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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, e-mail or call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-1129.

Comments are invited on: (a) The proposed collection of information for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency; (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: Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME Payment Program) (OMB No. 0915-0247)—[Revision]

The CHGME Payment Program was enacted by Public Law 106-129 and reauthorized by Public Law 109-307 to provide federal support for graduate medical education (GME) to freestanding children's hospitals. This legislation attempts to provide support for GME comparable to the level of Medicare GME support received by other, non-children's hospitals. The legislation indicates that eligible children's hospitals will receive payments for both direct and indirect medical education. Direct payments are designed to offset the expenses associated with operating approved graduate medical residency training programs and indirect payments are designed to compensate hospitals for expenses associated with the treatment of more severely ill patients and the additional costs relating to teaching residents in such programs. The CHGME Payment Program application forms received OMB clearance on June 30, 2010. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule regarding Sections 5503, 5504, 5505 and 5506 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, requires some modification of the data collection within the CHGME Payment Program application. The CHGME Payment Program application forms have been adjusted to accommodate CMS policy and require OMB approval.

Data are collected on the number of full-time equivalent residents in applicant children's hospitals' training programs to determine the amount of direct and indirect medical education payments to be distributed to participating children's hospitals. Indirect medical education payments will also be derived from a formula that requires the reporting of discharges, beds, and case mix index information from participating children's hospitals. Hospitals will be requested to submit such information in an annual application. Hospitals will also be requested to submit data on the number of full-time equivalent residents a second time during the federal fiscal year to participate in the reconciliation payment process.

The estimated annual burden is as follows:

FormNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal number of responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
HRSA 99-1 (Initial Application)6016026.51,590
HRSA 99-1 (Reconciliation Application)601606.5390
HRSA 99-2 (Initial Application)6016011.33679.8
HRSA 99-2 (Reconciliation Application)601603.67220.2
HRSA 99-3 (Initial Application)601600.530
HRSA 99-3 (Reconciliation Application)601600.530
HRSA 99-4 (Reconciliation Application)6016012.5750
HRSA 99-5 (Initial Application)60160.3319.8
HRSA 99-5 (Reconciliation Application)60160.3319.8

E-mail comments to or mail them to 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: January 10, 2011.

Robert Hendricks,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2011-713 Filed 1-13-11; 8:45 am]