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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Telephone Customer Satisfaction Survey; Form No.: CMS-R-293 (OMB# 0938-0780); Use: In response to the National Partnership for Reinventing Government Performances and Results Act (GPRA), CMS is implementing a number of initiatives to measure and then improve the customer service that is provided by Medicare Call Centers, that service over 21 million calls annually. This particular initiative is to provide the 75+ call centers with suitably trained staff and survey materials to conduct a standardized random sample of beneficiary calls, and then administer a customer satisfaction questionnaire. The goal is to develop a national baseline measure of customer satisfaction with the Medicare telephone service provided by carriers and fiscal intermediaries. The respondents for this study will consist of beneficiaries and their advocates who phone Medicare call centers.; Frequency: On occasion, semi -annually, and other (single 800# survey); Affected Public: Individuals or households; Number of Respondents: 50,000; Total Annual Responses: 50,000; Total Annual Hours: 3,500

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​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 Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development and Issuances Attention: Melissa Musotto Room N2-14-26 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: August 6, 2002.

John P. Burke, III,

Paperwork Reduction Act Team Leader, CMS Reports Clearance Officer, Office of Strategic Operations and Strategic Affairs, Division of Regulations Development and Issuances.

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[FR Doc. 02-20469 Filed 8-12-02; 8:45 am]