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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title: Consumer Assistance Program Grants Use: Section 1002 of the Affordable Care Act provides for the establishment of consumer assistance (or ombudsman) programs, starting in FY 2010. Federal grants will support these programs. These programs will assist consumers with filing complaints and appeals, assist consumers with enrollment into health coverage, collect data on consumer inquiries and complaints to identify problems in the marketplace, educate consumers on their rights and responsibilities, and with the establishment of the new Exchange marketplaces, resolve problems with premium credits for Exchange coverage. Importantly, these programs must provide detailed reporting on the types of problems and questions consumers may experience with health coverage, and how these problems and questions are resolved. In order to strengthen oversight, the law requires programs to report data to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “As a condition of receiving a grant under subsection (a), an office of health insurance consumer assistance or ombudsman program shall be required to collect and report data to the Secretary on the types of problems and inquiries encountered by consumers” (Sec. 2793 (d)). Analysis of this data reporting will help identify patterns of practice in the insurance marketplaces and uncover suspected patterns of noncompliance. HHS must share program data reports with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, and state regulators. Program data also can offer CCIIO one indication of the effectiveness of state enforcement, affording opportunities to provide technical assistance and support to state insurance regulators and, in extreme cases, inform the need to trigger federal enforcement.
The 60-day Federal Register notice published on July 27, 2012, and the comment period ended September 25, 2012. We received a total of 21 comments. All comments were summarized, consolidated (where overlap existed), and addressed. The majority of comments involved feedback on providing CAPs with more flexibility in collecting and reporting data. The implementation of a new progress report will allow CAPs to provide more information about their progress and activities. In addition, CMS received comments suggesting that collection of all of the CMS-required data elements is difficult and that adjustments to pre-existing databases is too expensive and laborious. CMS recognizes these concerns and acknowledges that CAPs are in the best situation to determine the level of information that is able to be collected for any given consumer. CMS also received comments suggesting that CMS provide guidance to CAPs on how to accurately measure savings to consumers. CMS has provided CAPs with suggestions on ways to calculate recovered benefits and will explore whether more comprehensive guidance is necessary. The comments received in response to the 60-day notice have not resulted in a change in burden estimates. Form Number: CMS-10333 (OCN: 0938-1097); Frequency: Quarterly and Annual; Affected Public: Private Sector: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 56; Total Annual Responses: 504; Total Annual Hours: 261 hours. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Eliza Bangit at 301-492-4219. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)
2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title: ICD-10 Industry Readiness Assessment; Use: The Congress addressed the need for a consistent framework for electronic transactions and other administrative simplification issues in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, enacted on August 21, 1996. Through subtitle F of title II of HIPAA, the Congress added to title XI of the Social Security Act (the Act) a new Part C, entitled “Administrative Simplification.” Part C of title XI of the Act now consists of sections 1171 through 1180, which define various terms and impose several requirements on HHS, health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers concerning the transmission of health information. Specifically, HIPAA requires the Secretary of HHS to adopt standards that covered entities are required to use in conducting certain health care administrative transactions, such as claims, remittance, eligibility, and claims status requests and responses. Findings from the ICD-10 industry readiness assessment will be used by CMS to understand each sector's progress toward compliance and to determine what communication and educational efforts can best help affected entities obtain the tools and resources they need to achieve timely compliance with ICD-10. Insights gleaned from the proposed research will be valid for education and outreach purposes only, and will not be used for policy purposes. Form Number: CMS-10381 (OMB#: 0938-1149); Frequency: Annual; Affected Public: Private Sector—Business or other for-profits, Not-for-profits; Number of Respondents: 1,200; Total Annual Responses: 1,200; Total Annual Hours: 204. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Rosali Topper at 410-786-7260. 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 7, 2013.
OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.
Dated: December 4, 2012.
Director, Regulations Development Group, Division B, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
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