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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: Reinstatement, without change, of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Home Health Services Under Hospital Insurance, Manual Instructions and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 409.40-.50, 410.36, 410.170, 411.4-.15, 421.100, 424.22, 484.18 and 489.21; Form No.: HCFA-485 (OMB# 0938-0357); Use: The “Home Health Services Under Hospital Insurance” is a certification and plan of care used by the Regional Home Health Intermediaries (RHHIs) to ensure reimbursement is made to Home Health agencies only for services that are covered and medically necessary under Part A and Part B. The attending physician must sign the HCFA-485 (OMB 0938-0357) authorizing the home services for a period not to exceed 62 days; Frequency: Other (every 60 days); Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 7,322; Total Annual Responses: 5,580,000; Total Annual Hours: 1,395,000.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access HCFA's web site address at http://www.hcfa.gov/​regs/​prdact95.htm, or E-mail your request, including your address and phone number, to Paperwork@hcfa.gov, 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: April 4, 2001.

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. 01-9087 Filed 4-11-01; 8:45 am]

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