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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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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: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Annual Report; Use: The DUR program is required to assure that prescriptions are appropriate, medically necessary and are not likely to result in adverse medical results. Each State DUR program must consist of prospective drug use review, retrospective drug use review, data assessment of drug use against predetermined standards, and ongoing educational outreach activities. In addition, States are required to submit an annual DUR program report that includes a description of the nature and scope of State DUR activities. Over the years, technology has changed as has the practice of the pharmacy. Therefore, CMS has revised the old survey vehicle to more fully address the current practices and areas of concern with the Medicaid Pharmacy Programs. Form Number: CMS-R-153 (OMB#: 0938-0659); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 51; Total Annual Responses: 51; Total Annual Hours: 20,298. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Madlyn Kruh at 410-786-3239. 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 January 24, 2011: 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: December 17, 2010.

Martique Jones,

Director, Regulations Development Division-B, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32196 Filed 12-22-10; 8:45 am]

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