[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 22 (Friday, February 1, 2002)]
[Page 4985]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-2453]

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[Document Identifier: CMS-10050]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.
    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration), 
Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following 
summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons 
are invited to send comments regarding this 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 
    Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of 
Information Collection: Survey of Newly Eligible Medicare 
Beneficiaries; Form No.: CMS-10050 (OMB# 0938-NEW); Use: It is not 
enough to merely mail information about the Medicare program to each 
beneficiary. We need to know not only that the beneficiaries got the 
information, but that they understood the information and are able to 
use it in making choices about their Medicare participation. To this 
end, CMS must have measure(s) over time of what beneficiaries know and 
understand about the Medicare program now to be able to quantify and 
attribute any changes to their understanding or behavior to 
information/education initiatives. Measuring beneficiary information 
needs and knowledge over time will help us to evaluate the impact of 
information/education and other initiatives as well as to understand 
how the population is changing apart from such initiatives.; Frequency: 
Monthly; Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Number of 
Respondents: 3600; Total Annual Responses: 3600; Total Annual Hours: 
    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms 
for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS's 
Web site address at http://www.hcfa.gov/regs/prdact95.htm, or e-mail 
your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS 
document identifier, to [email protected], or call the Reports 
Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and 
recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed 
within 60 days of this notice directly to the CMS Paperwork Clearance 
Officer designated at the following address: CMS, Office of Information 
Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise 
Standards, Attention: Melissa Musotto, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

    Dated: January 23, 2002.
John P. Burke, III,
CMS Reports Clearance Officer, CMS Office of Information Services, 
Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards.
[FR Doc. 02-2453 Filed 1-31-02; 8:45 am]