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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 without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Budget Workload Reports and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 493.1-.2001; Use: The collected information will be used by CMS to determine the amount of Federal reimbursement for surveys conducted. Use of the information includes program evaluation, audit, budget formulation and budget approval. Form CMS-102 is a multi-purpose form designed to capture and record all budget and expenditure data. Form CMS-105 captures the annual projected CLIA workload that the State survey agency will accomplish. It is also used by the CMS regional office to approve the annual projected CLIA workload. The information is required as part of the section 1864 agreement with the State; Form Numbers: CMS-102 and CMS-105 (OMB#: 0938-0599); Frequency: Quarterly; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 50; Total Annual Responses: 50; Total Annual Hours: 4,500. (For policy questions regarding Start Printed Page 12123this collection contact Carla Ausby at 410-786-2153. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Annual State Report and Annual State Performance Rankings; Use: Section 6001(f) of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) requires CMS to contract with a vendor to conduct a monthly national survey of retail prescription drug prices and to report the prices to the States. These national average prices may be used as a benchmark by the States for the management of their prescription drug programs. The DRA also requires that the States submit pricing information for the 50 most widely prescribed drugs so that the States' prices can be compared to the national average prices obtained from the survey. The States pricing information will be compared and the States will be ranked. The Act also requires that States report their drug utilization rates for noninnovator multiple source (generic) drugs, their payment rates under their State plan, and their dispensing fees. The template has been developed to facilitate data collection; Form Number: CMS-10241 (OMB#: 0938-1041); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 51; Total Annual Responses: 51; Total Annual Hours: 765. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Joseph Fine at 410-786-2128. 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 April 14, 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: February 23, 2011.

Martique Jones,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-4577 Filed 3-3-11; 8:45 am]

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