is deemed reasonably necessary by HCFA to prevent, deter, discover, detect, investigate, examine, prosecute, sue with respect to, defend against, correct, remedy, or otherwise combat fraud or abuse in such programs.

Other agencies may require MEDPAR information for the purpose of combating fraud and abuse in such Federally funded programs.

IV. Safeguards

A. Authorized Users

Personnel having access to the system have been trained in Privacy Act requirements. Employees who maintain records in the system are instructed not to release any data until the intended recipient agrees to implement appropriate administrative, technical, procedural, and physical safeguards sufficient to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorized access to the data. Records are used in a designated work area and system location is attended at all times during working hours.

To ensure security of the data, the proper level of class user is assigned for each individual user level. This prevents unauthorized users from accessing and modifying critical data. The system database configuration includes five classes of database users:

  • Database Administrator class owns the database objects, (e.g., tables, triggers, indexes, stored procedures, packages) and has database administration privileges to these objects.
  • Quality Control Administrator class has read and write access to key fields in the database;
  • Quality Indicator Report Generator class has read-only access to all fields and tables;
  • Policy Research class has query access to tables, but is not allowed to access confidential patient identification information; and
  • Submitter class has read and write access to database objects, but no database administration privileges.

B. Physical Safeguards

All server sites have implemented the following minimum requirements to assist in reducing the exposure of computer equipment and thus achieve an optimum level of protection and security for the MEDPAR system:

Access to all servers is controlled, with access limited to only those support personnel with a demonstrated need for access. Servers are to be kept in a locked room accessible only by specified management and system support personnel. Each server requires a specific log-on process. All entrance doors are identified and marked. A log is kept of all personnel who were issued a security card, key and/or combination which grants access to the room housing the server, and all visitors are escorted while in this room. All servers are housed in an area where appropriate environmental security controls are implemented, which include measures implemented to mitigate damage to Automated Information Systems (AIS) resources caused by fire, electricity, water and inadequate climate controls.

Protection applied to the workstations, servers and databases include:

  • User Log-ons—Authentication is performed by the Primary Domain Controller/Backup Domain Controller of the log-on domain.
  • Workstation Names—Workstation naming conventions may be defined and implemented at the agency level.
  • Hours of Operation—May be restricted by Windows NT. When activated all applicable processes will automatically shut down at a specific time and not be permitted to resume until the predetermined time. The appropriate hours of operation are determined and implemented at the agency level.
  • Inactivity Log-out—Access to the NT workstation is automatically logged out after a specified period of inactivity.
  • Warnings—Legal notices and security warnings display on all servers and workstations.
  • Remote Access Services (RAS)—Windows NT RAS security handles resource access control. Access to NT resources is controlled for remote users in the same manner as local users, by utilizing Windows NT file and sharing permissions. Dial-in access can be granted or restricted on a user-by-user basis through the Windows NT RAS administration tool.

There are several levels of security found in the MEDPAR system. Windows NT provides much of the overall system security. The Windows NT security model is designed to meet the C2-level criteria as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense's Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria document (DoD 5200.28-STD, December 1985). Netscape Enterprise Server is the security mechanism for all MEDPAR transmission connections to the system. As a result, Netscape controls all MEDPAR information access requests. Anti-virus software is applied at both the workstation and NT server levels.

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C. Procedural Safeguards

All automated systems must comply with Federal laws, guidance, and policies for information systems security. These include, but are not limited to: the Privacy Act of 1974, the Computer Security Act of 1987, OMB Circular A-130, revised, Information Resource Management (IRM) Circular #10, HHS Automated Information Systems Security Program; the HCFA Information Systems Security Policy and Program Handbook, and other HCFA systems security policies. Each automated information system should ensure a level of security commensurate with the level of sensitivity of the data, risk, and magnitude of the harm that may result from the loss, misuse, disclosure, or modification of the information contained in the system.

