The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Announce An Open Meeting Concerning Antimicrobial Resistance, 15528 [E8-5858]

Download as PDF 15528 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices Dated: March 18, 2008. Marilyn S. Radke, Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. E8–5862 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Announce An Open Meeting Concerning Antimicrobial Resistance Name: A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues): Meeting for Public Comment on the Antimicrobial Resistance Interagency Task Force Annual Report. Times and Dates: 12:30 p.m.––2 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland, One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, Maryland, USA 20814; Tel: 1– 301–652–2000; Fax: 1–301–652–4525). Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. Purpose: To present the annual report of progress by Federal agencies in accomplishing activities outlined in A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues) and solicit comments from the public regarding the annual report. The Action Plan serves as a blueprint for activities of Federal agencies to address antimicrobial resistance. The focus of the plan is on domestic issues. Matters to be Discussed: The agenda will consist of welcome and introductory comments, an executive summary, and brief reports in four focus areas: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and Product Development. The Task Force will also provide a brief review of progress on updating the Action Plan. The meeting will then be open for comments from the general public. Comments and suggestions from the public for Federal agencies related to each of the focus areas will be taken under advisement by the Antimicrobial Resistance Interagency Task Force. The agenda does not include development of consensus positions, guidelines, or discussions or endorsement of specific commercial products. The Action Plan, Annual Report, and meeting agenda will be available at VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance. The public meeting is sponsored by the CDC, FDA, and NIH in collaboration with seven other Federal agencies and departments that were involved in developing and writing A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues). Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate. Limited time will be available for oral comments, and suggestions from the public. Depending on the number wishing to comment, a time limit of three minutes may be imposed. In the interest of time, visual aids will not be permitted, although written material may be submitted for subsequent review by the Task Force. Written comments and suggestions from the public are encouraged and should be received by the contact person listed below prior to the opening of the meeting or no later than the end of July 2008. Persons anticipating attending the meeting are requested to send written notification to the contact person below by June 2, 2008, including name, organization (if applicable), address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. Contact Person for More Information: Gregory J. Anderson, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, CCID/CDC, Mailstop A–07, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone 404–639– 3539; fax 404–639–7444. E-mail: gca5@cdc.gov. Dated: March 11, 2008. James D. Seligman, Chief Information Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces an administrative hearing to reconsider CMS’ decision to disapprove Texas SPA 07–011 which was submitted on September 24, 2007, and disapproved on December 20, 2007. Under this SPA, the State proposed to revise the Medicaid reimbursement methodology for ‘‘birthing center facility’’ services by eliminating the 2.5 percent rate reduction implemented September 1, 2003. The amendment was disapproved because ‘‘birthing center services’’ are not a recognized service within the scope of ‘‘medical assistance’’ under section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act (the Act), and ‘‘birthing center facility services’’ are not a recognized provider type under that section. Thus payment to birthing centers is not consistent with the requirements of sections 1902(a)(10)(A) and 1902(a)(32) of the Act. Section 1905(a) of the Act defines those services eligible for medical assistance under Medicaid, generally based on the type of provider or practitioner. Birthing centers are not a recognized type of provider or facility eligible for payment under that section. Nurse midwife services are a recognized service under section 1905(a)(17) of the Act. On June 29, 2006, CMS disapproved Texas SPAs 04–33(b) and 06–004 for the same reasons cited above. The State did not appeal either of these disapprovals. Through those prior disapprovals, CMS notified Texas of its concern that there is no statutory or regulatory authority for birthing center facility payments that are part of the current approved Medicaid State plan. The hearing will involve the following issues: • Whether there is legal authority to provide payment to birthing center facility services in the absence of any statutory authorization for coverage of birthing center facility services. • Whether the express authorization of coverage for ‘‘nurse midwife services’’ as a recognized service under section 1905(a)(17) of the Act identifies the provider of such services as the nurse midwife practitioner rather than as the birthing center. • Whether direct payment for nurse midwife services can be made to persons or entities other than the nurse midwife, consistent with section E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 57 (Monday, March 24, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and 
Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Announce An Open Meeting Concerning Antimicrobial Resistance

    Name: A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial 
Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues): Meeting for Public Comment on the 
Antimicrobial Resistance Interagency Task Force Annual Report.
    Times and Dates: 12:30 p.m.--2 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2008.
    Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland, One Bethesda 
Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), Bethesda, Maryland, USA 20814; Tel: 
1-301-652-2000; Fax: 1-301-652-4525).
    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available.
    Purpose: To present the annual report of progress by Federal 
agencies in accomplishing activities outlined in A Public Health Action 
Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues) and 
solicit comments from the public regarding the annual report. The 
Action Plan serves as a blueprint for activities of Federal agencies to 
address antimicrobial resistance. The focus of the plan is on domestic 
issues.
    Matters to be Discussed: The agenda will consist of welcome and 
introductory comments, an executive summary, and brief reports in four 
focus areas: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and 
Product Development. The Task Force will also provide a brief review of 
progress on updating the Action Plan. The meeting will then be open for 
comments from the general public.
    Comments and suggestions from the public for Federal agencies 
related to each of the focus areas will be taken under advisement by 
the Antimicrobial Resistance Interagency Task Force. The agenda does 
not include development of consensus positions, guidelines, or 
discussions or endorsement of specific commercial products.
    The Action Plan, Annual Report, and meeting agenda will be 
available at http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance. The public meeting is 
sponsored by the CDC, FDA, and NIH in collaboration with seven other 
Federal agencies and departments that were involved in developing and 
writing A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance 
(Part I: Domestic Issues).
    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.
    Limited time will be available for oral comments, and suggestions 
from the public. Depending on the number wishing to comment, a time 
limit of three minutes may be imposed. In the interest of time, visual 
aids will not be permitted, although written material may be submitted 
for subsequent review by the Task Force. Written comments and 
suggestions from the public are encouraged and should be received by 
the contact person listed below prior to the opening of the meeting or 
no later than the end of July 2008.
    Persons anticipating attending the meeting are requested to send 
written notification to the contact person below by June 2, 2008, 
including name, organization (if applicable), address, telephone, fax, 
and e-mail address.
    Contact Person for More Information: Gregory J. Anderson, Office of 
Antimicrobial Resistance, CCID/CDC, Mailstop A-07, 1600 Clifton Road, 
NE., Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone 404-639-3539; fax 404-639-7444. E-
mail: gca5@cdc.gov.

    Dated: March 11, 2008.
James D. Seligman,
Chief Information Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC).
[FR Doc. E8-5858 Filed 3-21-08; 8:45 am]
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