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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Agency: 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: Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Payment Request and Instructions; Use: Under section 1860D-22 of the Social Security Act, plan sponsors (e.g., employers, unions) who offer prescription drug coverage meeting specified criteria to their qualified covered retirees are eligible to receive a 28% tax-free subsidy for allowable drug costs. Plan sponsors must submit required prescription drug cost data and other information in order to receive the subsidy. Form Number: CMS-10170 (OMB# 0938-0977); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profits, not-for-profit institutions, not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 4,500; Total Annual Responses: 4,500; Total Annual Hours: 679,500.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Credit Balance Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 405.371, 405.378 and 413.20; Use: Section 1815(a) of the Act authorizes the Start Printed Page 72487Secretary to request information from providers which is necessary to properly administer the Medicare program. Quarterly credit balance reporting is needed to monitor and control the identification and timely collection of improper payments. The information obtained from Medicare credit balance reports will be used by the contractors to identify and recover outstanding Medicare credit balances and by Federal enforcement agencies to protect Federal funds. The information will also be used to identify the causes of credit balances and to take corrective action. Form Number: CMS-838 (OMB# 0938-0600); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private sector—business or other for-profits; Number of Respondents: 52,380; Total Annual Responses: 209,520; Total Annual Hours: 628,560.

3. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: CROWNWeb Authentication Service (CAS) Account Form; Form Number: CMS-10267 (OMB#: 0938-1050); Use: The CROWNWeb Authentication Service (CAS) application must be completed by any person needing access to the CROWNWeb system which include includes CMS employees, ESRD Network Organization staff and dialysis facilities staff. The CROWNWeb system is the system used as the collection point of data necessary for entitlement of ESRD patients to Medicare benefits and Federal Government monitoring and assessing of quality and type of care provided to renal patients. The data collected in CAS will provide the necessary security measures for creating and maintaining active CROWNWeb user accounts and collection of audit trail information required by the CMS Information Security Officers (ISSO). Frequency: Reporting—one-time; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit; Number of Respondents: 15,600; Total Annual Responses: 15,600; Total Annual Hours: 7,800.

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 January 27, 2009.

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: November 21, 2008.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-28380 Filed 11-26-08; 8:45 am]

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