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Report links imbalance in graduate medical education payments, doc shortages
Modern Healthcare

Physician shortages in states with rural and growing populations have been exacerbated by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, because the law essentially gave ownership of a capped number of federally supported residency slots to hospitals that had them at the time, according to a new study. The Northeast in general and New York in particular are getting a disproportionate share of Medicare graduate medical education payments compared with growing states such as Florida and states with physician shortages such as Mississippi, according to the report by researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington.