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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

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 (the 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 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates 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 must be received by August 1, 2014:

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ADDRESSES:

When commenting, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number (OCN). To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ways:

1. Electronically. You may send 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) that are accepting comments.

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.

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:

Contents

This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated with the following information collections. More detailed information can be found in each collection's supporting statement and associated materials (see ADDRESSES).

CMS-10340 Collection of Encounter Data From Medicare Advantage Organizations, Section 1876 Cost HMOS/CMPS, Section 1833 Health Care Prepayment Plans (HCPPS), and Pace Organizations

CMS-10380 Reporting Requirements for Grants to States for Rate Review Cycle I, Cycle II, Cycle III, and Cycle IV and Effective Rate Review Program

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (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 requires federal agencies to publish a 60-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.

Information Collection

1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection ; Title of Information Collection: Collection of Encounter Data from Medicare Advantage Organizations, Section 1876 Cost HMOS/CMPS, Section 1833 Health Care Prepayment Plans (HCPPS), and Pace Organizations; Use: CMS collects encounter data or data on each item or service delivered to enrollees of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offered by MA organizations. MA organizations currently obtain this data from providers. CMS collects this information using standard transaction forms and code sets. CMS will use the data for determining risk adjustment factors for payment, updating the risk adjustment model, calculating Medicare DSH percentages, Medicare coverage purposes, and quality review and improvement activities. The data is also used to verify the accuracy and validity of the costs claimed on cost reports. For PACE organizations, encounter data would serve the same purpose it does related to the MA program and would be submitted in a similar manner. Form Number: CMS-10340 (OCN: 0938-1152); Frequency: Weekly; Affected Public: Private sector (business or other for-profits); Number of Respondents: 683; Total Annual Responses: 516,493,635; Total Annual Hours: 34,433 (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Michael Massimini at 410-786-1566).

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Reporting Requirements for Grants to States for Rate Review Cycle I, Cycle II, Cycle III, and Cycle IV and Effective Rate Review Program; Use: Under the section 1003 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (section 2794 of the Public Health Service Act), the Secretary, in conjunction with the states and territories, is required to establish a process for the annual review, beginning with the 2010 plan year, of unreasonable increases in premiums for health insurance coverage. Section 2794(c) requires the Secretary to establish the Rate Review Grant Program to assist states to implement this provision. In addition, section 2794(c) requires the Rate Review Grant Program to assist states in the establishment and enhancement of “Data Centers” that collect, analyze, and disseminate health care pricing data to the public.

Concurrent with this information collection request, HHS released Cycle IV of the Rate Review Grants, “Grants to States to Support Health Insurance Rate Review and Increase Transparency in the Pricing of Medical Services.” The purpose of Cycle IV of the Rate Review Grant Program is to continue the rate review successes of Cycles I, II, and III, as well as to provide greater support to Data Centers, thereby enhancing medical pricing transparency. States and territories that apply for funds are required to complete the grant application. States and territories that are awarded funds under this funding opportunity are required to provide the Secretary with rate review data, four quarterly reports, and one annual report per year until the end of the grant period detailing the state's progression towards a more comprehensive and effective rate review process. A final report is due at the end of the grant period. This information collection is required for effective monitoring of grantees and to fulfill statutory requirements under section 2794(b)(1)(A) of the ACA that requires grantees, as a condition of receiving a grant authorized under section 2794(c), to report to the Secretary information about premium increases.

On May 23, 2011, CMS published a final rule with comment period (76 FR 29964) to implement the annual review of unreasonable increases in premiums for health insurance coverage called for by section 2794. Under the regulation, if CMS determines that a state has an Effective Rate Review Program in a given market, using the criteria set forth in the rule, CMS will adopt that state's determinations regarding whether rate increases in that market are unreasonable, provided that the state reports its final determinations to CMS and explains the bases of its determinations. The final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Health Insurance Market Rules; Rate Review” (78 FR 13406, February 27, 2013) amends the standards under Start Printed Page 31338the Effective Rate Review Program. Currently, CMS relies on publicly available information and annual calls with individual states to obtain the information needed to evaluate whether a state has begun to or continues to satisfy the Effective Rate Review Program criteria. CMS is proposing to instead collect the information in writing from all states that would like to request effective status. Form Number: CMS-10380 (OCN: 0938-1121); Frequency: Annually and On occasion; Affected Public: Public Sector and State and Territory Governments; Number of Respondents: 50; Total Annual Responses: 553; Total Annual Hours: 20,951. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Susie Lorden at 301-492-4162.)

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Dated: May 28, 2014.

Martique Jones,

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

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