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Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.


Notice of public meeting.


In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.


This meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.


The meeting will be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 800, Washington, DC 20201.

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Anne Lebbon, Coordinator of the Advisory Council, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland 20852, (301) 594-7216. For press-related information, please contact Karen Migdail at (301) 594-6120.

If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact Mr. Donald L. Inniss, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Program Support Center, on (301) 443-1144 no later than December 5, 2002.

Agenda, roster, and minutes are available from Ms. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, 2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 400, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Her phone number is (301) 594-1846. Minutes will be available after December 31, 2002.

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I. Purpose

Section 921 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 299c) established the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. In accordance with its statutory mandate, the Council is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on matters related to actions of the Agency to enhance the quality, improve the outcomes, reduce the costs of health care services, improve access to such services through scientific research, and to promote improvements in clinical practice and in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. The Council is composed of members of the public appointed by the Secretary and Federal ex-officio members.

II. Agenda

On Tuesday, December 10, 2002, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the call to order by the Council Chairwoman. The Acting Director, AHRQ, will present the status of the Agency's current research, programs, and initiatives. Tentative agenda items include AHRQ's research on health care costs, on long term care and on patient safety. The official agenda will be available on AHRQ's Web site at no later than December 2, 2002. The meeting will adjourn at 4 p.m.

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Dated: November 13, 2002.

Carolyn M. Clancy,

Acting Director.

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[FR Doc. 02-29589 Filed 11-20-02; 8:45 am]