ERIC Number: ED404947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC). Study Recommendations and Progress Report to the Legislature.
Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
This report discusses the activities of Minnesota's Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) project, which was undertaken to gather data on the costs of medical education and health care research conducted by hospitals, medical centers, and health maintenance organizations and to develop mechanisms to assess the costs across the health care system. It provides a summary of the project's activities from 1993 through 1996, anticipated work for 1997, and recommendations for the funding of medical education and research in Minnesota. The report calls for: (1) the creation of a MERC Trust Fund to be financed by general fund and Health Care Access Fund dollars; (2) the shifting of medical education "add-on" funds from the Pre-Paid Medical Assistance Program to the MERC Trust Fund; (3) the accreditation of all programs seeking funds from the MERC Trust Fund; (4) the immediate implementation of legislation regarding distribution formulas; (5) the direction of funds to sponsoring institutions or consortia; (6) the implementation of specific application requirements for funding; and (7) the implementation of specific MERC annual cost and program report requirements. Appendixes provide additional information on MERC legislation and the MERC Advisory Committee members. (MDM)
Descriptors: Costs, Financial Support, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Research, Physicians, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, State Legislation, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, 121 East Seventh Place, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota