Senate passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The Senate today voted 79-18 to pass an omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The president is expected to sign the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the government expires tomorrow night. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

House passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House of Representatives today voted 309-118 to pass a fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

House bill would add 15,000 Medicare-funded residency positions

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Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) yesterday introduced AHA-supported legislation that would add 15,000 Medicare-funded residency positions to alleviate physician shortages that threaten patients’ access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2267) outlines a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, diversity, teaching hospitals

House releases FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released legislation that would provide discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The bill includes $73.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $2.8 billion increase from FY 2016. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

ACGME proposes changes to accreditation requirements for residency programs

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education today released for public comment proposed revisions to Section VI of its common program requirements for accredited U.S. residency and fellowship programs for physicians in training. According to ACGME, the proposed requirements include an expanded... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: GME

Report, webinar highlight findings from review of GME clinical learning environment

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has released an executive summary of findings from the first site visits by its Clinical Learning Environment Review Program, which provides feedback to GME and hospital leaders on opportunities to improve the clinical learning environment in six... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, graduate medical education, GME, teaching hospitals

HRSA updates Health Professional Shortage Areas

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today announced its Health Professional Shortage Areas for primary care, mental health and dental care as of May 13. The lists are reviewed and revised every year or as needed. Qualified providers in HPSAs are eligible for increased levels of Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, GME, Medicare, nurses, workforce, Mental health

Medical school enrollment up 25% since 2002

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First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools has increased by 25%, or 4,143 students, since 2002, according to the latest annual survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The schools have been ramping up enrollment to address a projected shortage of up to 94,700 physicians by 2025. Twenty... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, teaching hospitals

AHA critical of Medicare cuts proposed in president's budget

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The president’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request for nearly $420 billion in 10-year Medicare payment cuts to providers “would jeopardize hospitals’ ability to keep the promise of maintaining access to vital health care services,” the AHA said last week.

On a more positive note for hospitals, the Feb.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

President urged to fully fund Children's hospitals GME in FY 2017

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The AHA, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Children’s Hospital Association yesterday urged President Obama to fully fund the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program at its authorized level of $300 million in the Department of Health and Human Services budget for fiscal year 2017. “The 56... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, workforce, appropriations

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