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CHA Participates in Senate Hearing on Graduate Medical Education

Last week Thomas Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System, testified at a joint informational hearing of the California Senate Health Committee and the Senate Business and Professions Committee regarding the importance of developing long-term sustainable financing for graduate medical education (GME) in the state.Priselac, chair of the CHA Academic Medical Center (AMC) Steering Committee, emphasized the challenges with GME funding. He explained that, given the projections for the federal budget and likely GME funding reductions at the federal level, California needs a statewide, long-term solution to meet public policy goals of enhanced coverage and improved care. With no statewide mechanism for overseeing GME funding, policy and program development, California is vulnerable to the impact of federal funding cuts, with little funding leverage to implement new training solutions that strengthen development of the state’s health care workforce. Priselac noted that AMCs and other teaching hospitals in California currently subsidize GME at an estimated $1.1 billion each year.