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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 229 / Friday, November 28, 2014 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Mode Experiment CMS 10543 Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care (EDPEC) Survey Mode Experiment CMS 209 Laboratory Personnel Report (CLIA) and Supporting Regulations Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term ‘‘collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires federal agencies to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice. Information Collection1. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Mode Experiment; Use: Hospital-level scores derived from national implementation of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey are publicly reported quality data on CMS’ Hospital Compare Web site. Our HCAHPS initiative allows vendors to select one mode of survey administration from four approved administration protocols (mail only, telephone only, mail-telephone mixed mode, and touch-tone IVR only). Before public reporting, HCAHPS scores are adjusted for the selected mode of administration, using mail administration as the comparison mode, to correct for any inflation or deflation of scores that are a result of mode. The current mode adjustments employed for HCAHPS are the product of two separate mode experiments conducted using different versions of the survey and different sample. The purpose of the planned HCAHPS mode experiment is to conduct a mode experiment of sufficient sample and scale to determine if the mode adjustments currently employed for the 32-item HCAHPS core survey need revision. An additional goal is to collect empirical evidence on the effect of the number of additional VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Nov 26, 2014 Jkt 235001 supplemental items on survey response rate and patterns of response to the HCAHPS core demographic items (known as ‘‘About You’’ items). Form Number: CMS–10542 (OMB control number 0938–New); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Individuals and households; Number of Respondents: 8,160; Total Annual Responses: 8,160; Total Annual Hours: 1,322. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Elizabeth Flow-Delwiche at 410–786–1718). 2. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care (EDPEC) Survey Mode Experiment; Use: This survey supports the six national priorities for improving care from the National Quality Strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services that was called for under the Affordable Care Act to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care. The six priorities include: making care safer by reducing harm caused by the delivery of care; ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care; promoting effective communication and coordination of care; promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease; working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living; and making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models. In 2012, we launched the development of the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care Survey (EDPEC) to measure the experiences of patients (18 and older) with emergency department care. This survey will provide patient experience with care data that enables comparisons of emergency department and support for improving the quality of patient experience in the emergency department. Form Number: CMS–10543 (OMB control number 0938–New); Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Individuals and households; Number of Respondents: 4,951; Total Annual Responses: 4,951; Total Annual Hours: 923. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Elizabeth FlowDelwiche at 410–786–1718). 3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Laboratory Personnel Report (CLIA) and Supporting PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70871 Regulations; Use: The information collected on this survey form is used in the administrative pursuit of the Congressionally-mandated program with regard to regulation of laboratories participating in CLIA. The surveyor will provide the laboratory with the CMS– 209 form. While the surveyor performs other aspects of the survey, the laboratory will complete the CMS–209 by recording the personnel data needed to support their compliance with the personnel requirements of CLIA. The surveyor will then use this information in choosing a sample of personnel to verify compliance with the personnel requirements. Information on personnel qualifications of all technical personnel is needed to ensure the sample is representative of the entire laboratory; Form Number: CMS–209 (OMB control number 0938–0151); Frequency: Biennially; Affected Public: Private Sector—State, Local, or Tribal Governments; and Federal Government; Number of Respondents: 19,051; Total Annual Responses: 9,526; Total Annual Hours: 4,763. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Kathleen Todd at 410–786–3385.) Dated: November 24, 2014. Martique Jones, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2014–28137 Filed 11–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–7034–N] Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), December 15, 2014 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 70872 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 229 / Friday, November 28, 2014 / Notices Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This meeting is open to the public. DATES: Meeting Date: Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern standard time (e.s.t.). Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations and Comments: Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t. Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations: Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t. ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 738 G, Conference Room, Washington, DC 20201. Presentations and Written Comments: Kirsten Knutson, Acting Designated Federal Official (DFO), Division of Forum and Conference Development, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mailstop S1–13–05, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850 or contact Ms. Knutson via email at Kirsten.Knutson@cms.hhs.gov. Registration: The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the Web site https://www.regonline.com/ apoedec2014meeting or by contacting the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or by telephone at number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should contact the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirsten Knutson, (410) 786–5886. Additional information about the APOE is available on the Internet at: http:// www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Guidance/FACA/APOE.html Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 690–6145. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), this notice announces a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel). Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act authorizes the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to establish an advisory panel if the Secretary determines that the panel is ‘‘in the public interest in VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Nov 26, 2014 Jkt 235001 connection with the performance of duties imposed . . . by law.’’ Such duties are imposed by section 1804 of the Social Security Act (the Act), requiring the Secretary to provide informational materials to Medicare beneficiaries about the Medicare program, and section 1851(d) of the Act, requiring the Secretary to provide for ‘‘activities . . . to broadly disseminate information to [M]edicare beneficiaries . . . on the coverage options provided under [Medicare Advantage] in order to promote an active, informed selection among such options.’’ The Panel is also authorized by section 1114(f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1314(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a). The Secretary signed the charter establishing this Panel on January 21, 1999 (64 FR 7899, February 17, 1999) and approved the renewal of the charter on December 18, 2012 (78 FR 32661, May, 31, 2013). The Affordable Care Act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111–148 and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111–152) enacted a number of changes to Medicare as well as to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and also expanded the availability of other options for health care coverage. In order to effectively implement and administer these changes, we must provide information to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP consumers, providers and other stakeholders pursuant to education and outreach programs regarding how these programs will change and the expanded range of health coverage options available. The Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education allows us to consider a broad range of views and information from interested audiences in connection with this effort and to identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of education strategies concerning the Affordable Care Act. This Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) group also advises on issues pertaining to education of providers and stakeholders with respect to health care reform and certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Pursuant to the amended charter, the Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning optimal strategies for the following: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Developing and implementing education and outreach programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). • Enhancing the federal government’s effectiveness in informing Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP consumers, providers, and stakeholders pursuant to education and outreach programs of issues regarding these and other health coverage programs, including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, and stakeholders. • Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP education programs. • Assembling and sharing an information base of ‘‘best practices’’ for helping consumers evaluate health plan options. • Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures for information, counseling, and assistance. • Drawing the program link between outreach and education, promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices and facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including prevention services, envisioned under health care reform. The current members of the Panel are: Samantha Artiga, Principal Policy Analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation; Joseph Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center; Kellan Baker, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Philip Bergquist, Manager, Health Center Operations, CHIPRA Outreach & Enrollment Project and Director, Michigan Primary Care Association; Marjorie Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Department of Social Services; Jonathan Dauphine, Senior Vice President, AARP; Barbara Ferrer, Chief Strategy Officer, W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Shelby Gonzales, Senior Health Outreach Associate, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities; Jan Henning, Benefits Counseling & Special Projects Coordinator, North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging; Louise Knight, Director, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Miriam Mobley-Smith, Dean, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy; Ana Natale-Pereira, Associate Professor of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School; Roanne Osborne-Gaskin, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 70873 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 229 / Friday, November 28, 2014 / Notices Island; Megan Padden, Vice President, Sentara Health Plans; Jeanne Ryer, Director, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, University of New Hampshire; Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Winston Wong, Medical Director, Community Benefit Director, Kaiser Permanente and Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor & Coordinator, San Francisco State University. The agenda for the December 15, 2014 meeting will include the following: • Welcome and listening session with CMS leadership • Recap of the previous (May 22, 2014) meeting • Affordable Care Act initiatives • An opportunity for public comment • Meeting summary, review of recommendations and next steps Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the oral presentation to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make an oral presentation may submit written comments to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Authority: Sec. 