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charter, general responsibilities, and DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND Deadline for Written Comments and
structure of the EMTALA TAG. That HUMAN SERVICES Presentations: Written comments and
notice also solicited nominations for presentations for the public meeting
members based on the statutory Centers for Medicare & Medicaid must be received by April 24, 2006, 5
requirements for the EMTALA TAG. Services p.m., e.d.t. The presentation that will be
Section 945(b) of the MMA specifies the [CMS–3163–N] submitted must be your final
composition of the TAG. (For more presentation; no further changes will be
information regarding the TAG Medicare Program; Request for accepted.
composition see the May 28, 2004 (69 Nominations for Members of the Deadline for Registration to Attend
FR 30654) Federal Register). The Medicare Coverage Advisory Meeting: For security reasons,
EMTALA TAG held three meetings Committee and Notice of Meeting of individuals wishing to attend this
during calendar year 2005. (See the the Medicare Coverage Advisory meeting must register by close of
Committee—May 18, 2006 business on May 11, 2006.
March 15, 2005 (70 FR 12691), May 18,
Special Accommodations: Persons
2005 (70 FR 28541), and September 23, AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & attending the meeting who are hearing
2005 (70 FR 55903) Federal Register). Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. or visually impaired, or who have a
II. Selection of New EMTALA TAG ACTION: Notice. condition that requires special
Member assistance or accommodations, are
SUMMARY: This notice requests
asked to notify the Executive Secretary
In the March 15, 2005 Federal nominations for consideration for
by May 11, 2006 (see FOR FURTHER
membership on the Medicare Coverage
Register (70 FR 12691), we announced INFORMATION CONTACT).
Advisory Committee (MCAC). The
the EMTALA TAG membership. One of Web site: You may access up-to-date
Committee provides advice and
those original members, a physician information on this meeting at http://
recommendations about whether
representative in the field of psychiatry,
scientific evidence is adequate to
is unable to complete her term of 02_MCAC.asp#TopOfPage.
determine whether certain medical
service. In selecting a replacement, the items and services are reasonable and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
TAG must maintain the member necessary under the Medicare statute. Michelle Atkinson, Executive Secretary,
composition described in section 945(b) This notice also announces a public Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
of the MMA. We note that section meeting of the MCAC. The meeting will Services, Central Building 01–09–06,
945(b)(2) of the MMA specifies the address the use of non-invasive imaging 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD
physician members of the TAG as technologies versus cardiac 21244; (410) 786–2881;
follows: ‘‘7 shall be practicing catheterization in the diagnosis of
physicians drawn from the fields of coronary artery disease. Notice of this SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
emergency medicine, cardiology or meeting is given under the Federal
cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I. Background
surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics or a 2, section 10(a)). A. Nominations
pediatric subspecialty, obstetrics- Nominations: Deadline and Address:
gynecology, and psychiatry, with no Nominations will be considered if On December 14, 1998, we published
postmarked by April 23, 2006 and a notice in the Federal Register (63 FR
more than one physician from any
mailed to the Executive Secretary (see 68780) announcing the establishment of
particular field.’’ For this reason and to
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). the Medicare Coverage Advisory
ensure that the concerns of practicing
Secretary’s Charter: Obtain a copy of Committee (MCAC). The Secretary
physicians are appropriately considered signed the initial charter for the MCAC
the Secretary’s Charter for the Medicare
during TAG deliberations, another on November 24, 1998. The charter was
Coverage Advisory Committee from
practicing physician in the field of Maria Ellis, Office of Clinical Standards renewed and will terminate on
psychiatry has been selected to serve as and Quality, Centers for Medicare & November 24, 2006, unless renewed
a member of the TAG. The new member Medicaid Services, 7500 Security again by the Secretary.
is Sul Ross Thorward, M.D. of Twin Boulevard, Mail Stop: 1–09–06, The MCAC is governed by provisions
Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Baltimore, MD 21244; (410) 786–0309; of the Federal Advisory Committee Act
Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Thorward was This charter is (Pub. L. 92–463), as amended (5 U.S.C.
