ERIC Number: ED434638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC). Recommendations on Distribution of PMAP/PGAMC Funds. A Report to the Minnesota Legislature.
Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
This report responds to a Minnesota legislative requirement that required the Commissioner, with the advice of the Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Advisory Committee, to "develop a system to recognize those teaching programs which serve higher numbers or high proportions of public program recipients and...report to the legislative commission on health care access on an allocation formula to implement this system." The 1996 legislation established the MERC Trust Fund and authorized transfer of the medical education component of the Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) and the Prepaid General Assistance Medical Care (PGAMC) capitation rates to the MERC Trust Fund to compensate teaching facilities for some of the costs incurred for training provided in a clinical teaching environment. This report recommends that redistribution of these health care funds be governed by a formula that reflects, equally, the volume of medical education and the volume of public program service. The proposed formula is (education factor x 50 percent) + (public program volume factor x 50 percent) = trust fund percentage. Methods for calculating both factors are explained. Other related policy issues addressed include the rationale for the 50/50 balance between education and public program volume, and treatment of small sites and training sites with no public program revenue. Appended are the relevant legislative excerpts and lists of committee members. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Research, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs
Minnesota Department of Health, 121 East 7th Place, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975. Tel: 651-282-6314; Tel: 800-657-37693 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota