House OKs Bills To Boost Pediatric Training, Research

Law360, New York (February 5, 2013, 6:47 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Monday affecting pediatric health care — one that would reauthorize graduate medical education payments for children's hospitals and another that would create a national network to develop new pediatric medications — with bipartisan support.

The Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, HR 297, passed 352 to 50. The bill would reauthorize the program, in which Medicare provides additional payments to children's teaching hospitals to support residency programs, for another five years.

More than 40 percent of pediatricians and...
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