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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request

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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: 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 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 60 days; Frequency: Other: Every 60 days; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 6,892; Total Annual Responses: 4,750,000; Total Annual Hours: 1,583,333.

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​regs/​prdact95.htm, or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to, 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: Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Start Printed Page 38287Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: May 15, 2002.

John P. Burke, III,

Paperwork Reduction Act Team Leader, CMS Reports Clearance Officer, CMS Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards.

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[FR Doc. 02-13763 Filed 5-31-02; 8:45 am]