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Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, Appointed to Executive Committee of Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee

ACP-ASIM past president chosen to advise HHS, HCFA

(Washington, DC): Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, has been appointed as the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine representative on the newly formed Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) and has been selected to serve on MCAC's Executive Committee.

MCAC members were chosen by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and are authorities in clinical and administrative medicine, biological and physical sciences, public health administration, health care data and information management analysis, the economics of health care, medical ethics and other related professionals.

Dr. Sox will serve on a panel of MCAC members to:

  • review and evaluate medical literature as well as technical assessments;
  • examine data and information on the effectiveness and appropriateness of medical items or services that are covered or eligible for coverage under Medicare;
  • develop technical advice, to be reviewed and ratified by MCAC, to assist the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in determining reasonable and necessary applications of medical services and technology; and
  • develop recommendations about specific issues of Medicare coverage and/or to review and comment upon proposed or existing Medicare coverage policies.

As an Executive Committee member, Dr. Sox will provide guidance to panels, facilitate substantive coordination among panels, and review and ratify panel reports before submission to HCFA. The creation of the MCAC is one component of HCFA's strategy to make the Medicare coverage process more open, understandable and predictable.

Dr. Sox is currently the chair of the department of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician organization. Membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians, residents-in-training, and medical students. Internists are the major providers of medical care to adults in America and treat more Medicare patients than any other medical specialty.

Contacts

Jack E. Pope, ACP-ASIM Washington Office, 202-261-4556

Page updated: 11-04-03

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