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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: Revision of a currently approved collection;

Title of Information Collection: “Important Message From Medicare” Title XVIII Section 1866(a)(1)(M) and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 466.78, 489.20, 489.34, 411.404, 412.42, 417.440, 422.620, and 489.27;

Form No.: HCFA-R-193 (OMB# 0938-0692);

Use: Hospitals participating in the Medicare program have agreed to distribute “Important Message About Medicare Rights: Admission, Discharge, & Appeals” to beneficiaries during the course of their hospital stay and inform them of their impending discharge. Receiving this information will provide all Medicare beneficiaries with some ability to participate and/or initiate discussions concerning actions that may affect their Medicare coverage, payment, and appeal rights in response to hospital notification that their care will no longer continue;

Frequency: Other: As needed;

Affected Public: Individuals or Households, Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions, Federal Government, and State, Local or Tribal Government;

Number of Respondents: 6,293;

Total Annual Responses: 11,000,000;

Total Annual Hours: 8,250,000.

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: September 15, 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. 00-24685 Filed 9-25-00; 8:45 am]