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Medicare Program; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.




This notice solicits nominations of five new members to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel). There will be five vacancies on the Panel as of August 16, 2009.

The purpose of the Panel is to review the APC groups and their associated weights and to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), concerning the clinical integrity of the APC groups and their associated weights.

The Secretary rechartered the Panel in 2008 for a 2-year period effective through November 21, 2010.


Submission of Nominations: We will consider nominations if they are received no later than 5 p.m. (e.s.t.), March 13, 2009.


You may mail or hand deliver nominations for membership to: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Attn: Shirl Ackerman-Ross, Designated Federal Official (DFO), Advisory Panel on APC Groups; Center for Medicare Management, Hospital & Ambulatory Policy Group, Division of Outpatient Care; 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop C4-05-17; Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

Web Site: For additional information on the APC Panel and updates to the Panel's activities, we refer readers to view our Web site at:​FACA/​05_​AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups.asp#TopOfPage. (Use control + click the mouse in order to access the previous URL.) (Note: There is an underscore after FACA/05_; there is no space.)

Advisory Committee's Information Lines: You may also refer to the CMS Federal Advisory Committee Hotlines at 1-877-449-5659 (toll-free) or 410-786-9379 (local) for additional information.

Further Information Contact: Persons wishing to nominate individuals to serve on the Panel or to obtain further information may also contact Shirl Ackerman-Ross, the DFO, at CMS, or call (410) 786-4474. (Note: There is no underscore in this e-mail address; there is a space between CMS and APCPanel.), or call 410-786-4474.

News Media: Representatives should contact the CMS Press Office at 202-690-6145.

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I. Background

The Secretary is required by section 1833(t)(9)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to consult with an expert outside advisory Panel regarding the clinical integrity of the APC groups and relative payment weights that are components of the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

The Charter requires that the Panel meet up to three times annually. CMS considers the technical advice provided by the Panel as we prepare the proposed and final rules to update the OPPS for the next calendar year.

The Panel may consist of a chair and up to 15 members who are full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. (For purposes of the Panel, consultants or independent contractors are not considered to be full-time employees in these organizations.)

The current Panel members are as follows: (The asterisk [*] indicates the Panel members whose terms end on August 16, 2009.)

  • E. L. Hambrick, M.D., J.D., Chair, a CMS Medical Officer
  • Gloryanne Bryant, B.S., RHIA, RHIT, CCS*
  • Kathleen M. Graham, R.N., MSHA, CPHQ
  • Patrick A. Grusenmeyer, Sc.D., FACHE
  • Judith T. Kelly, B.S.H.A., RHIT, RHIA, CCS
  • Michael D. Mills, Ph.D.
  • Thomas M. Munger, M.D., FACC*
  • Agatha L. Nolen, D.Ph., M.S.
  • Randall A. Oyer, M.D.
  • Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D.
  • Russ Ranallo, M.S., B.S.
  • James V. Rawson, M.D.*
  • Michael A. Ross, M.D., FACEP
  • Patricia Spencer-Cisek, M.S., APRN-BC, AOCN®
  • Kim Allen Williams, M.D., FACC, FABC*
  • Robert M. Zwolak, M.D., Ph.D., FACS*

Panel members serve without compensation, according to an advance written agreement; however, for the Start Printed Page 78368meetings, CMS reimburses travel, meals, lodging, and related expenses in accordance with standard Government travel regulations.

CMS has a special interest in attempting to ensure, while taking into account the nominee pool, that the Panel is diverse in all respects of the following: Geography; rural or urban practice; race, ethnicity, sex, and disability; medical or technical specialty; and type of hospital, hospital health system, or other Medicare provider subject to the OPPS.

Based upon either self-nominations or nominations submitted by providers or interested organizations, the Secretary, or his designee, appoints new members to the Panel from among those candidates determined to have the required expertise. New appointments are made in a manner that ensures a balanced membership under the guidelines of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

II. Criteria for Nominees

The Panel must be fairly balanced in its membership in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed. The Panel shall consist of up to 15 members who are representatives of providers. Each Panel member must be employed full-time by a hospital, hospital system, or other Medicare provider subject to payment under the OPPS. All members must have technical expertise to enable them to participate fully in the Panel's work. The expertise encompasses hospital payment systems; hospital medical care delivery systems; provider billing systems; APC groups; Current Procedural Terminology codes; and alpha-numeric Health Care Common Procedure Coding System codes; and the use of, and payment for, drugs, medical devices, and other services in the outpatient setting, as well as other forms of relevant expertise.

It is not necessary for a nominee to possess expertise in all of the areas listed, but each must have a minimum of 5 years experience and currently have full-time employment in his or her area of expertise. Members of the Panel serve overlapping terms up to 4 years, based on the needs of the Panel and contingent upon the rechartering of the Panel.

Any interested person or organization may nominate one or more qualified individuals. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Each nomination must include the following:

  • Letter of Nomination;
  • Curriculum Vita of the nominee; and
  • Written statement from the nominee that the nominee is willing to serve on the Panel under the conditions described in this notice and further specified in the Charter.

III. Copies of the Charter

To obtain a copy of the Panel's Charter, submit a written request to the DFO at the address provided in the ADDRESSES section or by e-mail at CMS, or call 410-786-4474.

Copies of the Charter are also available on the Internet at the following:​FACA/​05_​AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups.asp#TopOfPage.

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Dated: December 11, 2008.

Kerry Weems,

Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. E8-30454 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]