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A big week for GME in Washington D.C.

Residency Program Insider, April 28, 2009

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New clinical care delivery models, solutions for lowering healthcare costs, and improving quality were three topics discussed during the Senate Finance Committee’s Apr. 21 roundtable discussion, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Web site.

Leaders from around the healthcare industry met with Senate leaders in the first of three roundtable discussions to reform national healthcare. The American Hospital Association’s president, Rich Umdenstock told Senate leaders that 15,000–30,000 additional GME positions are needed.

Other leaders also called on academic medical centers to emphasize providing primary care. The next two roundtables focusing on coverage and financing will take place May 5 and 14.

The AAMC also held a briefing on Capitol Hill for nearly 100 legislative staff members on Apr. 22, describing Medicare support for GME, says this week’s issue of AAMC STAT. AAMC’s chief advocacy officer, Atul Grover, MD, PhD, and AAMC senior director of healthcare affairs, Karen Fisher, JD, discussed the following during their presentation:

  • Need of expanding Medicare support for GME as a component of healthcare reform
  • Challenge teaching hospitals will face if the capital indirect medical education adjustment is eliminated as scheduled
  • Importance of removing caps placed on residency positions to meet the nation’s need for physicians

The American Osteopathic Association co-sponsored the briefing. View the AAMC’s presentation “Graduate Medical Education: The basics”.



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