V. Effects of the Proposed System of Records on Individual Rights

HCFA proposes to establish this system in accordance with the principles and requirements of the Privacy Act and will collect, use, and disseminate information only as prescribed therein. Data in this system will be subject to the authorized releases in accordance with the routine uses identified in this system of records.

HCFA will take precautionary measures (see item IV. above) to minimize the risks of unauthorized access to the records and the potential harm to individual privacy or other personal or property rights of patients whose data are maintained in the system. HCFA will collect only that information necessary to perform the system's functions. In addition, HCFA will make disclosure from the proposed system only with consent of the subject individual, or his/her legal representative, or in accordance with an applicable exception provision of the Privacy Act. HCFA, therefore, does not anticipate an unfavorable effect on individual privacy as a result of the disclosure of information relating to individuals.

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Dated: August 10, 2000.

Nancy-Ann Min DeParle,

Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration.

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SYSTEM NAME:

“Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) HHS/HCFA/OIS.”

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:

Level Three Privacy Act Sensitive Data.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

HCFA Data Center, 7500 Security Boulevard, North Building, First Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

The categories of individuals covered by this system are Medicare beneficiaries who have had stays in inpatient hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNF).

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

The MEDPAR will contain claims and demographic information on Medicare beneficiaries who have had stays in inpatient hospitals and SNF, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility information which HCFA receives from the Social Security Administration on Medicare beneficiaries who have had stays at inpatient hospitals and SNF, and enrollment data on Medicare beneficiaries.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

Sections 1102(a), 1871, and 1886(d)(5)(F) of the Social Security Act, (42 U.S.C. §§ 1302(a), 1395hh, and 1395ww(d)(5)(F)).

PURPOSE(S) OF THE SYSTEM:

The primary purpose of the system of records is to collect and maintain information for all services rendered during a stay at an inpatient hospital and/or SNF of Medicare beneficiaries, so as to enable HCFA and its contractors to facilitate research on the quality and effectiveness of care provided, update annual hospital Prospective Payment System (PPS) rates, and to recalculate SSI ratios for hospitals that are paid under the PPS and serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients may be entitled to increased reimbursement under Part A of the Medicare program. Information retrieved from this system of records will also be disclosed to: support regulatory, reimbursement, and policy functions performed within the agency or by a contractor or consultant, provide system data to a hospital that has an appeal properly pending before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB), or before an intermediary, assist another federal or state agency with information to enable such agency to administer a federal health benefits program, or to enable such agency to fulfill a requirement of a federal statute or regulation that implements a health benefits program funded in whole or in part with federal funds, support constituent requests made to a congressional representative, support litigation involving the agency, facilitate research on the quality and effectiveness of care provided, and, combat fraud and abuse in certain health benefits programs.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OR USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

The Privacy Act allows us to disclose information without an individual's consent if the information is to be used for a purpose that is compatible with the purpose(s) for which the information was collected. Any such compatible use of data is known as a “routine use.” We are proposing to establish the following routine use disclosures of information maintained in the system:

1. To agency contractors, or consultants who have been engaged by the agency to assist in the performance of a service related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform the activity.

2. To a hospital that has an appeal properly pending before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB), or before an intermediary, on the issue of whether it is entitled to disproportionate share hospital payments, or the amount of such payments. As a condition of disclosure under this routine use, HCFA will require the recipient of the information to:

(a) Establish reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent unauthorized access, use or disclosure of the record or any part thereof. The physical safeguards must provide a level of security that is at least the equivalent to the level of security contemplated in OMB Circular A-130 (Revised), Appendix III, Security of Federal Automated Information Systems, which sets forth guidelines for security plans for automated information systems in federal agencies.

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(c) Refrain from using or disclosing the information for any purpose other than the stated purpose under which the information was disclosed; and

(d) Attest in writing that it understands the foregoing provisions, and is willing to abide by the foregoing provisions and any additional provisions that HCFA deems appropriate in the particular circumstances.

3. To another federal or state agency:

(a) To contribute to the accuracy of HCFA's proper payment of Medicare benefits, and/or

(b) To enable such agency to administer a federal health benefits program, or as necessary to enable such agency to fulfill a requirement of a federal statute or regulation that implements a health benefits program funded in whole or in part with federal funds.

4. To an individual or organization for research, evaluation, or epidemiological projects related to the prevention of disease or disability, or the restoration or maintenance of health, and for payment related projects.

5. To a member of congress or to a congressional staff member in response to an inquiry of the congressional office made at the written request of the constituent about whom the record is maintained.

6. To the Department of Justice (DOJ), court or adjudicatory body when:

(a) The agency or any component thereof, or

(b) Any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity, or

(c) Any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity where the DOJ has agreed to represent the employee, or

(d) The United States Government is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, HCFA determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation and that the use of such records by the DOJ, court or adjudicatory body is compatible with the purpose for which the agency collected the records.

7. To a HCFA contractor (including, but not necessarily limited to fiscal intermediaries and carriers) that assists in the administration of a HCFA-administered health benefits program, or to a grantee of a HCFA-administered grant program, when disclosure is deemed reasonably necessary by HCFA to prevent, deter, discover, detect, investigate, examine, prosecute, sue with respect to, defend against, correct, remedy, or otherwise combat fraud or abuse in such program.

8. To another federal agency or to an instrumentality of any governmental jurisdiction within or under the control of the United States (including any State or local governmental agency), that administers, or that has the authority to investigate potential fraud or abuse in, a health benefits program funded in whole or in part by federal funds, when disclosure is deemed reasonably necessary by HCFA to prevent, deter, discover, detect, investigate, examine, prosecute, sue with respect to, defend against, correct, remedy, or otherwise combat fraud or abuse in such programs.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

STORAGE:

All records are stored on magnetic media.

RETRIEVABILITY:

The Medicare records are retrieved by health insurance claim (HIC) number of the beneficiary.

SAFEGUARDS:

HCFA has safeguards for authorized users and monitors such users to ensure against excessive or unauthorized use. Personnel having access to the system have been trained in the Privacy Act and systems security requirements. Employees who maintain records in the system are instructed not to release any data until the intended recipient agrees to implement appropriate administrative, technical, procedural, and physical safeguards sufficient to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorized access to the data.

In addition, HCFA has physical safeguards in place to reduce the exposure of computer equipment and thus achieve an optimum level of protection and security for the MEDPAR system. For computerized records, safeguards have been established in accordance with HHS standards and National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines, e.g., security codes will be used, limiting access to authorized personnel. System securities are established in accordance with HHS, Information Resource Management (IRM) Circular #10, Automated Information Systems Security Program; HCFA Automated Information Systems (AIS) Guide, Systems Securities Policies, and OMB Circular No. A-130 (revised), Appendix III.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

HCFA and the repository of the National Archive and Records Administration will retain identifiable MEDPAR data for a total period not to exceed 25 years.

SYSTEM MANAGER AND ADDRESS:

Director, Division of Enrollment, Utilization, and Data Development, Enterprise Databases Group, Office of Information Services, HCFA, Room N3-16-28, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland, 21244-1850. The telephone number is (410)-786-6759.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

For purpose of access, the subject individual should write to the system manager who will require the system name, HIC, address, age, sex, and for verification purposes, the subject individual's name (woman's maiden name, if applicable) and social security number (SSN). Furnishing the SSN is voluntary, but it may make searching for a record easier and prevent delay.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:

For purpose of access, use the same procedures outlined in Notification Procedures above. Requestors should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought. (These procedures are in accordance with Department regulation 45 CFR 5b.5(a)(2)).

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

The subject individual should contact the system manager named above, and reasonably identify the record and specify the information to be contested. State the corrective action sought and the reasons for the correction with supporting justification. (These procedures are in accordance with Department regulation 45 CFR 5b.7).

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

HCFA's National Claims History system of records, enrollment data on Medicare beneficiaries, and SSI eligibility information from the Social Security Administration.

SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT:

None.

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