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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: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Outpatient Rehabilitation Provider Cost Report; Use: In accordance with sections 1815(a), 1833(e) and 1861(v)(1)(A)(ii) of the Social Security Act, providers of service in the Medicare program are required to submit annual information to achieve reimbursement for health care services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. Section 42 CFR 413.20(b) requires that cost reports be required from providers on an annual basis. Such cost reports are required to be filed with the provider's fiscal intermediary. The CMS 2088-92 cost report is needed to determine the amount of reimbursable cost that is due these providers for furnishing medical services to Medicare beneficiaries. Form Number: CMS-2088-92 (OMB#: 0938-0037); Frequency: Reporting—Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 623; Total Annual Responses: 623; Total Annual Hours: 62,300.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of Start Printed Page 60852Information Collection: Medicaid State Program Integrity Assessment (SPIA); Use: Under the provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005, Congress directed CMS to establish the Medicaid Integrity Program (MIP), CMS' first national strategy to combat Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. CMS has two broad responsibilities under the MIP:

(1) Reviewing the actions of individuals or entities providing services or furnishing items under Medicaid; conducting audits of claims submitted for payment; identifying overpayments; and educating providers and others on payment integrity and quality of care; and

(2) Providing effective support and assistance to States to combat Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.

In order to fulfill the second of these requirements, CMS plans to develop a Medicaid State Program Integrity Assessment (SPIA) system. CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect information from the States on an annual basis for input into a national SPIA system. Through the SPIA system, CMS will identify current Medicaid program integrity (PI) information, develop profiles for each State based on these data, determine areas to provide States with technical support and assistance, and use the data to develop performance measures to assess States' performance in an ongoing manner. Based on comments received during the 60-day comment period, we revised the supporting statement timeline and the instrument (Appendix B). In addition, we added a draft MIP glossary (Appendix C); Form Number: CMS-10244 (OMB#: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Reporting: Yearly; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 56; Total Annual Hours: 1,400.

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 by the OMB desk officer at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on November 26, 2007:

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: October 19, 2007.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E7-21116 Filed 10-25-07; 8:45 am]

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