May 5, 2009
Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced a bill to increase the number of Medicare-funded physician residency training positions by 15 percent. The bill is critical to assist Nevada in addressing our shortage of physicians in the workforce and supporting our growing need for care.
The legislation focuses on training physicians with a focus on primary care and community-based training. The bill changes current rules that limit hospital flexibility to train in non-hospital settings. This creates more opportunities for residents to serve the communities where they are learning. Additionally, the bill allows the funding for those residency slots from closing hospitals to be transferred to any nearby teaching hospital so those doctors are not lost to other places.