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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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) 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 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.

1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration; Use: On September 16, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the establishment of the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration, under which Medicare joined Medicaid and private insurers as a payer participant in state-sponsored initiatives to promote the principles that characterize advanced primary care, often referred to as the “patient-centered medical home” (PCMH). CMS selected eight states to participate in this demonstration: Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, and Minnesota. These states vary on a number of important dimensions, such as features of their public (Medicaid) and private insurance markets, delivery system, prior experience with medical home initiatives, and nature of their state-sponsored multi-payer initiative.

CMS is conducting an evaluation of the demonstration to assess the effects of advanced primary care practice when supported by Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans. As part of this evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data will be collected and analyzed to answer research questions focused on: (1) State initiative features and implementation, including various payment models; (2) practice characteristics, particularly medical home transformation; and (3) outcomes, including access to and coordination of care, clinical quality of care and patient safety, beneficiary experience with care, patterns of utilization, Medicare and Medicaid expenditures, and budget neutrality. This information will help CMS decide whether the MAPCP Demonstration model should be expanded under Medicare, and if so, what modifications and supports would be needed to implement similar innovations in other states and practices in the future. Form Number: CMS-10436 (OCN: 0938-New); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Individuals and households; Number of Respondents: 472 ; Total Annual Responses: 472; Total Annual Hours: 478 (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Suzanne Goodwin at 410-786-0226. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Enrollment Application for Clinics/Group Practice and Certain Other Suppliers; Use: The primary function of the CMS-855B enrollment application for Clinics, Group Practices and Certain Other Suppliers is to gather information from the organization that tells us what it is, whether it meets certain qualifications to be a health care supplier, where it renders services and information necessary to establish the correct claims payment. The goal of evaluating and revising the CMS-855B enrollment application is to simplify and clarify the information collection without jeopardizing our need to collect specific information. The majority of the revisions are very minor in nature such as spelling and formatting corrections, removal of duplicate fields and instruction clarification for the organization/group. The Sections and Sub-Sections within the form are also being re-numbered and re-sequenced to create a more logical flow of the data collection. In addition, CMS is adding a data collection for an address to mail the periodic request for the revalidation of enrollment information (only if it differs from other addresses currently collected). Other than the revalidation mailing address described above, new data being collected in this revision package is a checkbox indicating whether or not an organization is wholly owned or operated by a hospital, the inclusion of a new supplier type (Centralized Flu Biller) and information on, if applicable, where the supplier stores its patient records electronically. Form Number: CMS-855B (OCN: 0938-New); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Individuals and households; Number of Respondents: 31,000; Total Annual Responses: 31,000; Total Annual Hours: 103,000 (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kim McPhillips at 410-786-5374. 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 at (410) 786-1326.

In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by July 30, 2012:

1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments.

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number____, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

Dated: May 25, 2012.

Martique Jones,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-13207 Filed 5-30-12; 8:45 am]

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