[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 166 (Friday, August 26, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 53377]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21883]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 5


Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of Medically 
Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas; Notice 
of Meeting

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Negotiated Rulemaking Committee meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), notice is hereby given of the following 
meeting of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of 
Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage 
Areas.

DATES: Meeting will be held on September 15, 2011, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Webinar format.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information, please contact 
LaCrystal McNair, Center for Healthcare Workforce Analysis, Bureau of 
Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 
9-49, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, 
Telephone (301) 443-3578, E-mail: lmcnair@hrsa.gov. Information can 
also be found at the following Web site: http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/shortage/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Status: The meeting will be open to the public.
    Purpose: The purpose of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on 
Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health 
Professional Shortage Areas is to establish criteria and a 
comprehensive methodology for designation of Medically Underserved 
Populations (MUPs) and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas 
(HPSAs), using a Negotiated Rulemaking (NR) process. It is hoped that 
use of the NR process will yield a consensus among technical experts 
and stakeholders on a new rule for designation of MUPs and Primary Care 
HPSAs, which would be published as an Interim Final Rule in accordance 
with Section 5602 of the Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
    Agenda: The meeting will include a discussion of various components 
of a possible methodology for identifying areas of shortage and 
underservice, based on the recommendations of the Committee in the 
previous meeting. The agenda will be available on the Committee's Web 
site (http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/shortage/) one day prior 
to the meeting. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities 
dictate.
    For members of the public interested in participating in the 
webinar, please contact LaCrystal McNair by e-mail at lmcnair@hrsa.gov. 
Requests to attend can be made up to two days prior to the meeting. 
Participants will receive an e-mail response containing the link to the 
webinar. Requests to provide written comments should be sent to 
LaCrystal McNair by e-mail at least 10 days prior to the meeting. 
Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide written 
comments before and after the meeting.
    The Committee is working under tight timeframes to meet the 
reporting requirement in the Affordable Care Act. Due to the complexity 
of the issue, the Committee has been granted additional time to meet 
its final report deadline. As a result, meetings were added to the 
Committee schedule. The logistical challenges of expanding the meeting 
schedule hindered an earlier publication of this meeting notice.

    Dated: August 22, 2011.
Reva Harris,
Acting Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.
[FR Doc. 2011-21883 Filed 8-25-11; 8:45 am]
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