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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-7570 or send comments to Ron Otten, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (OMB No. 0920-0745, exp. 6/30/2013)—Extension—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Of cancers affecting both men and women, Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Based on scientific evidence which indicates that regular screening is effective in reducing CRC incidence and mortality, regular CRC screening is now recommended for adults starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75 years. Screening tests that are recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and that may be used alone or in combination, include fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.

In 2005, CDC established a three-year demonstration program, subsequently extended to four years, to screen low-income individuals 50 years of age and older who have no health insurance or inadequate health insurance for CRC. The five demonstration sites reported information to CDC including de-identified, patient-level demographic, screening, diagnostic, treatment, outcome and cost reimbursement data (Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program, OMB No. 0920-0745, exp. 7/31/2010). The information was used to assess the feasibility and cost effectiveness of a publicly funded screening program, describe key outcomes, and guide program expansion.

In 2009, CDC received additional funding from Congress and established the expanded Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) to increase screening rates in the general population through evidence-based screening provision and screening promotion activities. All funded sites provide CRC screening and follow-up services to low-income men and women who are underinsured or uninsured for CRC screening. Funded sites also plan and implement program activities that promote CRC screening in the general population through policy, systems, community and individual level interventions. With expanded CRCCP support, the number of sites funded to provide CRC screening services increased from five to 26 and the original information collection was revised. Changes incorporated through the revision process included an increase in the number of respondents; simplification of the clinical data collection based on experience with the five demonstration program sites; Start Printed Page 3431discontinuation of the cost reimbursement data collection; addition of an activity-based economic data collection; and deletion of the term “Demonstration” from the title. Information currently reported to CDC includes program-level activity cost data, and de-identified patient-level demographic, screening, diagnostic, treatment and outcome data (Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, OMB No. 0920-0745, exp. 6/30/2013).

CDC plans to request a three-year extension of the current approval. No changes are proposed to the content of the information collection, reporting procedures for awardees, or the estimated burden per respondent. However, the number of funded CRC screening sites will increase from 26 to 29.

Program awardees will continue to implement evidence-based interventions to increase population-level screening rates and to address disparities in access to CRC screening services.

Through this program, funded awardees will provide CRC screening services to low-income individuals 50 years of age and older who have no health insurance or inadequate health insurance for CRC. On average, each program awardee is expected to provide services to 375 individuals per year. De-identified clinical data elements will be reported to CDC electronically. In addition, each awardee will collect and report program-level activity-based cost data to CDC through an electronic Cost Assessment Tool (CAT). The activity-based cost information allows CDC to monitor individual awardees and compare activity-based costs across multiple sites and programs. A similar approach has been employed for a number of CDC-funded cancer programs (see Economic Analysis of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, OMB No. 0920-0776, exp. 3/31/2011, and Economic Analysis of the National Program of Cancer Registries, OMB No. 0920-0812, exp. 6/30/2012).

CDC will use the information collected from Colorectal Cancer Screening Program awardees to monitor and evaluate the CRC screening program and funded sites; improve the quality of screening and diagnostic services for underserved individuals; develop outreach strategies to increase screening; and report program results to Congress and other legislative authorities. Participation is required for all CRCCP awardees. There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm typeNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
Colorectal Cancer Control Program AwardeesClinical Data Elements2937515/602,719
Cost Assessment Tool29122638
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Dated: January 8, 2013.

Ron A. Otten,

Director, Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI), Office of the Associate Director for Science (OADS), Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2013-00755 Filed 1-15-13; 8:45 am]