[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 103 (Friday, May 28, 1999)]
[Pages 29049-29050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-13650]



Health Care Financing Administration
[Document Identifier: HCFA-838]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Health Care Financing Administration, HHS.
    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Care Financing 
Administration (HCFA), Department of Health and Human Services, is 
publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public 
comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this 
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.
    Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently 
approved collection;
    Title of Information Collection: Medicare Credit Balance Reporting 
Requirements and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 413.20, 405.371 and 
    Form No.: HCFA-838 (OMB# 0938-0600);
    Use: Section 1866(a)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act requires 
health care providers participating in the Medicare program, to make 
adequate provisions to refund any monies incorrectly paid by Medicare. 
This collection of credit balance information is needed to ensure that 
the millions of dollars in improper program payments are collected. 
Approximately 47,600 health care providers will be required to submit a 
quarterly credit balance report that identifies the amount of improper 
payments they receive that are due to Medicare. The intermediaries will 
monitor the reports to ensure these funds are collected;
    Frequency: Quarterly;
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, and Business or other 
    Number of Respondents: 47,600;
    Total Annual Responses: 190,400;
    Total Annual Hours: 1,142,400.
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access HCFA's 
Web Site address at http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/prdact95.htm, or E-mail 
your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and 
HCFA document identifier, to Paperwork@hcfa.gov, or call the Reports 
Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and 
recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed 
within 60 days of this notice directly to the HCFA Paperwork Clearance 
Officer designated at the following address: HCFA, Office of 
Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division

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of HCFA Enterprise Standards, Attention: Dawn Willinghan, Room N2-14-
26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

    Dated: May 19, 1999.
John P. Burke III,
HCFA Reports Clearance Officer, HCFA Office of Information Services, 
Security and Standards Group, Division of HCFA Enterprise Standards.
[FR Doc. 99-13650 Filed 5-27-99; 8:45 am]