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Ketoacidosis and fluidsThe debate around fluid resuscitation and maintenance in DKA has been smouldering for years, the recent, large PECARN FLUID synthroid online purchase trial providing some guidance, but, not drawing a line under all the issuesIn the light of the study, revisiting the arguments is useful and a group of three papers re-open the discussion. The catalyst on this occasion has been the publication of new British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (BSPED) guidance, recommendations which leave ultimate decision making to the individual clinician but in broad terms suggest an initial resuscitation bolus (of 10 mL/kg) to all children. Our first correspondent, John Lillie on behalf of the South Thames Retrieval Service whose policy has been restrictive since 2008 after three deaths from DKA associated synthroid online purchase cerebral oedema argues that degree of dehydration (an agreed moot point by all parties) is all too easily overestimated particularly when capillary refill time (prolonged by hypocapnoea inherent to ketosis) is used to make the assessment.

Neil Wright on behalf of BPSED argues that once initial resuscitation is completed there is little difference philosophically between the two approachesThe physiology, science and moot points are weighed up in Robert Tasker’s editorial in which one bystander in recent debate, the rate of insulin infusion is also revisited, a lower exposure causing less rapid shifts in osmotic pressure and (theoretically) less risk of cerebral oedema. Here we come full circle in that the number of children developing this complication is so low that even a trial as large as FLUID is potentially underpowered. See pages synthroid online purchase 1019, 1020 and 917Perinatal encephalopathyThe dangers of over-diagnosis of a vague entity are highlighted in Mustayev’s systematic review.

The term perinatal encephalopathy (PE) (sometimes also called the ‘syndrome of intracranial hypertension’) was coined by a Russian paediatrician Iurii Iakunin in the 1970s referring to a range of signs and symptoms thought to be attributable to a perinatal insult, mediated by a rise in intracranial pressure. The notion was admirable, but the group synthroid online purchase of disorders inevitably heterogenous. As the term became more widely used in Eastern European countries, it was sometimes applied to infants and children with transient signs and no discernable pathology.

The nomenclature was (paradoxically) reinforced by the lack of a unifying diagnostic test. The label being at the discretion of the paediatrician or paediatric neuropathologist, to which many of these infants synthroid online purchase were referred. Diagnoses result in treatments and wide range of agents had been used on occasions.

Anticonvulsants, mineral and metabolic supplements, diuretics, cattle-derived neuropeptides, vasoactive agents, psychostimulants, and physical therapies. The issue of the Perinatal Encephalopathy Syndrome has long been on the radar of the WHO, and was synthroid online purchase the subject of a meeting in St Petersburg in 2007, at which many positive signs of reform were seen. This review shows further change, but some areas of continuing concern related to the diagnosis which still appears to be applied in some areas.

These potential harms are synthroid online purchase both direct and indirect and include the failure to diagnose other disorders. Unnecessary follow-up appointments and diagnostic procedures. The development of the vulnerable child syndrome.

And even deferral of synthroid online purchase vaccinations. See page 921After sudden infant deathSUDI is a rare event and a second death in a subsequent child extremely unusual, but to date there has been little data to quantify the recurrence risk and counsel parents. Garstang’s analysis of the Care of the Next Infant database from 2000 to 2015 provides some answers.

Over this synthroid online purchase period, 6608 live-born infants were registered. 171 were first-born infants to mothers whose male partners had previously had an unexplained infant death. 29 unexpected infant deaths following the index death occurred synthroid online purchase in 26 families, 23 with 2 deaths and 3 with three deaths.

The second SUDI rate was estimated as 3.93 per 1000 live births and the third as 115 per 1000 live births. The findings should not, though, engender complacency as there have in the past been convictions for homicide. The risk of repeat SUDI in a family is still 10 times that of synthroid online purchase the general population, a reflection of inherent genetic risks as well as environmental factors such as maternal smoking and unsafe sleeping.

CONI cannot address intrinsic risk factors, but these are very vulnerable families who need comprehensive care and support packages to help them understand safe sleeping, address mental health problems and enhance their parenting capacity. See page 945Emergency steroids and asthma prophylaxisIn a neat synthroid online purchase and salutary reminder of the reason some children reach the stage of requiring rescue oral corticosteroids (OCS) at routine clinic appointments, Willson reviews experience from a quarternary respiratory department with respect to adherence prescribed prophylaxis. In the series 25 children received 32 courses of OCS.

