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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), 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: Minimum Data Set for Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program Grantees; Use: The Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases (MIPCD) demonstration program provides grants to states to implement programs that provide incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries of all ages who participate in prevention programs and demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, including the adoption of healthy behaviors. The prevention programs address at least one of the following prevention goals: tobacco cessation, controlling or reducing weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and avoiding the onset of diabetes or in the case of a diabetic, improving the management of the condition. The programs are also comprehensive, widely available, easily accessible, and based on relevant evidence-based research and resources, including: the Guide to Community Preventive Services; the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services; and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs.

The proposed information collection, the MIPCD Minimum Data Set (MDS), is intended to collect data for program performance monitoring and evaluation. The MDS is a secondary data collection that assembles information already collected by grantees in the course of tracking beneficiary participation and outcomes and performing their own evaluation activities. Data collected through the MDS will be used to report on program implementation and evaluation to CMS and the Congress. Form Number: CMS-10444 (OCN: 0938-New); Frequency: Quarterly; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 10; Total Annual Responses: 40; Total Annual Hours: 3,467. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Sherrie Fried at 410-786-6619. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS). Use: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 mandated that states report their Medicaid data via MSIS. MSIS is used by states and other jurisdictions to report fundamental statistical data on the operation of their Medicaid program. Data provided on eligibles, beneficiaries, payments and services are vital to those studying and assessing Medicaid policies and costs. Medicaid statistical data are routinely requested by CMS, Department agencies, the Congress and their research offices, state Medicaid agencies, research organizations, social service interest groups, universities and colleges, and the health care industry. The data provides the only national level information available on enrollees, beneficiaries, and expenditures. It also provides the only national level information available on Medicaid utilization. This information is the basis for analyses and for cost savings estimates for the Department's cost sharing legislative initiatives to the Congress. The data is also crucial to CMS and HHS actuarial forecasts. Form Number: CMS-R-284 (OCN 0938-0345). Frequency: Quarterly. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents: 51. Total Annual Responses: 204. Total Annual Hours: 2,040. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kay Spence at 410-786-1617. For all other issues call 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 November 19, 2012.

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

Dated: October 16, 2012.

Martique Jones,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-25772 Filed 10-18-12; 8:45 am]

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