Advisory Committee on Air Ambulance Quality and Patient Safety
No Surprises Act- Overview
Title I (No Surprises Act) of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), requires the Secretaries of HHS, DOT to jointly establish an Advisory Committee on Air Ambulance Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee. The Committee must be established, operated, and staffed in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Air Ambulance Quality and Patient Safety FACA Committee
The No Surprises Act (Section 106(g)), enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Secretary of the Transportation (DOT) to establish and convene an advisory committee for the purpose of reviewing options to establish quality, patient safety, and clinical capability standards for each clinical capability level of air ambulances. This notice announces the establishment of the Air Ambulance Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee (the Advisory Committee) and solicits nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee. The AAQPS Advisory Committee was to be established by March 27, 2021, and the Committee’s recommendations must be reported to the Secretaries and to certain members of Congress within 180 days of the Committee’s first meeting.
CMS will lead the efforts to establish and operate the Committee. Thereafter, HHS and CMS assigned to the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) responsibility for performing HHS’s duties in relation to the Committee.