For those episodes with full data, uptake of prescriptions for inhaled corticosteroid prophylaxis, the median uptake over the previous 6 months was only 33% and in only 29% episodes was uptake ≥75% of that prescribed So, rather than just prescribe the emergency course and ascribe it to bad luck or bad asthma… maybe check on adherence. This and related themes are explored synthroid online purchase in Ian Sinha’s Viewpoint exploration of the national respiratory audit database. See pages 993 and 910Monitoring inflammatory bowel diseaseEqually pragmatic is the issue with calprotectin stability described by Haisma.

Stool calprotectin is pivotal in the diagnosis, monitoring of and to treatment modifications in IBD. Often a sample will be taken in the home synthroid online purchase and dropped off at the lab or sent by post having spent time at room temperature in the interim rather than the recommended 4 C. The fall in levels is so great (35% and 46% in extraction buffer) that disease activity will inevitably be underestimated and treatment not increased appropriately.

So, before reducing immune modulating treatment immediately, check how the sample travelled before analysis and, if synthroid online purchase in any doubt, recheck making any changes. See page 996Two letters in the journal focus on the volume of intravenous fluid to be used during resuscitation and early management of paediatric patients presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).1 2 The correspondence encapsulates an important debate about intravenous fluids and risk of morbidities, such as cerebral oedema, and provides us with the range in contemporary opinions in the UK.Lillie et al1 use their insights from the South Thames Retrieval service (STRS) and its 20 referring district general hospitals to highlight a concern about the new British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED) guideline3 and integrated care pathway4 for the management of DKA. The authors have a network of emergency practice, and they imply that the new emphasis by the BSPED on permissive rather than restrictive (ie, reduced volume rules) intravenous fluids will be disruptive to the measures that they have taken since dealing with three cerebral oedema deaths in their region.

Wright and Thomas2 have responded on behalf of the BSPED synthroid online purchase DKA interest group. They emphasise the importance of adequate intravenous fluid resuscitation in limiting morbidity. They also provide an instructive table2 showing fluid resuscitation and rehydration volumes used in a number of protocols, including that of STRS and the new BSPED approach.

The main differences come down to the estimate of fluid deficit, the use of an intravenous fluid bolus at presentation and the calculation of maintenance fluid requirements.The STRS approach assumes a 10% fluid deficit in all patients with DKA at presentation, versus the new BSPED guideline’s use synthroid online purchase of three levels in estimated fluid deficit based on severity of acidosis (ie, pH >7.2, 5%. PH 7.1 to 7.2, 7%. And pH <7.1, synthroid online purchase 10%).

In the STRS approach, an intravenous fluid bolus of 10 mL/kg normal saline (NS) is reserved for patients in shock. In contrast, the new BSPED guideline recommends that all patients with DKA receive an intravenous bolus of 10 mL/kg NS, with an extra 10 mL/kg NS (20 mL/kg in total) for those in shock. Last, in the STRS protocol, the synthroid online purchase 10% fluid deficit is repaired over 48 hours by adding the volume to restrictive or so-called reduced volume rules for maintenance intravenous requirements and for body weight (ie, up to 10 kg, 2 mL/kg/hour.

10–14 kg, 1 mL/kg/hour and >40 kg, fixed volume 40 mL/hr). The new BSPED guideline also recommends replacing the presumed fluid deficit over 48 hours, but this hourly volume is added to standard (and higher than reduced volume rules) maintenance intravenous fluids.4 5Now, add to this mixture of opinions, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) latest updated pathway for DKA in children and young people.6 Like the synthroid online purchase new BSPED guideline, NICE also estimates fluid deficit based on severity of acidosis. However, severity of fluid deficit is dichotomised to 5% or 10% based on whether pH is above or below 7.1, respectively.

Like the STRS approach, there is no routine use of an intravenous NS fluid bolus in severe DKA. Last, like the STRS approach the estimated fluid deficit is repaired over 48 hours by adding the hourly volume to maintenance requirement calculated using reduced volume synthroid online purchase rules.How can there be such variance in opinion and recommendations and what should we do?. To be fair, the new BSPED guideline3 was only ever ‘… an interim recommendation pending the publication of the future NICE review.’ But, more importantly, the BSPED website acknowledges that the onus for decision-making remains with the clinician.

