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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

234 / Wednesday, December 6, 2006 / Notices 70777

than 5 p.m. EST on January 19, 2007, at The Department makes every effort to panel discussion on the American
the address below. ensure that the membership of HHS Health Information Management
ADDRESSES: Bruce G. Gellin, M.D., Federal advisory committees is fairly Association’s State Steering Committee
M.P.H., Executive Secretary, National balanced in terms of points of view Recommendations; and an update on
Vaccine Advisory Committee, Office of represented and the committee’s the National Health Information
Public Health and Science, Department function. Every effort is made to ensure Network (NHIN). The instructions to
of Health and Human Services, 200 that a broad representation of participate remotely (Web cast and/or
Independence Avenue, SW., Room 443– geographic areas, gender, ethnic and telephone) can be found at http://
H, Washington, DC 20201. minority groups, and the disabled are www.hhs.gov/healthit/m20061212.html.
given consideration for membership on If you have any questions concerning
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. HHS Federal advisory committees. the remote instructions or meeting
Emma English, Program Analyst, Appointment to this committee shall be format, please call (866) 505–3500.
National Vaccine Program Office, made without discrimination on the
Department of Health and Human Dated: November 30, 2006.
basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, Judith Sparrow,
Services, 200 Independence Avenue, sexual orientation, disability, and
SW., Room 443–H, Washington, DC Director, American Health Information
cultural, religious, or socioeconomic Community, Office of Programs and
20201; (202) 690–5566; status.
nvac@osophs.dhhs.gov. Coordination, Office of the National
Dated: November 30, 2006. Coordinator for Health Information
A copy of the Committee charter and Technology.
list of the current membership can be Bruce Gellin,
Director, National Vaccine Program Office. [FR Doc. 06–9549 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am]
obtained by contacting Ms. English or
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by accessing the NVAC Web site at: [FR Doc. E6–20636 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am]
http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac. BILLING CODE 4150–44–P

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Committee DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND


Function: Qualifications and HUMAN SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
Information Required: As part of an
HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and
ongoing effort to enhance deliberations
and discussions with the public on Office of the National Coordinator for Quality
vaccine and immunization policy, Health Information Technology;
nominations are being sought for Agency Information Collection
American Health Information Activities: Proposed Collection;
interested individuals to serve on the Community Meeting
Committee. Individuals selected for Comment Request
appointment to the Committee will Amendment of meeting
ACTION:
serve as voting members. Voting announcement, dated November 28, AGENCY:Agency for Healthcare Research
members shall be selected from 2006. and Quality, Department of Health and
individuals who are engaged in vaccine Human Services.
research or the manufacture of vaccines, SUMMARY: This notice amends the
ACTION: Notice.
or who are physicians, members of announcement of the tenth meeting of
parent organizations concerned with the American Health Information SUMMARY: This notice announces the
immunizations, representatives of State Community in accordance with the intention of the Agency for Healthcare
or local health agencies, or public health Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request
organizations. Individuals selected for L. 92–463, 5 U.S.C., App.) The that the Office of Management and
appointment to the Committee can be American Health Information Budget (OMB) allow the proposed
invited to serve terms with periods of Community will advise the Secretary information collection project: ‘‘Pilot
up to four years. and recommend specific actions to Study of Proposed Medical Office
Nominations should be typewritten. achieve a common interoperability Surveys on Patient Safety.’’ In
The following information should be framework for health information accordance with the Paperwork
included in the package of material technology (IT). Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–
submitted for each individual being DATES: December 12, 2006, from 8:30 to 13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ
nominated for consideration: (1) A letter 11:30 a.m. invites the public to comment on this
of nomination that clearly states the Meeting Format: This meeting was proposed information collection.
name and affiliation of the nominee, the originally scheduled to be held in the
Hubert H. Humphrey Building (200 DATES: Comments on this notice must be
basis for the nomination (i.e., specific
Independence Avenue, SW., received by February 5, 2007.
attributes which qualify the nominee for
service in this capacity), and a statement Washington, DC 20201), Conference ADDRESSES: Written comments should
that the nominee is willing to serve as Room 800. However, the meeting format be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz,
a member of the Committee; (2) the has been changed to provide remote Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, 540
nominator’s name, address, and daytime participation only (Web cast and/or Gaither Road, Room 5036, Rockville,
telephone number, and the home and/ telephone) for the Community members, MD 20850. Copies of the proposed
or work address, telephone number, and HHS staff, invited presenters, and collection plans, data collection
e-mail address of the individual being general public. A time period will be instruments, and specific details on the
nominated; and (3) a current copy of the allotted before the conclusion of the estimated burden can be obtained from
meeting for the general public to deliver
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nominee’s curriculum vitae. AHRQ’s Reports Clearance Officer.


