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and Human Services, is publishing the information on how enrollees learned OMB Human Resources and Housing
following summary of proposed about the demonstration. Branch, Attention: Christopher
collections for public comment. CMS is requesting OMB review and Martin, New Executive Office
Interested persons are invited to send approval of this collection by March 1, Building, Room 10235, Washington,
comments regarding this burden 2005, with a 180-day approval period. DC 20503.
estimate or any other aspect of this Written comments and Dated: January 13, 2005.
collection of information, including any recommendations will be considered Dawn Willinghan,
of the following subjects: (1) The from the public if received by the Acting, CMS Paperwork Reduction Act
necessity and utility of the proposed individuals designated below by Reports Clearance Officer, Office of Strategic
information collection for the proper January 31, 2005. Operations and Regulatory Affairs,
performance of the agency’s functions; Type of Information Collection Regulations Development Group.
(2) the accuracy of the estimated Request: New collection; Title of [FR Doc. 05–1555 Filed 1–27–05; 8:45 am]
burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, Information Collection: Beneficiary BILLING CODE 4120–03–P
utility, and clarity of the information to Survey on the Medicare Replacement
be collected; and (4) the use of Drug Demonstration; Use: The statute
automated collection techniques or authorizing the Medicare Replacement DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
other forms of information technology to Drug Demonstration mandates a report HUMAN SERVICES
minimize the information collection to Congress on the effects of the
burden. demonstration, to be submitted not later Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
We are requesting an emergency than July 2006. This report is to include Services
review of the information collection an evaluation of patient access to care [CMS–4079–N]
referenced below. In compliance with and patient outcomes under the project.
the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) The Medicare Replacement Drug Medicare Program: Re-Chartering of
of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Demonstration Evaluation is necessary the Advisory Panel on Medicare
we have submitted to the Office of to collect information on the Education (APME) and Notice of the
Management and Budget (OMB) the demonstration’s effects on access and APME Meeting—February 24, 2005
following requirements for emergency outcomes for this report; Form Number:
review. We are requesting an emergency AGENCY: Centers for Medicare &
CMS–10132 (OMB#: 0938–NEW);
review because the collection of this Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
Frequency: Other—once per beneficiary;
information is needed before the Affected Public: Individuals or ACTION: Notice of meeting.
expiration of the normal time limits Households; Number of Respondents: SUMMARY: This notice announces the
under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR part 3200; Total Annual Responses: 3200;
1320. This is necessary to ensure renewal of the charter of the Advisory
Total Annual Hours: 800. We have Panel on Medicare Education (the
compliance with an initiative of section submitted a copy of this notice to OMB
641 of the Medicare Modernization Act Panel). The Panel advises and makes
for its review of these information recommendations to the Secretary of the
of 2003. We cannot reasonably comply collections. A notice will be published
with the normal clearance procedures Department of Health and Human
in the Federal Register when approval Services and the Administrator of the
because the normal procedures are is obtained.
likely to cause a statutory deadline to be Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
To obtain copies of the supporting Services on opportunities to enhance
missed. statement and any related forms for the the effectiveness of consumer education
Section 641 of the MMA provides for proposed paperwork collections strategies concerning the Medicare
the implementation of a demonstration referenced above, access CMS’ Web site program. The charter renewal was
in which Medicare would pay for address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ signed by the Secretary on January 14,
selected self-administered drugs or regulations/pra or E-mail your request, 2005. The charter will terminate on
biologicals that replace currently- including your address, phone number, January 14, 2007, unless renewed by the
covered Part B drugs. Apart from under OMB number, and CMS document Secretary.
this demonstration, Medicare outpatient identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, In accordance with the Federal
drug coverage is limited to drugs that or call the Reports Clearance Office on Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C.
are provided incident to a physician’s (410) 786–1326. Appendix 2, section 10(a) (Pub. L. 92–
service or are oral cancer drugs with the 463), this notice also announces a
Interested persons are invited to send
same chemical composition as meeting of the Panel on February 24,
comments regarding the burden or any
physician-administered agents. This 2005. This meeting is open to the
other aspect of these collections of
demonstration project offers temporary, public.
information requirements. However, as
early coverage for selected prescription
noted above, comments on these DATES: The meeting is scheduled for
drugs before the new prescription drug
information collection and February 24, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
benefit (Medicare Part D) begins in
recordkeeping requirements must be e.s.t.
January 2006. The evaluation is required
mailed and/or faxed to the designees Deadline for Presentations and
to address the effects of the program on
referenced below by January 31, 2005: Comments: February 17, 2005, 12 noon,
beneficiary access, outcomes, and costs.
Survey results are necessary for CMS to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid e.s.t.
complete its mandated Report to Services, Office of Strategic ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
Congress. The survey also represents a Operations and Regulatory Affairs, the Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480
unique opportunity to inform CMS on Room C5–13–27, 7500 Security L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20024,
the magnitude of effects on access and Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244– (202) 484–1000.
health status that result from expanding 1850, Fax Number: (410) 786–0262, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
coverage of a select set of drugs to a Attn: William N. Parham, III, CMS– Lynne Johnson, Health Insurance
well-defined group or seriously ill 10056. Specialist, Division of Partnership
beneficiaries, and to provide CMS and, Development, Center for Beneficiary

