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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 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) 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: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Data Collection for Medicare Facilities Performing Carotid Artery Stenting with Embolic Protection in Patients at High Risk for Carotid Endarterectomy; Use: CMS provides coverage for carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection for patients at high risk for carotid endarterectomy and who also have symptomatic carotid artery stenosis between 50% and 70% or have asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis ≥ 80% in accordance with the Category B IDE clinical trials regulation (42 CFR 405.201), a trial under the CMS Clinical Trial Policy (NCD Manual § 310.1, or in accordance with the National Coverage Determination on CAS post approval studies (Medicare NCD Manual 20.7). Accordingly, CMS considers coverage for CAS reasonable and necessary {section 1862 (A)(1)(a) of the Social Security Act}. However, evidence for use of CAS with embolic protection for patients at high risk for carotid endarterectomy and who also have symptomatic carotid artery stenosis ≥ 70% who are not enrolled in a study or trial is less compelling. To encourage responsible and appropriate use of CAS with embolic protection, CMS issued a Decision Memo for Carotid Artery Stenting on March 17, 2005, indicating that CAS with embolic protection for patients at high risk for carotid endarterectomy and who also have symptomatic carotid artery stenosis ≥ 70% will be covered only if performed in facilities that have been determined to be competent. In accordance with this criteria CMS considers coverage for CAS reasonable and necessary {section 1862(A)(1)(a) of the Social Security Act}. Form Number: CMS-10199 (OMB#: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Reporting—On occasion; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 1,000; Total Annual Responses: 1,000; Total Annual Hours: 500.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Expanded Coverage for Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Services and Supporting Regulations Contained in 42 CFR 410.141, 410.142, 410.143, 410.144, 410.145, 410.146, 414.63; Use: According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), as many as 18.7 percent of Americans over age 65 are at risk for developing diabetes. The goals in the management of diabetes are to achieve normal metabolic control and reduce the risk of micro- and macro-vascular complications. Numerous epidemiologic and interventional studies point to the necessity of maintaining good glycemic control to reduce the risk of the complications of diabetes. In expanding the Medicare program to include diabetes outpatient self-management training services, the Congress intended to empower Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes to better manage and control their conditions. The Conference Report indicates that the conferees believed that “this provision will provide significant Medicare savings over time due to reduced hospitalizations and complications arising from diabetes.” (H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 105-217, at 701 (1997)). Form Number: CMS-R-247 (OMB#: 0938-0818); Frequency: Recordkeeping and Reporting—On occasion; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 2,008; Total Annual Responses: 8,032; Total Annual Hours: 88,519.

3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Conditions of Certification for Rural Health Clinics and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 491.9, 491.10, 491.11; Use: The Rural Health Clinic (RHC) conditions of participation are based on criteria prescribed in law and are designed to ensure that each facility has a properly trained staff to provide appropriate care and to assure a safe physical environment for patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses these conditions of participation to certify RHCs wishing to participate in the Medicare program. These requirements are similar in intent to standards developed by industry organizations such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and the National League of Nursing/American Public Association and merely reflect accepted standards of management and care to which rural health clinics must adhere. Form Number: CMS-R-38 (OMB#: 0938-0334); Frequency: Recordkeeping and Reporting—Annually and upon initial application for Medicare approval; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 3,674; Total Start Printed Page 36100Annual Responses: 3,674; Total Annual Hours: 8,816.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PaperworkReductionActof1995, or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, 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 at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on August 22, 2006.

CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development—B, Attention: William N. Parham, III, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: June 14, 2006.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E6-9842 Filed 6-22-06; 8:45 am]

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