Under a new, tentative agreement between House and Senate negotiators of the Medicare legislation, teaching hospitals would get back a small fraction of cuts in special Medicare funding made last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization says that if the Medicare bill is passed, teaching hospitals would get $400 million more in Medicare Indirect Medical Education over 10 years.
That is just a fraction of the $800 million per year in IME funds that teaching hospitals lost in October 2002, says AAMC lobbyist Lynn Davis Boyle.
Although conferees are not expected to alter the amount, Boyle says the AAMC will still ask for more.
"We're certainly going to work for a full restoration until the bitter end," she says.