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H.R. 2372, legislation introduced in the House of Representatives, provides for at least two accreditors for graduate medical education (GME) residency training programs under the Medicare program ensuring that federal dollars support the health care needs of communities ­bothlarge and small.

Under this legislation, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have the authority to identify and appoint additional accrediting bodies including one which would oversee the community based residency training model which has successfully trained residents — osteopathic and allopathic — in communities across this nation for the past 30 years.

It is imperative that any health care legislation moving forward include protections for the community based residency training model which recognizes the vital role osteopaths as well as these GME programs fulfill in providing health care, particularly to patients in rural and underserved areas. Maintaining the community based residency training model acknowledges that a one size fits all model for training future physicians does not adequately address the needs of communities across America.

The Bill Summary

HR 2373 maintains the definition of an osteopathic community residency program as approved to received Graduate Medical Education (GME) payments from Medicare, provides authority for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish standards for certifying a minimum of two accreditors for the GME residency training programs in allopathic and osteopathic medicine.

  • Download H.R. 2372
  • Sponsor:
    Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 05/04/2017)
  • Committees:
    House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
  • Latest Action:
    05/04/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce  (All Actions)

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