Tell Congress to Expand Rural GME

Published August 07, 2023

By AACOM Government Relations

Advocacy Federal Policy GME Healthcare Workforce OME Advocate Rural Medicine

To increase the physician workforce in rural areas, Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representatives Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and Kim Schrier (D-WA) introduced the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act (S. 230/H.R. 834). This bipartisan bill will lift residency caps that disadvantage rural hospitals, extend equitable federal funding to rural hospitals for residency training and allow Medicare to reimburse urban hospitals that send residents to train in rural healthcare facilities.

“Expanding rural residency training is critical to addressing our nation’s physician shortage and to ensuring that students can study and train in rural communities,” says AACOM President and CEO Robert A. Cain, DO.

The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act would improve access to healthcare and address the physician workforce shortage in rural communities throughout our country. Urge Congress to cosponsor and pass S. 230/H.R. 834 today!

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