CMS launches new council to help providers understand technology

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a panel of experts to help increase and speed up beneficiaries' access to, and concerns about, new medical treatments and technologies.

The Council on Technology and Innovation, created under the Medicare Modernization Act, will replace the agency's Medical Technology Council.

The new council will address Medicare coverage, coding and payment for new technologies.

The council will help "make sure that the best and latest science is guiding our decisions, and that developers of new technologies can work with us as effectively as possible to bring new treatments to seniors and people with a disability," said CMS Administrator Mark McClellan.

Herb Kuhn, director of CMS' Center for Medicare Management, and Sean Tunis, M.D., director of the agency's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality with co-chair the new council.