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

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Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, e-mail or call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443-1129.

The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

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 Start Printed Page 14033adjusted 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:

Form nameNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal number of responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
HRSA 99-1 (Initial)6016026.51,590
HRSA 99-1 (Reconciliation)601606.5390
HRSA 99-2 (Initial)6016011.33679.8
HRSA 99-2 (Reconciliation)601603.67220.2
HRSA 99-3 (Initial)601600.530
HRSA 99-3 (Reconciliation)601600.530
HRSA 99-4 (Reconciliation)6016012.5750
HRSA 99-5 (Initial)601600.3319.8
HRSA 99-5 (Reconciliation)601600.3319.8

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to the desk officer for HRSA, either by e-mail to or by fax to 202-395-6974. Please direct all correspondence to the “attention of the desk officer for HRSA.”

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Dated: March 8, 2011.

Reva Harris,

Acting Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2011-6016 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]