ERIC Number: ED258524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
Medical Education Funding by Medicare. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Finance. United States Senate, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Finance.
Hearings on the status of medical education funded under the Medicare program are presented, with attention to how the program reimburses hospitals for medical education costs. The Social Security Act Amendments of 1983 provided for a radical reform in hospital payment. By the end of a 3-year phase-in period, the program was designed to set Medicare rates according to a national average payment per diagnosis related grouping. The scheme provided for urban and rural variations and payments, passthroughs for hospital incurred capital costs, and passthrough for the direct cost allocated with graduate medical education and other clinical training activities. An additional adjustment was allowed for the indirect costs of graduate medical education incurred by teaching hospitals, including such things as a sicker patient load, and resident training costs. A background paper covers: the nature of health education activities and the role of teaching hospitals in medical education, including the associated costs and current sources of financing; Medicare's historical and current policies for making payments to hospitals for the costs of education activities; and key issues that have been raised concerning current and future financing for medical education activities. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Finance.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security Act