Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 3.djvu/146

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113 STAT. 1664 PUBLIC LAW 106-129—DEC. 6, 1999 " (B) three shall be individuals distinguished in the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; " (C) three shall be individuals distinguished in the practice of medicine of which at least one shall be a primary care practitioner; "(D) three shall be individuals distinguished in the other health professions; "(E) three shall be individuals either representing the private health care sector, including health plans, providers, and purchasers or individuals distinguished as administrators of health care delivery systems; "(F) three shall be individuals distinguished in the ' fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and "(G) three shall be individuals representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. "(3) Ex OFFICIO MEMBERS. —The Secretary shall designate as ex officio members of the Advisory Council— "(A) the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), and the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and "(B) such other Federal officieds as the Secretary may consider appropriate. " (d) TERMS.— "(1) IN GENERAL.—Members of the Advisory Council appointed under subsection (c)(2) shall serve for a term of 3 years. "(2) STAGGERED TERMS.—To ensure the staggered rotation of one-third of the members of the Advisory Council each year, the Secretary is authorized to appoint the initial members of the Advisory Council for terms of 1, 2, or 3 years. "(3) SERVICE BEYOND TERM.—A member of the Council appointed under subsection (c)(2) may continue to serve after the expiration of the term of the members until a successor is appointed. "(e) VACANCIES.— If a member of the Advisory Council appointed under subsection (c)(2) does not serve the full term applicable under subsection (d), the individual appointed to fill the resulting vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the term of the predecessor of the individual. "(f) CHAIR. —The Director shall, from among the members of the Advisory Council appointed under subsection (c)(2), designate an individual to serve as the chair of the Advisory Council. "(g) MEETINGS. —The Advisory Council shall meet not less than once during each discrete 4-month period and shall otherwise meet at the call of the Director or the chair. "(h) COMPENSATION AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES. —