Residency

Senator wants to lift the cap on residencies

Residency Program Insider, June 13, 2014

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A U.S. Senator has introduced a new bill to lift the funding cap on residency positions.

Sen. Robert P. Casey (D-Pa.) recently promoted his Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act at a news conference at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
 
According to the Inquirer, the act would remove the current limit on the number of residencies funded through Medicare, capped at 26,000 under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. It would add 15,000 federally funded residency slots by 2019 and require the National Health Care Workforce Commission to provide a report on physician specialty shortages by 2016.
 
Although residents and physicians at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital press conference welcomed the idea of more residency positions, some were skeptical about whether Congress will agree to fund them, the Inquirer reported. Geno Merli, an internal medicine and vascular medicine specialist at Thomas Jefferson, told the newspaper that "the senator has to work to get those extra dollars."

 



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