A similar stance on responsibility of guideline users is also taken by NICE.The new information that seems to have influenced the BSPED and the NICE updates on DKA is the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) clinical trial of fluid infusion rates for paediatric DKA (FLUID trial).7 It is worth re-reading the paper and its protocol and supplementary appendix, in particular have a look at Figure S1 on compliance to assigned fluid rate. The bottom line synthroid online purchase of the FLUID trial is that neither the rate of administration (fast vs slow repair) nor the sodium chloride content (NS vs 0.45% saline) of intravenous fluids significantly influenced neurological outcomes. Wright and Thomas2 show in their table that the difference between fast and slow repair in the trial was complex and not only included a difference in timing of fluid-deficit repair (ie, fast with 50% repair in first 12 hours followed by 50% repair in next 24 hours vs slow repair evenly distributed over 48 hours).

It also involved differences in presumed fluid deficit (10% synthroid online purchase vs 5%) and use of intravenous NS boluses (20 mL/kg vs 10 mL/kg). Close review of the compliance to assigned fluid rate in the FLUID trial (see Supplemental Figure S17) shows that actual fluid received by patients in the fast and slow repair groups are similar to those suggested by the BSPED and STRS/NICE, respectively. If there is no difference in neurological outcome, does the difference in fluid strategy really matter, as each of our correspondents argue?.

To attempt to answer this synthroid online purchase question we have to look at two key details of the FLUID trial. The first is that of the 1389 patients undergoing randomisation, 1263 (91%) had Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score 15, 99 (7%) had GCS score 14 and 28 (2%) had GCS score <14. In essence, the test of fast versus slow fluid strategy is strongly influenced by patients with DKA who are fully awake at presentation.

Both of our correspondents1 2 acknowledge that patients with altered mental synthroid online purchase state raise concern, although their approaches differ—on this matter we have no answer from the FLUID trial. The other detail to consider is that the uniformly used standard insulin infusion rate (0.1 U/kg/hour) differs from the dosing range (0.05 to 0.1 U/kg/hour) used in UK practice.3 4 6 One theoretical aim of low-dose insulin (0.05 U/kg/hour)8 9 is to avoid too rapid decrease in serum glucose concentration (ie, >5.5 mmol/L/hour), with consequent too rapid change in serum osmolarity, which may increase the risk of cerebral oedema.10 11 Does this idea mean that the low-dose insulin strategy enables better tolerance of fast-fluid repair rate, with low risk of morbidity?. Impossible synthroid online purchase to answer.

As we see from the FLUID trial, such a proposition—with an outcome of brain injury in less than 1% of DKA episodes—is likely untestable in a future sufficiently powered clinical trial.Taking all the above together, there is clearly a need to realign the variance in DKA fluid management reflected in the STRS,1 BSPED2–4 and NICE6 approaches. Even though we have gold standard clinical information from the PECARN DKA FLUID trial,7 the relevance of that information to all paediatric patients presenting with DKA needs careful consideration. Which means synthroid online purchase that clinicians still need to exercise judgement in individual situations.

Finally, the letter by Lillie et al1 also reminds us of the value of systems of care. Their hub-and-spoke network for emergency DKA care is not just about adopting latest recommendations but is also tasked with bringing about any necessary knowledge-to-action change (see the table and figure 2 as responses to three cerebral oedema DKA deaths),1 a process called implementation science.12.

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On Monday, November 23, 2020. Deadline for Registration of Presenters at the Town Hall Meeting what are the effects of too much synthroid. The deadline to register to present at the Town Hall Meeting is 5:00 p.m., e.s.t. On Monday, November 23, 2020. Deadline for Submission of Agenda Item(s) or Written Comments for the Town what are the effects of too much synthroid Hall Meeting.

Written comments and agenda items for discussion at the Town Hall Meeting, including agenda items by presenters, must be received by 5:00 p.m. E.s.t. On Monday, November 30, 2020. Deadline for Submission of Written Comments after the Town Hall Meeting for consideration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System/Long Term Care PPS (IPPS/LTCH PPS) Proposed Rule. Individuals may submit written comments after the Town Hall Meeting, as specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, on whether the service or technology represents a substantial clinical improvement.

These comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. E.s.t. On Monday, December 28, 2020, for consideration in the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule. Meeting Location. The Town Hall Meeting will be held virtually via live stream technology or webinar and listen-only via toll-free teleconference.

