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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) (formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)), 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: Attending Physicians Statement and Documentation of Medicare Emergency and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR Section 424.103; Form No.: CMS-1771 (OMB# 0938-0023); Use: Payment, by Medicare, may be made for certain Part A inpatient hospital services and Part B outpatient services provided in a nonparticipating U.S. or foreign hospital, when services are necessary to prevent the death or serious impairment to the health of an individual. This form is used to document the attending physician's statement that the hospitalization was required due to an emergency and give clinical support for the claim:

Frequency: On occasion;

Affected Public: Business or other for profit;

Number of Respondents: 2,000;

Total Annual Responses: 2,000;

Total Annual Hours: 500.

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-1771, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: February 20, 2002.

John P. Burke, III,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-4970 Filed 3-1-02; 8:45 am]

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