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HHS - 76914 - Medicare Economic Index Technical Advisory Panel - Agency Authority


Committee NameMedicare Economic Index Technical Advisory PanelAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2012Committee Number76914
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date9/29/2011Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO and Deputy Director of the National Health Statistics Group, OACT, CMS
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/27/2012Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Poisal
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Federal Advisory Committee Act, P.L. 92-463 (Oct. 6, 1972), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(410) 786-6397
Effective Date Of Authority*10/6/1972Designated Federal Officer Fax*410-786-1295
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*(1) Conduct a review of the MEI inputs and categories. (2) Conduct a review of the MEI input and category weights. (3) Conduct a review of the MEI price-measurement proxies.(4) Conduct a review of the MEI productivity adjustment. (5) Not later than 11 months after establishment of the Panel, issue a report summarizing the recommendations based on the reviews described above.
How is membership balanced?*Panel will consist of up to seven members and may be composed of, but not necessarily limited to, representatives of government agencies (such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis), members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, researchers, and other independent experts. Specific expertise relevant to the mission/function of the Panel includes: Medicare “fee-for-service” reimbursement, price indices and productivity adjustments. Since the Panel's recommendations may affect both government agencies and non-government organizations, CMS will strive to develop a committee membership that represents views across the Health Care industry. Membership balance is not static, and the expertise or experience relevant to the mission/function of this Panel may change over time, depending on the work of the committee.Federal employee members of the Panel will be designated as Regular Government Employees. Non-federal employee members will be appointed as Special Government Employees.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*There were three meetings during FY2012 (May 21, June 25 and July 11).
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Panel shall conduct a technical review of the Medicare Economic Index (MEI), including the inputs, input weights, price-measurement proxies, and productivity adjustment. The Panel will be asked to assess the relevance and accuracy of these inputs to current physician practices. The Panel’s analysis and recommendations will be considered for future rule making to ensure that the MEI accurately and appropriately meets its intended statutory purpose. The panel will not consider issues such as replacing the price index with a cost index, or other issues that lie outside the limits of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ statutory authority, such as replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with the MEI.Following the technical review meeting(s), the Panel shall issue a report that summarizes its recommendations for the Medicare Economic Index.
Why close or partially close meetings?No committee meetings were closed to the public
Recommendation RemarksThe Panel's first meeting was held on May 21, 2012.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentCMS, as necessary, will update the MEI based on the recommendations in the final report.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*13Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFor a list of the recommendations please see the August 27, 2012 final report.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations will be implemented after the Charter expires.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations will be implemented after the Charter expires.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*[HHS has not yet responded to the final report]Narrative Description*The Medicare Economic Index Technical Advisory Panel was established by the Secretary to conduct a technical review of the Medicare Economic Index (MEI). The review will include the inputs, input weights, price-measurement proxies, and productivity adjustment.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$4,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$63,832.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$91,220.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$2,334.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$161,386.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-008298Medicare Economic Index Technical Advisory Panel2011