Live stream or webinar and teleconference dial-in information will be provided through an upcoming listserv notice and will appear on the final meeting agenda, which will be posted on the New Technology website when available at. Http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. Continue to check the website for updates. Registration and Special Accommodations. Individuals wishing to present at the meeting must follow the instructions located in section III.

Of this notice. Individuals who need special accommodations should send an email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. Submission of Agenda Item(s) or Written Comments for the Town Hall Meeting. Each presenter must submit an agenda item(s) regarding whether a FY 2022 application meets the substantial clinical improvement criterion. Agenda items, written comments, questions or other statements must not exceed three single-spaced typed pages and may be sent via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov.

Start Further Info Michelle Joshua, (410) 786-6050, michelle.joshua@cms.hhs.gov. Or Cristina Nigro, (410) 786-7763, cristina.nigro@cms.hhs.gov. Alternatively, you may forward your requests via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information I. Background on the Add-On Payments for New Medical Services and Technologies Under the IPPS Sections 1886(d)(5)(K) and (L) of the Social Security Act (the Act) require the Secretary to establish a process of identifying and ensuring adequate payments to acute care hospitals for new medical services and technologies under Medicare.

Effective for discharges beginning on or after October 1, 2001, section 1886(d)(5)(K)(i) of the Act requires the Secretary to establish (after notice and opportunity for public comment) a mechanism to recognize the costs of new services and technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). In addition, section 1886(d)(5)(K)(vi) of the Act specifies that a medical service or technology will be considered “new” if it meets criteria established by the Secretary (after notice and opportunity for public comment). (See the fiscal year (FY) 2002 IPPS proposed rule (66 FR 22693, May 4, 2001) and final rule (66 FR 46912, September 7, 2001) for a more detailed discussion.) As finalized in the FY 2020 and FY 2021 IPPS/Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rules, technologies which are eligible for the alternative new technology pathway for transformative new devices or the alternative new technology pathway for certain antimicrobials do not need to meet the requirement under 42 CFR 412.87(b)(1) that the technology represent an advance that substantially improves, relative to technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. These medical devices or products will also be considered new and not substantially similar to an existing technology for purposes of new technology add-on payment under the IPPS. (See the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (84 FR 42292 through 42297) and the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (85 FR 58733 through 58742) for additional information.) In the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (84 FR 42289 through 42292), we codified in our regulations at § 412.87 the following aspects of how we evaluate substantial clinical improvement for purposes of new technology add-on payments under the IPPS in order to determine if a new technology meets the substantial clinical improvement requirement.

The totality of the circumstances is considered when making a determination that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. A determination that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries means— ++ The new medical service or technology offers a treatment option for a patient population unresponsive to, or ineligible for, currently available treatments. ++ The new medical service or technology offers the ability to diagnose a medical condition in a patient population where that medical condition is currently undetectable or offers the ability to diagnose a medical condition earlier in a patient population than allowed by currently available methods, and there must also be evidence that use of the new medical service or technology to make a diagnosis affects the management of the patient. Or ++ The use of the new medical service or technology significantly improves clinical outcomes relative to services or technologies previously available as demonstrated by one or more of the following. €”A reduction in at least one clinically significant adverse event, including a reduction in mortality or a clinically significant complication.

€”A decreased rate of at least one subsequent diagnostic or therapeutic intervention (for example, due to reduced rate of recurrence of the disease process). €”A decreased number of future hospitalizations or physician visits. €”A more rapid beneficial resolution of the disease process treatment including, but not limited to, a reduced length of stay or recovery time. An improvement in one or more activities of daily living. An improved quality of life.

Or, a demonstrated greater medication adherence or compliance. ++ The totality of the circumstances otherwise demonstrates that the new medical service or technology substantially improves, relative to technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. Evidence from the following published or unpublished information Start Printed Page 65817sources from within the United States or elsewhere may be sufficient to establish that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. Clinical trials, peer reviewed journal articles. Study results.

Meta-analyses. Consensus statements. White papers. Patient surveys. Case studies.

Reports. Systematic literature reviews. Letters from major healthcare associations. Editorials and letters to the editor. And public comments.

