February 22, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

AACOM Webinar on 3 Key Changes to CMS GME Funding


AACOM's Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators and healthcare law partners Emily Cook and Drew McCormick of McDermott Will & Emery held a webinar to review the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that related to graduate medical education (GME) funding. Notably, the final rule establishes policies to distribute 1,000 new residency positions, the largest increase in more than 25 years. Eligible hospitals for new GME slots by March 31, 2022.

Congress Passes Bill to Promote Healthcare Professionals’ Mental and Behavioral Health


Last week, Congress passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that seeks to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout and other mental and behavioral health conditions among healthcare professionals. The bill is named after Dr. Lorna Breen, the New York City emergency room physician who died by suicide after treating COVID-19 patients. AACOM this important legislation, which will enable osteopathic medical schools to apply for $80 million in grant funding for mental health and substance use disorder training for healthcare professionals. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

AACOM Analysis on VA Proposal for GME Pilot Program


On February 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a for a new GME pilot program. The pilot program will establish additional medical residency positions, enable the VA to fund residents in non-VA facilities and pay for certain costs of new residency programs. The proposed rule also details the VA’s plan to administer the program and outlines covered facilities, costs and other requirements for participation. Comments are due by April 5, 2022.

AACOM Advocates


Join Hundreds of Others in Calling on Congress to Advance DO GME Parity

Thanks to your advocacy and our partnership with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Educators, nearly 1,000 messages have been sent to Congress in support of legislation that prohibits federally funded GME programs from discriminating against DOs. More than 20 percent of residency programs should not be allowed to discriminate against DOs for their degree or impose unnecessary requirements on DO applicants that result in economic and psychological burdens. Join us and help ensure that all residency programs are open to DO graduates.

Policy Update

Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Appropriations Negotiators Make Progress


  • On February 17, Congress passed a third continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through March 11, 2022, avoiding a government shutdown. The CR gives Congress more time to continue negotiating the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus spending bill.
  • Congressional leaders reached bipartisan consensus on top-line levels for defense and non-defense FY22 funding. Appropriators are now crafting individual components of the spending bill.
  • AACOM persists in our efforts to ensure addressing National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for colleges of osteopathic medicine, as well our other , are included in any final package.
  • Negotiations coincide with the Biden Administration’s planned release of its FY23 budget, expected soon after President Biden delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on March 1, 2022.

ED Negotiating Committee Reviews Changes to Gainful Employment and 90/10 Rule


  • Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED)’s continued debate over several regulatory issues impacting higher education and Title IV federal financial aid.
  • The negotiated rulemaking committee reviewed ED’s gainful employment (GE) proposal, which would amend the original GE regulation and require all institutions to provide the Department with information on completion rates, debt and other trends by program.
  • The committee also considered ED’s changes to the 90/10 rule. The proposed language excludes non-Title IV funds provided directly to students for expenses other than tuition, fees, books and supplies from being counted as federal revenue.
  • ED will incorporate the committee’s feedback into the final regulatory language, which will be discussed during the final session beginning March 14, 2022.

Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Healthcare Workforce Shortage


  • On February 10, 2022, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)’s Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety discussed revitalizing and reinvigorating the healthcare workforce.
  • Subcommittee members discussed creating pathways that eliminate economic barriers to entering the healthcare workforce and emphasized the importance of creating a diverse workforce representative of patient communities.
  • Proposals included pausing student loan interest accrual during residency, maintaining telehealth flexibility established during the COVID-19 public health emergency and expanding GME opportunities.
  • No specific legislation was advanced during the hearing. View a recording of the hearing, "."

House Judiciary Holds Hearing on Immigrant Physicians


  • The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing entitled, “,” to examine the issues associated with immigrant physicians’ ability to practice medicine in the United States.
  • Subcommittee members expressed concerns about access to high quality healthcare and noted that immigrant physicians have served on the frontlines to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Other members shared concerns that foreign-born doctors are replacing those who were born in the United States.
  • Several witnesses and members of the Subcommittee highlighted challenges associated with pathways for immigrants to receive a green card. Many noted that these challenges are detrimental to patient access to care.

Engagement and Resources

Hear From Experts on Healthcare Workforce Diversity and Health Equity: The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workforce Grand Rounds webinar series seeks to improve training, leading to more quality health professionals in rural and underserved areas. on March 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET.

Apply for the NIH Health Disparities Research Institute: The NIH provides an intensive training experience to support the career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers. Eligible applicants include osteopathic physicians and other professionals with a doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution at the time of submitting the application. The program will take place August 15-19, 2022. .

THCGME Funding Opportunity Available: Two Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education award types, expansion full-time equivalent (FTE) and new FTE resident positions, are available to support residents in primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. .

Funding Available for Health Education and Training Networks: Applications for the FY22 are due by April 6, 2022. This program develops and enhances education and training networks within community-based organizations, academic institutions and communities. These networks work to increase diversity among health professionals, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance healthcare quality and improve healthcare delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.

Applications Open for NIH Research Scholars Program: The NIH is now accepting applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, which supports research activities during the early-stage careers of independent clinical researchers. Lasker Scholars will receive appointments for up to five to seven years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets. Applications are due by June 24, 2022. .

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