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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period.

DATES:

Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this notice.

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ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, including the Information Collection Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-5806.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443-1984.

Information Collection Request Title: Request for Benefits Form—Optional Collection of Additional Medical Records, Collection of Benefits Determination Documentation 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). The CICP, within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), administers the compensation program authorized 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 Human 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 CICP benefits (compensation) for the injury, the CICP must 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. 42 CFR 110.82(c).

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 and 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 obtaining 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 determination 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 CICP to determine the types and amounts of benefits the requester may be eligible to receive.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The information collected from requesters to the CICP provides data and documentation that is needed for the Program to determine: (1) The requester's eligibility to receive benefits; and (2) if applicable, the type and amount of benefits that may be awarded.

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 ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Request for Benefits Form and Supporting Documentation1001100111100
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Health Information Form10011002200
Additional Documentation and Certification30130.7522.5
Benefits Package and Supporting Documentation30130.1253.75
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Total1001326.25
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Dated: August 6, 2013.

Bahar Niakan,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2013-19648 Filed 8-13-13; 8:45 am]

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