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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Payment Error Rate Measurement in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); Use: The Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 requires CMS to produce national error rates for Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). To comply with the IPIA, CMS will engage a Federal contractor to produce the error rates in Medicaid and SCHIP.

The states will be requested to submit, at their option, test data which include full claims details to the contractor prior to the quarterly submissions to detect potential problems in the dataset to and ensure the quality of the data. These states will be required to submit quarterly claims data to the contractor who will pull a statistically valid random sample, each quarter, by strata, so that medical and data processing reviews can be performed. State-specific error rates will be based on these review results.

CMS needs to collect the claims data, medical policies, and other information from states as well as medical records from providers in order for the contractor to sample and review adjudicated claims in those states selected for review. Based on the reviews, state-specific error rates will be calculated which will serve as the basis for calculating national Medicaid and SCHIP error rates.

This revision of the currently approved collection contains minor revisions to the information collection requirements. There is a 10-hour increase in burden per state per program as part of a new process. Based on the past experience in PERM operation, the adjustment is made to ensure the quality of the data will comply with the data requirement during the measurement. Form Number: CMS-10166 (OMB# 0938-0974); Frequency: Quarterly, Yearly; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 34; Total Annual Responses: 4,080; Total Annual Hours: 28,560.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Model Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices; Use: Section 1860D-1 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and implementing regulations at 42 CFR 423.56 require that entities that offer prescription drug benefits under any of the types of coverage described in 42 CFR 423.56(b) provide a disclosure of creditable coverage status to all Medicare Part D eligible individuals covered under the entity's plan informing them whether such coverage meets the actuarial requirements specified in guidelines provided by CMS.

These disclosure notices must be provided to Part D eligible individuals, at minimum, at the following times: (1) Prior to an individual's initial enrollment period for Part D, as described under § 423.38(a); (2) prior to the effective date of enrollment in the entity's coverage, and upon any change in creditable status; (3) prior to the commencement of the Part D Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) which begins on November 15 of each year, as defined in § 423.38(b); and (4) upon request by the individual. In an effort to reduce the burden associated with providing these notices, our final regulations allow most entities to provide notices of creditable and non-creditable status with other information materials that these entities distribute to beneficiaries.

This collection has been updated by eliminating the separate Model Personalized Disclosure Notice. CMS has incorporated the personalized information into the Model Creditable Disclosure Notice and the Model Non-Creditable Disclosure Notice for use by the public. Form Number: CMS-10182 (OMB# 0938-0990); Frequency: Yearly and Semi-annually; Affected Public: Federal Government, Business or Other For-Profits and Not-for-Profit Institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 1,225,173; Total Annual Responses: 1,225,173; Total Annual Hours: 522,204.

3. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Durable Medical Start Printed Page 43450Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), Certificates of Medical Necessity; Use: The certificate of medical necessity (CMN) collects information required to help determine the medical necessity of certain items. CMS requires CMNs where there may be a vulnerability to the Medicare program. Each initial claim for these items must have an associated CMN for the beneficiary. Suppliers (those who bill for the items) complete the administrative information (e.g., patient's name and address, items ordered, etc.) on each CMN. The 1994 Amendments to the Social Security Act require that the supplier also provide a narrative description of the items ordered and all related accessories, their charge for each of these items, and the Medicare fee schedule allowance (where applicable). The supplier then sends the CMN to the treating physician or other clinicians (e.g., physician assistant, LPN, etc.) who completes questions pertaining to the beneficiary's medical condition and signs the CMN. The physician or other clinician returns the CMN to the supplier who has the option to maintain a copy and then submits the CMN (paper or electronic) to CMS, along with a claim for reimbursement. Form Number: CMS-846-849, 854, 10125, 10126, 10269 (OMB# 0938-0679); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 59,200; Total Annual Responses: 6,480,000; Total Annual Hours: 1,296,000.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS' Web Site 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.

In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by September 23, 2008:

1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments.

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number ______, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: July 18, 2008.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-17117 Filed 7-24-08; 8:45 am]

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