Graduate Medical Education
Overview of GME
With the creation of the Medicare program in 1965, a funding stream was established to support the training of medical residents in support of Medicare beneficiary care. Today, Medicare remains the single largest payer of graduate medical education (GME), with expenditures totaling about $9.5 billion annually.
The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, funded since 2011, is one type of GME program that is vital to family medicine. THCs increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care for underserved populations nationwide. Without continued federal funding, most of these THCs report that they would be unlikely to continue current residency recruitment and enrollment, threatening the initial program investments and even the viability of the program itself. Please see the below video to learn more about the value of THCs.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Letter to CMS on Opioid Action Plan - October 10, 2019(9 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HRSA on Rural Health Care Access - October 9, 2019(5 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS Requesting Codes to be Added to the "Primary Care Exemption" List - October 9, 2019(4 page PDF)
Joint Communication with Other Organizations
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