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Documents Development and Implementation Committee

Chair Raed A. Dweik, MD Cleveland, OH
Committee Member Paul D. Blanc, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member - Methodologist Jan L. Brozek, MD, PhD Hamilton, ON, Canada
Committee Member Frank Detterbeck, MD, FCCP New Haven, CT
Committee Member M. Bradley Drummond, MHS, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Eddy Fan, MD, PhD Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Laura C. Feemster, MSc, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member Jonathan Iaccarino, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member Narayan P. Iyer, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Min J. Joo, MD, MPH Chicago, IL
Committee Member Athanasios Kaditis Athens, Greece
Committee Member Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD, MSc Chicago, IL
Committee Member Suzanne C. Lareau, RN, MS, FAAN Aurora, CO
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Richard A. Mularski, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Charlie B. Strange, MD Charleston, SC
Committee Member - PAR Representative Beth Sufian, JD Houston, TX
Committee Member Susan M. Tarlo, MBBS Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Judy Corn New York, NY
Staff Kevin Wilson, MD New York, NY
Staff John Harmon New York, NY
Staff Kimberly Lawrence New York, NY

The Committee is charged with developing ATS policy concerning documents development, document review and evaluation, and document processing as below and making policy recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The primary responsibility of the Committee is to identify and foster opportunities for the ATS to develop, disseminate and implement ATS documents, and to identify appropriate groups (often within ATS Assemblies or Committees) or individuals to undertake these tasks. As one approach to this goal, it monitors the relevance and current status of previously published ATS documents, proposes dates for revisions, and works with relevant committees to identify and encourage potential document developers to revise and update the documents. The Committee also identifies strategies and opportunities for ATS to develop, disseminate, and help implement enduring products, derivatives, and electronic media related to ATS documents in conjunction with other ATS groups, such as the document developers, and the Education Committee. It also identifies members and non-members with expertise to support staff in the development and implementation of these strategies and opportunities.

The Committee oversees the work of the Documents Editor and provides support for the process of developing and reviewing ATS documents. This support may include serving as reviewers. It evaluates the performance of the Documents Editor and transmits this performance evaluation to the Executive Committee. The Documents Committee Chair also reviews the timeline for the status of existing ATS Documents under development at least quarterly.

The Committee recommends methodological policies for the development of official ATS documents and policies concerning effective dissemination and implementation of document recommendations. It is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the general issues concerning site and format for publication of ATS documents. It works with the Documents Editor to review and revise Memoranda of Understanding for joint document development activities of the ATS with other societies or groups. The Document Committee and the Documents Editor are dually responsible for reviewing these Memoranda of Understanding before the Executive Director reviews and signs on behalf of the ATS.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017

• Solicit suggestions from ATS members and outside stakeholders for topics for new ATS guidelines, and participate in the selection of such projects;
• Continue to implement the methodology training program;
• Facilitate implementation of ATS documents through collating implementation materials and by working with Patient and Family Education Committee, Quality Improvement and Implementation Committee, and the Education Committee;
• Define a sustainable model for maintaining a portfolio of clinical practice guidelines, from development through updating. Consideration for partnering or contracting with other organizations to achieve this goal should be made.