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 (CMS)), 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: Design and Implementation of a Targeted Beneficiary Survey on Access to Physician Services Among Medicare Beneficiaries; Form No.: CMS-10084 (OMB# 0938-0890); Use: This survey of Medicare beneficiaries in targeted communities will be used to obtain information on whether they are experiencing problems accessing Start Printed Page 44340physician services. CMS will use data collected to determine if access problems exist at all, where and why problems may arise, whom they affect, and what the consequences are for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will also learn the extent to which physician access problems are Medicare-specific.; Frequency: One-time; Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Number of Respondents: 4,000; Total Annual Responses: 4,000; Total Annual Hours: 958.
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://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.Start Signature
Dated: July 17, 2003.
Acting, 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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