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GAO Reports on Federally Funded Health Care Workforce Training Programs in FY 2012

In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies health care postsecondary training and education programs that received federal support in fiscal year (FY) 2012. The report found that four federal departments (the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Education) administered 91 programs that received about $14.2 billion to support postsecondary training or education specifically for direct care health professionals. Most funding was allocated to programs that support graduate medical education (GME), which includes postgraduate internship and residency training for physicians and other health professionals. Two programs involving Medicare GME payments to teaching hospitals and Medicare indirect medical education payments to teaching hospitals accounted for about 66 percent of the total reported funding.


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