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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: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Uniform Institutional Provider Bill and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 424.5; Use: Section 42 CFR 424.5(a)(5) requires providers of services to submit a claim for payment prior to any Medicare reimbursement. Charges billed are coded by revenue codes. The bill specifies diagnoses according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition (ICD-9-CM) code. Inpatient procedures are identified by ICD-9-CM codes, and outpatient procedures are described using the CMS Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). These are standard systems of identification for all major health insurance claims payers. Submission of information on the CMS-1450 permits Medicare intermediaries to receive consistent data for proper payment. All hardcopy claims processed by Medicare fiscal intermediaries must be submitted on the CMS-1450 (UB-04) after May 23, 2007. Data fields in the X12N 837 data set are consistent with the CMS-1450 (UB-04) data set.; Form Numbers: CMS-1450 (UB-04) (OMB#: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Reporting—On occasion; Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 53,111; Total Annual Responses: 179,489,721; Total Annual Hours: 308,237.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Enrolling Low-Income Beneficiaries into the Medicare Prescription Drug Program—Survey of State Agency Experiences; Use: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a survey of state Medicaid agencies, state health insurance plans (SHIPs), and state pharmaceutical assistance programs (SPAPs) to identify best practices for the successful enrollment of all types of low-income Medicare beneficiaries into a low-income subsidy and the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit Program. The evaluation will assist in identifying the best practices, the factors that make them effective, and how the information can be disseminated in an effective manor. The information will be used to help CMS as it designs its outreach and communication campaigns in subsequent open enrollment periods.; Form Number: CMS-10181 (OMB#: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Reporting—Other, one-time; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal governments, Federal government; Number of Respondents: 126; Total Annual Responses: 126; Total Annual Hours: 63.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed 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.

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed or faxed within 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB desk officer: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Start Printed Page 27726Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: May 5, 2006.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E6-7304 Filed 5-11-06; 8:45 am]