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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), 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: Request for Employment Information; Use: Section 1837(i) of the Social Security Act provides for a special enrollment period for individuals who delay enrolling in Medicare Part B because they are covered by a group health plan based on their own or a spouse's current employment status. When these individuals apply for Medicare Part B, Start Printed Page 38531they must provide proof that the group health plan coverage is (or was) based on current employment status. This form is used by the Social Security Administration to obtain information from employers regarding whether a Medicare beneficiary's coverage under a group health plan is based on current employment status. Form Number: CMS-R-297 (OMB#: 0938-0787); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 5,000; Total Annual Responses: 5,000; Total Annual Hours: 1250. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kevin Simpson at 410-786-0017. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Chronic Care Improvement Program and Medicare Advantage Quality Improvement Project; Use: The Social Security Act, section 1852 e(1), (2) and (3)(a)(i), and CFR 42, 422.152 describe CMS' regulatory authority to require each Medicare Advantage Organization (other than Medicare Advantage (MA) private fee for service and MSA plans) that offers one or more MA plans to have an ongoing quality assessment and performance improvement program. This program must include measuring performance using standard measures required by CMS and report its performance to CMS. Form Number: CMS-10209 (OMB#: 0938-1023); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 394; Total Annual Responses: 788; Total Annual Hours: 18,912. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Darlene Anderson at 410-786-9824. 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 August 16, 2010.

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: June 28, 2010.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. 2010-16008 Filed 7-1-10; 8:45 am]

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