Medicare Program; First Semi-Annual Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups-February 18-20, 2009, 77714-77717 [E8-30001]

Download as PDF 77714 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 245 / Friday, December 19, 2008 / Notices (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.778, Medical Assistance Program) Dated: September 25, 2008. Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dated: October 14, 2008. Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 18, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–1409–N] Editorial Note: This document was received in the Office of the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. [FR Doc. E8–30267 Filed 12–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Medicare Program; First Semi-Annual Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups—February 18–20, 2009 AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 EN19DE08.005</GPH> BILLING CODE 4120–01–C Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 245 / Friday, December 19, 2008 / Notices ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This notice announces the first semi-annual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel) for 2009. The purpose of the Panel is to review the APC groups and their associated weights and to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (the Secretary) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (the Administrator) concerning the clinical integrity of the APC groups and their associated weights. We will consider the Panel’s advice as we prepare the proposed and final rules that would update the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for CY 2010. DATES: Meeting Dates: We are scheduling the first semi-annual meeting in 2009 for the following dates and times: • Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (e.s.t.) 1 • Thursday, February 19, 2009, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (e.s.t.) 1 • Friday, February 20, 2009, 8 a.m. to 12 noon (e.s.t.) 2 Deadlines: Deadline for Hardcopy Comments/ Suggested Agenda Topics—5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009 Deadline for Hardcopy Presentations—5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009 Deadline for Attendance Registration—5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Deadline for Special Accommodations—5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Submission of Materials to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO): Because of staffing and resource limitations, we cannot accept written comments and presentations by FAX, nor can we print written comments and presentations received electronically for dissemination at the meeting. Only hardcopy comments and presentations can be reproduced for public dissemination. All hardcopy presentations must be accompanied by Form CMS–20017 (revised 01/07). The form is now available through the CMS Forms Web site. The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for linking to this form is as follows: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ cmsforms/downloads/cms20017.pdf. 1 The times listed in this notice are approximate times; consequently, the meetings may last longer than listed in this notice—but will not begin before the posted times. 2 If the business of the Panel concludes on Thursday, February 19, 2009, there will be no Friday (February 20, 2009) meeting. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 18, 2008 Jkt 217001 Presenters must use the most recent copy of CMS–20017 (updated 01/07) at the above URL. Additionally, presenters must clearly explain the action(s) that they are requesting CMS to take in the appropriate section of the form. They must also clarify their relationship to the organization that they represent in the presentation. Note: Issues that are vague, or that are outside the scope of the APC Panel’s purpose, will not be considered for presentations and comments. There will be no exceptions to this rule. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter. We are also requiring electronic versions of the written comments and presentations, in addition to the hardcopies. In summary, presenters and/or commenters must do the following: • Send both electronic and hardcopy versions of their presentations and written comments by the prescribed deadlines. • Send electronic transmissions to the e-mail address below. • Do not send pictures of patients in any of the documents unless their faces have been blocked out. • Do not send documents electronically that have been archived. • Mail (or send by courier) to the DFO all hardcopies, accompanied by Form CMS–20017 (revised 01/07), if they are presenting, as specified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. • Commenters are not required to send Form CMS–20017 with their written comments. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Auditorium, CMS Central Office, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Shirl Ackerman-Ross, DFO, CMS, CMM, HAPG, DOC, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop C4–05–17, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. Phone: (410) 786–4474. Note: We recommend that you advise couriers of the following information: When delivering hardcopies of presentations to CMS, if no one answers at the above phone number, please call (410) 786–4532 or (410) 786–9316. E-mail address for comments, presentations, and registration requests is CMS APCPanel@cms.hhs.gov. Note: There is NO underscore in this email address; there is a SPACE between CMS and APCPanel. News media representatives must contact our Public Affairs Office at (202) 690–6145. Advisory Committees’ Information Lines: PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77715 The phone numbers for the CMS Federal Advisory Committee Hotline are 1–877–449–5659 (toll free) and (410) 786–9379 (local). WEB SITES: The following information is available on the CMS Web site at http://www.cms. hhs.gov/FACA/05_ AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatory PaymentClassification Groups.asp#TopOfPage in order to obtain the following information: Note: There is an UNDERSCORE after FACA/05 (like this_); there is no space. • Additional information on the APC meeting agenda topics • Updates to the Panel’s activities • Copies of the current Charter • Membership requirements. You may also search information about the APC Panel and its membership in the FACA database at the following URL: https://www. fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Secretary is required by section 1833(t)(9)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to consult with an expert, outside advisory panel on the clinical integrity of the APC groups and weights established under the Medicare hospital OPPS. The APC Panel meets up to three times annually. The Charter requires that the Panel must be