New York University College of Nursing’s Gail D'Eramo Melkus, Ed.D, C-NP, FAAN, the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, has been appointed to the “Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee” of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a two-year term.
The Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on specific clinical topics. The MEDCAC is used to supplement CMS' internal expertise and to allow an unbiased and current deliberation of "state of the art" technology and science.
“I am honored to be selected to serve on the committee and to represent the profession of nursing, particularly the NYUCN,” said Gail D'Eramo Melkus, Ed.D, C-NP, FAAN. “Given the current environment of the Affordable Care Act and nursing's increased role in assuring evidence-based clinical practice for the delivery of safe, quality care for all, I am looking forward to contributing to the important work of MEDCAC.”
The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology assessments, and examines data and information on the effectiveness and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare, or that may be eligible for coverage under Medicare. The MEDCAC judges the strength of the available evidence and makes recommendations to CMS based on that evidence.
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MEDCAC meetings are announced in the Federal Register and on CMS' website. Our coverage website contains a guidance document entitled Factors CMS Considers in Referring Topics to the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee; the MEDCAC's charter, the 1998 Federal Register notice that established the MEDCAC (formerly known as the MCAC); the current roster of MEDCAC members; and other informational materials.