[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 93 (Friday, May 14, 2010)]
[Pages 27346-27347]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-11568]



[Document Identifier: OS-0990-NEW; 30-day notice]

Agency Information Collection Request. 30-Day Public Comment 

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.
    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), 
Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following 
summary of a proposed collection 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 
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your 
request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS 
document identifier, to [email protected], or call the 
Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-5683. Send written comments and 
recommendations for the proposed information collections within 30 days 
of this notice directly to the OS OMB Desk Officer; faxed to OMB at 
    Proposed Project: Evaluation of Medicare Personal Health Records 
Choice Pilot--OMB No. 0990-NEW--Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Planning and Evaluation.
    Abstract: Since 2003, HHS has worked toward the goal of 
establishing electronic, longitudinal health records for Americans that 
can be accessed safely, across the internet, and anytime and anywhere 
by patients, doctors, and other health care providers. In addition to 
electronic health records (EHRs), where health information is created, 
stored and accessed mainly by health care organizations and 
practitioners, personal health records (PHRs), electronic, patient-
centered applications and services, are gaining increasing recognition 
and momentum. Current PHR business models represent broad and varied 
uses, from disease management to health promotion, with sponsors 
consisting of commercial vendors, heath plans, employers, and health 
care providers. We know very little about why consumers, and 
specifically Medicare beneficiaries, elect to use PHRs and what 
functionality they want from a PHR. Understanding these needs will be 
critical if HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 
are to pursue PHRs as a tool to empower consumers to manage their 
health and have the capability to link to their provider's EHR.
    In January 2009, CMS launched a new program in Arizona and Utah, 
the Medicare PHR Choice Pilot (PHRC). This pilot encourages Medicare 
fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries to take advantage of the newer, 
more robust Internet-based tools for tracking their health and health 
care services. This is the first pilot to offer a choice of PHRs to 
Medicare FFS beneficiaries, including PHRs with additional 
functionality and direct data linkages for the consumers. Pilot 
participants can choose among GoogleHealthTM, 
NoMoreClipboardTM, PassportMDTM, and 
HealthTrioTM, competitors in the open PHR market.
    HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation 
(ASPE) has contracted with Mathematica Policy Research to conduct an 
evaluation of this pilot program, including a PHR enrollee user 
satisfaction survey to assess barriers, facilitators, and satisfaction 
with the PHRs. A self-administered paper-and-pencil instrument will be 
the primary data collection mode for the PHRC user satisfaction survey, 
with telephone followup for mail nonrespondents. The one-time data 
collection field period is expected to be 12 weeks in Fall 2010.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Table
                                                                     Number of    Average burden
     Forms (if necessary)            Type of         Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                   respondent       respondents     respondent       response          hours
Self-administered               Medicare                     500               1           25/60             208
 questionnaire.                  beneficiaries.
    Total.....................  ................             500  ..............  ..............             208

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Seleda Perryman,
Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance 
[FR Doc. 2010-11568 Filed 5-13-10; 8:45 am]