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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) 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 Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Program; Use: The Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration is mandated under Section 5509 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.). According to Section 5509 of the ACA, the five selected demonstration sites receive “payment for the hospital's reasonable costs for the provision of qualified clinical training to advance practice registered nurses.” Section 5509 of the ACA also states that an Start Printed Page 20322evaluation of the graduate nurse education demonstration must be completed no later than October 17, 2017. This evaluation includes analysis of the following: (1) Growth in the number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with respect to a specific base year as a result of the demonstration; (2) growth for each of the following specialties: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, certified nurse anesthetist, certified nurse-midwife; and (3) costs to the Medicare program as result of the demonstration.

Quantitative and qualitative data from primary and secondary sources will be gathered and analyzed for this evaluation. The primary data will be collected through site visits, key stakeholder interviews, small discussion groups and focus groups, telephone interviews, electronic templates for quantitative data submission, and quarterly demonstration-site reports. The secondary data will come from mandatory hospital cost reports provided to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and several other existing secondary data sources, such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Form Number: CMS-10467 (OCN: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments, Business and other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 330; Total Annual Responses: 330; Total Annual Hours: 3,370. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Pauline Karikari-Martin at 410-786-1040. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved information collection; Title of Information Collection: Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Lifetime Limits; Required Notice of Rescission of Coverage; and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; Use: Under section 2711 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) amended by the Affordable Care Act, the enrollment opportunity notice was to be used by health plans to notify certain individuals of their right to re-enroll in their plan. The affected individuals were those whose coverage ended due to reaching a lifetime limit on the dollar value of all benefits for any individual. This notice was a one-time requirement and is being discontinued. Under section 2712 of the PHS Act as amended by the Affordable Care Act, the rescission notice will be used by health plans to provide advance notice to certain individuals that their coverage may be rescinded. The affected individuals are those who are at risk of rescission on their health insurance coverage. Under section 2719A of the PHS Act as amended by the Affordable Care Act, the patient protection notification will be used by health plans to inform certain individuals of their right to choose a primary care provider or pediatrician and to use obstetrical/gynecological services without prior authorization. Form Number: CMS-10330 (OCN: 0938-1094); Frequency: On Occasion; Affected Public: Private Sector; State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 8,382; Number of Responses: 1,583,371; Total Annual Hours: 2,267. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Usree Bandyopadhyay at 410-786-6650. For all other issues call (410) 786-1326.)

3. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection of information; Title of Information Collection: Disclosure and recordkeeping requirements for Grandfathered Health Plans under the Affordable care Act Use: Section 1251 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, (the Affordable Care Act) provides that certain plans and health insurance coverage in existence as of March 23, 2010, known as grandfathered health plans, are not required to comply with certain statutory provisions in the Act. To maintain its status as a grandfathered health plan, the interim final regulations titled “Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (75 FR 34538, June 17, 2010) require the plan to maintain records documenting the terms of the plan in effect on March 23, 2010, and any other documents that are necessary to verify, explain or clarify status as a grandfathered health plan. The plan must make such records available for examination upon request by participants, beneficiaries, individual policy subscribers, or a State or Federal agency official. The recordkeeping requirement will allow a participant, beneficiary, or federal or state official to inspect plan documents to verify that a plan or health insurance coverage is a grandfathered health plan. A grandfathered health plan must include a statement in any plan materials provided to participants or beneficiaries (in the individual market, primary subscriber) describing the benefits provided under the plan or health insurance coverage, and that the plan or coverage is intended to be grandfathered health plan. The disclosure requirement will provide participants and beneficiaries with important information about their grandfathered health plans, such as that grandfathered plans are not required to comply with certain consumer protection provisions contained in the Act. It also will provide important contact information for participants to find out which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered to non-grandfathered health plan status. An amendment to the interim final regulations (75 FR 70114, November 17, 2010) requires a grandfathered group health plan that is changing health insurance issuers to provide the succeeding health insurance issuer (and the succeeding health insurance issuer must require) documentation of plan terms (including benefits, cost sharing, employer contributions, and annual limits) under the prior health insurance coverage sufficient to make a determination whether the standards set forth in paragraph (g)(1) of the interim final regulations are exceeded. Form Number: CMS-10325 (OCN: 0938-1093); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal governments and health insurance coverage issuers; Number of Respondents: 64,552; Number of Responses: 10,113,926; Total Annual Hours: 85. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Usree Bandyopadhyay at (410) 786-6650. 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.

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 June 3, 2013:

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.Start Printed Page 20323

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.

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Dated: March 29, 2013.

Martique Jones,

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

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[FR Doc. 2013-07798 Filed 4-3-13; 8:45 am]

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