House approves $1.7 billion children’s hospital GME bill

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 18, 2013

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Legislation to extend the children’s hospital graduate medical education program for five years and increase pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health cleared the House on Feb. 4.

Authorization for the children’s hospital GME program expired in 2011, but temporary appropriations bills have kept it going until the next expiration date of March 27, 2013. New legislation would provide $110 million a year for 2013 through 2017. The money is awarded to eligible hospitals by using a formula that accounts for the number of residents employed. An additional $220 million a year would give indirect federal GME support.

The research bill would provide support and training for 20 pediatric research consortia for five years. NIH would establish a data coordinating center for the network and allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish or expand surveillance systems, such as patient registries. The cost of implementing the legislation would be $1 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Organized medicine groups support the bills. The funding for GME would support freestanding children’s hospitals, and strengthen training and research opportunities for outpatient and inpatient care for children, wrote Atul Grover, MD, PhD, chief public policy officer for the Assn. of American Medical Colleges, in a Jan. 17 letter.

The bills would need to pass the Senate before going to the White House to be signed into law.

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn