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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The brief working life of the Committee to Develop a Plan for a Private/Public Sector Entity to Assess Technology in Medical Care was characterized by the dedication of committee members and liaison panel members alike. Jeremiah Barondess was an eloquent maestro of this consensus-building enterprise, aided by the creative industry of subcommittees chaired by Richard Johns, Saul Farber, William Anlyan, and Margaret McClure. The large number of participants and the diversity and force of individual views on this subject posed some potential stress on the deliberative process in such a short-term effort, but the commitment of everyone on the committee and panels facilitated arrival at the concord expressed in this report. The beginnings of this project were developed by participants of a one-day meeting convened by the Institute and chaired by Frederick Robbins on June 16, 1982. That meeting framed the broad outlines of inquiry, and many of its participants later served on this project's primary committee or its liaison panels. Drawing upon the discussions at that exploratory meeting, Enriqueta Bond and Karl Yordy designed the proposal for this follow-up project. Funding for this project was the result of a deliberate effort to draw many of the potential constituents of a medical technology assessment entity into a shareholder relationship with the problem-solving~planning process. The generous support of the following corporations and agencies is gratefully acknowledged: Aetna Life and Casualty Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health Care Financing Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services Metropolitan Life Foundation Milbank Memorial Fund Mutual of Omaha Public Health Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services The Commonwealth Fund The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States Gratitude is also expressed to Enriqueta C. Bond for her administrative support of the project, and to Talitha D. Shipp, who bore the primary and very substantial secretarial burden in this endeavor. Alton Hodges Senior Scholar-in-Residence Project Director 1X