Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Cited as:85 FR 35425
Court:Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality, Health And Human Services Department
Publication Date:10 Jun 2020
Record Number:2020-12565
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 35425-35427]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2020-12565]
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                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
                Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
                Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection;
                Comment Request
                AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for
                Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of
                Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection
                project: ``Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection
                Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare
                Research and Quality.''
                DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by 60 days after date
                of publication of this notice.
                ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz,
                Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at
                [email protected].
                 Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection
                instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be
                obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports
                Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at
                [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Proposed Project
                Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection Testing,
                Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare Research and
                Quality
                 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that
                the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reapprove generic pre-testing
                Clearance 0935-0124 for three years to facilitate AHRQ's efforts to (1)
                employ evaluation-type methods and techniques to improve AHRQ's current
                data collection and estimation procedures, (2) develop new collections
                and procedures, including toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections
                and procedures. AHRQ believes that developing, testing, and evaluating
                data collection and estimation procedures using survey methods and
                other techniques in anticipation of agency-sponsored studies can
                improve its information collection efforts, and the products it
                develops and allow AHRQ to be more responsive to fast-changing
                developments in the health care research field. AHRQ uses techniques to
                simplify data collection and estimation procedures, reduce respondent
                burden, and improve efficiencies to meet the needs of individuals and
                small business respondents who may have reduced budgets and staff.
                 This clearance request is limited to research on data collection,
                toolkit development, and estimation procedures and reports and does not
                extend to the collection of data for public release or policy
                formation. The current Clearance (0935-0124) was granted on November 3,
                2017, and expires on November 30, 2020.
                 This generic clearance will allow AHRQ to draft and test toolkits,
                survey instruments and other data collection and estimation procedures
                more quickly and with greater lead time, thereby managing project time
                more efficiently and improving the quality of the data AHRQ collects.
                In some instances, the ability to test and evaluate toolkits, data
                collection and estimation procedures in anticipation of work or early
                in a project may result in the decision not to proceed with additional
                activities, which could save both public and private resources and
                eliminate respondent burden.
                 This generic clearance will facilitate AHRQ's response to a
                changing environment. Many of the tools AHRQ develops are made
                available to the private sector to assist in improving health care
                quality. The health and health care environment changes rapidly and
                requires a quick response from AHRQ to provide refined tools.
                 These preliminary research activities will not be used by AHRQ to
                regulate or sanction its customers. They will be entirely voluntary and
                the confidentiality of respondents and their responses will be
                preserved. Proposed information collections submitted under this
                generic clearance will be submitted for review by OMB with a response
                expected in 14 days.
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                Method of Collection
                 The information collected through preliminary research activities
                under this generic clearance will be used by AHRQ to employ techniques
                to (1) improve AHRQ's current data collection and estimation
                procedures, (2) develop new collections and procedures, including
                toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections and procedures in
                anticipation or in response to changes in the health or health care
                field. The end result will be improvement in AHRQ's data collections
                and procedures and the quality of data collected, a reduction or
                minimization of respondent burden, increased agency efficiency, and
                improved responsiveness to the public.
                Estimated Annual Respondent Burden
                 Exhibit 1 shows the estimated burden hours, over the full three
                years of this clearance, for the respondents' time to participate in
                the research activities that may be conducted under this generic
                clearance. Mail surveys will be conducted with about 6,000 persons
                (2,000 per year for three years) and are estimated to average 20
                minutes. Mail surveys may also be sent to respondents via email, and
                may include a telephone non-response follow-up. Telephone non-response
                follow-up for mailed surveys is not counted as a telephone survey in
                Exhibit 1. Not more than 600 persons, over three years, will
                participate in telephone surveys that will take about 40 minutes. Web-
                based surveys will be conducted with no more than 3,000 persons and
                will require no more than 10 minutes to complete. About 1,500 persons
                will participate in focus groups which may last up to two hours, while
                in-person interviews will be conducted with 600 persons and will take
                about 50 minutes. Automated data collection will be conducted for about
                1,500 persons and could take up to 1 hour. Cognitive testing will be
                conducted with about 600 persons and is estimated to take 1\1/2\ hours
                to complete. The total burden over three years is estimated to be 8,900
                hours (about 2,967 hours per year).
                 Exhibit 2 shows the estimated cost burden over three years, based
                on the respondents' time to participate in these research activities.
                The total cost burden is estimated to be $357,869.
                 Exhibit 1--Estimated Burden Hours Over Three Years
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                 Number of
                 Type of information collection Number of responses per Hours per Total burden
                 respondents respondent response hours
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                Mail/email \*\.................................. 6,000 1 20/60 2,000
                Telephone....................................... 600 1 40/60 400
                Web-based....................................... 3,000 1 10/60 500
                Focus Groups.................................... 1,500 1 2.0 3,000
                In-person....................................... 600 1 1.0 600
                Automated \**\.................................. 1,500 1 1.0 1,500
                Cognitive Testing \***\......................... 600 1 1.5 900
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                 Totals...................................... 13,800 na na 8,900
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                * May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change
                ** May include testing of database software, CAPI software or other automated technologies.
                *** May include cognitive interviews for questionnaire or toolkit development, or ``think aloud'' testing of
                 prototype websites.
                 Exhibit 2--Estimated Cost Burden Over Three Years
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                 Average
                 Type of information collection Number of Total burden hourly wage Total cost
                 respondents hours rate * burden
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                Mail/email...................................... 6,000 2,000 $40.21 $ 80,420
                Telephone....................................... 600 400 40.21 16,084
                Web-based....................................... 3,000 500 40.21 20,105
                Focus Groups.................................... 1,500 3,000 40.21 120,630
                In-person....................................... 600 600 40.21 24,126
                Automated....................................... 1,500 1,500 40.21 60,315
                Cognitive Testing............................... 600 900 40.21 36,189
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                 Totals...................................... 13,800 8,900 na 357,869
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                * Bureau of Labor & Statistics on ``Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019'' found at the following URL:
                 https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#b29-0000.htm for the respondents.
                Request for Comments
                 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
                3520, comments on AHRQ's information collection are requested with
                regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of
                information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care
                research and health care information dissemination functions, including
                whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy
                of AHRQ's estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the
                proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality,
                utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways
                to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the
                respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or
                other forms of information technology.
                 Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized
                and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the
                proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of
                public record.
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                 Dated: June 5, 2020.
                Virginia L. Mackay-Smith,
                Associate Director.
                [FR Doc. 2020-12565 Filed 6-9-20; 8:45 am]
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