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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-1129.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Uniform Data System (OMB Clearance No. 0915-0193—Revision)

The Uniform Data System (UDS) contains the annual reporting requirements for the cluster of primary care grantees funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The UDS includes reporting requirements for grantees of the following primary care programs: Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, Public Housing Primary Care, and other grantees under Section 330. The authorizing statute is section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

HRSA collects data in the UDS which are used to ensure compliance with legislative mandates and to report to Congress and policymakers on program accomplishments. To meet these objectives, BPHC requires a core set of data collected annually that is appropriate for monitoring and evaluating performance and reporting on annual trends. The UDS will be revised in several ways. Certain data elements are added for staffing and utilization and for diagnoses, services, and tests. Specifications for current clinical measures are revised to align with those of national standard setting organizations. Revenue sources are updated to include new federal revenue sources. A limited number of clinical measures will be added consistent with identified national priorities.

These new measures are included in the UDS data collection request in order to allow advance time for health centers to change data collection systems. These changes reflect an increase in burden of 18,224 hours over the previous information collection request in 2009. The burden is increased due to a greater number of respondents and reporting of the new measures.

Estimates of annualized reporting burden are as follows:

Type of reportNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseTotal burden hours
Universal report1,18116880,308
Grant report3281185,904
Total1,18186,212

E-mail comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 10-33, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: July 2, 2010.

Sahira Rafiullah,

Director, Division of Policy Information and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2010-16821 Filed 7-8-10; 8:45 am]

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