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

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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 June 30, 2014.

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) 395-5806 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, Start Printed Page 31336and 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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Hospice Conditions of Participation and Supporting Regulations; Use: The Conditions of Participation and accompanying requirements are used by federal or state surveyors as a basis for determining whether a hospice qualifies for approval or re-approval under Medicare. The healthcare industry and CMS believe that the availability to the hospice of the type of records and general content of records, which the final rule (72 FR 32088) specifies, is standard medical practice, and is necessary in order to ensure the well-being and safety of patients and professional treatment accountability. Subsequent to the publication of the 60-day Federal Register notice (November 29, 2013; 78 FR 71617), the burden hours previously accounted for in OMB control number 0938-0302 have been updated and moved under this package to consolidate all hospice-related burden into a single package. Form Number: CMS-10277 (OCN: 0938-1067); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private sector (business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 3,897; Total Annual Responses: 19,654,387; Total Annual Hours: 3,300,735. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Danielle Shearer at 410-786-6617.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Application for Participation in the Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration; Use: Traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare covers some or all components of home infusion services depending on the circumstances. By special statutory provision, Medicare Part B covers intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) for persons with primary immune deficiency disease (PIDD) who wish to receive the drug at home. However, Medicare does not separately pay for any services or supplies to administer it if the person is not homebound and otherwise receiving services under a Medicare Home Health episode of care. As a result, many beneficiaries have chosen to receive the drug at their doctor's office or in an outpatient hospital setting. On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, the President signed into law the “Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012.” The act authorizes a 3-year demonstration under Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to evaluate the benefits of providing payment for items and services needed for the in-home administration of IVIG for the treatment of PIDD.

The statute limited the demonstration to 4,000 beneficiaries and $45 million, including administrative expenses for implementation and evaluation as well as benefit costs. The statute also required that an evaluation of the demonstration be conducted. Under this demonstration, Medicare will issue, under Part B, a bundled payment for all medically necessary supplies and services to administer IVIG in the home to enrolled beneficiaries who are not otherwise homebound and receiving home health care benefits. To implement the demonstration and ensure that statutory limits are not exceeded, it is necessary to positively enroll beneficiaries in the demonstration.

This collection of information is for the application to participate in the demonstration. Participation is voluntary and may be terminated by the beneficiary at any time. Beneficiaries who do not participate will continue to be eligible to receive all of the regular Medicare Part B benefits that they are would be eligible for in the absence of the demonstration. Subsequent to the publication of the 60-day Federal Register notice (March 7, 2014; 79 FR 13058), the application has been revised by changing the order of the questions, rewording questions, and allowing more response options. Form Number: CMS-10518 (OCN: 0938—New); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Individuals and households; Number of Respondents: 4,000; Total Annual Responses: 4,000; Total Annual Hours: 1,000. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Jody Blatt at 410-786-6921.)

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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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[FR Doc. 2014-12665 Filed 5-30-14; 8:45 am]

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