The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Oct. 29 approved the “Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act,” S. 1557, legislation that would reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program through fiscal year (FY) 2018. The bill would authorize $300 million annually to support pediatric residency training at 56 freestanding children’s hospitals in 29 states and Puerto Rico.
A House-passed version of the bill, H.R. 297, would reauthorize the program at $330 million through FY 2017. The AHA supports reauthorization of the CHGME program.
S. 1557 also extends funding to support teaching programs at children’s psychiatric hospitals.
The CHGME program was created in 1999 to offer children’s hospitals a more level playing field with the teaching hospitals that treat adults and receive similar GME funding under Medicare. CHGMEfunded hospitals train more than 40% of the 58,000 general pediatricians in the U.S.
Unlike Medicare’s GME program, CHGME operates under annual appropriations from Congress. CHGME’s current authorization has actually expired, but Congress has kept it alive by appropriating $267 million in funds for this fiscal year.
S. 1557 has been reported to the Senate floor, where it awaits action by the full Senate.