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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; 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.

(1) Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Prospective Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 413.24, 413.65, and 419.42; Form No.: CMS-R-240 (OMB# 0938-0798); Use: As required by sections 4521, 4522, and 4523 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, CMS-1005FC eliminates the formula driven overpayment for certain outpatient hospital services, extends reductions in payment for costs of hospital outpatient services, and establishes in regulations a prospective payment system for hospital outpatient services. The rule also establishes in regulations the requirements for designating certain entities as provider-based or as a department of a hospital; Frequency: Other—as needed; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 750; Total Annual Responses: 2,272; Total Annual Hours: 41,063.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at http://cms.hhs.gov/​regulations/​pra/​default.asp, 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 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB desk officer: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Brenda Aguilar, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503. Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: May 15, 2003.

Dawn Willinghan,

CMS Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Regulations Development and Issuances, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 03-12800 Filed 5-21-03; 8:45 am]

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