Other appropriate information sources may be considered. The medical condition diagnosed or treated by the new medical service or technology may have a low prevalence among Medicare beneficiaries. The new medical service or technology may represent an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of a subpopulation of patients with the medical condition diagnosed or treated by the new medical service or technology. Section 1886(d)(5)(K)(viii) of the Act requires that as part of the process for evaluating new medical services and technology applications, the Secretary shall do the following. Provide for public input regarding whether a new service or technology represents an advance in medical technology that substantially improves the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries before publication of a proposed rule.

Make public and periodically update a list of all the services and technologies for which an application is pending. Accept comments, recommendations, and data from the public regarding whether the service or technology represents a substantial improvement. Provide for a meeting at which organizations representing hospitals, physicians, manufacturers and any other interested party may present comments, recommendations, and data to the clinical staff of CMS as to whether the service or technology represents a substantial improvement before publication of a proposed rule. The opinions and presentations provided during this meeting will assist us as we evaluate the new medical services and technology applications for FY 2022. In addition, they will help us to evaluate our policy on the IPPS new technology add-on payment process before the publication of the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule.

II. Town Hall Meeting Format and Conference Call/Live Streaming Information A. Format of the Town Hall Meeting As noted in section I. Of this notice, we are required to provide for a meeting at which organizations representing hospitals, physicians, manufacturers and any other interested party may present comments, recommendations, and data to the clinical staff of CMS concerning whether the service or technology represents a substantial clinical improvement. This meeting will allow for a discussion of the substantial clinical improvement criterion for the FY 2022 new medical services and technology add-on payment applications.

Information regarding the applications can be found on our website at http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. The majority of the meeting will be reserved for presentations of comments, recommendations, and data from registered presenters. The time for each presenter's comments will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes and will be based on the number of registered presenters. Individuals who would like to present must register and submit their agenda item(s) via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. Depending on the number of applications received, we will determine if a second meeting day is necessary.

A preliminary agenda will be posted on the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html by November 23, 2020 to inform the public of the number of days of the meeting. In addition, written comments will also be accepted and presented at the meeting if they are received via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting for our consideration. If the comments are to be considered before the publication of the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule, the comments must be received via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. B.

Conference Call, Live Streaming, and Webinar Information As noted previously, the Town Hall meeting will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be an option to participate in the Town Hall Meeting via live streaming technology or webinar and a toll-free teleconference phone line. Information on the option to participate via live streaming technology or webinar and a teleconference dial-in will be provided through an upcoming listserv notice and will appear on the final meeting agenda, which will be posted on the New Technology website at. Http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. Continue to check the website for updates.

C. Disclaimer We cannot guarantee reliability for live streaming technology or a webinar. III. Registration Instructions The Division of New Technology in CMS is coordinating the meeting registration for the Town Hall Meeting on substantial clinical improvement. While there is no registration fee, individuals planning to present at the Town Hall Meeting must register to present.

Registration for presenters may be completed by sending an email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and fax number. Registration for attendees not presenting at the meeting is not required. The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma, having reviewed and approved this document, authorizes Lynette Wilson, who is the Federal Register Liaison, to electronically sign this document for purposes of publication in the Federal Register.

Start Signature Dated. October 8, 2020. Lynette Wilson, Federal Register Liaison, Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc.

2020-22894 Filed 10-14-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. Notice. In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

Comments on this ICR should be received no later than December 15, 2020. Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Start Further Info To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the Start Printed Page 65834information request collection title for reference. Information Collection Request Title.

Survey of Eligible Users of the National Practitioner Data Bank, OMB No. 0915-0366—Reinstatement With Change. Abstract. HRSA plans to survey the users National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The purpose of this survey is to assess the overall satisfaction of the eligible users of the NPDB.

This survey will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as a flagging system, source of information, and its use in decision making. Furthermore, this survey will collect information from organizations and individuals who query the NPDB to understand and improve their user experience. This survey is a reinstatement of the 2012 NPDB survey with some changes. Need and Proposed Use of the Information. The survey will collect information regarding the participants' experiences of querying and reporting to the NPDB, perceptions of health care practitioners with reports, impact of NPDB reports on organizations' decision-making, and satisfaction with various NPDB products and services.

The survey will also be administered to health care practitioners that use the self-query service provided by the NPDB. The self-queriers will be asked about their experiences of querying, the impact of having reports in the NPDB on their careers and health care organizations' perceptions, and their satisfaction with various NPDB products and services. Understanding self-queriers' satisfaction and their use of the information is an important component of the survey. Proposed changes to this ICR include the following. 1.

