Coalition Encourages CMS to Broaden Distribution Criteria for New Positions

July 2021—The GME Advocacy Coalition—of which AAIM is a member—sent a letter June 28 to CMS about the proposed distribution of the 1,000 newly created Medicare-supported residency positions provided for in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The coalition urged CMS to finalize the alternative 2 methodology in the FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule (with modifications) and increase the number of FTE slots awarded per hospital for FY 2023 and all succeeding years, decisions that will allow CMS to distribute the positions in a way that ensures teaching hospitals can make meaningful increases in residency programs to produce more physicians.

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