May 29 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis, alongside six bipartisan members of the Senate Finance Committee, released a policy outline describing improvements to the Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to address physician workforce shortages across the country, primarily related to primary care and psychiatry, and to improve the distribution of physicians to rural and underserved communities.

“It has become clear that there are not enough physicians to meet the health care needs of Americans. As a bipartisan group of members of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare Graduate Medical Education program, we are interested in advancing additional Medicare GME proposals to address health care workforce shortages and gaps,” the senators wrote


The outline includes proposals to expand and improve the distribution of Medicare-supported GME residency training positions to rural areas and specialties in shortage, help rural hospitals with the infrastructure needed to support residency training programs and improve federal data collection to make sure that federal GME dollars are being used to train in specialties and geographic areas facing a physician shortage.

Full text of the policy outline is available HERE.