Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim At Impending Doctor Shortage

Law360, New York (March 15, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT) -- Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would pay hospitals for training thousands of new doctors, raising a longstanding cap on such reimbursement in hopes of averting a looming physician shortage resulting from the burgeoning ranks of Medicare and Medicaid.

The Training Tomorrow’s Doctors Today Act, which mirrors legislation introduced last year that died in committee, would create 15,000 new residency positions over the course of the next five years. Congress in 1997 instituted a 100,000-slot cap, but Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., say extra investment...
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