Uncle Sam wants you, or maybe someone you know.
A 19-member advisory panel forming to help the government craft policy on emergency healthcare still is short two members.
CMS has issued a second request for nominations to its Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Technical Advisory Group after its May 28 call for nominations left openings in two categories. One opening is for a person to represent patient interests. Another is for a state survey agency that investigates complaints of alleged EMTALA violations.
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson signed the charter establishing the advisory group on May 11. The charter will terminate 30 months after the date of the first group meeting. Meetings are to be held at least twice a year. The group will provide advice to Thompson concerning the application of EMTALA regulations to hospitals and physicians, serve as a conduit to solicit comments about EMTALA and its implementation and disseminate information about the law to hospitals, physicians and the public.
The panel already has filled positions allocated to seven physicians, four hospital representatives, two EMTALA investigators from regional offices, one representative from a quality improvement organization and one of the two required patient representatives. Administrators from CMS and the Office of Inspector General at HHS are also members.
For more information, go to cms.hhs.gov.