[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 132 (Wednesday, July 10, 2013)]
[Pages 41409-41410]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16600]



Health Resources and Services Administration

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration 
(HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments 
submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided 
to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the 
review and approval period.

DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, including the Information Collection 
Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to [email protected] or by fax to 202-395-5806.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance 
requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information 
Collection Clearance Officer at [email protected] or call (301) 443-

    Information Collection Request Title: Survey of Eligible Users of 
the National Practitioner Data Bank.
    OMB No. 0915-xxxx--New.
    Abstract: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 
plans to conduct a survey of eligible users of the National 
Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The respondent universe is comprised of 
both users and non-users that are eligible to report to the NPDB, query 
the NPDB, or both, between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012. The 
survey aims to assess the overall satisfaction of NPDB users with 
regard to reporting and querying processes. Additionally, the survey 
will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as an information source 
and measure user perception of the utility of NPDB information when 
hiring, licensing, credentialing, and monitoring health care 
practitioners. The survey will also collect information from eligible 
non-users of the NPDB to assess what can be done to motivate eligible 
non-users to register, access, and use the information available in the 
    The survey will be administered to three populations of interest: 
Eligible users, eligible non-users, and self-queriers. First, eligible 
users of the NPDB include entities who queried the NPDB, reported to 
the NPDB, or both, during the defined time frame. Entities that used an 
authorized agent to fulfill their reporting or querying requirements 
will be considered eligible users. Second, eligible non-users of the 
NPDB are those that: (i) Never registered with the NPDB; (ii) 
registered prior to 2010 and were not currently registered during the 
survey time frame; and (iii) were registered but not using the NPDB 
directly or through an authorized agent. Third, those that self-query 
the NPDB include health care practitioners that submitted a query 
during the specified time frame to either verify their own status or to 
provide a copy of the results to a third party. The majority of self-
queriers are health care practitioners; however, this population can 
include medical service providers and medical suppliers.
    Eligible NPDB users and eligible non-users who were previously 
registered or were currently registered but not using the NPDB will be 
asked to complete a web-based survey. Eligible non-users that were 
never registered with the NPDB will be contacted via telephone to 
obtain email information so that they will be able to complete a web-
based survey. The survey will collect additional information from users 
that receive a matched response. A matched response occurs when an 
eligible user queries the NPDB and, in turn, receives a response that 
the subject of the query has a report in the NPDB. This survey is a 
follow-up to the NPDB users and non-users survey of 2008. Data gathered 
from the survey will be compared with previous surveys results. This 
survey will provide HRSA with the information necessary to improve the 
usability and effectiveness of the NPDB.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this ICR are summarized in the table below.

                                                        Total Estimated Annualized Burden--Hours
                                                                                             Number of
             Respondents type                  Respondents description       Number of     responses per       Total         Hours per     Total burden
                                                                            respondents     respondent       responses       response         (hours)
NPDB Users................................  Reporters Queriers (non-              11,832               1          11,832            .333           3,940
                                             matched responses).
                                            Queriers (matched responses)           1,768               1           1,768            .383             677
Non-Users.................................  Ever registered.............           1,200               1           1,200            .133             160
                                            Never-registered............             400               1             400             .10              40
NPDB Self Queriers........................  Non-matched responses.......           1,080               1           1,080             .10             108
                                            Matched.....................             120               1             120            .216              26
    Total.................................  ............................          16,400  ..............          16,400  ..............           4,951

    Dated: July 3, 2013.
Bahar Niakan,
Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.
[FR Doc. 2013-16600 Filed 7-9-13; 8:45 am]