In the proposed entity survey, there are 37 modules and 258 questions. From the previous 2012 survey, there are 15 deleted questions and 13 new questions in addition to proposed changes to 12 survey questions. 2. In the proposed self-query survey, there are 22 modules and 88 questions. From the previous 2012 survey, there are 5 deleted questions and 5 new questions in addition to proposed changes to two survey questions.

Likely Respondents. Eligible users of the NPDB will be asked to complete a web-based survey. Data gathered from the survey will be compared with previous survey results. This survey will provide HRSA with the information necessary for research purposes and for improving the usability and effectiveness of the NPDB. Burden Statement.

Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below. Total Estimated Annualized Burden HoursForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hoursNPDB Users Entities Respondents15,000115,0000.253,750NPDB Self-Query Respondents2,00012,0000.10200Total17,00017,0003,950 HRSA specifically requests comments on (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 burden. Start Signature Maria G.

Button, Director, Executive Secretariat. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-22964 Filed 10-15-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4165-15-P.

Start Preamble Centers for Medicare & synthroid online purchase. Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. Notice of synthroid online purchase meeting. This notice announces a Town Hall meeting in accordance with section 1886(d)(5)(K)(viii) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to discuss fiscal year (FY) 2022 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). The United States is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the virus “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town Hall Meeting will be held virtually rather than synthroid online purchase as an in-person meeting. Interested parties are invited to this meeting to present their comments, recommendations, and data regarding whether the FY 2022 new medical services and technologies applications meet the substantial clinical improvement criterion. Meeting Date(s). The Town Hall Meeting announced in this notice will be held virtually on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and Wednesday, December 16, 2020 (the number synthroid online purchase of new technology applications submitted will determine if a second day for the meeting is necessary. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for details regarding the second day of the meeting and the posting of the preliminary meeting agenda).

The Town Hall synthroid online purchase Meeting will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (e.s.t.) and check-in via online platform will begin at 8:30 a.m. E.s.t. Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations synthroid online purchase. The deadline to submit requests for special Start Printed Page 65816accommodations is 5:00 p.m., e.s.t.

On Monday, November 23, 2020. Deadline for Registration of Presenters at the synthroid online purchase Town Hall Meeting. The deadline to register to present at the Town Hall Meeting is 5:00 p.m., e.s.t. On Monday, November 23, 2020. Deadline for Submission of Agenda Item(s) or Written Comments for the Town synthroid online purchase Hall Meeting.

Written comments and agenda items for discussion at the Town Hall Meeting, including agenda items by presenters, must be received by 5:00 p.m. E.s.t. On Monday, November 30, 2020. Deadline for Submission of Written Comments after the Town Hall Meeting for consideration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System/Long Term Care PPS (IPPS/LTCH PPS) Proposed Rule. Individuals may submit written comments after the Town Hall Meeting, as specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, on whether the service or technology represents a substantial clinical improvement.

These comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. E.s.t. On Monday, December 28, 2020, for consideration in the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule. Meeting Location. The Town Hall Meeting will be held virtually via live stream technology or webinar and listen-only via toll-free teleconference.

Live stream or webinar and teleconference dial-in information will be provided through an upcoming listserv notice and will appear on the final meeting agenda, which will be posted on the New Technology website when available at. Http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. Continue to check the website for updates. Registration and Special Accommodations. Individuals wishing to present at the meeting must follow the instructions located in section III.

Of this notice. Individuals who need special accommodations should send an email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. Submission of Agenda Item(s) or Written Comments for the Town Hall Meeting. Each presenter must submit an agenda item(s) regarding whether a FY 2022 application meets the substantial clinical improvement criterion. Agenda items, written comments, questions or other statements must not exceed three single-spaced typed pages and may be sent via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov.

Start Further Info Michelle Joshua, (410) 786-6050, michelle.joshua@cms.hhs.gov. Or Cristina Nigro, (410) 786-7763, cristina.nigro@cms.hhs.gov. Alternatively, you may forward your requests via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information I. Background on the Add-On Payments for New Medical Services and Technologies Under the IPPS Sections 1886(d)(5)(K) and (L) of the Social Security Act (the Act) require the Secretary to establish a process of identifying and ensuring adequate payments to acute care hospitals for new medical services and technologies under Medicare.

