Children's hospitals urge Congress to provide $330 million in FY 2019 funding for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.
The resources above help illustrate why CHGME is vital to our pediatric workforce and the nation's children. Some important points about the program include:
- The CHGME program supports child health nationally by funding the training of pediatric providers at eligible children's hospitals. A robust pediatric workforce is essential to ensuring all children have access to high-quality medical care.
- CHGME was created in 1999 because Congress recognized that a dedicated source of support for training in children's hospitals was necessary to strengthen the pediatric workforce. Since then, CHGME funding has enabled children's hospitals to dramatically increase training overall, and in particular grow the supply of pediatric specialists — the area of greatest shortages in children's health care.
- CHGME recipient hospitals — only 1 percent of all hospitals — train approximately half of the nation's pediatricians and pediatric specialists, more than 7,000 annually. CHGME is integral to developing and maintaining training programs that target the unique needs of children.
- While CHGME has been successful in promoting access to care, much remains to be done. Pediatric workforce shortages persist, most acutely among pediatric subspecialties. Localized shortages of pediatric primary care also continue in certain areas. Furthermore, the average CHGME payment per full-time equivalent (FTE) resident represents only approximately half of what Medicare GME provides to support training in general acute care hospitals.
- Children's hospitals thank Congress for a long history of support for the CHGME program. For FY 2018, the program is funded at $315 million. By further strengthening support for CHGME, children's hospitals can maintain and expand vital training programs and continue to advance pediatric health.
Now is the time to take a step forward for kids' health. Children's hospitals urge Congress to provide $330 million in FY 2019 funding for CHGME.