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ASPS Responds to Congressional Open Letter on GME

ASPS has responded to an Open Letter sent by the House Energy and Commerce Committee requesting information on graduate medical education (GME).

ASPS stressed that all current GME funding is necessary and additional funding is desired to meet future workforce needs. Additional funding could include contributions from all beneficiaries of the health system, such as states and private insurance. Federal policy should recognize the workforce needs of specialty medicine in addition to primary care. It was also noted that increased transparency within the GME program would be appropriate.

ASPS co-signed a response letter sent by the Alliance of Specialty Medicine with similar sentiments. The Energy and Commerce Committee sought feedback on GME as they review the workforce recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last year.