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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).




The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21 to b-26, (Patient Safety Act), and its implementing regulation at 42 CFR part 3, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSO5), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. On December 30, 2010, HHS issued “Guidance Regarding Patient Safety Organizations' Reporting Obligations and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005” (Guidance) which can be accessed electronically at:​regulations/​guidance.pdf.

This notice announces the intention of AHRQ to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) amend the approved clearance, OMB No. 0935-0143, that allows information collection related to implementation of the Patient Safety Act. This amendment includes a new attestation form related to the Guidance. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment on the new attestation form related to the Guidance.


Comments on this notice must be received by March 30, 2011.


Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports Clearance Officer, by fax at (301) 427-1000 (attention: AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer) or by e-mail at Copies of this proposed form and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from AHRQs Reports Clearance Officer.

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Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477.

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Proposed Form

This notice proposes the addition of a new attestation form, “Supplemental Attestations Regarding FDA Reporting Obligations Of PSOs,” to the existing approved clearance, “Patient Safety Organization Certification for Initial Listing and Related Forms and a Patient Safety Confidentiality Complaint Form” (OMB No. 0935-0143).

In order to implement the Patient Safety Act, HHS issued the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2008: 73 FR 70731-70814. Pursuant to the Patient Safety Rule, entities seeking to become and remain listed by the Secretary as PSOs submit certifications to the Secretary. These entities must certify that they meet or will meet specified statutory criteria and requirements for PSOs, as further explained in the Patient Safety Rule.

On December 30, 2010, HHS issued Guidance to address questions that have arisen regarding the obligations of PSOs where they or the organization of which they are a part are legally obligated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations to report certain information to the FDA and to provide FDA with access to its records, including access during an inspection of its facilities. This proposed form will collect information from PSOs as described in the Guidance.

Methods of Collection

Existing PSOs will be required to complete this proposed form immediately; an entity seeking listing as a PSO will be required to complete this proposed form at the time it submits its certifications for initial listing. Every entity completing this proposed form will be required to attest whether it is subject to the Guidance. Entities that are subject to the Guidance will be required to make one to three additional attestations. To complete this form, a respondent will need to review each attestation, check the appropriate “yes' or “no” box that follows each applicable attestation, and complete and sign the form.

The burden estimate for completing this form is 15 minutes per respondent; fewer than 100 entities are expected to submit responses.

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

Under the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, AHRQ collects and reviews certifications from entities that seek listing or continued listing as PSOs. Entities applying to be PSOs and existing PSOs may also be required to provide additional information to AHRQ. The cost to AHRQ of processing the information collected with the above-described form is minimal: An estimated equivalent of approximately 0.01 FTE or $1,500 and no new overhead costs.

Request for Comments

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on the above described attestation form are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ's health care research, quality improvement and information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ's estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) 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 upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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Dated: February 15, 2011.

Carolyn M. Clancy,

Director, AHRQ.

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[FR Doc. 2011-4133 Filed 2-25-11; 8:45 am]