selected from the original list of also posted on the following Web site: App. 2), which sets forth standards for
nominees for the EMTALA TAG. the formulation and use of advisory
Authority: Section 945 of the Medicare downloads/mcaccharter.pdf. committees, and is authorized by
Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Meeting: Date and Location: The section 222 of the Public Health Service
Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). public meeting will be held in the main Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 217A).
auditorium of the Centers for Medicare The MCAC consists of a pool of 100
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security appointed members. Members are
Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital selected from among authorities in
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, on
Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, clinical medicine of all specialties,
Thursday, May 18, 2006, from 7:30 a.m.
Medicare—Supplementary Medical administrative medicine, public health,
until 4:30 p.m., e.d.t.
Insurance Program)
Presentation and Comments: biologic and physical sciences, health
Dated: February 23, 2006. Interested persons can present data, care data and information management
Mark B. McClellan, information, or views orally or in and analysis, patient advocacy, the
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Administrator, Centers for Medicare & writing on issues pending before the economics of health care, medical
Medicaid Services. Committee. Please submit written ethics, and other related professions
[FR Doc. 06–2569 Filed 3–23–06; 8:45 am] comments to the Executive Secretary by such as epidemiology and biostatistics,
mail or email (see FOR FURTHER and methodology of trial design. A
INFORMATION CONTACT). maximum of 88 members are standard

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voting members, and 12 are nonvoting Nominees for voting membership names and addresses of proposed
members (6 of which are representatives must have expertise and experience in participants, and a written copy of your
of consumer interests, and 6 of which one or more of the following fields: presentation. Your presentation should
are representatives of industry Clinical medicine of all specialties, consider the questions we have posed to
interests). administrative medicine, public health, the Committee and focus on the issues
The MCAC functions on a committee patient advocacy, biologic and physical specific to the topic. The questions will
basis. The committee reviews and sciences, health care data and be available on our Web site at http://
evaluates medical literature, reviews information management and analysis,
technology assessments, and examines the economics of health care, medical 02_MCAC.asp#TopOfPagemeetings. We
data and information on the ethics, and other related professions require that you declare at the meeting
effectiveness and appropriateness of such as epidemiology and biostatistics, whether or not you have any financial
medical items and services that are and methodology of trial design. involvement with manufacturers of any
covered or eligible for coverage under We are also seeking nominations for items or services being discussed (or
Medicare. The Committee works from seven non-voting representatives, three with their competitors).
an agenda provided by the Designated of which are consumer representatives After the public and CMS
Federal Official that lists specific issues, and four of which are industry presentations, the Committee will
and develops technical advice to assist representatives. Nominees for this deliberate openly on the topic.
us in determining reasonable and position must possess appropriate Interested persons can observe the
necessary applications of medical qualifications to understand and deliberations, but the Committee will
services and technology when we make contribute to the MCAC’s work. not hear further comments during this
national coverage decisions for The nomination letter must include a time, except at the request of the
Medicare. statement that the nominee is willing to chairperson. The Committee will also
serve as a member of the MCAC and allow a 15 minute unscheduled open
B. Meeting appears to have no conflict of interest public session for any attendee to
On December 14, 1998, we published that would preclude membership. We address issues specific to the topic. At
a notice in the Federal Register (63 FR are requesting that all curricula vitae
the conclusion of the day, the members
68780) to describe the Medicare include the following: Date of birth,
will vote and the Committee will make
Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), place of birth, social security number,
its recommendation.
which provides advice and title and current position, professional
recommendations to us about clinical affiliation, home and business address, 1. Registration Instructions
issues. This notice announces a public telephone and fax numbers, e-mail
The Coverage and Analysis Group is
meeting of the Committee. address, and list of areas of expertise. In
coordinating meeting registration. While
The Committee will discuss evidence the nominations letter, we are
there is no registration fee, individuals
and hear presentations and public requesting that the nominee specify
must register to attend: Register by
comments regarding the use of non- whether applying for a voting position,
contacting Maria Ellis, Coverage and
invasive imaging technologies versus a consumer representative position, or
Analysis Group, OCSQ; Centers for
cardiac catheterization in the diagnosis an industry representative position.
