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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: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Advantage (MA) Disclosure Requirements; Use: The information collection requirements are mandated by 42 CFR 422.111 and 422.80. MA organizations will be required to notify plan members of the coming year's changes using a combined standardized document. MA organizations and potential MA organizations (applicants) will use the information to comply with the eligibility requirements and the MA contract requirements. CMS will use this information to ensure that correct information is disclosed to Medicare beneficiaries, both potential enrollees and enrollees. Form Number: CMS-10260 (OMB# 0938-New); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 670; Total Annual Responses: 670; Total Annual Hours: 8040.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Care Management performance (MCMP) Demonstration; Use: Section 649 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) requires the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a pay-for-performance (P4P) demonstration program with physicians to meet the needs of eligible beneficiaries through the adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) and evidence-based outcome measures. The Medicare Care Management Performance Demonstration was established in response to the MMA. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. is conducting an evaluation of the MCMP on behalf of CMS. The goals of the three-year demonstration are to improve quality of care to eligible fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries and encourage the implementation and use of HIT. The specific objectives are to promote continuity of care, help stabilize medical conditions, prevent or minimize acute exacerbations of chronic conditions, and reduce adverse health outcomes. The MMA authorizes a total of four sites in both urban and rural areas. The demonstration sites are in Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, and Utah. The MCMP demonstration will target practices serving at least 50 traditional fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, and diabetes for whom they provide primary care.

An impact analysis using a comparison group design will be conducted as part of the evaluation. Physician practices in selected non-demonstration States that match most closely those in demonstration States on key factors will make up the comparison group. The impact analysis will use data from four data sources: (1) A beneficiary survey, (2) a physician survey, (3) Medicare claims and eligibility data, and (4) practice-specific data. This request relates to the two surveys. Form Number: CMS-10256 (OMB# 0938-New); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Start Printed Page 47954Business or other for-profits, and Individual and households; Number of Respondents: 6,400; Total Annual Responses: 6,400; Total Annual Hours: 1,472.

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 September 15, 2008. OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: OMB Desk Officer, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: August 7, 2008.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-18957 Filed 8-14-08; 8:45 am]

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