Federal Register: October 25, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 207)

10/25/2000

[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation;
Technical Review Panel on the Medicare Trustees Reports; Notice of
November 15 Meeting

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Planning and Evaluation, HHS.

ACTION: Notice of November 15 meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, this notice announces the fifth meeting of the Technical
Review Panel on the Medicare Trustees Reports (the Panel). This meeting
is open to the public.
    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463 (the Federal Advisory Committee Act),
the Panel was established on August 12, 1999, by the Secretary of HHS
to review the methods and assumptions underlying the annual reports of
the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Insurance and Supplementary
Medical Insurance Trust Funds.

DATES: The fifth meeting will be held on November 15, 2000 (9 a.m. to 5
p.m.).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Health Care Financing
Administration (HCFA(now known as CMS)) Headquarters, Conference Center, Room C-112, 7500
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariel Winter, Executive Director,
Technical Review Panel on the Medicare Trustees Reports, Department of
Health and Human Services, Room 442E, 200 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC, 20201, (202) 690-6860, medpanel@osaspe.dhhs.gov.
Additional information is also available on the Panel's web site:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/medpanel.htm.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board of Trustees of the Medicare Trust
Funds (the Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance
(SMI) Trust Funds) report annually on the funds' financial condition.
The reports describe the trust funds' current and projected financial
condition, within the next 10 years (the short term) and over the
subsequent 65 years (the long term). The Medicare Board of Trustees has
directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (who is one of the
Trustees) to establish a panel of technical experts to review the
assumptions and methods underlying the HI and SMI annual reports.
    The panel's review includes the following four topics:
    1. Medicare assumptions (e.g., utilization rates, medical price
increases).
    2. Projection methodology (how assumptions are used to make cost
projections).
    3. Long-range growth assumptions for HI and SMI.
    4. Use of stochastic forecasting techniques.
    The Panel will issue its findings in a report to the Secretary and
the other Trustees.
    The Panel consists of six members who are experts in the fields of
economics and actuarial science: Dale Yamamoto, F.S.A., M.A.A.A.,
F.C.C.A, E.A., B.S.--Chair; Len Nichols, Ph.D.; David Cutler, Ph.D.;
Michael Chernew, Ph.D.; James Robinson, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., Ph.D.; and
Alice Rosenblatt, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., M.A. The members' terms will end
August 12, 2001. Sam Gutterman, F.S.A., F.C.A.S., M.A.A.A., M.A., is a
consultant to the Panel.
    The Panel's next meeting will be held on November 15, 2000 (9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.). At this meeting, the Panel will edit and approve its final
report to the Trustees. The meeting will be held at the Health Care
Financing Administration (HCFA(now known as CMS)) Headquarters, Conference Center, Room
C-112, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting is
open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available.
    Individuals or organizations that wish to make 5-minute oral
presentations on the issues covered by the Panel should contact the
Executive Director by 5 p.m. on November 1, 2000. The number of oral
presentations may be limited to the time available. A written copy of
the presenters' oral remarks should be submitted to the Executive
Director no later than 5 p.m. on November 7, 2000, for distribution to
the Panel members.
    Any interested member of the public may submit written comments to
the Executive Director and Panel members for review. Comments should be
received by the Executive Director by 5 p.m. on November 7, 2000, for
distribution to the Panel members.
    Individuals requiring sign language interpretation for the hearing
impaired and/or other special accommodation, should contact Ariel
Winter at (202) 690-6860 by November 1, 2000.

    Dated: October 18, 2000.
Margaret A. Hamburg,
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
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