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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: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Section 1115 Demonstration: Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and Other Service Models for Individuals with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions; Use: Section 1115 of the Social Security Act provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services broad authority to authorize experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects likely to assist in promoting the objectives of the Medicaid statute. Flexibility under Section 1115 is sufficiently broad to allow States to test substantially new ideas of policy merit. States seeking interventions for individuals needing LTSS to lower costs, improve care and improve health can utilize the 1115 demonstration to test and deliver innovative services and approaches to better and more efficiently meet the needs of this population. Section 1115 demonstrations provide a vehicle for innovations in both care delivery and payment methodologies. Demonstrations must be “budget neutral” over the life of the project, meaning they cannot be expected to cost the Federal government more than it would cost without the waiver. State Medicaid agencies are responsible for developing section 1115 demonstration applications and submitting them to CMS; Form Number: CMS-10412 (OCN: 0938-New); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 56; Total Annual Hours: 2,240. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Adrienne Delozer at (410) 786-0278. 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 Email 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 January 17, 2012.

OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

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Dated: December 9, 2011.

Martique Jones,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-32294 Filed 12-15-11; 8:45 am]

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