Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons role as a member of the First Coast Service Options Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) is an important element of the Florida Chapter’s advocacy efforts requiring clarity and awareness for the Florida Chapter membership. This memorandum proposes updating the Florida Chapter website with additional information on the CAC to provide greater awareness to the membership about the CAC, CAC processes, and service our CAC representative provides to the Florida surgical community.
First Coast Service Options, Inc. Contractor Advisory Committee
First Coast Service Options, Inc. (FCSO) is the current Medicare Administrative Contract (MAC) for Jurisdiction N, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of healthcare professionals, beneficiary representatives, and representatives of medical organizations. The CAC is used to supplement FCSO’s internal expertise and to ensure an unbiased and contemporary consideration of "state of the art" technology and science. CAC members are valued for their background, education, experience and/or expertise in a wide variety of scientific, clinical, and other related fields.
The purpose of the CAC is to provide a formal mechanism for healthcare professionals to be informed of the evidence used in developing the local coverage determination (LCD), serve in an advisory capacity as representatives of their constituency to review the quality of the evidence used in the development of an LCD, and promote communications between the MAC and the healthcare community, with the final decision on all issues resting with FCSO. The Florida Chapter has a seat on the CAC.
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