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.
Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by November 4, 2013.
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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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: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application Access Request Form; Use: We are developing a new suite of systems to support the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. Due to the sensitivity of the data being collected and reported, we must ensure that only authorized personnel have access to data. Personnel are given access to the ESRD systems through the creation of user IDs and passwords within the QualityNet Identity Management System (QIMS); however, once within the system, the system determines the rights and privileges the personnel has over the data within the system. Such access rights include: Viewing and reporting, updating adding and deleting.
The sole purpose of the ESRD Application Access Request Form is to Start Printed Page 61365identify the individual's data access rights once within the ESRD system. This data collection is currently being accomplished under “Part B” of the QualityNet Identity Management System Account Form. Once the ESRD Application Access Form is approved, the QualityNet Identity Management System (QIMS) Account Form will be revised to remove Part B from the QIMS data collection. The ESRD Application Access Request Form will be a new form and will be assigned its own OMB Control number. The ESRD system accounts created using the current QIMS Account Form—Part B will not need to submit an ESRD Application Access Form for the creation of their account since that information was collected under Part B.
The QIMS Account Registration and the ESRD Application Access Request forms are required for identity and security management of individuals accessing the Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web Enabled Network (CROWNWeb) system and the End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) system. The CROWNWeb system is the system that is mandated for the Medicare and Medicaid Programs Conditions of Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities, Final Rule published April 15, 2008. Form Number: CMS-10484 (OCN: 0938—NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Business and other for-profits and not-for-profits; Number of Respondents: 27,000; Total Annual Responses: 27,000; Total Annual Hours: 6,750. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Victoria Schlining at 410-786-6878.)
2. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoP) and Supporting Regulations; Use: The information collection requirements contained in this request are part of the requirements classified as the conditions of participation (CoPs) which are based on criteria prescribed in law and are standards designed to ensure that each facility has properly trained staff to provide the appropriate safe physical environment for patients. These particular standards reflect comparable standards developed by industry organizations such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the Community Health Accreditation Program. The primary users of this information will be state agency surveyors, the regional home health intermediaries, CMS and home health agencies (HHAs) for the purpose of ensuring compliance with Medicare CoPs as well as ensuring the quality of care provided by HHA patients. Form Numbers: CMS-R-39 (OCN: 0938-0365); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Business or for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal governments; Number of Respondents: 13,577; Total Annual Responses: 20,202,576; Total Annual Hours: 6,422,694. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Danielle Shearer at 410-786-6617.)
3. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Medicare Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices (PMDs) Demonstration; Use: The purpose of the Medicare Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices Demonstration (the Demonstration) is to ensure that payments for PMDs are appropriate before the claims are paid, thereby preventing the fraud, waste, and abuse in the seven states participating in the Demonstration: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Texas. Additional benefits of the Demonstration include ensuring that a beneficiary's medical condition warrants their medical equipment under existing coverage guidelines and preserving their ability to receive quality products from accredited suppliers. In order to gather qualitative information for analysis, the evaluation team will use semi-structured interview guides that focus on the direct impact of the Demonstration on stakeholder groups. Stakeholders will be drawn from advocacy organizations, power mobility device supply companies, state and local government, and healthcare practitioners. This information collection request explains the research methodology and data collection strategies designed to minimize the burden placed on research participants, while effectively gathering the data needed for the evaluation of the Demonstration. Form Number: CMS-10471 (OCN: 0938—NEW); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private sector (business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions) and State and Local Governments; Number of Respondents: 281; Total Annual Responses: 281; Total Annual Hours: 317. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Andrea Glasgow at 410-786-4695. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)
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Dated: September 26, 2013.
Deputy Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
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