Health Center Regulatory Issues, Uncategorized

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Calls for Teaching Health Center Applications

By: Susan Walter

HRSA is now accepting applications for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program established in the Affordable Care Act. The full guidance may be accessed here, and applications are due on or before December 30, 2010. HRSA has also announced it will hold technical assistance calls on December 7th and December 21st to help applicants prepare and submit their applications.

Teaching Health Centers (THCs) are defined as community-based ambulatory patient care centers including (but not limited to) federally qualified health centers that operate primary care residency programs. For the purposes of the THCGME program, a “primary care residency program” is an accredited graduate medical residency training program in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, or geriatrics. Funding is available to offset the costs of training new residents at a newly-established THC or an expanded number of residents (over the number of residents enrolled as of June 2010) at a pre-existing THC. HRSA estimates the combined interim direct and indirect per resident FTE payment amount will be approximately $150,000.

The THCGME program is funded through FY2015, and HRSA intends to fund qualified THCs for the five-year duration of the program pending the availability of funds and satisfactory performance of awardees.