fairly balanced in its membership in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed. The Panel consists of up to 15 members who are representatives of providers and a Chair. Each Panel member must be employed full-time by a hospital, hospital system, or other Medicare provider subject to payment under the OPPS. The Secretary or Administrator selects the Panel membership based upon either self-nominations or nominations submitted by Medicare providers and other interested organizations. All members must have technical expertise to enable them to participate fully in the Panel’s work. Such expertise encompasses hospital payment systems; hospital medical care delivery systems; provider billing systems; APC groups; Current Procedural Terminology codes; and alpha-numeric Health Care Common Procedure Coding System codes; and the use of, and payment for, drugs, medical devices, and other services in the outpatient setting, as well as other forms of relevant expertise. Details regarding membership requirements for the APC Panel are found on the CMS and FACA Web sites as listed above. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 77716 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 245 / Friday, December 19, 2008 / Notices The Panel presently consists of the following members: • E.L. Hambrick, M.D., J.D., Chair, a CMS Medical Officer. • Gloryanne Bryant, B.S., RHIA, RHIT, CCS. • Patrick A. Grusenmeyer, Sc.D., FACHE. • Kathleen Graham, R.N., MSHA, CPHQ, ACM. • Judith T. Kelly, B.S.H.A., RHIT, RHIA, CCS. • Michael D. Mills, PhD. • Thomas M. Munger, M.D., FACC. • Agatha L. Nolen, D.Ph., M.S. • Randall A. Oyer, M.D. • Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D. • Russ Ranallo, M.S., B.S. • James V. Rawson, M.D. • Michael A. Ross, M.D., FACEP. • Patricia Spencer-Cisek, M.S., APRN–BC, AOCN®. • Kim Allen Williams, M.D., FACC, FABC. • Robert M. Zwolak, M.D., PhD., FACS. II. Agenda The agenda for the February 2009 meeting will provide for discussion and comment on the following topics as designated in the Panel’s Charter: • Addressing whether procedures within an APC group are similar both clinically and in terms of resource use. • Evaluating APC group weights. • Reviewing the packaging of OPPS services and costs, including the methodology and the impact on APC groups and payment. • Removing procedures from the inpatient list for payment under the OPPS. • Using single and multiple procedure claims data for CMS’s determination of APC group weights. • Addressing other technical issues concerning APC group structure. Note: The subject matter before the Panel will be limited to these and related topics. Issues related to calculation of the OPPS conversion factor, charge compression, passthrough payments, or wage adjustments are not within the scope of the Panel’s purpose. Therefore, these issues will not be considered for presentations and/or comments. There will be no exceptions to this rule. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter. The Panel may use data collected or developed by entities and organizations, other than DHHS and CMS, in conducting its review. We recommend organizations submit data for the Panel’s and CMS staff’s review. III. Written Comments and Suggested Agenda Topics Send hardcopy and electronic written comments and suggested agenda topics VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 18, 2008 Jkt 217001 to the DFO at the address indicated above. The DFO must receive these items by 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009. There will be no exceptions. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter. The written comments and suggested agenda topics submitted for the February 2009 APC Panel meeting must fall within the subject categories outlined in the Panel’s Charter and as listed in the Agenda section of this notice. IV. Oral Presentations Individuals or organizations wishing to make 5-minute oral presentations must submit hardcopy and electronic versions of their presentations to the DFO by 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009, for consideration. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Oral presentations should not exceed 5 minutes in length for an individual or an organization. The Chair may further limit time allowed for presentations due to the number of oral presentations, if necessary. V. Presenter and Presentation Information All presenters must submit Form CMS–20017 (revised 01/07). Hardcopies are required for oral presentations; however, electronic submissions of Form CMS–20017 are optional. The DFO must receive the following information from those wishing to make oral presentations: • Form CMS–20017 completed with all pertinent information identified on the first page of the presentation. • One hardcopy of presentation. • Electronic copy of presentation. • Personal registration information as described in the Meeting Attendance section below. • Those persons wishing to submit comments only must send hardcopy and electronic versions of their comments, but they are not required to submit Form CMS–20017. VI. Oral Comments In addition to formal oral presentations, there will be opportunity during the meeting for public oral comments, which will be limited to 1 minute for each individual and a total of 3 minutes per organization. Persons wishing to attend this meeting, which is located on Federal property, must e-mail the DFO to register in advance no later than 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009. A confirmation will be sent to the requester(s) via return e-mail. The following personal information must be e-mailed to the DFO by the date and time above: • Name(s) of attendee(s); • Title(s); • Organization; • E-mail address(es); and • Telephone number(s). VIII. Security, Building, and Parking Guidelines The following are the security, building, and parking guidelines: • Persons attending the meeting including presenters must be registered and on the attendance list by the prescribed date. • Individuals who are not registered in advance will not be permitted to enter the building and will be unable to attend the meeting. • Attendees must present photographic identification to the Federal Protective Service or Guard Service personnel before entering the building. • Security measures include inspection of vehicles, inside and out, at the entrance to the grounds. • In addition, all persons entering the building must pass through a metal detector. • All items brought into CMS including personal items, for example desktops, cell phones, and palm pilots, are subject to physical inspection. • The public may enter the building 30 to 45 minutes before the meeting convenes each day. • All visitors must be escorted in areas other than the lower and first-floor levels in the Central Building. • The main-entrance guards will issue parking permits and instructions upon arrival at the building. IX. Special Accommodations VII. Meeting Attendance Individuals requiring sign-language interpretation or other special accommodations must send a request for these services to the DFO by 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The meeting is open to the public; however, attendance is limited to space available. Attendance will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Authority: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare— Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program). PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 245 / Friday, December 19, 2008 / Notices Dated: December 4, 2008. Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. E8–30001 Filed 12–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–3209–N] Medicare Program; Meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee— February 25, 2009 AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: This notice announces that a public meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) (‘‘Committee’’) will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. The Committee generally provides advice and recommendations concerning the adequacy of scientific evidence needed to determine whether certain medical items and services can be covered under the Medicare statute. This meeting will focus on the requirements for evidence to determine if diagnostic use of genomic testing in beneficiaries with signs or symptoms of disease improves health outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries. The meeting will also discuss the various kinds of evidence that are useful to support requests for Medicare coverage in this field. This meeting is open to the public in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)). DATES: Meeting Date: This meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., eastern standard time (e.s.t). Deadline for Submission of Written Comments: Written comments must be received at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by 5 p.m., e.s.t on January 29, 2009. Once submitted all comments are final. Deadlines for Speaker Registration and Presentation Materials: The deadline to register to be a speaker and to submit powerpoint presentation materials and writings that will be used in support of an oral presentation, is 5 p.m., e.s.t. on January 29, 2009. Speakers may register by phone or via e-mail by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 18, 2008 Jkt 217001 section of this notice. Presentation materials must be received at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Deadline for All Other Attendees Registration: Individuals may register by phone or via e-mail by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice by 5 p.m., e.s.t. on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Deadline for Submitting a Request for Special Accommodations: Persons attending the meeting who are hearing or visually impaired, or have a condition that requires special assistance or accommodations, are asked to contact the Executive Secretary as specified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice no later than 5 p.m., e.s.t. Friday, February 18, 2009. ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: The meeting will be held in the main auditorium of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244. Submission of Presentations and Comments: Presentation materials and written comments that will be presented at the meeting must be submitted via email to MedCACpresentations@cms.hhs.gov or by regular mail to the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Ellis, Executive Secretary for MEDCAC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Coverage and Analysis Group, C1–09–06, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21244 or contact Ms. Ellis by phone at 410–786–0309 or via e-mail at Maria.Ellis@cms.hhs.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background MEDCAC, formerly known as the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), provides advice and recommendations to CMS regarding clinical issues. (For more information on MCAC, see the December 14, 1998 Federal Register (63 FR 68780.)) This notice announces the February 25, 2009, public meeting of the Committee. During this meeting, the Committee will discuss the requirements for evidence to determine if diagnostic uses of genomic testing in beneficiaries with signs or symptoms of disease improves health outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries. Background information about this topic, including panel materials, are PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77717 available at http://ww.cms.hhs.gov/ coverage. We encourage the participation of appropriate organizations with expertise in the evidence regarding this use of genomic testing. II. Meeting Format This meeting is open to the public. The Committee will hear oral presentations from the public for approximately 45 minutes. The Committee may limit the number and duration of oral presentations to the time available. Your comments should focus on issues specific to the list of topics that we have proposed to the Committee. The list of research topics to be discussed at the meeting will be available on the following Web site prior to the meeting: http:// www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/ index_list.asp?list_type=mcac. We require that you declare at the meeting whether you have any financial involvement with manufacturers (or their competitors) of any items or services being discussed. The Committee will deliberate openly on the topics under consideration. Interested persons may observe the deliberations, but the Committee will not hear further comments during this time except at the request of the chairperson. The Committee will also allow a 15-minute unscheduled open public session for any attendee to address issues specific to the topics under consideration. At the conclusion of the day, the members will vote and the Committee will make its recommendation(s) to CMS. III. Registration Instructions CMS’ Coverage and Analysis Group is coordinating meeting registration. While there is no registration fee, individuals must register to attend. You may register by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice by the deadline listed in the DATES section of this notice. Please provide your full name (as it appears on your state-issued driver’s license), address, organization, telephone, fax number(s), and e-mail address. You will receive a registration confirmation with instructions for your arrival at the CMS complex or you will be notified the seating capacity has been reached. IV. Security, Building, and Parking Guidelines This meeting will be held in a Federal government building; therefore, Federal security measures are applicable. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-1409-N]


