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Medicare Program; Meeting of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee-November 30, 2006

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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 Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) (“Committee”). The Committee provides guidance and advice to CMS on specific clinical topics under review for Medicare coverage. This meeting concerns spinal fusion for the treatment of low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD), generally, and to identify areas where current data is deficient and additional research is necessary.

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

DATES:

Meeting Date: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., e.s.t.

Registration Deadline: For security reasons, individuals must register by the close of business on November 23, 2006. In addition, request for special Start Printed Page 50431accommodations must be received by close of business on November 23, 2006.

Presentation and Written Comments Deadline: Written comments and presentations must be received by 5 p.m., October 30, 2006, e.s.t. Presentations once submitted are final. No further changes to the presentation can be accepted after submission.

ADDRESSES:

Meeting Location: The meeting will be held in the main auditorium of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244.

Registration: Individuals must register by contacting Maria Ellis at (410) 786-0309; e-mail to Maria.Ellis@cms.hhs.gov; or by regular mail to Maria Ellis, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OCSQ-Coverage and Analysis Group, C1-09-06, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244.

Presentation and Comment Submission: Interested persons may present data, information, or views orally or in writing on issues pending before the Committee. Presentation and written comments must be submitted to Michelle Atkinson, Executive Secretary for MCAC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OCSQ-Coverage and Analysis Group, C1-09-06, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244.

Web Site Address for Additional Information: You may access up-to-date information on this meeting at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​FACA/​02_​MCAC.asp#TopOfPage.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michelle Atkinson, Executive Secretary for MCAC, 410-786-2881; Michelle.Atkinson@cms.hhs.gov; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OCSQ-Coverage and Analysis Group, C1-09-06, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Meeting Topic

In the December 14, 1998 Federal Register (63 FR 68780), we published a notice to describe the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) (“Committee”), which provides advice and recommendations to CMS about clinical issues.

This notice announces the November 30, 2006 public meeting of the Committee. During this meeting, the Committee will discuss evidence and hear presentations and public comments concerning spinal fusion for the treatment of low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease. The clinical outcomes in the Medicare population will be discussed. The Committee will review evidence including: (1) What are the most informative measures of clinical outcomes; (2) indications; (3) clinical outcomes for the different surgical techniques and components; (4) complications; (5) harms and adverse events; (6) persistence of benefits and harms over time; and, general applicability to the Medicare population in routine practice. In addition to evaluating the available data, the Committee will identify areas in which the current data are deficient and in which additional research is warranted.

Background information about this topic, including panel materials, are available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​center/​coverage.asp.

II. Meeting Procedures

This meeting is open to the public. The Committee will hear oral presentations from the public for approximately 45 minutes. The Committee may limit the number and duration of oral presentations to the time available. If you wish to make formal presentations, you must notify the Executive Secretary for MCAC (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) and submit the following to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice: (1) A brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments you wish to present; (2) the names and addresses of proposed participants; and (3) a written copy of your presentation. Your presentation should consider the questions we have posed to the Committee and focus on the issues specific to the topic. The questions will be available on the following Web site: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​FACA/​02_​MCAC.asp#TopOfPage. We require that you declare at the meeting whether 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 a 15 minute unscheduled 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.

III. Registration Instructions and Requests for Special Accomodations

The Coverage and Analysis Group is coordinating meeting registration. While there is no registration fee, individuals must register to attend. Register by contacting Maria Ellis at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by November 23, 2006. Please provide your name, address, organization, telephone number(s), fax number(s), and e-mail address.

You will receive a registration confirmation with instructions for your arrival at the CMS complex. You will be notified if the seating capacity has been reached. Persons attending the meeting who are hearing or visually impaired, or have a condition that requires special assistance or accommodations, must submit their request with their registration information or to Michelle Atkinson, Executive Secretary for MCAC, at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by November 23, 2006.

This meeting is located on Federal property; therefore, for security reasons, any individuals wishing to attend this meeting must register by close of business on November 23, 2006.

IV. Security, Building, and Parking Guidelines

This meeting will be held in a Federal government building; therefore, Federal security measures are applicable. In planning your arrival time, we recommend that you arrive reasonably early to allow additional time to clear security.

In order to gain access to the building and grounds, individuals must present photographic identification to the Federal Protective Service or Guard Service personnel before being allowed entrance.

Security measures also include a full inspection of vehicles, inside and exterior areas, at the entrance to the grounds. In addition, all individuals entering the building must pass through a metal detector. All items brought to CMS, whether personal or for the purpose of or to support a demonstration, are subject to inspection. We cannot assume responsibility for coordinating the receipt, transfer, transport, storage, set-up, safety, or timely arrival of any personal belongings or items used for demonstration or to support a demonstration.

Parking permits and instructions will be issued upon arrival.

Note:

Individuals who are not registered in advance will not be permitted to enter the building and will be unable to attend the Start Printed Page 50432meeting. The public may not enter the building more than 45 minutes prior to the convening of the meeting.

All visitors must be escorted in areas except for the lower and first floor levels of the Central Building.

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

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Dated: August 11, 2006.

Barry M. Straube,

Chief Medical Officer and Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. E6-13938 Filed 8-24-06; 8:45 am]

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