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Boost in Medicare-funded resident physicians at SIUH

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Boost in Medicare-funded resident physicians at Staten Island University Hospital

Judy L. Randall By Judy L. Randall
on December 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM, updated December 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

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"Ensuring that we have talented and capable physicians a hospitals across the state is essential to providing quality health care," said Sen. Charles Schumer.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island University Hospital will be reimbursed for an additional 24 Medicare-funded resident physicians, it was announced Monday by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who pushed for an increase in training slots at SIUH.

Hospital CEO Anthony Ferreri called it "very good news."

Ferreri said the monetary boost amounts to $90,000 in federal reimbursement per resident physician.

SIUH was previously capped at 198 Medicare-reimbursed physicians, Ferreri said. But he said the hospital had an additional 42 residents on staff because of need who it did not receive reimbursement for.

He said the reimbursements for 24 of those might be retroactive to July.

That could not be immediately confirmed with Schumer's office.

While federal law limits the number of Medicare-funded resident slots at hospitals around the country, University Hospital became eligible for additional slots because of hospital closures in the region.

Schumer said the additional reimbursements here will permit an increase in residency opportunities in the face of doctor shortages in the state.

"Ensuring that we have talented and capable physicians at hospitals across the state is essential to providing quality health care," said Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The Affordable Care Act included a provision to permanently preserve the Medicare-funded residency slots from teaching hospitals that close, Schumer's office noted. Previously, those slots would have to be returned to the pool. Now they are redistributed with priority given to area hospitals.

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