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Senators Seek Closer Look at Graduate Medical Education

Seven U.S. senators have asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to “conduct an independent review of the governance and financing of our system of graduate medical education.”

Expressing concern about the overall effectiveness of the graduate medical education (GME) system, the senators – both Republicans and Democrats – wrote that among their interests are “accreditation; reimbursement policy; using GME to better predict and assure adequate workforce supply by type of provider, specialty, and demographic mix; distribution of physicians; the role of GME in the current care of the underserved; the impact of changes in GME on access to health care; and use of GME to assure a future workforce possessing the skill set to effectively address current and future health care needs.”

Many urban safety-net hospitals are teaching institutions as well, and graduate medical education programs and payments are keys both to their ability to care for many of their low-income patients and to their financial health.  A number of recent proposals have called for reducing GME payments to hospitals, making this an issue of great important to NAUH and urban safety-net hospitals.

Read the complete letter hereHappy medical team of doctors together.

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