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Money to Hospitals for Residents

trauma-list@trauma.org trauma-list@trauma.org
Sat, 15 Jun 2002 10:09:58 EDT

Rick is absolutely right that hospitals receive federal "pass through" 
education dollars for resident education, but he is incorrect in the amount.  
 The amount is linked to the percentage of the hospitals Medicare 
reimbursements and by a formula derived in the past following negotiations by 
the state and the hospital with the feds.  Rates in different states are 
different for the same level of resident.   Several changes should be 
considered.   First the money should probably go to the residency program 
director, at the medical school and NOT the hospital, and second, the rates 
should be standardized.