Effective for discharges beginning on or after October 1, 2001, section 1886(d)(5)(K)(i) of the Act requires the Secretary to establish (after notice and opportunity for public comment) a mechanism to recognize the costs of new services and technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). In addition, section 1886(d)(5)(K)(vi) of the Act specifies that a medical service or technology will be considered “new” if it meets criteria established by the Secretary (after notice and opportunity for public comment). (See the fiscal year (FY) 2002 IPPS proposed rule (66 FR 22693, May 4, 2001) and final rule (66 FR 46912, September 7, 2001) for a more detailed discussion.) As finalized in the FY 2020 and FY 2021 IPPS/Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rules, technologies which are eligible for the alternative new technology pathway for transformative new devices or the alternative new technology pathway for certain antimicrobials do not need to meet the requirement under 42 CFR 412.87(b)(1) that the technology represent an advance that substantially improves, relative to technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. These medical devices or products will also be considered new and not substantially similar to an existing technology for purposes of new technology add-on payment under the IPPS. (See the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (84 FR 42292 through 42297) and the FY 2021 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (85 FR 58733 through 58742) for additional information.) In the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule (84 FR 42289 through 42292), we codified in our regulations at § 412.87 the following aspects of how we evaluate substantial clinical improvement for purposes of new technology add-on payments under the IPPS in order to determine if a new technology meets the substantial clinical improvement requirement.

The totality of the circumstances is considered when making a determination that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. A determination that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries means— ++ The new medical service or technology offers a treatment option for a patient population unresponsive to, or ineligible for, currently available treatments. ++ The new medical service or technology offers the ability to diagnose a medical condition in a patient population where that medical condition is currently undetectable or offers the ability to diagnose a medical condition earlier in a patient population than allowed by currently available methods, and there must also be evidence that use of the new medical service or technology to make a diagnosis affects the management of the patient. Or ++ The use of the new medical service or technology significantly improves clinical outcomes relative to services or technologies previously available as demonstrated by one or more of the following. €”A reduction in at least one clinically significant adverse event, including a reduction in mortality or a clinically significant complication.

€”A decreased rate of at least one subsequent diagnostic or therapeutic intervention (for example, due to reduced rate of recurrence of the disease process). €”A decreased number of future hospitalizations or physician visits. €”A more rapid beneficial resolution of the disease process treatment including, but not limited to, a reduced length of stay or recovery time. An improvement in one or more activities of daily living. An improved quality of life.

Or, a demonstrated greater medication adherence or compliance. ++ The totality of the circumstances otherwise demonstrates that the new medical service or technology substantially improves, relative to technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. Evidence from the following published or unpublished information Start Printed Page 65817sources from within the United States or elsewhere may be sufficient to establish that a new medical service or technology represents an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries. Clinical trials, peer reviewed journal articles. Study results.

Meta-analyses. Consensus statements. White papers. Patient surveys. Case studies.

Reports. Systematic literature reviews. Letters from major healthcare associations. Editorials and letters to the editor. And public comments.

Other appropriate information sources may be considered. The medical condition diagnosed or treated by the new medical service or technology may have a low prevalence among Medicare beneficiaries. The new medical service or technology may represent an advance that substantially improves, relative to services or technologies previously available, the diagnosis or treatment of a subpopulation of patients with the medical condition diagnosed or treated by the new medical service or technology. Section 1886(d)(5)(K)(viii) of the Act requires that as part of the process for evaluating new medical services and technology applications, the Secretary shall do the following. Provide for public input regarding whether a new service or technology represents an advance in medical technology that substantially improves the diagnosis or treatment of Medicare beneficiaries before publication of a proposed rule.

Make public and periodically update a list of all the services and technologies for which an application is pending. Accept comments, recommendations, and data from the public regarding whether the service or technology represents a substantial improvement. Provide for a meeting at which organizations representing hospitals, physicians, manufacturers and any other interested party may present comments, recommendations, and data to the clinical staff of CMS as to whether the service or technology represents a substantial improvement before publication of a proposed rule. The opinions and presentations provided during this meeting will assist us as we evaluate the new medical services and technology applications for FY 2022. In addition, they will help us to evaluate our policy on the IPPS new technology add-on payment process before the publication of the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule.

II. Town Hall Meeting Format and Conference Call/Live Streaming Information A. Format of the Town Hall Meeting As noted in section I. Of this notice, we are required to provide for a meeting at which organizations representing hospitals, physicians, manufacturers and any other interested party may present comments, recommendations, and data to the clinical staff of CMS concerning whether the service or technology represents a substantial clinical improvement. This meeting will allow for a discussion of the substantial clinical improvement criterion for the FY 2022 new medical services and technology add-on payment applications.