Applications cannot be submitted by brief (3 minutes or less) oral public
comment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
facsimile. The names of Federal
Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ, Reports
employees should not be submitted for SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477.
consideration of appointment to this agenda includes an update on the
Committee. Personalized Healthcare Workgroup; a SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Proposed Project provide information for the revision and office staff have access to email or the
shortening of the final surveys based on internet, paper surveys will be
Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office
an assessment of their reliability and administered. Standard non-response
Surveys on Patient Safety
construct validity. The final surveys follow-up techniques such as reminder
This activity is an expansion and will be made publicly available to postcards and distribution of a second
refinement of AHRQ’s Hospital Survey enable outpatient medical offices to survey will be used. Individuals and
on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) assess patient safety culture from the organizations contacted will be assured
which was developed and released to perspectives of their clinicians and staff. of the confidentiality of their replies
the public for use in November 2004. The surveys can be used by outpatient under Section 924(c) of the Healthcare
Two new surveys are proposed to assess medical offices to identify areas for Research and Quality Act of 1999.
patient safety culture in outpatient patient safety culture improvement.
medical office settings: One for Estimated Annual Respondent Burden
clinicians (physicians, physician Methods of Collection
assistants, and nurse practitioners who A purposive sample of 97 outpatient Paper surveys will be distributed to a
diagnose, prescribe for, and treat medical offices will be recruited and total of approximately 2,340 individuals
patients) and one for medical office staff selected. These medical offices will from 97 medical offices (about 592
(all other non-clinician staff). The represent a distribution of single- clinicians and 1,748 medical office
proposed new surveys will be based on specialty offices (of various types) and staff), with a target response rate of
the HSOPSC but also contain new and multi-specialty offices, and will vary by 70%, or 1,638 completed surveys (414
revised items as well as dimensions that office size (based on number of completed clinician surveys and 1,224
are more applicable to the outpatient physicians in the office), as well as medical office staff surveys).
medical office setting. The two geographic region of the United States. Respondents should take approximately
proposed surveys will contain some Recruited medical offices will be 15 minutes to complete either survey.
items that are the same and some item allocated to each category in numbers Therefore, we estimate that the total
that are unique to each survey. roughly proportionate to the national respondent burden for completing the
The instruments will be pilot tested distribution of offices in each category. survey will be 410 hours (414
with clinicians and staff working in 97 All clinicians in each medical office completed clinician surveys multiplied
outpatient medical offices. The data will be asked to respond to the clinician by 0.25 hours per survey or 104 hours;
collected will be analyzed to determine survey and all other non-clinician staff and 1,224 completed medical office staff
the psychometric properties of each will be asked to complete the medical surveys multiplied by 0.25 hours per
survey’s items and dimensions and office staff survey. Since not all medical survey or 306 hours).

Number of Estimated time Estimated total


Number of
Type of respondent responses per per respond- respondent
respondents respondent ent (hours) burden hours

Clinicians .......................................................................................................... 414 1 0.25 104


Medical office staff ........................................................................................... 1,224 1 0.25 306

Total .......................................................................................................... 1,638 ........................ ........................ 410

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal burden (including hours and costs) of DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
Government the proposed collection(s) of HUMAN SERVICES
The total cost to the Government for information; (c) ways to enhance the
quality, utility, and clarity of the Administration for Children and
developing the clinician survey is Families
approximately $257,000, and for the information to be collected; and (d)
medical office staff survey is ways to minimize the burden of the
Proposed Information Collection
approximately $268,000. These collection of information upon the
Activity; Comment Request
estimates include the costs of respondents, including the use of
background literature reviews, survey automated collection techniques or Proposed Projects:
development, cognitive testing, pilot other forms of information technology. Title: National Directory of New
data collection, data analysis, and Comments submitted in response to Hires.
preparation of final deliverables and this notice will be summarized and OMB No.: 0970–0166.
reports. included in the Agency’s subsequent Description: Public Law 104–193, the
request for OMB approval of the ‘‘Personal Responsibility and Work
Request for Comments
proposed information collection. All Opportunity Reconciliation Act of
In accordance with the above-cited comments will become a matter of 1996,’’ requires the Office of Child
Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, Support Enforcement (OCSE) to operate
public record.
comments on AHRQ’s information a National Directory of New Hires
collection are requested with regard to Dated: November 21, 2006. (NDNH) to improve the ability of State
any of the following: (a) Whether the Carolyn M. Clancy, child support enforcement agencies to
proposed collection of information is Director. locate noncustodial parents and collect
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necessary for the proper performance of [FR Doc. 06–9548 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am] child support across State lines. The law
AHRQ health care research and health requires employers to report newly
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care information dissemination hired employees to States. States are
functions, including whether the then required to periodically transmit
information will have practical utility; new hire data received from employers
(b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of to the NDNH, and to transmit wage and

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