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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human 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), 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 of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Report on Payables and Receivables; Use: Collection of CHIP data and the calculation of the CHIP Incurred But Not Reported (IBNR) estimate are pertinent to CMS' financial audit. The CFO auditors have reported the lack of an estimate for CHIP IBNR payables and receivables as a reportable condition in the FY 2005 audit of CMS's financial statements. It is essential that CMS collect the necessary data from State agencies in FY 2006, so that CMS continues to receive an unqualified audit opinion on its financial statements. Program expenditures for the CHIP have increased since its inception; as such, CHIP receivables and payables may materially impact the financial statements. The CHIP Report on Payables and Receivables will provide the information needed to calculate the CHIP IBNR.; Form Number: CMS-10180 (OMB#: 0938-0988); Frequency: Reporting—Annually; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 56; Total Annual Hours: 336. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Deborah McLeod at 410-786-0013. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicaid Report on Payables and Receivables; Use: The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990, as amended by the Government Management Reform Act (GMRA) of 1994, requires government agencies to produce auditable financial statements. Because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fulfills its mission through its contractors and the States; these entities are the primary source of information for the financial statements. There are three basic categories of data: Expenses, payables, and receivables. The CMS-64 is used to collect data on Medicaid expenses. The CMS-R-199 collects Medicaid payable and receivable accounting data from the States. Form Number: CMS-R-199 (OMB#: 0938-0697); Frequency: Reporting—Annually; Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 56; Total Annual Hours: 336. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Deborah McLeod at 410-786-0013. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

3. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Information Collection Requirements in 42 CFR 478.18, 478.34, 478.36, 478.42, QIO Reconsiderations and Appeals; Use: In the event that a beneficiary, provider, physician, or other practitioner does not agree with the initial determination of a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) or a QIO subcontractor, it is within that party's rights to request reconsideration. The information collection requirements 42 CFR 478.18, 478.34, 478.36, and 478.42, contain procedures for QIOs to use in reconsideration of initial determinations. The information requirements contained in these regulations are on QIOs to provide information to parties requesting the reconsideration. These parties will use the information as guidelines for appeal rights in instances where issues are actively being disputed. Form Number: CMS-R-72 (OMB#: 0938-0443); Frequency: Reporting—On occasion; Affected Public: Individuals or Households and Business or other for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 2,590; Total Annual Responses: 5,228; Total Annual Hours: 2,822. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Tom Kessler at 410-786-1991. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

4. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Program: Final Marketing Provisions CFR 422.111(a)(3) and 423.128 (a)(3) Use: Medicare Advantage (MA) plans must provide notice to plan members of impending changes to plan benefits, premiums and copays in the coming year so that members will be in the best position to make an informed choice on continued enrollment or disenrollment from that plan at least 15 days before the Annual Election Period (AEP). Beginning 2009, organizations will be required to notify plan members of the coming year changes using a combined standardized document at the time of enrollment and annually thereafter.

Section 422.111 requires, to the extent that a MA plan has a Web site, annual notification through the Web site of written, hard copy notification sent to the beneficiaries. Section 423.128 requires that a part D plan have Start Printed Page 48973mechanisms for providing specific information on a timely basis to current and prospective enrollees upon request. These mechanisms include, Internet Web site that includes information on part D plan description. MA organizations (formerly M+C organizations) and Prescription Drug Plan Sponsors use the information to comply with the eligibility requirements and the MA and part D 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#: 0938-1051); Frequency: Reporting—Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Number of Respondents: 740; Total Annual Responses: 740; Total Annual Hours: 8,880. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Camille Brown at 410-786-0274. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

5. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) Managed Care; Use: The Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) program measures improper payments for Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The program was designed to comply with the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. Although OMB guidance requires error rate measurement for SCHIP, 2009 SCHIP legislation temporarily suspended PERM measurement for this program and changed to Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) effective April 01, 2009. See Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Public Law 111-3 for more details.

There are two phases of the PERM program, the measurement phase and the corrective action phase. PERM measures improper payments in Medicaid and CHIP and produces State and national-level error rates for each program. The error rates are based on reviews of Medicaid and CHIP fee-for-service (FFS) and managed care payments made in the Federal fiscal year under review. States conduct eligibility reviews and report eligibility related payment error rates also used in the national error rate calculation. CMS created a 17 State rotation cycle so that each State will participate in PERM once every three years.

The information collected from the selected States will be used by Federal contractors to conduct Medicaid and CHIP managed care data processing reviews on which State-specific error rates will be calculated. The quarterly capitation payments will provide the contractor with the actual claims to be sampled. The managed care contracts, rate schedules, and updates to both, will be used by the federal contractor when conducting the managed care claims reviews. Form Number: CMS-10178 (OMB#: 0938-0994); Frequency: Reporting—Occasionally; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal governments; Number of Respondents: 34; Total Annual Responses: 2,040; Total Annual Hours: 28,050. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Nicole Perry at 410-786-8786. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

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 October 26, 2009.

OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974. e-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

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Dated: September 18, 2009.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. E9-23124 Filed 9-24-09; 8:45 am]

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