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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 no later than March 12, 2015.

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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Information Collection Request Title: National Practitioner Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners—45 CFR part 60 Regulations and Forms. OMB No. 0915-0126—Revision.

Abstract: This is a request for a revision of OMB approval of the information collection contained in regulations found at 45 CFR part 60 governing the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the forms to be used in registering with, reporting information to, and requesting information from the NPDB. Administrative forms are also included to aid in monitoring compliance with federal reporting and querying requirements. Responsibility for NPDB implementation and operation resides in the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The intent of the NPDB is to improve the quality of health care by encouraging hospitals, state licensing boards, professional societies, and other entities providing health care services to identify and discipline those who engage in unprofessional behavior, and to restrict the ability of incompetent health care practitioners, providers, or suppliers to move from state to state without disclosure of previous damaging or incompetent performance. It also serves as a fraud and abuse clearinghouse for the reporting and disclosing of certain final adverse actions (excluding settlements in which no findings of liability have been made) taken against health care practitioners, providers, or suppliers by health plans, federal agencies, and state agencies.

The reporting forms, request for information forms (query forms), and administrative forms (used to monitor compliance) are accessed, completed, and submitted to the NPDB electronically through the NPDB Web site at http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/​. All reporting and querying is performed through this secure Web site.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The NPDB acts primarily as a flagging system; its principal purpose is to facilitate comprehensive review of practitioners' professional credentials and background. Information is collected from, and disseminated to, eligible entities (entities that are entitled to query and/or report to the NPDB as authorized in Title 45 part 60 of the Code of Federal Regulations) on the following: (1) Medical malpractice payments, (2) licensure actions taken by Boards of Medical Examiners, (3) state licensure and certification actions, (4) federal licensure and certification actions, (5) negative actions or findings taken by peer review organizations or private accreditation entities, (6) adverse actions taken against clinical privileges, (7) federal or state criminal convictions related to the delivery of a health care item or service, (8) civil judgments related to the delivery of a health care item or service, (9) exclusions from participation in federal or state health care programs, and (10) other adjudicated actions or decisions. It is intended that NPDB information should be considered with other relevant information in evaluating credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

Likely Respondents: Eligible entities that are entitled to query and/or report to the NPDB as authorized in regulations found at 45 CFR part 60.

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.Start Printed Page 7482

Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours

Regulation citationForm nameNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
§ 60.6: Reporting errors, omissions, revisions, or whether an action is on appealCorrection, Revision to Action, Correction of Revision to Action, Void, Notice of Appeal (manual)20,482120,482.255,121
Correction, Revision to Action, Correction of Revision to Action, Void, Notice of Appeal (automated)17,185117,185.00035
§ 60.7: Reporting medical malpractice paymentsMedical Malpractice Payment (manual)12,613112,613.759,460
Medical Malpractice Payment (automated)2501250.0003.1
§ 60.8: Reporting licensure actions taken by Boards of Medical Examiners & § 60.9: Reporting licensure and certification actions taken by StatesState Licensure (manual)16,770116,770.7512,578
State Licensure (automated)17,422117,422.00035
§ 60.10: Reporting Federal licensure and certification actionsDEA/Federal Licensure1141114.7586
§ 60.11: Reporting negative actions or findings taken by peer review organizations or private accreditation entitiesPeer Review Organization10110.758
Accreditation12112.759
§ 60.12: Reporting adverse actions taken against clinical privilegesTitle IV Clinical Privileges Actions6711671.75503
Professional Society50150.7538
§ 60.13: Reporting Federal or State criminal convictions related to the delivery of a health care item or serviceCriminal Conviction (Guilty Plea or Trial) (manual)1,30811,308.75981
Criminal Conviction (Guilty Plea or Trial) (automated)9371937.0003.3
Deferred Conviction or Pre-Trial Diversion50150.7538
Nolo Contendere (No Contest) Plea80180.7560
Injunction10110.758
§ 60.14: Reporting civil judgments related to the delivery of a health care item or serviceCivil Judgment14114.7511
§ 60.15: Reporting exclusions from participation in Federal or State health care programsExclusion/Debarment (manual)1,18511,185.75889
Exclusion/Debarment (automated)5,09415,094.00032
Health Plan Action5241524.75393
§ 60.18 Requesting Information from the NPDBOne Time Query for an Individual (manual)1,980,82511,980,825.08158,466
One Time Query for an Individual (automated)2,163,20812,163,208.0003649
One Time Query for an Organization (manual)39,920139,920.083,194
One Time Query for an Organization (automated)2,26612,266.00031
Self-Query on an Individual77,318177,318.4230,201
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Self-Query on an Organization42714271427
Continuous Query (manual)508,2031508,203.0840,656
Continuous Query (automated)121,7181121,718.000337
§ 60.21: How to dispute the accuracy of NPDB informationSubject Statement and Dispute3,50113,501.752,626
Request for Dispute Resolution941948752
AdministrativeNon-Hospital Entity Registration (Initial)52415241524
Non-Hospital Entity Registration (Renewal)6,38316,383.251,596
Hospital Registration (Initial)37137137
Hospital Registration (Renewal)3,19813,198.25800
Licensing Board Data Request140114010.51,470
Reporting Entity Discrepancy Letter389138941556
Licensing Board Attestation35413541354
Corrective Action Plan10110.081
Reconciling Missing Actions2,17612,1760.8174
Agent Registration (Initial)30130130
Agent Registration (Renewal)1941194.0816
Electronic Transfer of Funds (EFT) Authorization5661566.0845
Authorized Agent Designation7881788.25197
Account Discrepancy41141.2510
Total5,009,3245,009,324275,689
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Jackie Painter,

Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.

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