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a) and sec. 10(a) of Pub. L. 92–463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a) and 41 CFR 102–3). Dated: November 25, 2014. Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 2014–28217 Filed 11–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Biennial publication of allotment percentages for States under the Title IV–B subpart 1, Child Welfare Services State Grants Program (CFDA No. 93.645). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Nov 26, 2014 Jkt 235001 As required by section 423(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 623(c)), the Department is publishing the allotment percentage for each State under the Title IV–B Subpart 1, Child Welfare Services State Grants Program. Under section 423(a), the allotment percentages are one of the factors used in the computation of the Federal grants awarded under the Program. DATES: Effective Dates: The allotment percentages shall be effective for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Bell, Grants Fiscal Management Specialist, Office of Grants Management, Office of Administration, Administration for Children and Families, telephone (202) 401–4611. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The allotment percentage for each State is determined on the basis of paragraphs (b) and (c) of section 423 of the Act. These figures are available on the ACF homepage on the internet: http:// www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb/. The allotment percentage for each State is as follows: SUMMARY: Allotment percentage State Alabama .................................... Alaska ....................................... Arizona ...................................... Arkansas ................................... California ................................... Colorado ................................... Connecticut ............................... Delaware ................................... District of Columbia .................. Florida ....................................... Georgia ..................................... Hawaii ....................................... Idaho ......................................... Illinois ........................................ Indiana ...................................... Iowa .......................................... Kansas ...................................... Kentucky ................................... Louisiana .................................. Maine ........................................ Maryland ................................... Massachusetts .......................... Michigan ................................... Minnesota ................................. Mississippi ................................ Missouri .................................... Montana .................................... Nebraska .................................. Nevada ..................................... New Hampshire ........................ New Jersey ............................... New Mexico .............................. New York .................................. North Carolina .......................... North Dakota ............................ Ohio .......................................... Oklahoma ................................. Oregon ...................................... Pennsylvania ............................ Rhode Island ............................ South Carolina .......................... PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59.09 43.55 58.45 59.17 46.42 47.68 32.05 49.91 14.17 53.25 57.54 49.44 60.03 47.77 56.92 49.95 50.53 59.39 54.18 54.46 39.19 35.95 56.28 46.65 62.12 54.83 56.05 47.91 55.86 43.36 37.68 59.43 38.88 56.69 40.07 54.34 53.45 55.52 48.37 47.52 59.92 State Allotment percentage South Dakota ............................ Tennessee ................................ Texas ........................................ Utah .......................................... Vermont .................................... Virginia ...................................... Washington ............................... West Virginia ............................ Wisconsin ................................. Wyoming ................................... American Samoa ...................... Guam ........................................ N. Mariana Islands ................... Puerto Rico ............................... Virgin Islands ............................ 48.15 55.94 51.20 59.34 49.39 44.92 46.94 60.16 51.83 41.14 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00 Christopher Beach, Senior Grants Policy Specialist, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–28135 Filed 11–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA–2014–N–0987] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Quantitative Data on Tobacco Products and Communications AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Fax written comments on the collection of information by December 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202–395–7285, or emailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910–NEW and title ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Quantitative Data on Tobacco Products and Communications.’’ Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-7034-N]


Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's 
Health Insurance Programs; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach 
and Education (APOE), December 15, 2014

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Advisory Panel on 
Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes 
recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of 
consumer education strategies concerning the Health

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Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health 
Insurance Program (CHIP). This meeting is open to the public.

DATES: Meeting Date: Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
eastern standard time (e.s.t.).
    Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations and Comments: 
Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t.
    Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations: Monday, December 1, 
2014, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t.

ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., 
Room 738 G, Conference Room, Washington, DC 20201.
    Presentations and Written Comments: Kirsten Knutson, Acting 
Designated Federal Official (DFO), Division of Forum and Conference 
Development, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mailstop S1-13-05, Baltimore, MD 
21244-1850 or contact Ms. Knutson via email at 
Kirsten.Knutson@cms.hhs.gov.
    Registration: The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is 
limited to the space available. Persons wishing to attend this meeting 
must register at the Web site https://www.regonline.com/apoedec2014meeting or by contacting the DFO at the address listed in 
the ADDRESSES section of this notice or by telephone at number listed 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, by the 
date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring 
sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should 
contact the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirsten Knutson, (410) 786-5886. 
Additional information about the APOE is available on the Internet at: 
http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/FACA/APOE.html
    Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 
690-6145.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with section 10(a) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), this notice announces a meeting 
of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel). 
Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act authorizes the 
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the 
Secretary) to establish an advisory panel if the Secretary determines 
that the panel is ``in the public interest in connection with the 
performance of duties imposed . . . by law.'' Such duties are imposed 
by section 1804 of the Social Security Act (the Act), requiring the 
Secretary to provide informational materials to Medicare beneficiaries 
about the Medicare program, and section 1851(d) of the Act, requiring 
the Secretary to provide for ``activities . . . to broadly disseminate 
information to [M]edicare beneficiaries . . . on the coverage options 
provided under [Medicare Advantage] in order to promote an active, 
informed selection among such options.''
    The Panel is also authorized by section 1114(f) of the Act (42 
U.S.C. 1314(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 
U.S.C. 217a). The Secretary signed the charter establishing this Panel 
on January 21, 1999 (64 FR 7899, February 17, 1999) and approved the 
renewal of the charter on December 18, 2012 (78 FR 32661, May, 31, 
2013).
    The Affordable Care Act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act, Pub. L. 111-148 and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act 
of 2010, Pub. L. 111-152) enacted a number of changes to Medicare as 
well as to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 
and also expanded the availability of other options for health care 
coverage. In order to effectively implement and administer these 
changes, we must provide information to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP 
consumers, providers and other stakeholders pursuant to education and 
outreach programs regarding how these programs will change and the 
expanded range of health coverage options available. The Advisory Panel 
on Outreach and Education allows us to consider a broad range of views 
and information from interested audiences in connection with this 
effort and to identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of 
education strategies concerning the Affordable Care Act.
    This Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) group also advises on 
issues pertaining to education of providers and stakeholders with 
respect to health care reform and certain provisions of the Health 
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, 
enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
(ARRA).
    Pursuant to the amended charter, the Panel advises and makes 
recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 
the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 
concerning optimal strategies for the following:
     Developing and implementing education and outreach 
programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for Medicare, 
Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
     Enhancing the federal government's effectiveness in 
informing Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP consumers, providers, and 
stakeholders pursuant to education and outreach programs of issues 
regarding these and other health coverage programs, including the 
appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the 
resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, 
and stakeholders.
     Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved 
communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of 
Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP education programs.
     Assembling and sharing an information base of ``best 
practices'' for helping consumers evaluate health plan options.
     Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures 
for information, counseling, and assistance.
     Drawing the program link between outreach and education, 
promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices and 
facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the 
overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including 
prevention services, envisioned under health care reform.
    The current members of the Panel are: Samantha Artiga, Principal 
Policy Analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation; Joseph Baker, President, 
Medicare Rights Center; Kellan Baker, Senior Fellow, Center for 
American Progress; Philip Bergquist, Manager, Health Center Operations, 
CHIPRA Outreach & Enrollment Project and Director, Michigan Primary 
Care Association; Marjorie Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner, 
Department of Social Services; Jonathan Dauphine, Senior Vice 
President, AARP; Barbara Ferrer, Chief Strategy Officer, W. K. Kellogg 
Foundation; Shelby Gonzales, Senior Health Outreach Associate, Center 
on Budget & Policy Priorities; Jan Henning, Benefits Counseling & 
Special Projects Coordinator, North Central Texas Council of 
Governments' Area Agency on Aging; Louise Knight, Director, The Sidney 
Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Miriam Mobley-
Smith, Dean, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy; Ana Natale-
Pereira, Associate Professor of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical 
School; Roanne Osborne-Gaskin, M.D., Associate Medical Director, 
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode

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Island; Megan Padden, Vice President, Sentara Health Plans; Jeanne 
Ryer, Director, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, University of 
New Hampshire; Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, Healthcare 
Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Winston Wong, 
Medical Director, Community Benefit Director, Kaiser Permanente and 
Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor & Coordinator, San Francisco State 
University.

    The agenda for the December 15, 2014 meeting will include the 
following:

 Welcome and listening session with CMS leadership
 Recap of the previous (May 22, 2014) meeting
 Affordable Care Act initiatives
 An opportunity for public comment
 Meeting summary, review of recommendations and next steps

    Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral 
presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the 
oral presentation to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES 
section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this 
notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time 
available. Individuals not wishing to make an oral presentation may 
submit written comments to the DFO at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES 
section of this notice.

    Authority: Sec. 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 
217a) and sec. 10(a) of Pub. L. 92-463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a) 
and 41 CFR 102-3).

    Dated: November 25, 2014.
Marilyn Tavenner,
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. 2014-28217 Filed 11-26-14; 8:45 am]
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