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

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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 (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: The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 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 11, 2016.

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, 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: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol; Use: The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) was enacted on March 23, 2010. Section 6409 of the ACA requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”), in cooperation with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, to establish a Medicare self-referral disclosure protocol (“SRDP”). The SRDP enables providers of services and suppliers to self-disclose actual or potential violations of the physician self-referral statute, section 1877 of the Social Security Act (the “Act”). Section 6409(b) of the ACA gives the Secretary the authority to reduce the amount due and owing for all violations of section 1877 of the Act. In establishing the amount by which an overpayment may be reduced, the Secretary may consider: the nature and extent of the improper or illegal practice; the timeliness of the self-disclosure; the cooperation in providing additional information related to the disclosure; and such other factors as the Secretary considers appropriate.

In accordance with the ACA, CMS established the SRDP on September 23, 2010, and information concerning how Start Printed Page 62504to disclose an actual or potential violation of section 1877 of the Act was posted on the CMS Web site. The most recent approval of this information collection request (“ICR”) was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on August 26, 2014.

We are now seeking approval to revise the currently approved ICR. Under the currently approved collection, a party must provide a financial analysis of overpayments arising from actual or potential violations of section 1877 of the Act based on a 4-year lookback period. On February 12, 2016, CMS published a final rule on the reporting and returning of overpayments. See CMS- 6037-F, Medicare Program; Reporting and Returning of Overpayments, 81 FR 7654 (Feb. 12, 2016) (the “final overpayment rule”). The final overpayment rule establishes a 6-year lookback period for reporting and returning overpayments. We are revising the information collection for the SRDP to reflect the 6-year lookback period established by the final overpayment rule. The revision is necessary to ensure that parties submitting self-disclosures to the SRDP report overpayments for the entire 6-year lookback period. The 6-year lookback period applies only to submissions to the SRDP received on or after March 14, 2016, the effective date of the final overpayment rule; parties submitting self-disclosures to the SRDP prior to March 14, 2016 need only provide a financial analysis of potential overpayments based on a 4-year lookback period.

We are also taking the opportunity to streamline and simplify the SRDP by issuing a required form for SRDP submissions. The SRDP Form will reduce the burden on disclosing parties by reducing the amount of information that is required for submissions to the SRDP and providing a streamlined and standardized format for the presentation of the required information. Form Number: CMS-10328 (OMB control number: 0938-1106); Frequency: Annually and semi-annually; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profits); Number of Respondents: 200; Total Annual Responses: 200; Total Annual Hours: 5,000. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Matt Edgar at 410-786-0698).

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Dated: September 2, 2016.

William N. Parham, III,

Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 2016-21625 Filed 9-8-16; 8:45 am]

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