Residency

Bills aim to increase residency positions, encourage full-time residency programs

Residency Program Insider, June 16, 2017

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Two bipartisan bills introduced in the U.S. Senate aim to reduce the physician shortage. The first bill, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, would increase the number of Medicare-supported residency positions by 3,000 every year from 2019 to 2023. Meanwhile, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act would correct a flaw in the Social Security Act that prohibits hospitals that previously hosted resident rotators for short durations from establishing their own Medicare-supported full-time residency programs. Both bills have been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.



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