Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), and Rodney Davis (R-Unwell.) launched the Resident Doctor Scarcity Discount Act of 2021 within the U.S. Home of Representatives on March 26.
Upon its introduction, the AAMC issued a press release supporting the legislation, stating that “the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the very important function that physicians and all well being care suppliers play in our nation’s well being care infrastructure and has laid naked the necessity for a extra sturdy variety of physicians to supply applicable affected person care to communities throughout the nation. This invoice builds upon the historic funding made in December 2020 when bipartisan congressional leaders took step one, in over 20 years, to handle the doctor scarcity by including 1,000 new Medicare-supported graduate medical training (GME) positions focused at rural and different educating hospitals nationwide.”
The laws would offer 14,000 new Medicare graduate medical training (GME) slots over seven years. In figuring out which hospitals would obtain slots, the Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid Companies could be required to think about the chance of a educating hospital filling positions and could be required to distribute at the very least 10% of the slots to the next classes of hospital:
- Hospitals in rural areas.
- Hospitals coaching over their present GME caps.
- Hospitals in states with new medical colleges or new department campuses.
- Hospitals that serve areas designated as well being skilled scarcity areas.
The legislative language builds on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260), which offered 1,000 new Medicare-supported GME positions — the primary such enhance in almost 25 years [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 23, 2020].