In December, the House Energy and Commerce Committee invited stakeholders to submit comments on Medicare’s graduate medical education (GME) program.
The National Association of Urban Hospitals has responded with a letter that addresses several of the issues the committee highlighted, most notably the adequacy of Medicare’s GME program in its current form. NAUH urged the committee to increase the number of medical residency slots, frozen by law since 1997, to help address the country’s growing shortage of physicians.
Many private safety-net hospitals are teaching hospitals, giving them a major stake in this issue.
See NAUH’s comments on Medicare’s graduate medical education program here, on the NAUH web site.