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Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, HHS.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request 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 functions; (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. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to Sherette.funncoleman@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above e-mail address within 60-days.

Proposed Project: Safe Harbor for Federally Qualified Health Centers Arrangements-Extension OMB No. 0990-0322—Office of Inspector General.

Abstract: The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting a 3-year extension of clearance for the data collection under the anti-kickback statute, as described below. In order for an arrangement between a health center and a donor individual or entity to enjoy safe harbor protection, the arrangement (1) Must be set out in writing (§ 1001.952(w)(1)(i)(A)); (2) the written agreement must be signed by the parties (§ 1001.952(w)(1)(i)(B)); (3) the written agreement must cover, and specify the amount of, all good, items, services, donations, or loans provided by the individual or entity to the health center (§ 1001.952(w)(1)(i)(C)); (4) the health center must document its basis for its reasonable expectation that the arrangement will benefit a medically underserved population (§ 1001.952(w)(3)); and (5) the health center, at reasonable intervals, must reevaluate the arrangement to ensure that it is expected to continue to benefit a medically underserved population, and must document the re-evaluation contemporaneously (§ 1001.952(w)(4)).

OIG may request to see documentation kept pursuant to the safe harbor in order to determine compliance with the terms of the safe harbor and the fraud and abuse laws. Compliance with the safe harbor is voluntary, and no party is ever required to comply with the safe harbor.

The safe harbor does not entail a routine and continuous affirmative collection of data form the regulated community. However, health centers that choose to avail themselves of the safe harbor must have initial documentation and a re-evaluation of the arrangement at least annually. The respondents are businesses and/or other private sector for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.Start Printed Page 14399

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

Type of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden (in hours) per responseTotal burden hours
Health Center1873111,873
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Seleda Perryman,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-6087 Filed 3-15-11; 8:45 am]

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