Medicare & Medicaid Services; 7500
of coronary artery disease. Potential candidates will be asked to
provide detailed information concerning Security Blvd, Central Building C1–09–
Background information about this 06, Baltimore, MD 21244; (410) 786–
topic, including panel materials, is matters such as financial holdings,
consultancies, and research grants or 0309; Please
available on the Internet at http:// provide your name, address, contracts in order to permit evaluation
of possible sources of conflict of organization, telephone and fax number,
II. Provisions interest. and email address.
Members are invited to serve for You will receive a registration
A. Nominations confirmation with instructions for your
overlapping 2-year terms. A member can
As of December 2006, there will be 50 serve after the expiration of the arrival at the CMS complex. You will be
terms of membership expiring, 3 of member’s term until a successor takes notified if the seating capacity has been
which are non-voting consumer office. Any interested person can reached.
representatives, and 4 of which are non- nominate one or more qualified persons. This meeting is located on Federal
voting industry representatives. Self-nominations are also accepted. property; therefore, for security reasons,
Accordingly, we are requesting any individuals wishing to attend this
nominations for both voting and non- B. Meeting meeting must register by close of
voting members to serve on the MCAC. This meeting is open to the public. business on May 11, 2006.
Nominees are selected based upon their The Committee will hear oral
2. Security, Building, and Parking
individual qualifications, and not as presentations from the public for
representatives of professional approximately 45 minutes. The
associations or societies. Committee can limit the number and This meeting will be held in a Federal
We have a special interest in ensuring duration of oral presentations to the government building; therefore, Federal
that women, minority groups, and time available. If you wish to make security measures are applicable. In
physically challenged individuals are formal presentations, you must notify planning your arrival time, we
adequately represented on the MCAC. the Executive Secretary named in the recommend allowing additional time to
Therefore, we encourage nominations of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT clear security.
qualified candidates from these groups. section and submit the following by the In order to gain access to the building
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All nominations must be Deadline for Written Comments and and grounds, individuals must present
accompanied by curricula vitae. Presentations date listed in the Meeting photographic identification to the
Nomination packages must be sent to section of this notice: A brief statement Federal Protective Service or Guard
the Executive Secretary (see FOR of the general nature of the evidence or Service personnel before being allowed
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). arguments you wish to present, the entrance.

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Security measures also include Additionally, this notice identifies Operations and Regulatory Affairs,
inspection of vehicles, inside and out, at certain devices with investigational Regulations Development and Issuances
the entrance to the grounds. In addition, device exemption (IDE) numbers Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
all individuals entering the building approved by the Food and Drug Services, C5–14–03, 7500 Security
must pass through a metal detector. All Administration (FDA) that potentially Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850,
items brought to CMS, whether personal may be covered under Medicare. This or you can call (410) 786–6962.
or for the purpose of demonstration or notice also includes listings of all Questions concerning Medicare-
to support a demonstration, are subject approval numbers from the Office of approved carotid stent facilities may be
to inspection. We cannot assume Management and Budget for collections addressed to Sarah J. McClain, Office of
responsibility for coordinating the of information in CMS regulations. Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers
receipt, transfer, transport, storage, set- Finally, this notice includes a list of for Medicare & Medicaid Services, C1–
up, safety, or timely arrival of any Medicare-approved carotid stent 09–06, 7500 Security Boulevard,
personal belongings or items used for facilities. Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, or you can
demonstration or to support a Section 1871(c) of the Social Security call (410) 786–2994.
demonstration. Act requires that we publish a list of Questions concerning all other
Parking permits and instructions will Medicare issuances in the Federal information may be addressed to
be issued upon arrival. Register at least every 3 months. Gwendolyn Johnson, Office of Strategic
Although we are not mandated to do so Operations and Regulatory Affairs,
Note: Individuals who are not registered in
advance will not be permitted to enter the by statute, for the sake of completeness Regulations Development Group,
building and will be unable to attend the of the listing, and to foster more open Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
meeting. The public may not enter the and transparent collaboration efforts, we Services, C5–14–03, 7500 Security
building earlier than 30 to 45 minutes before are also including all Medicaid Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850,
the convening of the meeting. issuances and Medicare and Medicaid or you can call (410) 786–6954.
