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Start Preamble October 16, 2006.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained from at​public/​do/​PRAMain or by contacting Darrin King on 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) / e-mail:

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Employment Standards Administration (ESA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, telephone: 202-395-7316 / Fax: 202-395-6974 (these are not toll-free numbers), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection.

Title: Uniform Billing Form (UB-92).

OMB Number: 1215-0176.

Frequency: On occasion.

Type of Response: Reporting.

Affected Public: Private Sector: Business and other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. Start Printed Page 62123

Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,593.

Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 30,372.

Estimated Average Response Time: 7 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,544.

Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: $0.

Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $0.

Description: The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. All three of these statutes require that OWCP pay for medical treatment of beneficiaries; this medical treatment can include inpatient/outpatient hospital services, as well as services provided by nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and home health aides in the home. In order to determine whether billed amounts are appropriate, OWCP needs to identify the patient, the specific services that were rendered and their relationship to the work-related injury or illness. The regulations implementing these statutes require the use of Form OWCP-92 or UB-92 for the submission of medical bills from institutional providers (20 CFR 10.801, 30.701, 725.405, 725.406, 725.701 and 725.704).

The Uniform Bill, known as the paper UB-92, has been approved by the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), by various other government health care programs, and by the private sector, to request payment to institutional providers of medical services. The paper UB-92 has been designed by the National Uniform Billing Committee and is neither a government-printed form nor distributed by OWCP; OWCP has, however, developed detailed instructions to ensure that it obtains the information it needs to consider requests for payment from institutional providers using this form. Form OWCP-92 or the paper UB-92 is an ideal billing instrument for the provider community that services FECA, BLBA and EEOICPA beneficiaries because of its familiarity, its common use, and its acceptance by both government and private health service payers.

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Ira L. Mills,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. E6-17670 Filed 10-20-06; 8:45 am]