Information regarding the applications can be found on our website at http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. The majority of the meeting will be reserved for presentations of comments, recommendations, and data from registered presenters. The time for each presenter's comments will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes and will be based on the number of registered presenters. Individuals who would like to present must register and submit their agenda item(s) via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. Depending on the number of applications received, we will determine if a second meeting day is necessary.

A preliminary agenda will be posted on the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html by November 23, 2020 to inform the public of the number of days of the meeting. In addition, written comments will also be accepted and presented at the meeting if they are received via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting for our consideration. If the comments are to be considered before the publication of the FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS proposed rule, the comments must be received via email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. B.

Conference Call, Live Streaming, and Webinar Information As noted previously, the Town Hall meeting will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be an option to participate in the Town Hall Meeting via live streaming technology or webinar and a toll-free teleconference phone line. Information on the option to participate via live streaming technology or webinar and a teleconference dial-in will be provided through an upcoming listserv notice and will appear on the final meeting agenda, which will be posted on the New Technology website at. Http://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​AcuteInpatientPPS/​newtech.html. Continue to check the website for updates.

C. Disclaimer We cannot guarantee reliability for live streaming technology or a webinar. III. Registration Instructions The Division of New Technology in CMS is coordinating the meeting registration for the Town Hall Meeting on substantial clinical improvement. While there is no registration fee, individuals planning to present at the Town Hall Meeting must register to present.

Registration for presenters may be completed by sending an email to newtech@cms.hhs.gov. Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and fax number. Registration for attendees not presenting at the meeting is not required. The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma, having reviewed and approved this document, authorizes Lynette Wilson, who is the Federal Register Liaison, to electronically sign this document for purposes of publication in the Federal Register.

Start Signature Dated. October 8, 2020. Lynette Wilson, Federal Register Liaison, Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc.

2020-22894 Filed 10-14-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. Notice. In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

Comments on this ICR should be received no later than December 15, 2020. Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Start Further Info To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the Start Printed Page 65834information request collection title for reference. Information Collection Request Title.

Survey of Eligible Users of the National Practitioner Data Bank, OMB No. 0915-0366—Reinstatement With Change. Abstract. HRSA plans to survey the users National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The purpose of this survey is to assess the overall satisfaction of the eligible users of the NPDB.

This survey will evaluate the effectiveness of the NPDB as a flagging system, source of information, and its use in decision making. Furthermore, this survey will collect information from organizations and individuals who query the NPDB to understand and improve their user experience. This survey is a reinstatement of the 2012 NPDB survey with some changes. Need and Proposed Use of the Information. The survey will collect information regarding the participants' experiences of querying and reporting to the NPDB, perceptions of health care practitioners with reports, impact of NPDB reports on organizations' decision-making, and satisfaction with various NPDB products and services.

The survey will also be administered to health care practitioners that use the self-query service provided by the NPDB. The self-queriers will be asked about their experiences of querying, the impact of having reports in the NPDB on their careers and health care organizations' perceptions, and their satisfaction with various NPDB products and services. Understanding self-queriers' satisfaction and their use of the information is an important component of the survey. Proposed changes to this ICR include the following. 1.

In the proposed entity survey, there are 37 modules and 258 questions. From the previous 2012 survey, there are 15 deleted questions and 13 new questions in addition to proposed changes to 12 survey questions. 2. In the proposed self-query survey, there are 22 modules and 88 questions. From the previous 2012 survey, there are 5 deleted questions and 5 new questions in addition to proposed changes to two survey questions.

Likely Respondents. Eligible users of the NPDB will be asked to complete a web-based survey. Data gathered from the survey will be compared with previous survey results. This survey will provide HRSA with the information necessary for research purposes and for improving the usability and effectiveness of the NPDB. Burden Statement.

Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below. Total Estimated Annualized Burden HoursForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hoursNPDB Users Entities Respondents15,000115,0000.253,750NPDB Self-Query Respondents2,00012,0000.10200Total17,00017,0003,950 HRSA specifically requests comments on (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 burden. Start Signature Maria G.

Button, Director, Executive Secretariat. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-22964 Filed 10-15-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4165-15-P.

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