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Senate Finance Chair seeks information on GME program spending

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking information on graduate medical education programs, specifically inquiring about how the funds are spent and what oversight processes are in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. Chairman Grassley stated in the letter, “...Congress must take a closer look at the GME program to increase oversight and transparency, and ensure that taxpayer money is being spent in a manner that accords with congressional intent and achieves the highest public good.”

HANYS is reviewing the letter and working closely with our advocacy partners in Washington, including the American Association of Medical Colleges and the American Hospital Association, to ensure Chairman Grassley and others fully understand the critical role of GME for New York’s hospitals and health systems and the nation.

HANYS appreciates that the entire New York delegation has a longstanding history of standing together in strong support of robust GME funding and will continue to build support legislation to bolster the program. Such legislation includes the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (S.348/H.R.1763), introduced by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Boozman (R-AR) in the Senate and Reps. John Katko (R-Syracuse) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) in the House, and the Opioid Workforce Act (H.R. 3414), introduced by Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Brad Schneider (D-IL). Both bills would increase the number of Medicare-supported residency slots. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published October 25, 2019