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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request a copy of these requirements, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-5960 or send an e-mail to Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.Start Printed Page 66071

Proposed Project

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey [OMB No. 0920-0278]exp.08/31/2012—Revision—National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Section 306 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 242k), as amended, authorizes that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (DHHS), acting through NCHS, shall collect statistics on “utilization of health care” in the United States. The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) has been conducted annually since 1992. The purpose of NHAMCS is to meet the needs and demands for statistical information about the provision of ambulatory medical care services in the United States. Ambulatory services are rendered in a wide variety of settings, including physicians' offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments, and ambulatory surgery centers.

The target universe of the NHAMCS is in-person visits made to outpatient departments (OPDs), emergency departments (EDs), and ambulatory surgery locations (ASLs) of non-Federal, short-stay hospitals (hospitals with an average length of stay of less than 30 days) or those whose specialty is general (medical or surgical) or children's general, as well as visits to freestanding ambulatory surgery centers (FS-ASCs).

The objectives of this revision are to convert data collection instruments from paper to computer-based instruments; add 167 hospitals to the NHAMCS sample to make state-based estimates in five states on emergency department characteristics; expand the data collection to include a lookback module; conduct a colonoscopy supplement pretest; and make slight modifications to survey questions.

Users of NHAMCS data include, but are not limited to, congressional offices, Federal agencies, state and local governments, schools of public health, colleges and universities, private industry, nonprofit foundations, professional associations, clinicians, researchers, administrators, and health planners. There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 10,348.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

Type of respondentForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)
Hospital Chief Executive OfficerHospital Induction48211.5
Hospital Chief Executive OfficerHospital Induction (new sample)167130/60
Ancillary Service ExecutiveFreestanding ASC Induction200130/60
Ancillary Service ExecutiveAmbulatory Unit Induction1,946115/60
Physician/Registered Nurse/ Medical Record ClerkED Patient Record form1541007/60
Physician/Registered Nurse/ Medical Record ClerkOPD Patient Record form7820014/60
Physician/Registered Nurse/ Medical Record ClerkAS Patient Record Form1081007/60
Medical Record ClerkPulling and re-filing Patient Records (ED, OPD, and AS)1,0181331/60
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Dated: October 18, 2011.

Daniel Holcomb,

Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2011-27583 Filed 10-24-11; 8:45 am]