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Proposed Data Collection; Comment Request Survey of Colorectal Cancer Screening Policies, Programs, and Systems in U.S. Health Plans

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In compliance with the provisions of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comments on proposed data collection projects, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: Survey of Colorectal Cancer Screening Policies, Programs, and Systems in U.S. Health Plans. Type of Information Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: This study will obtain information on policies, programs, and practices for colorectal cancer screening among health plans in the U.S. The purpose of the study is to assess (1) Health plan policies, programs, and practices for colorectal cancer screening; (2) health plan activities in response to the National Committee on Quality Assurance's new Health Employer Data Information Set measure for colorectal cancer screening; and (3) characteristics of health plans and plan policies and activities that may be associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer screening. A questionnaire will be administered by mail or Internet using a national sample of health plans. Study participants will be health plan medical directors or administrators, and they will select their preferred response mode. Burden estimates are as follows:

Estimated number respondentsEstimated number responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseEstimated total annual burden hours

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; Start Printed Page 63160(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 through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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Send comments to Carrie N. Klabunde, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, National Cancer Institute, EPN 4005, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7344. Telephone: (301) 402-3362; Fax: (301) 435-3710 E-mail:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: October 18, 2004

Rachelle Ragland-Green,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 04-24165 Filed 10-28-04; 8:45 am]