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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-1129.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: National Practitioner Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners: Regulations and Forms (OMB No. 0915-0126)—Revision

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was established through Title IV of Pub. L. 99-660, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, as amended. Final regulations governing the NPDB are codified at 45 CFR part 60. Responsibility for NPDB implementation and operation resides in the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NPDB began operation on September 1, 1990.

The intent of Title IV of Pub. L. 99-660 is to improve the quality of health care by encouraging hospitals, State licensing boards, professional societies, and other entities providing health care services, to identify and discipline those who engage in unprofessional behavior; and to restrict the ability of incompetent physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners to move from State to State without disclosure of the practitioner's previous damaging or incompetent performance.

The NPDB acts primarily as a flagging system; its principal purpose is to facilitate comprehensive review of practitioners' professional credentials and background. Information on medical malpractice payments, adverse licensure actions, adverse clinical privileging actions, adverse professional society actions, and Medicare/Medicaid exclusions is collected from, and disseminated to, eligible entities. It is intended that NPDB information should be considered with other relevant information in evaluating a practitioner's credentials.Start Printed Page 59192

This request is for a revision of reporting and querying forms previously approved on April 30, 2002. The reporting forms and the request for information forms (query forms) must be accessed, completed, and submitted to the NPDB electronically through the NPDB Web site at http://www.npdb-hipdb.com. All reporting and querying is performed through this secure Web site. Due to overlap in requirements for the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB), some of the NPDB's burden has been subsumed under the HIPDB.

Estimates of burden are as follows:

Regulation citationNo. of respondentsFrequency of responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
60.6(a) Errors & Omissions303515 min.1 385
60.6(b) Revisions to Actions1151.130 min.64
60.7(b) Medical Malpractice Payment Report4853945 min.14,236
60.8(b) Adverse Action Reports—State Boards2 0000
60.9(a)3 Adverse Action Clinical Privileges & Professional Society6861.545 min.785
Requests for Hearings by Entities11480 min.8
60.10(a)(1) Queries by Hospital-Practitioner Applications6,00037.35 min.18,615
60.10(a)(2) Queries by Hospitals-Two Yr. Cycle6,0001495 min.74,461
60.11(a)(1) Disclosure to Hospitals3 0000
60.11(a)(2) Disclosure to Practitioners (Self Query)4 0000
60.11(a)(3) Disclosure to Licensure Boards802255 min.1,499
60.11(a)(4) Queries by Non-Hospital Health Care Entities4,9384375 min.179,673
60.11(a)(5) Queries by Plaintiffs' Attorneys5530 min.3.0
60.11(a)(6) Queries by Non-Hospital Health Care Entities-Peer Review5 0000
60.11(a)(7) Requests by Researchers for Aggregated Data100130 min.50
60.14(b) Practitioner Places a Report in Disputed Status66615 min.55
60.14(b) Practitioner Statement2,563145 min.1,922
60.14(b) Practitioner Requests for Secretarial Review1171480 min.936
60.3 Entity Registration-Initial500160 min.500
60.3 Entity Registration-Update64315 min.54
60.11(a) Authorized Agent Designation-Initial500115 min.125
60.11(a) Authorized Agent-Update8615 min.7
60.12(c) Account Discrepancy Report300115 min.75
60.12(c) Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization363115 min.91
60.3 Entity Reactivation100160 min.100
Total 293,644
1 Estimates in this column that fall below or above a full hour are rounded to the nearest hour.
2 Included in estimate for reporting adverse licensure actions to the HIPDB in 45 CFR part 61.
3 Included in estimates for 60.10(a)(1).
4 Included in estimate for self queries to the HIPDB in 45 CFR part 61.
5 Included in estimate for hospital queries under 60.11(a)(4).

Send comments to Susan Queen, Ph.D., HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 16C-17, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852, (301) 443-1129. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: October 3, 2003.

Jane M. Harrison,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 03-25843 Filed 10-10-03; 8:45 am]

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