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

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AGENCY:

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: Notification of Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs) and CMS of Co-located Medicare Providers and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 412.22 and 412.533; Use: Many long term care hospitals (LCTHs) are co-located with other Medicare providers (acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and psychiatric facilities), which leads to potential gaming of the Medicare system based on patient shifting. CMS is requiring LTCHs to notify fiscal intermediaries (FIs) and CMS of co-located providers. In Start Printed Page 66956addition, CMS has established policies to limit payment abuse that will be based on FIs tracking patient movement among these co-located providers. Form Number: CMS-10088 (OMB#: 0938-0897; Frequency: Reporting—as needed; Affected Public: Business or other for profit and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 200; Total Annual Responses: 200; Total Annual Hours: 50.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Conditions of Coverage for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 486.301-348; Use: Organ Procurement Organizations are required to submit accurate data to CMS through the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The data concerns the organ procurement activities, as well as various OPO business activities, including information on its designated service area; structure; various policies, procedures, and protocols; and its quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program. This information is necessary to assure maximum effectiveness in the procurement and distribution of organs. Form Number: CMS-R-13 (OMB#: 0938-0688; Frequency: Reporting—Every 4 years and as needed; Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 58; Total Annual Responses: 58; Total Annual Hours: 21,427.

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.

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, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: November 7, 2006.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E6-19430 Filed 11-16-06; 8:45 am]

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