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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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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: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Hospice Survey and Deficiencies Report Form and Supporting Regulations. Use: CMS uses the information collected as the basis for certification decisions for hospices that wish to obtain or retain participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The information is used by CMS regional offices, which have the delegated authority to certify Medicare facilities for participation, and by State Medicaid agencies, which have comparable authority under Medicaid. The information on the Hospice Survey and Deficiencies Report Form is coded for entry into the OSCAR system. The data is analyzed by the CMS regional offices and by the CMS central office components for program evaluation and monitoring purposes. The information is also available to the public upon request. Form Number: CMS-643 (OCN 0938-0379). Frequency: Yearly. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents: 3,644. Total Annual Responses: 1,217. Total Annual Hours: 1,217. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kim Roche at 410-786-3524. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection;

Title of Information Collection: Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations; Use: Title I of 42 CFR, Part 423, § 423.514, requires each Part D Sponsor to have an effective procedure to provide statistics indicating: the cost of its operations, the patterns of utilization of its services, the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of its services, information demonstrating it has a fiscally sound operation and other matters as required by CMS. In addition, § 423.505 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA), establishes as a contract provision that Part D Sponsors must comply with the reporting requirements for submitting drug claims and related information to CMS. Data collected via Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements is an integral resource for oversight, monitoring, compliance and auditing activities necessary to ensure quality provision of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit to beneficiaries. The data collected will be validated, analyzed, and utilized for trend reporting.

The revisions for the CY 2013 include the removal, addition or both of data elements for the Prompt Payment by Part D Sponsors, Grievances, Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance Programs, and Plan Oversight of Agents reporting sections; however, these changes resulted in no changes to the burden for these sections. In addition, we added data elements and revised data elements for the Medication Therapy Management Programs and the Coverage Determinations and Exceptions reporting sections, which resulted in an increase in burden hours for both sections. Lastly, we removed the following reporting sections and decreased burden estimates associated with these sections because these data are no longer necessary for monitoring through these reporting requirements: Access to Extended Day Supplies at Retail Pharmacies; and Pharmacy Support of E-prescribing. Form Number: CMS-10185 (OMB#: 0938-0992); Frequency: Yearly, Quarterly, Semi-Annually; Affected Public: Private Sector, business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 3,180; Total Annual Responses: 48,152; Total Annual Hours: 76,240. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact LaToyia Grant at 410-786-5434. 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 August 17, 2012.

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

Dated: July 12, 2012.

Martique Jones,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-17380 Filed 7-17-12; 8:45 am]

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