[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 176 (Wednesday, September 11, 2013)]
[Pages 55730-55731]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22106]



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.

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: Evaluation and Initial 
Assessment of HRSA Teaching Health Centers.
    OMB No. 0915-xxxx--NEW.
    Abstract: Section 5508 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) 
amended section 340H of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to 
establish the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education 
(THCGME) program to support the expansion of new and existing primary 
care residency training programs in community-based settings. The 
primary goals of the THCGME program are to increase the production of 
primary care doctors who are well prepared to practice in community 
settings, particularly with underserved populations, and to improve the 
overall number and geographic distribution of primary care providers. 
To ensure these goals are achieved, the George Washington University 
(GW) will conduct an evaluation of the training, administrative and 
organizational structures, clinical service, challenges, innovations, 
costs associated with training, and outcomes of teaching health centers 
(THCs). GW has developed a program data collection tool that assesses 
basic organizational and training characteristics of the programs 
(including program specialty, numbers trained, training sites, 
educational partners, and residency program financing), educational 
initiatives (particularly around training for changing health care 
delivery systems and community experiences), and health center 
characteristics (including current workforce and vacancies, clinical 
service provided by residents, and participation in workforce programs 
such as the National Health Service Corps).
    Questionnaires have also been developed for implementation with all 
THC matriculating residents, graduating residents, and graduated 
residents at 1 year post-graduation. The matriculation questionnaire 
aims to collect background information on THC residents to better 
understand the characteristics of individuals who apply and are 
accepted to THC programs. The graduation questionnaire collects 
information on career plans. The alumni questionnaire collects 
information on career outcomes (including practice in primary care and 
in underserved settings) following graduation, as well as feedback on 
the quality of training.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Statute requires that THC 
programs report annually on the types of primary care resident approved 
training programs provided, the number of approved training positions, 
the number who completed their residency at the end of the prior 
academic year and care for vulnerable populations living in underserved 
areas, and any other information as deemed appropriate by the Secretary 
(Section 340H(h)(1) of the PHS Act). The described data collection 
activities will serve to meet this statutory requirement for the THC 
programs in a uniform and consistent manner and will allow comparisons 
of this group to other trainees in non-THC programs (See also Section 
241 of the PHS Act).
    Likely Respondents: THC Program Directors will respond to the part 
of the data collection tool related to the characteristics of the 
programs, and THC matriculating residents, graduating residents, and 
graduated residents at 1 year post-graduation will respond to the 
questionnaires related to characteristics of the residents.
    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

[[Page 55731]]

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       Number of         Total        burden per     Total  burden
            Form name               respondents   responses  per     responses     response  (in       hours
                                                     respondent                       hours)
Program Data Collection Tool....              40               1              40            8.00             320
THC Alumni Survey...............             200               1             200            0.33              66
THC Matriculant Survey..........             200               1             200            0.25              50
THC Graduation Survey...........             200               1             200            0.25              50
    Total.......................             640  ..............             640  ..............             486

    Dated: September 5, 2013.
Bahar Niakan,
Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.
[FR Doc. 2013-22106 Filed 9-10-13; 8:45 am]