Federal Register Notice
April 7, 1997
(62 FR 16592)


Advisory Committees; Notice

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to solicit nominations for membership on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). The NCVHS, which consists of 18 members, is the statutory public advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services in the area of health statistics, health data standards, health information privacy and health information policy generally. In this capacity, the NCVHS provides advice and assistance to the Department on a variety of health data policy and privacy issues. Public Law 104- 191, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has assigned new responsibilities to the Committee in health data standards and health information privacy.

Several vacancies are expected to occur on the Committee during 1997. New members will be appointed to terms of up to four years by the Secretary from among persons who have distinguished themselves in the fields of health statistics, electronic interchange of health care information, privacy and security of electronic information, population-based public health, purchasing or financing of health care services, integrated computerized health information systems, health services research, consumer interests in health information, health data standards, epidemiology, and the provision of health services.

In appointing members to the Committee, the Department will give close attention to equitable geographic distribution and to minority and female representation. Appointments will be made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, cultural, religious or socioeconomic status.

DATES: Nominations for new members should include a letter describing the qualifications of the nominee and the nominee's current resume or vitae. The closing date for nominations is May 7, 1997. Nominations previously submitted for vacancies occurring in 1995 and 1996 automatically will be considered in this solicitation and need not be resubmitted.

Nominations should be sent to the person named below: James Scanlon, Executive Secretary, HHS Data Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 440-D, 200 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, (202) 690-7100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Scanlon (202) 690-7100 Additional information about the NCVHS, including the charter and current roster of members, is available on the NCVHS home page of the HHS website: http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/ncvhs/index/htm.

Dated: March 30, 1997.

David Garrison

Dated: March 29, 1997.

Bruce Vladeck,

Cochairpersons HHS Data Council.

[FR Doc. 97-8805 Filed 4-4-97; 8:45 am]