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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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ACTION:

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SUMMARY:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 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.

DATES:

Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by October 17, 2013:

ADDRESSES:

When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974 OR, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov .

To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:

1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PaperworkReductionActof1995.

2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov.

3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal Agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment:

1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Home Health Agency Cost Report; Use: In accordance with sections 1815(a), 1833(e) and 1861(v)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act, providers of service in the Medicare program are required to submit annual information to achieve reimbursement for health care services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. In addition, 42 CFR 413.20(b) requires that cost reports are required from providers on an annual basis. Such cost reports are required to be filed with the provider's Medicare contractor. The Medicare contractor uses the cost report not only to make settlement with the provider for the fiscal period covered by the cost report, but also in deciding whether to audit the records of the provider. Section 413.24(a) requires providers receiving payment on the basis of reimbursable cost provide adequate cost data based on their financial and statistical records that must be capable of verification by qualified auditors. Besides determining program reimbursement, the data submitted on the cost reports supports the management of federal programs. The data is extracted from the cost report and used for making projections of Medicare Trust Fund requirements and for analysis to rebase home health agency prospective payment system. The data is also available to Congress, researchers, universities, and other interested parties. While the collection of data is a secondary function of the cost report, its primary function is to reimburse providers for services rendered to program beneficiaries. Form Number: CMS-1728-94 (OCN: 0938-0022); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 11,563; Total Annual Responses: 11,563; Total Annual Hours: 2,613,238. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Angela Havrilla at 410-786-4516.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection; Start Printed Page 57163 Title of Information Collection: Request for Termination of Premium Hospital and Supplementary Medical Insurance; Use: The CMS-1763 provides us and the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the enrollee's request for termination of Part B, Part A or both Part B and A premium coverage. The form is completed by an SSA claims or field representative using information provided by the Medicare enrollee during an interview. The purpose of the form is to provide to the enrollee with a standardized format to request termination of Part B, Part A premium coverage or both, explain why the enrollee wishes to terminate such coverage, and to acknowledge that the ramifications of the decision are understood. Form Number: CMS-1763 (OCN: 0938-0025); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Individuals or households; Number of Respondents: 14,000; Total Annual Responses: 14,000; Total Annual Hours: 5,833. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Lindsay Smith at 410-786-6843.)

3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Advantage Program Requirements; Use: Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations and potential MA organizations (applicants) use the information to comply with the application requirements and the MA contract requirements. We will use this information to: approve contract applications, monitor compliance with contract requirements, make proper payment to MA organizations, determine compliance with the new prescription drug benefit requirements, and to ensure that correct information is disclosed to Medicare beneficiaries (both potential enrollees and enrollees). Form Number: CMS-R-267 (OCN: 0938-0753); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Individuals or households and Business or other for-profits; Number of Respondents: 18,043,776; Total Annual Responses: 21,935,728; Total Annual Hours: 8,529,541. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Dana Burley at 410-786-4547.)

4. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Secondary Payer Information Collection and Supporting Regulations; Use: We are seeking to renew approval to collect information from beneficiaries, providers, physicians, insurers, and suppliers on health insurance coverage that is primary to Medicare. Collecting this information allows us to identify those Medicare beneficiaries who are in situations where Medicare is statutorily required to be a secondary payer (MSP), thereby safeguarding the Medicare Trust Fund. Specifically, we use the information to accurately process and pay Medicare claims and to make necessary recoveries in accordance with § 1862(b) of the Act (42 U.S.C.1395y(b)). If an active MSP situation is identified and Medicare is inappropriately billed as primary, the claim will be rejected. The hospitals, other providers, physicians, pharmacies, and suppliers use the information collected (and furnished to them on the denial) to properly bill the appropriate primary payer. Completing an MSP questionnaire and making an accurate MSP determination helps hospitals, other providers, physicians, pharmacies, and suppliers to bill correctly the first time, saving the Medicare Program money and affording Medicare beneficiaries an enhanced level of customer service (which, again, is particularly important in Part D due to the real-time adjudication of claims and the complicated nature of its benefit administration). Insurers, underwriters, third party administrators, and self-insured/self-administered employers use the information to ensure compliance with the law by refunding any identified mistaken payments to Medicare. Form Number: CMS-250-254 (OCN: 0938-0214); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Individuals and Households, Private Sector, State, Local or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 143,070,217; Total Annual Responses: 143,070,217; Total Annual Hours: 1,788,057. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Ward Marsh at 410-786-6473.)

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Dated: September 11, 2013.

Martique Jones,

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

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[FR Doc. 2013-22515 Filed 9-16-13; 8:45 am]

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