Teaching hospitals educate and train future medical professionals, conduct state-of-the-art research and stand ready to provide highly specialized clinical care to the most severely ill and injured patients. The Medicare program has long recognized the value of the enhanced services that beneficiaries receive in teaching hospitals, as well as its responsibility to fund the direct and indirect costs of training medical professionals. Medicare's indirect medical education (IME) adjustment was created to help offset some of the higher patient care costs in teaching hospitals, including greater use of technologies.
Over the next seven years, Florida is projected to need at least an additional 5,300 practicing physicians in order to provide existing levels of care. Given Florida's severe and growing physician shortage, FHA urges Congress to maintain funding for direct and indirect graduate medical education payments, and substantially lift the cap on new residency positions. This step will be critical to expanding the physician workforce that is needed to provide care for all Americans. Further, FHA is requesting Congress maintain existing funding for graduate medical education conducted in children's hospitals.
For more information, contact FHA Senior Vice President Karen Zeiler.