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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection: Comment Request

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984.

HRSA especially requests comments on: (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.

Information Collection Request Title: Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (OMB No. 0915-0334)—Revision

Abstract: This is a revision to the request for OMB approval of the information collection requirements for the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP or Program). The CICP, within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), administers the compensation program specified by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). The CICP provides compensation to eligible individuals (requesters) who suffer serious injuries directly caused by a covered countermeasure administered or used pursuant to a PREP Act Declaration, or to their estates and/or survivors. A declaration is issued by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans Services (Secretary). The purpose of a declaration is to identify a disease, health condition, or a threat to health that is currently, or may in the future constitute, a public health emergency. In addition, the Secretary, through a declaration, may recommend and encourage the development, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, and administration or use of one or more covered countermeasures to treat, prevent, or diagnose the disease, condition, or threat specified in the declaration.

To determine whether a requester is eligible for Program benefits (compensation) for the injury, the CICP Start Printed Page 27242must review the Request for Benefits Package, which includes the Request for Benefits Form and Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Health Information Form(s), as well as the injured countermeasure recipient's medical records and supporting documentation.

A requester who is an injured countermeasure recipient may be eligible to receive benefits for unreimbursed medical expenses and/or lost employment income. The estate of a deceased countermeasure recipient may also be eligible to receive medical benefits and/or benefits for lost employment income accrued prior to the injured countermeasure recipient's death. If death was the result of the administration or use of the countermeasure, certain survivor(s) of deceased eligible countermeasure recipients may be eligible to receive a death benefit, but not unreimbursed medical expenses or lost employment income benefits (42 CFR § 110.33). The death benefit is calculated using either the “standard calculation” or the “alternative calculation.” The “standard calculation” is based on the death benefit available under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program (42 CFR § 110.82(b)). The “alternative calculation” is based on the deceased countermeasure recipient's income and is only available to the recipient's dependent(s) who is (are) younger than age 18.

Approval is requested for the required continued information collection via the Request for Benefits Package, which has been updated to include all categories of potentially eligible requesters, including adult children, so that the CICP may continue to accept and process requests for benefits. The Request for Benefits Form and Instructions have been revised to remove the request for a social security number, update the CICP Web site address, and add a new category of eligible requesters, adult children. This new category was added because the CICP is generally required to use the same categories of survivors in order of priority for benefits as established and defined by the PSOB Program (42 CFR § 110.11(b)). This new category of survivors was added under the PSOB Program.

Approval is requested for new mechanisms of medical documentation and supporting documentation collection. During the eligibility review, the CICP would like to provide requesters with the opportunity to supplement their case files with additional medical records and supporting documentation before a final Program decision is made. The CICP would ask requesters to complete and sign a form indicating whether they intend to submit additional documentation prior to the final determination of their case.

Approval is requested for a benefits documentation package the CICP plans to send to requesters who may be eligible for compensation, which includes certification forms and instructions outlining the documentation needed to determine the types and amounts of benefits. This documentation is required under 42 CFR § 110.61-110.63 of the CICP's implementing regulations to enable the Program to determine the types and amounts of benefits the requester may be eligible to receive.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below.

The annual estimate of burden is as follows:

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Request for Benefits Form and Supporting Documentation1001100111,100
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Health Information Form10011002200
Additional Documentation and Certification30130*.7522.5
Benefits Package and Supporting Documentation30130.1253.75
Total260426013.8751,326.25
*45 min.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 10-29, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Deadline: Comments on this Information Collection Request must be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: May 3, 2013.

Bahar Niakan,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2013-11090 Filed 5-8-13; 8:45 am]

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