81 FR 33257 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Federal Register Volume 81, Issue 101 (May 25, 2016)

Page Range33257-33258
FR Document2016-12085

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 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.

Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 101 (Wednesday, May 25, 2016)
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 25, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[Document Identifier: CMS-10418]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is 
announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention 
to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish a notice in 
the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of 
information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an 
existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity 
for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to 
send comments regarding the 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.

DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by 
the OMB desk officer by June 24, 2016.

ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, 
please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be 
assured consideration, comments and

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recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the 
following transmissions:

OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk 
Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 or Email: 
OIRA_[email protected]

    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make 
your request using one of following:
    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.
    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB 
number, and CMS document identifier, to [email protected].
    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-
1326.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. The term ``collection of 
information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and 
includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires 
federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each 
proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of 
information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that 
summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for 
public comment:
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of currently 
approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Annual Medical 
Loss Ratio (MLR) and Rebate Calculation Report and MLR Rebate Notices: 
Use: Under section 2718 of the Affordable Care Act and implementing 
regulation at 45 CFR part 158, a health insurance issuer (issuer) 
offering group or individual health insurance coverage must submit a 
report to the Secretary concerning the amount the issuer spends each 
year on claims, quality improvement expenses, non-claims costs, Federal 
and State taxes and licensing and regulatory fees, the amount of earned 
premium, and beginning with the 2014 reporting year, the amounts 
related to the reinsurance, risk corridors, and risk adjustment 
programs established under sections 1341, 1342, and 1343, respectively, 
of the Affordable Care Act. An issuer must provide an annual rebate if 
the amount it spends on certain costs compared to its premium revenue 
(excluding Federal and States taxes and licensing and regulatory fees) 
does not meet a certain ratio, referred to as the medical loss ratio 
(MLR). Each issuer is required to submit annually MLR data, including 
information about any rebates it must provide, on a form prescribed by 
CMS, for each State in which the issuer conducts business. Each issuer 
is also required to provide a rebate notice to each policyholder that 
is owed a rebate and each subscriber of policyholders that are owed a 
rebate for any given MLR reporting year. Additionally, each issuer is 
required to maintain for a period of seven years all documents, records 
and other evidence that support the data included in each issuer's 
annual report to the Secretary.
    Under section 1342 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act and implementing regulation at 45 CFR part 153, issuers of 
qualified health plans (QHPs) must participate in a risk corridors 
program. A QHP issuer will pay risk corridors charges or be eligible to 
receive payments based on the ratio of the issuer's allowable costs to 
the target amount. Each QHP issuer is required to submit an annual 
report to CMS concerning the issuer's allowable costs, allowable 
administrative costs, premium, and proportion of market premium in 
QHPs. Risk corridors premium information that is specific to an 
issuer's QHPs is collected through a separate plan-level data form, 
which is included in this information collection.
    CMS received a total of 3 public comments on a number of specific 
issues regarding the notice of the revised MLR PRA package. CMS has 
taken into consideration all of the comments and has modified the 
information collection instruments and instructions (the 2015 MLR 
Annual Reporting Form and Instructions and the 2015 Risk Corridors 
Plan-Level Data Form and Instructions) in order to correct minor errors 
and to provide additional clarifications. Form Number: CMS-10418 (OMB 
control number: 0938-1164); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: 
Private Sector (Business or other for-profits and not-for-profit 
institutions); Number of Respondents: 538; Number of Responses: 2,818; 
Total Annual Hours: 235,148. (For policy questions regarding this 
collection contact Christina Whitefield at (301) 492-4172.)

    Dated: May 18, 2016.
William N. Parham, III,
Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and 
Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2016-12085 Filed 5-24-16; 8:45 am]
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81_FR_33358
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PublisherOffice of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration
SectionNotices
ActionNotice.
DatesComments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by June 24, 2016.
ContactReports Clearance Office at (410) 786- 1326.
FR Citation81 FR 33257 

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