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Feb 8 -- The Administration for Community Living, HHS invites comments to OMB by March 13, 2023 regarding the information collection requirements related to the Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling (OHIC) Profiles project. [Comments due 30 days from submission to OMB on February 10.]

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is currently engaged in an effort to streamline and standardize grantee profiles across three programs managed by the Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling (OHIC): the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), and Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Grantees in each program must adhere to a specific set of reporting requirements and associated reporting schedules outlined in their Program Reporting Guidelines. While reporting requirements are effective in ensuring grantees data, there is no consistency or uniformity in how individual grantees submit their data.

For example, SHIP profiles currently exist; these profiles are accessible to the SHIP grantee network via the program's technical assistance center, and they can be updated directly by grantee states. SMP and MIPPA profiles have yet to be developed. The goal of this data collection effort is to obtain consistent data elements for the three programs that will allow ACL to reimagine the existing profiles into a comparable set of data elements across programs.

These data will allow RTI International, a contractor to ACL, to develop an updated set of grantee profiles that are accessible, visually appealing, and consistent across programs. Specifically, the purpose of this data collection effort is to update the SHIP grantee profiles, which were last updated in 2016, and develop similar profiles for SMP and MIPPA. These profiles will be internal to ACL and will only be shared with grantees.

A web-based questionnaire will be emailed to all 125 grant managers (representing 54 states and territories) electronically via Smartsheet. The collected data will be imported into a dataset and will be used to create program profiles accessible to ACL and grantees.
SHIP: https://acl.gov/programs/connecting-people-services/state-health-insurance-assistance-program-ship
SMP: https://acl.gov/programs/protecting-rights-and-preventing-abuse/senior-medicare-patrol-smp
MIPPA: https://acl.gov/programs/connecting-people-services/medicare-improvements-patients-and
ACL submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202302-0985-001 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-02673

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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