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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameSpecial Medical Advisory GroupAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1351
Original Establishment Date1/1/1945Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*22
Current Charter Date7/17/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Senior Advisor, Transformational Initiatives
Date Of Renewal Charter7/17/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Brenda
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Faas
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 7312Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-7005
Effective Date Of Authority*1/1/1945Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 273-7090
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*brenda.faas@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee advises the Secretary and Under Secretary on matters relating to the statutory mission of care and treatment of Veterans, and other matters pertinent to the Veterans Health Administration such as research, education and training, and VA/DoD contingency planning. The Committee considers emerging health care trends to make recommendations to VA as VA embarks on improving systems, rebuilding trust of Veterans and the American People, and continuing to be a learning organization. The Committee reviews extensive documents prior to the meetings and comes prepared to have an in-depth discussion and provide real-time feedback to the presenters and USH/SECVA.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee has several statutory members, to include representatives from the medical, optometric, podiatric, allied health professions and a disabled Veteran. The additional members bring expertise in the areas of mental health, clinical quality, measurement and metrics, academic partnerships, research and leaders of large private sector healthcare organizations. Members offer the perspective of their professional disciplines, professional affiliations, and the geographic areas from which they come. To increase the diversity of the health professions and clinical expertise, we increased the membership up to 22.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee usually meets twice a year in-person with virtual meetings if needed. The Committee members provide guidance and advice to the Under Secretary for Health and the Secretary on current matters of importance to VA and to the health care of our Veterans. The Committee members are senior and distinguished individuals in the field who are leaders within their professions. Therefore, their advice is carefully considered by the Under Secretary and Secretary.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The members of the SMAG are highly regarded experts in their field with experience leading large healthcare organizations. The majority are non-government employees, therefore, their experience in the private sector is pivotal as the VA is expanding services in the community and modernizing to confirm to best practices in the private sector.
Why close or partially close meetings?We partially closed one meeting this year to offer a tour of a VA Medical Centers to the SMAG members. This was relevant so they understand and he personally view the health system upon which their recommendations may impact. Due to logistics and concern over patient privacy, the tour could not be open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksA eleven member subcommittee was established to specifically make recommendations on a functional assessment tool used to asses Veterans clinical needs for eligibility into the Program of Comprehensive Support for Family Caregivers.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*62Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe recommendations are from 1945 through FY 2019. The Veterans Health Administration reviews the recommendations and rationale and implements as appropriate.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSome of the recommendations required responding to questions only and may not require any implementation planAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome of the recommendations requiring construction funding which engages in a lengthy review process.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFormal correspondence and action plans are from the Secretary to the committee chairNarrative Description*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Health on matters relating to the care and treatment of Veterans and other matters pertinent to the operations of the Veterans Health Administration (e.g. research, education and training, resources, information technology, quality and safety of care, costs and VA/DoD contingency planning)
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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Custom Links

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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035003PREVENTS Subcommittee2019
 COM-035002Subcommittee on Veteran Clinical Eligibility Assessment for the Caregiver Support Program2019
 COM-032523VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001235Special Medical Advisory Group2017
 COM-003101Special Medical Advisory Group2016
 COM-003999Special Medical Advisory Group2015
 COM-005319Special Medical Advisory Group2014
 COM-005473Special Medical Advisory Group2013
 COM-007325Special Medical Advisory Group2012
 COM-007599Special Medical Advisory Group2011
 COM-008853Special Medical Advisory Group2010
 COM-010536Special Medical Advisory Group2009
 COM-011379Special Medical Advisory Group2008
 COM-011545Special Medical Advisory Group2007
 COM-013230Special Medical Advisory Group2006
 COM-014126Special Medical Advisory Group2005
 COM-014295Special Medical Advisory Group2004
 COM-015256Special Medical Advisory Group2003
 COM-016341Special Medical Advisory Group2002
 COM-018051Special Medical Advisory Group2001
 COM-018312Special Medical Advisory Group2000
 COM-019971Special Medical Advisory Group1999
 COM-020250Special Medical Advisory Group1998
 COM-021986Special Medical Advisory Group1997
 COM-033607Special Medical Advisory Group2018