I recently wrote about the need for to do residency training following medical school. I have also written about the need to change how we pay for and value this training going forward. Below is an opportunity to influence those who can effect the necessary changes:

H.R. 487 Needs Your Support
Call Your Member of Congress Today

We are pleased to announce that on February 4, 2013, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) reintroduced, with Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act of 2013. This is our Medicare GME reform pilot bill. The new bill number for the 113th Congress is H.R. 487. There are currently two additional cosponsors, Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Steve Stivers (R-OH). This is excellent news, but our work is far from over. The more cosponsors we rally, the more likely it is that our bill will become law, so please call your member of Congress and speak up as an advocate for family medicine! If you contacted your representative last year, now is a great time to follow up with them. Explain that the bill has been reintroduced in this Congress and express your continued support for the bill. This is a great opportunity to work on building a relationship with your office. Again, your family medicine advocacy efforts are greatly appreciated.
The bill’s introduction is the culmination of family medicine’s efforts over the last three years to introduce reforms in the way Medicare funds graduate medical education. This bill is a budget-neutral way to test new models for the delivery of GME funding – the funding for the training of primary care physicians, particularly family physicians, will take a different path from traditional hospital GME payments. The pilot project introduced by this bill changes the stream of GME funding to make it directly available to medical education entities whose priority is training the primary care workforce. It provides a valuable opportunity to explore modern training techniques that could be useful for the production of the type of primary care physician needed now and for the future and allows for an increase in the number of primary care physicians.
It is of critical importance that you contact your representative on behalf of your program or department and ask him or her to cosponsor this bill. Enter your zip code in the “call now” box above to receive talking points and information on whom to contact, as well as links to FAQs and background information.
Note: If your member of Congress is already a cosponsor of H.R. 487, please call to thank them for their efforts on behalf of family medicine!