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[Federal Register: April 17, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 74)]
[Notices]               
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
 
National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: 
Request for Nominations for Public Members

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Request for nominations for public members.

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SUMMARY: 42 U.S.C. 299c, section 921 of the Public Health Service (PHS 
Act), established a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research 
and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of 
HHS and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
(AHRQ) on matters related to actions of the Agency to enhance the 
quality, improve the outcomes, and reduce the costs of health care 
services, as well as improve access to such services, through 
scientific research and the promotion of improvements in clinical 
practice and in the organization, financing, and delivery of health 
care services. Seven current members' terms will expire in November 
2003. To fill these positions in accordance with the legislative 
mandate establishing the Council, we are seeking individuals who are 
distinguished in the conduct of research, demonstration projects, and 
evaluations with respect to health care; individuals distinguished in 
the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; 
individuals distinguished in the practice of medicine; individuals 
distinguished in the other health professions; individuals either 
representing the private health care sector (including health plans, 
providers, and purchasers) or individuals distinguished as 
administrators of health care delivery systems; individuals 
distinguished in the fields of health care economics, management 
science, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy, 
and individuals representing the interests of patients and consumers of 
health care. Individuals are particularly sought with experience and 
success in activities specified in the summary

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paragraph above, through which the Agency carries out its work.

DATES: Nominations should be received on or before May 23, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Anne Lebbon, AHRQ, 2101 
East Jefferson Street, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. 
Nominations also may be faxed to (301) 594-2249.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Anne Lebbon, AHRQ, at (301) 594-
7216.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 42 U.S.C. 299c, section 921 of the PHS Act, 
provides that the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and 
Quality shall consist of 21 appropriately qualified representatives of 
the public appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and 
eight ex officio representatives from Federal agencies conducting or 
supporting health care research. The Council meets in the Washington, 
DC, metropolitan area, generally in Rockville, Maryland, approximately 
three times a year to provide broad guidance to the Secretary and 
AHRQ's Director on the direction and programs for AHRQ.
    Nine individuals will presently be selected by the Secretary to 
serve on the Council beginning with the meeting in the fall of 2003. 
Members generally serve 3-year terms. Appointments are staggered to 
permit an orderly rotation of membership.
    Interested persons may nominate one or more qualified persons for 
membership on the Council. Nominations shall include a copy of the 
nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, and state that the nominee is 
willing to serve as a member of the Council. Potential candidates will 
be asked to provide detailed information concerning their financial 
interests, consultant positions, and research grants and contracts, to 
permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest.
    The Department is seeking a broad geographic representation and has 
special interest in assuring that women, minority groups, and the 
physically handicapped are adequately represented on advisory bodies 
and, therefore, extends particular encouragement to nominations for 
appropriately qualified female, minority, and/or physically handicapped 
candidates.

    Dated: April 9, 2003.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 03-9415 Filed 4-16-03; 8:45 am]

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