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Documents Development and Implementation Committee

Chair Charlie Strange, MD, ATSF Charleston, SC
Vice Chair David J. Feller-Kopman, MD Lebanon, NH
Committee Member Ann M. Schneidman, MS, CNS, RN, ATSF Paradise Valley, AZ
Committee Member Athanasios Kaditis Athens, Attiki, Greece
Committee Member Derrick Herman, MD, MSci COLUMBUS, OH
Committee Member Eva M. Carmona Porquera, MD, PhD Rochester, MN
Committee Member Kathleen O. Lindell, PhD, RN, ATSF Charleston, SC
Committee Member - PAR Representative Kerri Connolly Danvers, MA
Committee Member Kevin P. Fennelly, MD, MPH, ATSF Bethesda, MD
Committee Member Linda Nici, MD Providence, RI
Committee Member Martha E. Billings, MD, MSc Seattle, WA
Committee Member Meeta P. Kerlin, MD, MS Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Narayan P. Iyer, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Paul K. Henneberger, ScD, ATSF, MPH Morgantown, WV
Committee Member Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Committee Member Richard A. Mularski, MD, ATSF, MS Portland, OR
Staff Kevin Wilson, MD New York, NY
Staff Judy Corn 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 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, 2020-2021:
• Continue implementation of the top-down strategic approach to guideline development;
• Continue implementation of the guideline methodology training program;
• Develop strategies to enhance the value of the guideline methodology training program to the trainees and to improve the retention of the trainees for the purpose of building methodological capacity in the ATS;
• In collaboration with the Program Review Subcommittee, develop a process to evaluate the selection and performance of project co-chairs and guideline methodologists;
• Support and oversee the ATS Director of Guideline Implementation in developing derivatives for all new ATS guidelines and webpages to house those derivatives; this includes frequent assessment and, as needed, modification of the derivatives.