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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this 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: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Hospice Cost Report and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 413.20, and 413.24; Form No.: CMS-R-0249 (OMB# 0938-0758); Use: Medicare certified hospice programs must file an annual cost report with CMS. This report contains information on overhead costs, assets, depreciation, and compensation which will be used for hospice rate evaluations.; Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Government; Number of Respondents: 1,720; Total Annual Responses: 1,720; Total Annual Hours: 302,720.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS's Web site address at http://www.hcfa.gov/​regs/​prdact95.htm, or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, 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 60 days of this notice directly to the CMS Paperwork Clearance Officer designated at the following address:

CMS, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards Attention: Dawn Willinghan, CMS-R-249, Room N2-14-26 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: October 10, 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. 01-26286 Filed 10-17-01; 8:45 am]

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