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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; 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.

1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Imposition of Cost Sharing Charges Under Medicaid and Supporting Regulations contained in 42 CFR 447.53; Form No.: CMS-R-53 (OMB# 0938-0429); Use: The information collection requirements contained in 42 CFR 447.53 require the States to include in their Medicaid State Plan their cost sharing provisions for the medically and categorically needy. The State Plan is the method in which States inform staff of State policies, standards, procedures and instructions; Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government; Number of Respondents: 52; Total Annual Responses: 2; Total Annual Hours: 20.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Quality Improvement (formerly Peer Review) Organization Contracts: Solicitation of Statements of Interest from In-State Organizations, General Notice and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 475.102, 475.103, 475.104, 475.105 and 475.106; Form No.: CMS-R-118 (OMB# 0938-0526); Use: This notice is a solicitation of sources for the procurement of medical review services. The information is required for potential contractors to demonstrate that they meet the statutory requirements as Peer Review Organizations (also known as Quality Improvement Organizations). Compliance with these requirements is voluntary; Frequency: Other: As needed, not recurring; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 53; Total Annual Responses: 53; Total Annual Hours: 1.

3. Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Instrument/Tool for Refinement of a Prospective Payment System for Patints in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals, and units: a pilot test; Form No.: CMS-10107 (OMB# 0938-NEW); Use: This is a request to pilot test an instrument to refine the PPS for inpatient psychiatric facilities. This testing will include assessing the feasibility of administering this instrument, and testing the reliability, validity, time and process of administration.; Frequency: Other: per stay per diem; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Government; Number of Respondents: 1,120; Total Annual Responses: 1,120; Total Annual Hours: 2,464.

4. Type of Information Request: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of PACE as a Permanent Program and a For-Profit Demonstration; Form No.: CMS-10103 (OMB #0938-NEW); Use: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) established PACE as a permanent Medicare program and a state option under Medicaid. It also mandated a for-profit demonstration and a study of the “quality and cost” of the permanent program “under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.” All PACE Demonstration sites must convert to permament program sites in 2003. This evaluation will build on the efforts made in the first PACE evaluation (final reports in 2000). Data will be gathered to assess changes in access to care, patient satisfaction, mortality, organizational/operational changes, patient characteristics, outcomes, quality, etc. that have resulted from the BBA legislation. Patient surveys, site syrveys, and claims and utilization data gathered at 12 sites will help answer these study questions. Mathematics Policy Research, Inc. is awarded a contract (No. 500-00-0033) to perform this evaluation. A final report is expected in the summer of 2006; Start Printed Page 25593 Frequency: Other: One-time; Affected Public: Individuals or households, not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 2,753; Total Annual Responses: 2,753; Total Annual Hours: 1,330.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at​regulations/​pra/​default.asp, 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 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.

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Dated: April 29, 2004.

John P. Burke, III,

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

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[FR Doc. 04-10389 Filed 5-6-04; 8:45 am]