Medicare Program; First Semi-Annual Meeting of the Advisory Panel 
on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups--February 18-20, 2009

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health 
and Human Services.

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ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the first semi-annual meeting of the 
Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the 
Panel) for 2009. The purpose of the Panel is to review the APC groups 
and their associated weights and to advise the Secretary of the 
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (the Secretary) and the 
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 
(the Administrator) concerning the clinical integrity of the APC groups 
and their associated weights. We will consider the Panel's advice as we 
prepare the proposed and final rules that would update the hospital 
Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for CY 2010.

DATES: Meeting Dates: We are scheduling the first semi-annual meeting 
in 2009 for the following dates and times:
     Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (e.s.t.) 
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consequently, the meetings may last longer than listed in this 
notice--but will not begin before the posted times.
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     Friday, February 20, 2009, 8 a.m. to 12 noon (e.s.t.) \2\
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    Deadlines:
    Deadline for Hardcopy Comments/Suggested Agenda Topics--5 p.m. 
(e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009
    Deadline for Hardcopy Presentations--5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, 
January 15, 2009
    Deadline for Attendance Registration--5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, 
February 11, 2009
    Deadline for Special Accommodations--5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, 
February 11, 2009
    Submission of Materials to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO):
    Because of staffing and resource limitations, we cannot accept 
written comments and presentations by FAX, nor can we print written 
comments and presentations received electronically for dissemination at 
the meeting.
    Only hardcopy comments and presentations can be reproduced for 
public dissemination. All hardcopy presentations must be accompanied by 
Form CMS-20017 (revised 01/07). The form is now available through the 
CMS Forms Web site. The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for linking to 
this form is as follows: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/cmsforms/downloads/
cms20017.pdf.
    Presenters must use the most recent copy of CMS-20017 (updated 01/
07) at the above URL. Additionally, presenters must clearly explain the 
action(s) that they are requesting CMS to take in the appropriate 
section of the form. They must also clarify their relationship to the 
organization that they represent in the presentation.

