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Medicare Program; Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee-September 25, 2002

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces a public meeting of the Executive Committee (the Committee) of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC). The Committee provides advice and recommendations to us about clinical issues. The Committee will act upon recommendations from the Medical and Surgical Procedures Panel of the MCAC regarding the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The Committee will also discuss approaches to assessing clinical evidence in diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) and (a)(2)).

DATES:

The Meeting: September 25, 2002 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., E.D.T.

Deadline for Presentations and Comments: September 12, 2002, 5 p.m., E.D.T.

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 notify the Executive Secretary by September 4, 2002 (see For Further Information Contact).

ADDRESSES:

The Meeting: The meeting will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Room 321-322, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Presentations and Comments: Submit formal presentations and written Start Printed Page 54660comments to Janet A. Anderson, Executive Secretary; Office of Clinical Standards and Quality; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 7500 Security Boulevard; Mail Stop C1-09-06; Baltimore, MD 21244.

Website: You may access up-to-date information on this meeting at http://www.cms.gov/​coverage.

Hotline: You may access up-to-date information on this meeting on the CMS Advisory Committee Information Hotline, 1-877-449-5659 (toll free) or in the Baltimore area (410) 786-9379.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janet A. Anderson, Executive Secretary, 410-786-2700.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On December 14, 1998 and February 7, 2002, we published a notice in the Federal Register (63 FR 68780 and 66 FR 9349) to describe the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), which provides advice and recommendations to us about clinical issues. This notice announces the following September 25, 2002 public meeting of the Executive Committee (the Committee) of the MCAC.

Current Panel Members

Harold C. Sox, M.D.; Daisy Alford-Smith, Ph.D.; Wade Aubry, M.D.; Linda Bergthold, Ph.D.; Ronald M. Davis, M.D.; John H. Ferguson, M.D.; Leslie P. Francis, J.D., Ph.D.; Alan M. Garber, M.D., Ph.D.; Thomas V. Holohan, M.D., M.A.; Michael D. Maves, M.D., M.B.A.; Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D.; Robert L. Murray, Ph.D.; Frank J. Papatheofanis, M.D., Ph.D.; Randel E. Richner, M.P.H.

Meeting Topic

The Committee will act on recommendations from the Medical and Surgical Procedures Panel of the MCAC regarding the use of deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson's disease. The Committee will also discuss methods for assessing clinical evidence concerning diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect a small population of patients.

Procedure and Agenda

This meeting is open to the public. The Committee will hear oral presentations from the public for approximately 90 minutes. The Committee may limit the number and duration of oral presentations to the time available. If you wish to make a formal presentation, you must notify the Executive Secretary named in the For Further Information Contact section of this notice, and submit the following by the Deadline for Presentations and Comments date listed in the Dates section of this notice: A brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments you wish to present, and the names and addresses of proposed participants. A written copy of your presentation must be provided to the Executive Secretary before offering your public comments. We will request that you declare at the meeting whether or not you have any financial involvement with manufacturers of any items or services being discussed (or with their competitors).

After the public and CMS presentations, the Committee will deliberate openly on the topic. 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 approximately a 30-minute open public session for any attendee to address issues specific to the topic. At the conclusion of the day, the members will vote, and the Committee will make its recommendation.

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

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program).

Dated: August 13, 2002.

Robert A. Streimer,

Acting Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. 02-21373 Filed 8-22-02; 8:45 am]

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