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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.

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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Skilled Nursing Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility Health Care Complex Cost Report. Use: Form CMS 2540-10 is used by Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Skilled Nursing Facility Complexes participating in the Medicare program to report the health care costs to determine the amount of reimbursable costs for services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. It is required under sections 1815(a), 1833(e) and 1861(v)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395g) to submit annual information to achieve settlement of costs for health care services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. The revision is due to new reporting requirements as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordability Act section 6104. Section 6104(1) of Public Law 111-148 amended § 1888(f) of the Social Security Act (“Reporting of Direct Care Expenditures”), by requiring that SNFs separately report expenditures for wages and benefits for direct care staff (registered nurses, licensed professional nurses, certified nurse assistants, and other medical and therapy staff). In implementing these changes Worksheet S-3, part V, was added. With the addition of this worksheet the average recordkeeping time for each provider will be increased by 5 hours and the average reporting time by 1 hour. Form Number: CMS-2540-10 (OMB#: 0938-0463); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private Sector; Business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 15,071; Total Annual Responses: 15,071; Total Annual Hours: 3,171,602 (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Amelia Citerone. at 410-786-3901. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Expedited Checklist: Medicaid Eligibility & Enrollment Systems—Advance Planning Document (E&E-APD); Use: Under sections 1903(a)(3)(A)(i) and 1903(a)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act, CMS has issued new standards and conditions that must be met by States for Medicaid technology investments (including traditional claims processing systems, as well as eligibility systems) to be eligible for enhanced match funding. The Checklist will be submitted by States to the E&E APD Start Printed Page 38658National Coordinator for review and coordination in the Eligibility/Enrollment Systems APD approval assignment. The information requested on the Checklist will be used to determine and approve enhanced FFP to States and to determine how States are complying with the seven standards and conditions; Form Number: CMS-10385 (OMB#: 0938-1125); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 168; Total Annual Hours: 204. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Richard Friedman at 410-786-4451. 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 August 1, 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: June 28, 2011.

Michelle Shortt,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-16599 Filed 6-30-11; 8:45 am]

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