Agency Information (CMS) Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The Federal Register published this CMS Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The link to the public inspection (PDF) 6-page document is here. [Document Identifier: CMS–10573 and CMS– 10106]

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 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish 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 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

Comments must be received by May 16, 2022.  The address for stakeholder comments is provided within the notice.

The link to the public inspection (PDF) 6-page document is here.

For the current or 2022 information collection request (ICR), we have provided updates to the burden in the 2019 ICR, as well as provided burden estimates for all of the new ICs finalized since 2016 that were in effect as of May 2021. The ICRs and the rules they were finalized in are indicated in table below.

The primary users of this information will be State agency surveyors, CMS, and the LTC facilities for the purposes of ensuring compliance with Medicare and Medicaid requirements as well as ensuring the quality of care provided to LTC facility residents. The ICs specified in the regulations may be used as a basis for determining whether a LTC is meeting the requirements to participate in the Medicare program. In addition, the information collected for purposes of ensuring compliance may be used to inform the data provided on CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website and as such used by the public in considering nursing home selections for services.