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Medicare Program; November 22, 2004, Meeting of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council

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


Notice of meeting.


In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council (the Council). The Council will be meeting to discuss certain proposed changes in regulations and carrier manual instructions related to physicians' services, as identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). This meeting is open to the public.


The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. e.s.t.


The meeting will be held in Room 505A, 5th floor, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.


Persons wishing to attend this meeting must contact John Lanigan, the Designated Federal Official (DFO), by e-mail at or by telephone at (410) 786-2312, at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to register. Persons not registered in advance will not be permitted into the Humphrey Building and will not be permitted to attend the Council meeting. Persons attending the meeting will be required to show a photographic identification, preferably a valid driver's license, before entering the building.

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Kenneth Simon, M.D., Executive Director, Practicing Physicians Advisory Council, 7500 Security Blvd., Mail Stop C4-10-07, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850, telephone (410) 786-2312, or e-mail News media representatives must contact the CMS Press Office, (202) 690-6145. Please refer to the CMS Advisory Committee's Information Line (1-877-449-5659 toll free)/(410-786-9379 local) or the Internet at​faca/​ppac/​default.asp for additional information and updates on committee activities.

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) is mandated by section 1868 (a) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to appoint a Practicing Physicians Advisory Council (the Council) based on nominations submitted by medical organizations representing physicians. The Council meets quarterly to discuss certain proposed changes in regulations and carrier manual instructions related to physicians' services, as identified by the Secretary. To the extent feasible and consistent with statutory deadlines, the consultation must occur before publication of the proposed changes. The Council submits an annual report on its recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services not later than December 31 of each year.

The Council consists of 15 physicians, each of whom must have submitted at least 250 claims for physicians' services under Medicare in the previous year. Members of the Council include both participating and nonparticipating physicians, and physicians practicing in rural and underserved urban areas. At least 11 members of the Council must be physicians as described in section 1861(r)(1) of the Act; that is, State-licensed doctors of medicine or osteopathy. The remaining 4 members may include dentists, podiatrists, optometrists and chiropractors. Members serve for overlapping 4-year terms; terms of more than 2 years are contingent upon the renewal of the Council by appropriate action prior to its termination. Section 1868(a) of the Act provides that nominations to the Secretary for Council membership must be made by medical organizations representing physicians.

The Council held its first meeting on May 11, 1992. The current members are—Jose Azocar, M.D.; James Bergeron, M.D.; Ronald Castellanos, M.D.; Rebecca Gaughan, M.D.; Peter Grimm, D.O.; Carlos R. Hamilton, M.D.; Dennis K. Iglar, M.D.; Joe Johnson, D.C.; Christopher Leggett, M.D.; Barbara McAneny, M.D.; Geraldine O'Shea, D.O.; Laura B. Powers, M.D.; Michael T. Rapp, M.D. (Chairperson); Anthony Senagore, M.D.; and Robert L. Urata, M.D.

The meeting will commence with a status report and our response to recommendations made by the Council at the August 30, 2004 meeting and prior meeting recommendations. Additionally, an update will be provided on the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team and Part “D” Benefits.

In accordance with the Council charter we are requesting assistance with the following agenda topics:

  • Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule;
  • Outpatient Final Rule;
  • Medicare Coverage Process;
  • Medicare Preventive Benefits & Welcome to Medicare Exam Visit; and
  • Quality Initiative Projects: Doctor Office Quality—Information Technology Project (DOQ-IT).

For additional information and clarification on these topics, contact the Executive Director, listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual physicians or medical organizations that represent physicians wishing to make a 5-minute oral presentation on agenda issues must contact the Executive Director by 12 Start Printed Page 62057noon, November 1, 2004, to be scheduled. Testimony is limited to agenda topics only.

The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. A written copy of the presenter's oral remarks must be submitted to John Lanigan, Designated Federal Official, by e-mail at no later than 12 noon, November 1, 2004, for distribution to Council members for review prior to the meeting. Physicians and medical organizations not scheduled to speak may also submit written comments to the Designated Federal Officer for distribution.

The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available.

Special Accommodations: Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodation must contact John Lanigan by e-mail at or by telephone at (410) 786-2312 at least 10 days before the meeting.

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Authority: (Section 1868 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ee) and section 10(a) of Pub. L. 92-463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)).

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

Dated: October 7, 2004.

Mark B. McClellan,

Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. 04-23442 Filed 10-21-04; 8:45 am]