All visitors must be escorted in areas substantive and interpretive regulations SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
other than the lower and first floor (proposed and final) published during I. Program Issuances
levels in the Central Building. this 3-month time frame.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Authority: 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: It is Services (CMS) is responsible for
and (a)(2); 42 U.S.C. 217(a), section 222 of the possible that an interested party may administering the Medicare and
Public Health Service Act, as amended. have a specific information need and Medicaid programs. These programs pay
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance not be able to determine from the listed for health care and related services for
Program No. 93.774, Medicare— information whether the issuance or 39 million Medicare beneficiaries and
Supplementary Medical Insurance Program) regulation would fulfill that need. 35 million Medicaid recipients.
Consequently, we are providing Administration of the two programs
Dated: February 23, 2006. information contact persons to answer involves (1) furnishing information to
Barry M. Straube, general questions concerning these Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid
Director, Office of Clinical Standards and items. Copies are not available through recipients, health care providers, and
Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid the contact persons. (See Section III of
Services. the public and (2) maintaining effective
this notice for how to obtain listed communications with regional offices,
[FR Doc. 06–2568 Filed 3–23–06; 8:45 am] material.) State governments, State Medicaid
BILLING CODE 4120–01–U Questions concerning items in agencies, State survey agencies, various
Addendum III may be addressed to providers of health care, all Medicare
Timothy Jennings, Office of Strategic contractors that process claims and pay
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND Operations and Regulatory Affairs, bills, and others. To implement the
HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid various statutes on which the programs
Services, C4–26–05, 7500 Security are based, we issue regulations under
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, the authority granted to the Secretary of
or you can call (410) 786–2134. the Department of Health and Human
[CMS–9034–N] Questions concerning Medicare NCDs Services under sections 1102, 1871,
in Addendum V may be addressed to 1902, and related provisions of the
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Patricia Brocato-Simons, Office of Social Security Act (the Act). We also
Quarterly Listing of Program Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers issue various manuals, memoranda, and
Issuances—October Through for Medicare & Medicaid Services, C1– statements necessary to administer the
December 2005 09–06, 7500 Security Boulevard, programs efficiently.
AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, or you can Section 1871(c)(1) of the Act requires
Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. call (410) 786–0261. that we publish a list of all Medicare
ACTION: Notice. Questions concerning FDA-approved manual instructions, interpretive rules,
Category B IDE numbers listed in statements of policy, and guidelines of
SUMMARY: This notice lists CMS manual Addendum VI may be addressed to John general applicability not issued as
instructions, substantive and Manlove, Office of Clinical Standards regulations at least every 3 months in
interpretive regulations, and other and Quality, Centers for Medicare & the Federal Register. We published our
Federal Register notices that were Medicaid Services, C1–13–04, 7500 first notice June 9, 1988 (53 FR 21730).
published from October 2005 through Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD Although we are not mandated to do so
December 2005, relating to the Medicare 21244–1850, or you can call (410) 786– by statute, for the sake of completeness
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and Medicaid programs. This notice 6877. of the listing of operational and policy
provides information on national Questions concerning approval statements, and to foster more open and
coverage determinations (NCDs) numbers for collections of information transparent collaboration, we are
affecting specific medical and health in Addendum VII may be addressed to continuing our practice of including
care services under Medicare. Melissa Musotto, Office of Strategic Medicare substantive and interpretive

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