[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 52 (Thursday, March 17, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14669-14670]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6273]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Privacy Act of 1974; CMS Computer Match No. 2011-02; HHS Computer 
Match No. 1007

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

ACTION: Notice of computer matching program.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 
1974, as amended, this notice establishes a computer matching agreement 
between CMS and the Department of Defense (DoD). We have provided 
background information about the proposed matching program in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. The Privacy Act requires that 
CMS provide an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the 
proposed matching program. We may defer implementation of this matching 
program if we receive comments that persuade us to defer 
implementation. See ``Effective Dates'' section below for comment 
period.

DATES: Effective Dates: CMS filed a report of the Computer Matching 
Program (CMP) with the Chair of the House Committee on Government 
Reform and Oversight, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Administrator, Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) on March 10, 2011. We will not disclose any information under a 
matching agreement until 40 days after filing a report to OMB and 
Congress or 30 days after publication, whichever is later.

ADDRESSES: The public should address comments to: Walter Stone, CMS 
Privacy Officer, Division of Information Security & Privacy Management 
(DISPM), Enterprise Architecture and Strategy Group (EASG), Office of 
Information Services (OIS), CMS, Mail stop N1-24-08, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. Comments received will be 
available for review at this location, by appointment, during regular 
business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.--3 p.m., eastern 
daylight time.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Walter Stone, CMS Privacy Officer, 
Division of Information Security & Privacy Management (DISPM), 
Enterprise Architecture and Strategy Group (EASG), Office of 
Information Services (OIS), CMS, Mail stop N1-24-08, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Description of the Matching Program

A. General

    The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Public 
Law (Pub. L.) 100-503), amended the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) by 
describing the manner in which computer matching involving Federal 
agencies could be performed and adding certain protections for 
individuals applying for and receiving Federal benefits.
    Section 7201 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (Pub. 
L. 101-508) further amended the Privacy Act regarding protections for 
such individuals. The Privacy Act, as amended, regulates the use of 
computer matching by Federal agencies when records in a system of 
records are matched with other Federal, state, or local government 
records. It requires Federal agencies involved in computer matching 
programs to:
    1. Negotiate written agreements with the other agencies 
participating in the matching programs;
    2. Obtain the Data Integrity Board approval of the match 
agreements;
    3. Furnish detailed reports about matching programs to Congress and 
OMB;
    4. Notify applicants and beneficiaries that the records are subject 
to matching; and
    5. Verify match findings before reducing, suspending, terminating, 
or denying an individual's benefits or payments.

B. CMS Computer Matches Subject to the Privacy Act

    CMS has taken action to ensure that all CMPs that this Agency 
participates in comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 
1974, as amended.

    Dated: March 10, 2011.
Michelle Snyder,
Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services.
CMS Computer Match No. 2011-02
HHS Computer Match No. 1007

NAME:
    ``Disclosure of Enrollment and Eligibility Information for Military 
Health System Beneficiaries Who are Medicare Eligible.''

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:
    Level Three Privacy Act Sensitive.

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); and Department 
of Defense (DoD), Manpower Data Center (DMDC), Defense Enrollment and 
Eligibility Reporting System Office (DEERS), and the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)/TRICARE Management 
Activity (TMA).

AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING MATCHING PROGRAM:
    This CMA is executed to comply with the Privacy Act of 1974 (Title 
5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 552a), as amended, (as amended by Pub. L. 
100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988), the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130, titled 
``Management of Federal Information Resources'' at 61

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Federal Register (FR) 6435 (February 20, 1996), and OMB guidelines 
pertaining to computer matching at 54 FR 25818 (June 19, 1989).
    Prior to 1991, CHAMPUS entitlement terminated when any individual 
became eligible for Medicare Part A on a non-premium basis. The 
National Defense Authorization Act(s) (NDAA) for Fiscal Years (FY) 1992 
and 1993 (Pub. L. 102-190) Sec.  704, provide for reinstatement of 
CHAMPUS as second payer for beneficiaries entitled to Medicare on the 
basis of disability/End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) only if they also 
enroll in Part B.
    This agreement implements the information matching provisions of 
the NDAA, FY 2001 (Pub. L. 106-398) Sections 711 and 712; the NDAA, FY 
1993 (Pub. L. 102-484) Section 705; and the NDAA, FY 1992 (Pub. L. 102-
190) Sections 704 and 713.
    Section 732 of the FY 1996 NDAA (Pub. L. 104-106), directed the 
administering Secretaries to develop a mechanism for notifying 
beneficiaries of their ineligibility for CHAMPUS when loss of 
eligibility is due to disability status.

