185.023 Support of Rural Residency Training and State Grant Program for Promoting Rural Training Tracks

185.023

185.023 Support of Rural Residency Training and State Grant Program for Promoting Rural Training Tracks: Texas needs more targeted programs to diminish the persistent shortage of physicians in rural areas. Recognizing the well-established linkage between where a resident trains and where he or she enters practice, it is important to institute residency training programs in rural areas with the resources to support such training. The Texas Medical Association recognizes the documented benefits of rural training track programs to rural communities and in preparing physicians for rural practice, as supported by research studies. 

Accordingly, TMA supports legislative efforts to establish a state program to provide grants to incentivize the development of rural training tracks and other models of residency training designed for rural settings. To promote the success of the grant projects, TMA supports the use of eligibility criteria that take into account the likelihood a residency training program will be able to meet and maintain national graduate medical education accreditation standards and produce physicians who are well prepared for rural practice. 

TMA will promote awareness of the grant opportunities among potential applicants. 

TMA recognizes the stifling effect that Medicare graduate medical education (GME) funding policies have had on GME expansions. TMA strongly supports retention of the current federal payment provision that allows urban and rural hospital sponsors of rural training tracks to qualify for an exception to their respective Medicare GME funding caps. It is important for this exception to continue to allow rural training tracks to qualify for both direct and indirect Medicare GME funding (CME Rep. 4-A-17).

Last Updated On

August 14, 2018