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Congress Introduces Bills to Fund Additional Residency Training Slots

Legislation expanding Medicare funding for additional residency training slots has been introduced in Congress. Sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in the Senate, as well as Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) in the House, the “Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act” (S. 348 / H.R. 1763) would:

  • Increase the number of Medicare-supported GME residency slots by 15,000 over the next five years;
  • Direct one-half of the newly available positions to training in shortage specialties;
  • Specify priorities for distributing the new slots (e.g., states with new medical schools); and
  • Study strategies to increase the diversity of the health professional workforce.

The AANS and the CNS endorsed the bills, sending letters to both House and Senate sponsors.

May 2019