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Among other duties, the MEDCAC provides advice and guidance to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the adequacy of scientific evidence available to CMS for ‘‘reasonable and necessary’’ determinations under Medicare. We are requesting nominations for both voting and nonvoting members to serve on the MEDCAC. Nominees are selected based upon their individual qualifications and not as representatives of professional associations or societies. We wish to ensure adequate representation of the interests of both women and men, members of all ethnic groups and physically challenged individuals. Therefore, we encourage nominations of qualified candidates who can represent these interests. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology assessments, and hears public testimony SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on the evidence available to address the impact of medical items and services on health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries. DATES: Nominations must be received by Monday, December 9, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may mail nominations for membership to the following address: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Attention: Maria Ellis, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop: S3–02–01, Baltimore, MD 21244. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Ellis, Executive Secretary for the MEDCAC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Coverage and Analysis Group, S3–02–01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244 or contact Ms. Ellis by phone (410–786–0309) or via email at Maria.Ellis@cms.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Secretary signed the initial charter for the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) on November 24, 1998. A notice in the Federal Register (63 FR 68780) announcing establishment of the MCAC was published on December 14, 1998. The MCAC name was updated to more accurately reflect the purpose of the committee and on January 26, 2007, the Secretary published a notice in the Federal Register (72 FR 3853), announcing that the Committee’s name changed to the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). The charter for the committee was renewed by the Secretary on November 24, 2012. The current charter is effective for 2 years. The MEDCAC is governed by provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), which sets forth standards for the formulation and use of advisory committees, and is authorized by section 222 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 217A). The MEDCAC consists of a pool of 100 appointed members including: 94 voting members of whom 6 are designated patient advocates, and 6 nonvoting representatives of industry interests. Members generally are recognized authorities in clinical medicine including subspecialties, administrative medicine, public health, biological and physical sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, clinical trial design, health care data management and analysis, patient advocacy, health care economics, E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES medical ethics or other relevant professions. The MEDCAC works from an agenda provided by the Designated Federal Official. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology assessments, and hears public testimony on the evidence available to address the impact of medical items and services on health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries. The MEDCAC may also advise Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of Medicare’s ‘‘coverage with evidence development’’ initiative. II. Provisions of the Notice As of June 2014, there will be 30 membership terms expiring. Of the 30 memberships expiring, 1 is nonvoting industry representative, 3 are voting patient advocates and the remaining 26 membership openings are for the general MEDCAC voting membership. Accordingly, we are requesting nominations for both voting and nonvoting members to serve on the MEDCAC. Nominees are selected based upon their individual qualifications and not as representatives of professional associations or societies. We wish to ensure adequate representation of the interests of both women and men, members of all ethnic groups and physically challenged individuals. Therefore, we encourage nominations of qualified candidates from these groups. All nominations must be accompanied by curricula vitae. Nomination packages must be sent to Maria Ellis at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Nominees for voting membership must also have expertise and experience in one or more of the following fields: • Clinical medicine including subspecialties • Administrative medicine • Public health • Biological and physical sciences • Epidemiology and biostatistics • Clinical trial design • Health care data management and analysis • Patient advocacy • Health care economics • Medical ethics • Other relevant professions We are looking particularly for experts in a number of fields. These include cancer screening, genetic testing, clinical epidemiology; psychopharmacology; screening and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:55 Oct 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 diagnostic testing analysis; and vascular surgery. We also need experts in biostatistics in clinical settings, dementia treatment, minority health, observational research design, stroke epidemiology, and women’s health. The nomination letter must include a statement that the nominee is willing to serve as a member of the MEDCAC and appears to have no conflict of interest that would preclude membership. We are requesting that all curricula vitae include the following: • Date of birth • Place of birth • Social security number • Title and current position • Professional affiliation • Home and business address • Telephone and fax numbers • Email address • List of areas of expertise In the nomination letter, we are requesting that the nominee specify whether they are applying for a voting patient advocate position, for another voting position or a nonvoting industry representative. Potential candidates will be asked to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts in order to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest. Members are invited to serve for overlapping 2-year terms. A member may serve after the expiration of the member’s term until a successor is named. Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified persons. Self-nominations are also accepted. The current Secretary’s Charter for the MEDCAC is available on the CMS Web site at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/FACA/ Downloads/medcaccharter.pdf, or you may obtain a copy of the charter by submitting a request to the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Authority: 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) and (a)(2). (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program.) Dated: October 18, 2013. Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-3289-N]


Medicare Program; Request for Nominations for Members for the 
Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the request for nominations for 
membership on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory 
Committee (MEDCAC). Among other duties, the MEDCAC provides advice and 
guidance to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human 
Services (the Secretary) and the Administrator of the Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the adequacy of 
scientific evidence available to CMS for ``reasonable and necessary'' 
determinations under Medicare.
    We are requesting nominations for both voting and nonvoting members 
to serve on the MEDCAC. Nominees are selected based upon their 
individual qualifications and not as representatives of professional 
associations or societies. We wish to ensure adequate representation of 
the interests of both women and men, members of all ethnic groups and 
physically challenged individuals. Therefore, we encourage nominations 
of qualified candidates who can represent these interests.
    The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology 
assessments, and hears public testimony on the evidence available to 
address the impact of medical items and services on health outcomes of 
Medicare beneficiaries.

