CMS is currently seeking stakeholder comments on proposed rule changes that would affect critical access hospitals (CAHs) and the way in which both CAHs and partner acute care hospitals build resident FTE caps and claim reimbursement for training residents.
Presentations and discussions at this year’s institute converged around two key themes: (1) the need for training to evolve to better prepare residents and fellows to address the country’s changing healthcare needs and (2) the importance of clearly defining the full value GME provides to an organization.
A significant portion of the nation’s teaching hospitals are training residents in excess of their Medicare FTE caps. Applying for redistributed cap slots from a closed teaching hospital is one of the few opportunities hospitals may have to receive an increase in these otherwise permanent FTE caps.
In today’s market, we find that the dean’s tax is often misplaced and outdated, and it can be an impediment to partnerships with health systems and other providers. Reimbursement levels and other market factors call for tight alignment of financial interests between the medical school and affiliated teaching hospital(s), but the legacy dean’s tax does not promote this—in fact, it accomplishes the opposite.
We recently sat down with Leah Gassett and learned more about her experience in GME planning, academic strategy, and programmatic and business plan development. Get to know Leah in this Q&A.
Partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) provide opportunities to reduce costs and/or lower the incremental costs of training more residents while improving the quality of the training.
Earlier this month, ECG announced that Jim Brown and Don Pauley joined the firm’s Academic Healthcare Division.
After a massive effort to integrate 18 clinics into a new health system—including the standardization of front-end workflows to support the migration of all clinics onto one EHR platform—ambulatory leadership at the University of Kansas Health System (UKHS) wanted to assess the state of clinic operations and improve performance.
Given the long-lasting implications, starting the journey to become a teaching hospital requires a well-thought-out plan to ensure a viable and successful GME enterprise. This checklist can serve as a roadmap for executives as they begin this process.
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