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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Centers for Medicare & 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 & Medicaid Services (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 function; (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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Enrollment Application; Form No.: CMS-855 (OMB #0938-0685); Use: This application is currently required of all health care providers/suppliers who wish to enroll in the Medicare program. It is submitted when an applicant chooses to enroll into the Medicare program or when an enrolled provider or supplier reports a change to their Medicare information. The application is used by a Medicare fee-for-service contractor to collect data to assure the applicant meets all Federal and State requirements to provide health care services to Medicare beneficiaries. This application also allows a Medicare fee-for-service contractor to ensure that the provider/supplier is not sanctioned from the Medicare program, or debarred, suspended or excluded from any other Federal agency or program.; Frequency: Reporting—Other—; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Individuals or Households, Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 400,000; Total Annual Responses: 400,000; Total Annual Hours: 1,200,000.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for these paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at​PaperworkReductionActof1995, 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.

To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received by the OMB Desk Officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on February 27, 2006.

OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, CMS Desk Officer, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: January 20, 2006.

Michelle Shortt,

Acting Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 06-749 Filed 1-26-06; 8:45 am]