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Health Professions Education Groups Request Extension of HRSA Public Comment Period

July 22, 2011—AAMC joined five other health professions education organizations on a July 20 letter  requesting an extension to the public comment period for proposed changes to data that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) collects from grantees.

The letter responds to a May 20 Federal Register notice that HRSA is revising the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr)’s performance data collection system for monitoring and assessing grantee and program performance. BHPr administers the Title VII health professions, Title VIII nursing education, and the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education programs, among other initiatives. According to the notice, the revisions will help realign the data elements HRSA collects with updated program goals established in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152 ), and will include “individual-level data collections” for certain programs, including the primary care and diversity programs.

In the letter, the associations “applaud HRSA’s goals of streamlining the reporting process…in a way that allows meaningful, consistent assessments of the programs’ successes,” as emphasized through the Title VII and Title VIII programs’ reauthorization in the ACA. They encourage HRSA to utilize its ACA-afforded authority to supplement grants “to enable grantees to comply with any additional, resource-intensive reporting requirements.”

The letter also recommends a 60-day extension of the public comment period to allow the groups an opportunity to study specifics of the proposal, which were not included in the notice. The organizations note that “additional time to allow a more thorough assessment of the proposal will help meet our mutual goal: implementing a data collection mechanism that strengthens HRSA’s health care workforce programs without imposing an unreasonable burden on grantees or the agency.”


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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