CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., has announced the appointment of 13 physicians to a new, 19-member technical advisory group to review regulations and advise the CMS on matters affecting hospitals and physicians under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
The EMTALA advisory group was mandated by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. It is to meet at least twice a year and include McClellan or his designee, as well as a representative from HHS' Office of the Inspector General, which shares enforcement duties with the CMS under the act.
Under the law, the advisory group must have seven practicing physicians; four hospital representatives (including at least one from a public hospital); two patient representatives; two CMS regional office staff members with experience in EMTALA investigations; one state survey representative; and one quality-improvement organization representative responsible for reviewing EMTALA cases.
In addition to McClellan, the physician members on the advisory panel are: Cesar A. Aristeiguieta, M.D., medical director, Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute; Carol Bayer, M.D., psychiatrist and vice president for medical affairs, East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, La.; James Biddle, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist, McAllen, Texas; Warren Jones, M.D., executive director, Mississippi Division of Medicaid, Jackson; John Kusske, M.D., chairman, Department of Neurological Surgeons, UCI Medical Center, Orange, Calif.; James Nepola, M.D., chairman, Orthopedic Trauma Association, Iowa City, Iowa; Mark Pearlmutter, M.D., chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston; Richard Perry, M.D., surgeon, Phoenix; Michael Rosenberg, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Park Ridge, Ill.; David Siegel M.D., senior physician consultant and clinical coordinator, Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Tampa; David Tuggle, M.D., vice chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City; and Charlotte S. Yeh, M.D., CMS regional administrator, Region I, Boston.