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New ACGME requirements may cost more than $380 million annually, report finds

Residency Program Insider, November 9, 2010

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Implementing the new ACGME Common Program Requirements is going to be pricey, according to the accreditor’s new report, Potential Cost Implications of Changes to Resident Duty Hours and Related Changes to the Training Environment Announced on September 28, 2010.

Researchers estimate that the direct annual cost of the planned changes will total $380,766,262 nationwide. This includes recurring and start-up costs, the report explains. However, sensitivity analyses determined that direct cost may range from $226,463,205 to $694,274,461 depending on various model parameters, such as the frequency of extended shifts and the number of weeks with extended shifts.

In addition to the cost analysis, the ACGME also released a FAQ document regarding the 2011 standards. Topics addressed include:

  • How compliance with new standards will be determined
  • How programs and institutions should monitor effective transitions of care
  • Who can be a supervising physician


The FAQs also clarify many of the scheduling and duty hour terms introduced in the new 2011 standards.

Read the FAQs here.
 



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