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Medicare Program; Meeting of the Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for End-Stage Renal Disease Services

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the first public meeting of the Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Services. Notice of this meeting is required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) and (a)(2)). The Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations with respect to the establishment and operation of the demonstration mandated by section 623(e) of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. This notice also announces the appointment of eleven individuals to serve as members of the Advisory Board, including one individual to serve as co-chairperson, and one additional co-chairperson, who is employed by CMS.

DATES:

The meeting is on February 16, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., eastern standard time.

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ADDRESSES:

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Attendance is limited to the space available, so seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Web site: Up-to-date information on this meeting is located at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​faca/​esrd.

Hotline: Up-to-date information on this meeting is located on the CMS Advisory Committee Hotline at 1 (877) 449-5659 (toll free) or in the Baltimore area at (410) 786-9379.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pamela Kelly by e-mail at ESRDAdvisoryBoard@cms.hhs.gov or telephone at (410) 786-2461. The CMS Press Office at (202) 690-6145.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On June 2, 2004, we published a Federal Register notice requesting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Services. The June 2, 2004 notice also announced the establishment of the Advisory Board and the signing by the Secretary on May 11, 2004 of the charter establishing the Advisory Board. This notice announces the first public meeting of this Advisory Board and the appointment of eleven individuals to serve as members of the Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for ESRD Services, including one individual to serve as co-chairperson, and one additional co-chairperson, who is employed by CMS.

I. Members of the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for ESRD Services members are: Dr. Robert Rubin (Co-Chairperson), Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Dr. John Burkart, Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology at Wake Forest University; Tom Cantor, Owner of Scantibodies Laboratory; Paula Cuellar, RN, Dialysis Care Center Director for the University of Chicago Hospitals; Paul Eggers, Program Director for Kidney and Urology Epidemiology, National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Health; Bonnie Greenspan, Health Care Consultant; Dr. Michael J. Lazarus, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality, Fresenius Medical Care NA; Dr. William Owen, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, and Senior Scholar, Fuqua School of Business; Nancy Ray, Research Director for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; Kris Robinson, Executive Director of the American Association of Kidney Patients; and Dr. Jay Wish, President of ESRD Networks 9 and 10. The Advisory Board will also be co-chaired by Brady Augustine, a CMS employee.

II. Topics of the Advisory Board Meeting

The Advisory Board on the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for ESRD Services will study and make recommendations on the following issues:

  • The drugs, biologicals, and clinical laboratory tests to be bundled into the demonstration payment rates.
  • The method and approach to be used for the patient characteristics to be included in the fully case-mix adjusted demonstration payment system.
  • The manner in which payment for bundled services provided by non-demonstration providers should be handled for beneficiaries participating in the demonstration.
  • The feasibility of providing financial incentives and penalties to organizations operating under the demonstration that meet or fail to meet applicable quality standards.
  • The specific quality standards to be used.
  • The feasibility of using disease management techniques to improve quality and patient satisfaction and reduce costs of care for the beneficiaries participating in the demonstration.
  • The selection criteria for demonstration organizations.

III. Procedure and Agenda of the Advisory Board Meeting

This meeting is open to the public. First, the appointees will be sworn in by a Federal Official. Each Advisory Board member will then be given the opportunity to make a self-introduction. The Advisory Board will hear background presentations from CMS. The Advisory Board will then deliberate openly on the general topic and will make recommendations on specific topics for future meetings. The Advisory Board will also allow a 30-minute open public session. Interested parties may speak or ask questions during the public comment period. Comments may be limited by the time available. Written questions should be submitted by February 8, 2005 to ESRDAdvisoryBoard@cms.hhs,gov. Parties may also submit written comments following the meeting to the contact listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

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

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Dated: January 26, 2005.

Mark B. McClellan,

Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. 05-1743 Filed 1-27-05; 8:45 am]

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