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Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

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.

We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting an emergency review because the collection of this information is needed before the expiration of the normal time limits under OMB's regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. This is necessary to ensure compliance with the statutorily mandated completion date of July 1, 2002. In particular, we cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures because the ACR worksheets need to be disseminated to the plans by May 1, 2002 in order to allow the industry to prepare and submit the information on their 2003 pricing packages by July 1, 2002. Historically, M + Cs plans need 2-3 months time to plan and work with their actuaries to complete the worksheets. CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by 4/30/2002, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendations will be accepted from the public if received by the individuals designated below by 4/29/2002. During this 180-day period, we will publish a separate Federal Register notice announcing the initiation of an extensive 60-day agency review and public comment period on these requirements. We will submit the requirements for OMB review and an extension of this emergency approval.

Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection: Adjusted Community Rate.

Form No.: CMS-R-228 (OMB# 0938-0742).

Use: Under Part C of the Social Security Act (ACT), a Medicare + Choice (M + C) organization is required to offer a benefit package that is approved and priced properly to all Medicare beneficiaries residing in the service area. This form is used by M + C organization to price its benefit packages.

Frequency: Annually.

Affected Public: Business or other-for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 700.

Total Annual Responses: 700.

Total Annual Hours: 66,500.

We have submitted a copy of this notice to OMB for its review of these information collections. A notice will be published in the Federal Register when approval is obtained.

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.

Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden or any other aspect of these collections of information requirements. However, as noted above, comments on these information collection and recordkeeping requirements must be mailed and/or faxed to the designees referenced below, by 4/29/2002: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850, Fax Number: (410) 786-0262, Attn: Melissa Musotto, and, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974 or (202) 395-5167, Attn: Allison Eydt, CMS Desk Officer.

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Dated: April 4, 2002.

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. 02-8823 Filed 4-10-02; 8:45 am]

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