2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Floor Approved)

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Study of Graduate Medical Reimbursement (language only)

Item 301 #19s

Item 301 #19s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services

Page 281, after line 10, insert:
"OOOO.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall undertake a study of the state’s role in funding graduate medical education.  The department shall evaluate both state and federal funding streams to determine to what extent the state can help sustain and expand existing health system investments in clinical training opportunities.  As part of this analysis the department shall explore options the state may be able to implement to incentivize the expansion of clinical training opportunities and retain graduates who train in Virginia.  The department shall explore payment mechanisms that encourage primary care training programs and other specialties identified as high needs (e.g. psychiatry) as well as preferences for primary care programs that extend their training programs to community settings and underserved areas.  The department shall report on the results of this study to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by December 1, 2015.

(This amendment requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to look at both federal and state funding for graduate medical education and make recommendations on ways the Commonwealth could encourage hospitals to increase support for residencies to encourage medical students trained in the Commonwealth to remain, and to help encourage focus on primary care and specialties in high demand.)