DATES: Nominations must be received by Monday, December 9, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may mail nominations for membership to the following 
address: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical 
Standards and Quality, Attention: Maria Ellis, 7500 Security Boulevard, 
Mail Stop: S3-02-01, Baltimore, MD 21244.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Ellis, Executive Secretary for 
the MEDCAC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for 
Clinical Standards and Quality, Coverage and Analysis Group, S3-02-01, 
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244 or contact Ms. Ellis by 
phone (410-786-0309) or via email at Maria.Ellis@cms.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Secretary signed the initial charter for the Medicare Coverage 
Advisory Committee (MCAC) on November 24, 1998. A notice in the Federal 
Register (63 FR 68780) announcing establishment of the MCAC was 
published on December 14, 1998. The MCAC name was updated to more 
accurately reflect the purpose of the committee and on January 26, 
2007, the Secretary published a notice in the Federal Register (72 FR 
3853), announcing that the Committee's name changed to the Medicare 
Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). The 
charter for the committee was renewed by the Secretary on November 24, 
2012. The current charter is effective for 2 years.
    The MEDCAC is governed by provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), which 
sets forth standards for the formulation and use of advisory 
committees, and is authorized by section 222 of the Public Health 
Service Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 217A).
    The MEDCAC consists of a pool of 100 appointed members including: 
94 voting members of whom 6 are designated patient advocates, and 6 
nonvoting representatives of industry interests. Members generally are 
recognized authorities in clinical medicine including subspecialties, 
administrative medicine, public health, biological and physical 
sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, clinical trial design, health 
care data management and analysis, patient advocacy, health care 
economics,

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medical ethics or other relevant professions.
    The MEDCAC works from an agenda provided by the Designated Federal 
Official. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, 
technology assessments, and hears public testimony on the evidence 
available to address the impact of medical items and services on health 
outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries. The MEDCAC may also advise Centers 
for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of Medicare's 
``coverage with evidence development'' initiative.

II. Provisions of the Notice

    As of June 2014, there will be 30 membership terms expiring. Of the 
30 memberships expiring, 1 is nonvoting industry representative, 3 are 
voting patient advocates and the remaining 26 membership openings are 
for the general MEDCAC voting membership.
    Accordingly, we are requesting nominations for both voting and 
nonvoting members to serve on the MEDCAC. Nominees are selected based 
upon their individual qualifications and not as representatives of 
professional associations or societies. We wish to ensure adequate 
representation of the interests of both women and men, members of all 
ethnic groups and physically challenged individuals. Therefore, we 
encourage nominations of qualified candidates from these groups.
    All nominations must be accompanied by curricula vitae. Nomination 
packages must be sent to Maria Ellis at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice. Nominees for voting membership must 
also have expertise and experience in one or more of the following 
fields:

 Clinical medicine including subspecialties
 Administrative medicine
 Public health
 Biological and physical sciences
 Epidemiology and biostatistics
 Clinical trial design
 Health care data management and analysis
 Patient advocacy
 Health care economics
 Medical ethics
 Other relevant professions

    We are looking particularly for experts in a number of fields. 
These include cancer screening, genetic testing, clinical epidemiology; 
psychopharmacology; screening and diagnostic testing analysis; and 
vascular surgery. We also need experts in biostatistics in clinical 
settings, dementia treatment, minority health, observational research 
design, stroke epidemiology, and women's health.
    The nomination letter must include a statement that the nominee is 
willing to serve as a member of the MEDCAC and appears to have no 
conflict of interest that would preclude membership. We are requesting 
that all curricula vitae include the following:

 Date of birth
 Place of birth
 Social security number
 Title and current position
 Professional affiliation
 Home and business address
 Telephone and fax numbers
 Email address
 List of areas of expertise

In the nomination letter, we are requesting that the nominee specify 
whether they are applying for a voting patient advocate position, for 
another voting position or a nonvoting industry representative. 
Potential candidates will be asked to provide detailed information 
concerning such matters as financial holdings, consultancies, and 
research grants or contracts in order to permit evaluation of possible 
sources of conflict of interest.
    Members are invited to serve for overlapping 2-year terms. A member 
may serve after the expiration of the member's term until a successor 
is named. Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified 
persons. Self-nominations are also accepted. The current Secretary's 
Charter for the MEDCAC is available on the CMS Web site at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/FACA/Downloads/medcaccharter.pdf, or you may obtain a 
copy of the charter by submitting a request to the contact listed in 
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) and (a)(2).

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

    Dated: October 18, 2013.
Patrick Conway,
CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director, Center for Clinical Standards 
and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-25008 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
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