    Note: Issues that are vague, or that are outside the scope of 
the APC Panel's purpose, will not be considered for presentations 
and comments. There will be no exceptions to this rule. We 
appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

    We are also requiring electronic versions of the written comments 
and presentations, in addition to the hardcopies.
    In summary, presenters and/or commenters must do the following:
     Send both electronic and hardcopy versions of their 
presentations and written comments by the prescribed deadlines.
     Send electronic transmissions to the e-mail address below.
     Do not send pictures of patients in any of the documents 
unless their faces have been blocked out.
     Do not send documents electronically that have been 
archived.
     Mail (or send by courier) to the DFO all hardcopies, 
accompanied by Form CMS-20017 (revised 01/07), if they are presenting, 
as specified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this 
notice.
     Commenters are not required to send Form CMS-20017 with 
their written comments.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Auditorium, CMS Central 
Office, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: 
Shirl Ackerman-Ross, DFO, CMS, CMM, HAPG, DOC, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Mail Stop C4-05-17, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. Phone: (410) 786-4474.

    Note: We recommend that you advise couriers of the following 
information: When delivering hardcopies of presentations to CMS, if 
no one answers at the above phone number, please call (410) 786-4532 
or (410) 786-9316.

    E-mail address for comments, presentations, and registration 
requests is CMS APCPanel@cms.hhs.gov.

    Note: There is NO underscore in this e-mail address; there is a 
SPACE between CMS and APCPanel.

    News media representatives must contact our Public Affairs Office 
at (202) 690-6145.
    Advisory Committees' Information Lines:
    The phone numbers for the CMS Federal Advisory Committee Hotline 
are 1-877-449-5659 (toll free) and (410) 786-9379 (local).
    WEB SITES:
    The following information is available on the CMS Web site at 
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/FACA/05_
AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups.asp#TopOfPage in 
order to obtain the following information:

    Note: There is an UNDERSCORE after FACA/05 (like this--); there 
is no space.

     Additional information on the APC meeting agenda topics
     Updates to the Panel's activities
     Copies of the current Charter
     Membership requirements.
    You may also search information about the APC Panel and its 
membership in the FACA database at the following URL: https://
www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Secretary is required by section 1833(t)(9)(A) of the Social 
Security Act (the Act) to consult with an expert, outside advisory 
panel on the clinical integrity of the APC groups and weights 
established under the Medicare hospital OPPS.
    The APC Panel meets up to three times annually. The Charter 
requires that the Panel must be fairly balanced in its membership in 
terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be 
performed. The Panel consists of up to 15 members who are 
representatives of providers and a Chair.
    Each Panel member must be employed full-time by a hospital, 
hospital system, or other Medicare provider subject to payment under 
the OPPS. The Secretary or Administrator selects the Panel membership 
based upon either self-nominations or nominations submitted by Medicare 
providers and other interested organizations.
    All members must have technical expertise to enable them to 
participate fully in the Panel's work. Such expertise encompasses 
hospital payment systems; hospital medical care delivery systems; 
provider billing systems; APC groups; Current Procedural Terminology 
codes; and alpha-numeric Health Care Common Procedure Coding System 
codes; and the use of, and payment for, drugs, medical devices, and 
other services in the outpatient setting, as well as other forms of 
relevant expertise. Details regarding membership requirements for the 
APC Panel are found on the CMS and FACA Web sites as listed above.

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    The Panel presently consists of the following members:
     E.L. Hambrick, M.D., J.D., Chair, a CMS Medical Officer.
     Gloryanne Bryant, B.S., RHIA, RHIT, CCS.
     Patrick A. Grusenmeyer, Sc.D., FACHE.
     Kathleen Graham, R.N., MSHA, CPHQ, ACM.
     Judith T. Kelly, B.S.H.A., RHIT, RHIA, CCS.
     Michael D. Mills, PhD.
     Thomas M. Munger, M.D., FACC.
     Agatha L. Nolen, D.Ph., M.S.
     Randall A. Oyer, M.D.
     Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D.
     Russ Ranallo, M.S., B.S.
     James V. Rawson, M.D.
     Michael A. Ross, M.D., FACEP.
     Patricia Spencer-Cisek, M.S., APRN-BC, AOCN[reg].
     Kim Allen Williams, M.D., FACC, FABC.
     Robert M. Zwolak, M.D., PhD., FACS.

II. Agenda

    The agenda for the February 2009 meeting will provide for 
discussion and comment on the following topics as designated in the 
Panel's Charter:
     Addressing whether procedures within an APC group are 
similar both clinically and in terms of resource use.
     Evaluating APC group weights.
     Reviewing the packaging of OPPS services and costs, 
including the methodology and the impact on APC groups and payment.
     Removing procedures from the inpatient list for payment 
under the OPPS.
     Using single and multiple procedure claims data for CMS's 
determination of APC group weights.
     Addressing other technical issues concerning APC group 
structure.

    Note: The subject matter before the Panel will be limited to 
these and related topics. Issues related to calculation of the OPPS 
conversion factor, charge compression, pass-through payments, or 
wage adjustments are not within the scope of the Panel's purpose. 
Therefore, these issues will not be considered for presentations 
and/or comments. There will be no exceptions to this rule. We 
appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

    )The Panel may use data collected or developed by entities and 
organizations, other than DHHS and CMS, in conducting its review. We 
recommend organizations submit data for the Panel's and CMS staff's 
review.

III. Written Comments and Suggested Agenda Topics

    Send hardcopy and electronic written comments and suggested agenda 
topics to the DFO at the address indicated above. The DFO must receive 
these items by 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 2009. There will 
be no exceptions. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.
    The written comments and suggested agenda topics submitted for the 
February 2009 APC Panel meeting must fall within the subject categories 
outlined in the Panel's Charter and as listed in the Agenda section of 
this notice.

IV. Oral Presentations

    Individuals or organizations wishing to make 5-minute oral 
presentations must submit hardcopy and electronic versions of their 
presentations to the DFO by 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), Thursday, January 15, 
2009, for consideration.
    The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time 
available. Oral presentations should not exceed 5 minutes in length for 
an individual or an organization.
    The Chair may further limit time allowed for presentations due to 
the number of oral presentations, if necessary.

V. Presenter and Presentation Information

    All presenters must submit Form CMS-20017 (revised 01/07). 
Hardcopies are required for oral presentations; however, electronic 
submissions of Form CMS-20017 are optional. The DFO must receive the 
following information from those wishing to make oral presentations:
     Form CMS-20017 completed with all pertinent information 
identified on the first page of the presentation.
     One hardcopy of presentation.
     Electronic copy of presentation.
     Personal registration information as described in the 
Meeting Attendance section below.
     Those persons wishing to submit comments only must send 
hardcopy and electronic versions of their comments, but they are not 
required to submit Form CMS-20017.

VI. Oral Comments

    In addition to formal oral presentations, there will be opportunity 
during the meeting for public oral comments, which will be limited to 1 
minute for each individual and a total of 3 minutes per organization.

VII. Meeting Attendance

    The meeting is open to the public; however, attendance is limited 
to space available. Attendance will be determined on a first-come, 
first-served basis.
    Persons wishing to attend this meeting, which is located on Federal 
property, must e-mail the DFO to register in advance no later than 5 
p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009. A confirmation will be 
sent to the requester(s) via return e-mail.
    The following personal information must be e-mailed to the DFO by 
the date and time above:
     Name(s) of attendee(s);
     Title(s);
     Organization;
     E-mail address(es); and
     Telephone number(s).

VIII. Security, Building, and Parking Guidelines

    The following are the security, building, and parking guidelines:
     Persons attending the meeting including presenters must be 
registered and on the attendance list by the prescribed date.
     Individuals who are not registered in advance will not be 
permitted to enter the building and will be unable to attend the 
meeting.
     Attendees must present photographic identification to the 
Federal Protective Service or Guard Service personnel before entering 
the building.
     Security measures include inspection of vehicles, inside 
and out, at the entrance to the grounds.
     In addition, all persons entering the building must pass 
through a metal detector.
     All items brought into CMS including personal items, for 
example desktops, cell phones, and palm pilots, are subject to physical 
inspection.
     The public may enter the building 30 to 45 minutes before 
the meeting convenes each day.
     All visitors must be escorted in areas other than the 
lower and first-floor levels in the Central Building.
     The main-entrance guards will issue parking permits and 
instructions upon arrival at the building.

IX. Special Accommodations

    Individuals requiring sign-language interpretation or other special 
accommodations must send a request for these services to the DFO by 5 
p.m. (e.s.t.), Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

    Authority: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 
93.773, Medicare--Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, 
Medicare--Supplementary Medical Insurance Program).


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    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Kerry Weems,
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
 [FR Doc. E8-30001 Filed 12-18-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4120-01-P