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AAMC Offers Assistance to VA; Urges Conferees to Address Physician Shortages

July 11, 2014—AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., July 11 sent a letter  to members of the congressional conference committee on legislation to address backlogs in patient care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

In the letter, Dr. Kirch urges conferees "to pass legislation swiftly to help improve veterans’ access to care outside of the VA, including expedited contracting with non-VA hospitals, timely reimbursement for services, and expanded VA and Medicare graduate medical education (GME) to help address physician workforce shortages that have turned the VA into the proverbial canary in the coal mine.”

He also notes, “161 of our member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their faculty physicians have told us they have the capacity to help when the VA determines what services are needed and how teaching hospitals and medical school physicians can best offer assistance.” Additional information about the AAMC’s work with the VA is available on the Association’s initiative website.

The conference committee has met periodically since June 24 on separate legislation passed in the House and the Senate [see Washington Highlights, June 13]. Conferees have struggled with offsets for the measure, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated could exceed $50 billion annually.

Contact:

Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116
Email: mshick@aamc.org

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