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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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 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: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Durable Medical Equipment and Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Supplier Survey: Texas; Form No.: CMS-10045 (OMB# 0938-NEW); Use: This survey is necessary to collect information on beneficiary access, quality of services, diversity of product selection, industry competitiveness, and financial performance from DMEPOS suppliers. These key elements of the evaluation of Medicare's competitive bidding demonstration cannot be thoroughly evaluated without a survey of suppliers. The information will be presented to CMS and to Congress, who will use the results to determine whether the demonstration should be extended to other sites. The respondents will be companies who supply DMEPOS to Medicare beneficiaries.; Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 384; Total Annual Responses: 384; Total Annual Hours: 768.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS'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 4, 2001.

John P. Burke III,

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

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[FR Doc. 01-24153 Filed 9-26-01; 8:45 am]