2017-11-15 17:05:23 UTC

Help Medicare Make Coverage Policy

Nov. 15, 2017

Let us know if you're interested in serving as the AGA representative for a Medicare Advisory Committee.

CMS is seeking nominations from national specialty societies to serve as representatives on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). MEDCAC provides advice and guidance to the HHS Secretary and the CMS Administrator concerning the adequacy of scientific evidence available to CMS in making coverage determinations under the Medicare program. 

AGA representation on MEDCAC will provide our members with advanced knowledge of Medicare coverage policy, which enhances our ability to influence coverage. 

During the current nomination period, CMS wants to identify experts in cancer screening, genetic testing, clinical epidemiology, psychopharmacology, screening and diagnostic testing analysis, and vascular surgery. They also need experts in biostatistics in clinical settings, dementia treatment, minority health, observational research design, stroke epidemiology and women’s health. 

MEDCAC members serve for two years during which time they may be called upon to review medical evidence for topics under deliberation, listen to public testimony and provide advice to CMS about the quality of the evidence. CMS estimates that over the course of a term, MEDCAC members may participate in four to eight medical reviews. 

If you are interested in being nominated, please contact Jessica Roth, AGA director of regulatory affairs, no later than Monday, Nov. 20. Nomination materials are due to CMS by Monday, Nov. 27.  

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