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Choices, Centers for Medicare & David Knutson, Director, Health System Authority: Sec. 222 of the Public Health
Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Studies, Park Nicollet Institute for Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a) and sec. 10(a)
Boulevard, Mail stop S2–23–05, Research and Education; Dr. David of Pub. L. 92–463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a)
Baltimore, MD 21244–1850, (410) 786– Lansky, Director, Health Program, and 41 CFR 102–3).
0090. Please refer to the CMS Advisory Markle Foundation; Donald J. Lott, (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Committees’ Information Line (1–877– Executive Director, Indian Family Program No. 93.733, Medicare—Hospital
Insurance Program; and Program No. 93.774,
449–5659 toll free)/(410–786–9379 Health Clinic; Dr. Frank I. Luntz, Medicare—Supplementary Medical
local) or the Internet (http:// President and Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Program)
www.cms.hhs.gov/faca/apme/ Luntz Research Companies; Dr. Daniel
default.asp) for additional information Lyons, Senior Vice President, Dated: January 19, 2005.
and updates on committee activities, or Government Programs, Independence Mark B. McClellan,
contact Ms. Johnson via e-mail at Blue Cross; Katherine Metzger, Director, Administrator, Centers for Medicare &
ljohnson3@cms.hhs.gov. Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Medicaid Services.
Press inquiries are handled through Fallon Community Health Plan; Dr. [FR Doc. 05–1504 Filed 1–27–05; 8:45 am]
the CMS Press Office at (202) 690–6145. Keith Mueller, Professor and Section BILLING CODE 4120–01–P

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section Head, Health Services Research and


222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 Rural Health Policy, University of
Nebraska; David Null, Financial DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
U.S.C. 217a), as amended, grants to the
Advisor, Merrill Lynch; Lee Partridge, HUMAN SERVICES
Secretary of the Department of Health
and Human Services (the Secretary) the Senior Health Policy Advisor, National
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
authority to establish an advisory panel Partnership for Women and Families;
Services
if the Secretary finds the panel Dr. Marlon Priest, Professor of
necessary and in the public interest. The Emergency Medicine, University of [CMS–5037–N]
Secretary signed the charter establishing Alabama at Birmingham; Susan O.
the Advisory Panel on Medicare Raetzman, Associate Director, Public Medicare Program; Demonstration of
Education (the Panel) on January 21, Policy Institute, AARP; Catherine Coverage of Chiropractic Services
1999 and approved the renewal of the Valenti, Chairperson and Chief Under Medicare
charter on January 14, 2005. The Panel Executive Officer, Caring Voice AGENCY: Centers for Medicare &
advises and makes recommendations to Coalition; and Grant Wedner, Senior Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
the Secretary and the Administrator of Director, New Services Department,
ACTION: Notice.
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid WebMD.
Services (CMS) on opportunities to The agenda for the February 24, 2005 SUMMARY: This notice announces the
enhance the effectiveness of consumer meeting will include the following: implementation of a demonstration
education strategies concerning the • Recap of the previous (November mandated under Section 651 of the
Medicare program. 30, 2004) meeting. Medicare Prescription Drug,
The goals of the Panel are as follows: • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Improvement, and Modernization Act of
• To develop and implement a Services update. 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108–173), which
national Medicare education program • Medicare Modernization Act: will expand coverage of chiropractic
that describes the options for selecting education and outreach strategies. services under Medicare beyond the
a health plan under Medicare. • Public comment. current coverage for manipulation to
• To enhance the Federal • Listening session with CMS correct a neuromusculoskeletal
government’s effectiveness in informing leadership. condition. Chiropractors will be
the Medicare consumer, including the • Next steps. permitted to bill Medicare for diagnostic
appropriate use of public-private Individuals or organizations that wish and other services that a chiropractor is
partnerships. to make a 5-minute oral presentation on legally authorized to perform by the
• To expand outreach to vulnerable an agenda topic should submit a written State or jurisdiction in which such
and underserved communities, copy of the oral presentation to Lynne treatment is provided. The
including racial and ethnic minorities, Johnson, Health Insurance Specialist, demonstration will be conducted in four
in the context of a national Medicare Division of Partnership Development, sites, two urban and two rural; one site
education program. Center for Beneficiary Choices, Centers in each area type must be a health
• To assemble an information base of for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 professional shortage area (HPSA).
best practices for helping consumers Security Boulevard, Mail stop S2–23– Any chiropractor that provides
evaluate health plan options and build 05, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850 or by e- services in these geographic areas will
a community infrastructure for mail at ljohnson3@cms.hhs.gov no later be able to participate in the
information, counseling, and assistance. than 12 noon, e.s.t., February 17, 2005. demonstration. Any beneficiary enrolled
The current members of the Panel are: The number of oral presentations may under Medicare Part B, and served by
Dr. Drew E. Altman, President and Chief be limited by the time available. chiropractors practicing in these sites
Executive Officer, Henry J. Kaiser Individuals not wishing to make a would be eligible to receive services.
Family Foundation; James L. Bildner, presentation may submit written Physician approval would not be
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, comments to Ms. Johnson by 12 noon, required for these services. The statute
New Horizons Partners, LLC; Dr. Jane e.s.t., February 17, 2005. The meeting is requires that the demonstration be
Delgado, Chief Executive Officer, open to the public, but attendance is budget neutral. We anticipate that the
National Alliance For Hispanic Health; limited to the space available. demonstration will begin in April 2005
Clayton Fong, President and Chief Special Accommodation: Individuals and operate for two years.
Executive Officer, National Asian requiring sign language interpretation or ADDRESSES:
Pacific Center on Aging; Thomas Hall, other special accommodations should 1. By Mail: Written inquiries regarding
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, contact Ms. Johnson at least 15 days this demonstration must be submitted
Cardio-Kinetics, Inc.; Bobby Jindal; before the meeting. by mail to the following address:

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