ERIC Number: ED434640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC): Annual Report on Program Implementation and Recommendations.
Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
This document presents the annual report and recommendations of Minnesota's Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Trust Fund, a program that provides funding for the clinical training of selected medical professions through compensating the costs of training provided in a clinical teaching environment. State general funds and health care access funds are combined with matching federal funds and are distributed to teaching programs on the basis of the number of eligible trainees and the average cost of clinical training. Recent legislative changes also authorize transfer of the medical education component of the Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) and Prepaid General Assistance Medical Care (PGAMC) capitation rates to the MERC Trust Fund. Recommendations address the following concerns: an allocation formula for distribution of medical education funds from the PMAP and PGAMC programs; (2) additional broad-based funding sources; and (3) feasibility of including a carve-out of current Minnesota care capitation rates allowed for medical education to the Trust Fund. Future issues briefly discussed include the targeting of funds in accordance with the purpose of MERC and appropriate staffing and support. Appendices include texts of relevant Minnesota laws, lists of MERC committee members, and a sample MERC Web home page. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, Medical Education, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs
Minnesota Department of Health, 121 East Seventh Place; P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975. Tel: 651-282-6314; Tel: 800-657-3893 (Toll Free); Fax: 651-282-5628.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Health, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota