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Analysts Look at GME

Medicare graduate medical education payments – GME – help pay for the training of future physicians and also underwrite an important source of labor in many hospitals.  They are an important funding source for teaching hospitals – including many urban safety-net hospitals.

Between the current interest in reducing federal spending, the perceived need for more physicians to care for people when more Americans are insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and the perception that the country’s medical schools may not be producing enough primary care physicians, policy-makers, analysts, and others are taking a hard look at Medicare GME – what is, what it is supposed to accomplish, and whether it is achieving its goals.

The publication Health Affairs has published a policy brief that looks at these and other aspects of GME.  Read that brief hereiStock_000005787159XSmall.

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