Washington Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Updates the Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its updated list of designated primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The list highlights provider shortages by demography, geography, and institution, identifying areas in which National Health Service Corps (NHSC) professionals may serve, and entities that include clinical training sites in HPSAs may receive priority for HRSA residency training program grants.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Funding to Support Primary Care Residency Programs in Teaching Health Centers

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $12 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 32 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. Funding will help train more than 300 residents during the 2013-2014 academic year, doubling the number of residents trained in the previous academic year. The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, expands residency training in community-based settings. Residents will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry. To view the press release announcement regarding funding, please click here.

A Challenge to the Affordable Care Act Returns to Court

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Liberty University’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act will return to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia; the school is focused on returning the law to the United States Supreme Court.

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