PURPOSE (S) OF THE MATCHING PROGRAM:
    The purpose of this agreement is to establish the conditions, 
safeguards and procedures under which CMS will disclose Medicare 
enrollment information to the DoD, DMDC, DEERS, and Health Affairs/TMA. 
The disclosure by CMS will provide TMA with the information necessary 
to determine if Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries (other than 
dependents of active duty personnel), who are Medicare eligible, are 
eligible to receive continued military health care benefits. This 
disclosure will provide TMA with the information necessary to meet the 
Congressional mandate outlined in legislative provisions in the NDAA 
listed above.
    Current law requires TMA to discontinue military health care 
benefits to MHS beneficiaries who are Medicare eligible and under the 
age of 65 when they become eligible for Medicare Part A because of 
disability/ESRD unless they are enrolled in Medicare Part B. Current 
law also requires TMA to provide health care and medical benefits to 
MHS beneficiaries who are Medicare eligible (commonly referred to as 
the dual eligible population) over the age of 65 who are enrolled in 
the supplementary medical insurance program under Part B of the 
Medicare program. This CMA will combine both groups of the MHS 
beneficiary population described above into one single database to more 
effectively carry out this matching program. In order for TMA to meet 
the requirements of current law, CMS agrees to disclose certain Part A 
and Part B enrollment data on this dual eligible population, which will 
be used to determine a beneficiary's eligibility for care under 
CHAMPUS/TRICARE. DEERS will receive the results of the computer match 
and provide the information to TMA for use in its matching program.
    This computer matching agreement supersedes all existing data 
exchange agreements between CMS and DMDC applicable to the exchange of 
personal data for purposes of disclosing enrollment and eligibility 
information for MHS beneficiaries who are Medicare eligible.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS AND INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE MATCH:
    DEERS will furnish CMS with an electronic file on a monthly basis 
extracted from the DEERS' systems of records containing social security 
numbers (SSN) for all MHS beneficiaries who may also be eligible for 
Medicare benefits. CMS will match the DEERS finder file against its 
``Medicare Beneficiary Database'' system of records (System No. 09-70-
0536), and will validate the identification of the beneficiary and 
provide the Health Insurance Claim Number that matches against the SSN 
and date of birth provided by DEERS, and also provide the Medicare Part 
A entitlement status and Part B enrollment status of the beneficiary. 
CMS's data will help TMA to determine a beneficiary's eligibility for 
continued care under TRICARE. DEERS will receive the results of the 
computer match and provide the information provided to TMA for use in 
its program.

DESCRIPTION OF RECORDS TO BE USED IN THE MATCHING PROGRAM:
    DoD will use the SOR identified as DMDC 02 DoD, entitled ``Defense 
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System,'' at 74 Federal Register (FR) 
39657 (August 7, 2009). SSNs of DoD beneficiaries will be released to 
CMS pursuant to the routine use set forth in the system notice, which 
provides that data may be released to HHS ``for support of the DEERS 
enrollment process and to identify individuals not entitled to health 
care.''
    Identification and Medicare status of DoD eligible beneficiaries 
will be provided to TMA to implement the statutory program. Therefore, 
eligibility information may also be maintained in the SOR identified as 
DHA 07, entitled ``Military Health Information System (MHIS),'' at 71 
FR 16127 (March 30, 2006).
    The release of the data for CMS is covered under the ``Enrollment 
Database,'' System No. 09-70-0502 published in the Federal Register at 
73 FR 10249 (February 26, 2008). Matched data will be released to DEERS 
pursuant to the routine use number 2 as set forth in the system notice.

INCLUSIVE DATES OF THE MATCH:
    The Matching Program shall become effective no sooner than 40 days 
after the report of the Matching Program is sent to OMB and Congress, 
or 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, which ever is 
later. The matching program will continue for 18 months from the 
effective date and may be renewed for an additional 12 month period as 
long as the statutory language for the match exists and other 
conditions are met.

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