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

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.




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 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.


Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by March 23, 2018.


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:

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' website address at website address at​Regulations-and-Guidance/​Legislation/​PaperworkReductionActof1995/​PRA-Listing.html.

2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to

3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

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William Parham at (410) 786-4669.

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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 of information request; Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) 3.0; Use: In the summer of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator approved the plans for integration of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) model test with the Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program. This is consistent with the Agency's intention for further integration to maximize the strengths of the QIO program and PfP HENs to sustain and expand current national reductions in in-patient harm and 30-day readmissions. The alignment of the two programs permits the systematic use of innovative patient safety practices at a national scale.

Under this initiative, CMS has awarded multiple contracts to Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs), formerly known as HENs, to engage the hospital, provider, and broader caregiver communities to implement well-tested and measured best practices. The end result of the overall initiative is the anticipated reduction in preventable hospital-based harm and readmissions for patients.

The PfP initiative is a public-private partnership dedicated to the improvement of health care quality, safety, and affordability. CMS, working with hospitals, providers, and the broader caregiver community, aims to implement and disseminate best practices on a national scale to reduce hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and all-cause readmissions. Through the PfP model, which was initiated in April 2011, CMS fostered rapid learning among a nationwide community of practice, resulting in major strides in patient safety and engagement by patients and families.

A mixed methods approach to answering the PfP HIIN evaluation questions includes three primary data collection activities, as follows: Hospital Survey on Prevention of Adverse Events and Reduction of Readmissions, HIIN Data Quality Assurance (QA) Survey and Qualitative Discussions with HIIN leaders and Other Support Contractors. The data collected will provide us feedback to focus efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the HIIN initiative. As we draft future HIIN and QIO contracts, information from hospitals about HIIN influence on their care processes will be used together with follow-up input from stakeholders Start Printed Page 7480about the survey results. Subsequent to the 60-day Federal Register notice (82 FR 51360), the collection instrument was revised to include pre-testing results. There has been a slight decrease in the burden hours. Form Number: CMS-10656 (OMB Control Number: 0938-NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 819; Total Annual Responses: 838; Total Annual Hours: 380. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Israel Cross at 410-786-0619.)

2. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Hospice Conditions of Participation; 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. Form Number: CMS-10277 (OMB control number: 0938-1067); Frequency: Reporting and Recordkeeping—Yearly; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profit and Not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 4,473; Total Annual Responses: 19,769,931; Total Annual Hours: 6,074,745. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Mary Rossi-Coajou at 410-786-6051.)

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Dated: February 15, 2018.

William N. Parham, III,

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

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[FR Doc. 2018-03518 Filed 2-20-18; 8:45 am]