GAO: GME residents still concentrated in the Northeast

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Residents in graduate medical education training remain concentrated in the Northeast and urban areas, despite some growth in other regions and rural areas between 2005 and 2015, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Requested by the chairmen of the House Ways and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

Senate companion to Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act introduced

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Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) last week introduced a Senate companion to the AHA-supported Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 1301), legislation that would add 15,000 Medicare-funded residency positions to alleviate physician shortages that threaten... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, teaching hospitals

Survey: First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools up 28% since 2002

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First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools has increased by 28% since 2002, with 22 new schools accounting for nearly 40% of the growth, according to the latest annual survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges. First-year enrollment reached 21,030 in 2016-2017. According to projections... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

Open Payments 2016 review and dispute period ends May 15

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Physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute 2016 payments reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Open Payments program through May 15. Applicable drug and medical device makers and group purchasing organizations must annually report certain payments made to physicians and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

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

Study looks at hospital readmissions program trends

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Average readmissions penalties in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program doubled in the first five years of the program, from 0.29% in 2013 to 0.6% in 2017, according to a study published today in Health Affairs. “The penalty burden was greater in hospitals that were urban, major teaching, large, or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, teaching hospitals

AMA announces EHR training platform for medical schools

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The American Medical Association and Regenstrief Institute today announced an electronic health records training tool for medical schools. Developed as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform uses real de- and mis-identified... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses, teaching hospitals

NIH reports progress in effort to streamline IRB review for multisite studies

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More than 150 medical research institutions have signed an agreement designed to harmonize and streamline the institutional review process for multisite studies, the National Institutes of Health announced yesterday. The SMART IRB agreement serves as a model to help investigators adhere to a new NIH ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: teaching hospitals

White House issues revised travel order

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President Trump this morning signed a revised Executive Order prohibiting entry to the U.S. for 90 days for certain foreign nationals travelling on the passport of one of six nations, effective March 16, 2017. Today’s order replaces the EO signed on Jan. 27 to pause travel from six nations rather than the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

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

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