H.R.5888 - Physician Reentry Demonstration Program Act
To establish a demonstration program to facilitate physician reentry into clinical practice to provide required primary health services.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the shortage of primary care physicians will reach 40,000 in the next 10 years, as medical schools send about half of the needed number of graduates into primary care medicine.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) According to a survey of 1,600 pediatricians over the age of 50 conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Academy of Pediatrics, 22 percent of female pediatricians took extended leave (6 months or more) from medicine, compared to only 6.5 percent of male pediatricians. Seventy-one percent of the female pediatricians who took extended leave did so to care for a child or family member.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. REENTRY PROGRAM FOR PHYSICIANS.
(1) ESTABLISHMENT OF DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM- The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the ‘Secretary’) shall establish a demonstration program to assist the development of innovative programs that facilitate physician reentry into clinical practice to provide required primary health services (as defined in section 330(b)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act (
(A) conduct a national needs assessment with regard to the supply of physicians who provide required primary health services, using, to the extent feasible, information collected for use in other similar completed or forthcoming studies, such as studies conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources and Services Administration;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) disseminate evidence-based assessments and evaluation tools to measure the basic core competencies of physicians reentering clinical practice that are consistent with the guidelines published by the Federation of State Medical Boards for such physicians; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) assist State regulatory authorities and hospital credentialing committees to structure requirements for physicians to return to clinical practice in a manner that ensures patient safety while addressing the burdens on such reentering physicians.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) A non-profit organization with a demonstrated history or expertise in providing physician education and with the ability to offer programs specifically targeted at reentering physicians.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Application- In order to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Uses of Funds- An eligible entity that receives funds under this section shall use such funds to assist reentering physicians who meet the requirements of subsection (e) through any of the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) SERVICE LOCATIONS- To be eligible to receive benefits under subsection (d), a reentering physician who participates in a demonstration program shall provide required primary health services at--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) LENGTH OF SERVICE- To be eligible to receive benefits under subsection (d), a reentering physician shall work at a location described in paragraph (1) for not less than 2 years.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Liability Protections- A civil action brought against a reentering physician who participates in a demonstration program under this section and works at a location described in subsection (e)(1) for damage for personal injury, including death, resulting from performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions by a reentering physician acting within the scope of such reentering physician’s participation in a demonstration program, shall be subject to section 224 of the Public Health Service Act (
(g) Annual Review and Report- For any year during which the demonstration program under this section is carried out, the Secretary shall conduct a review and comprehensive evaluation of such program and shall prepare and submit to Congress a report assessing such program, including an assessment of the performance of the reentering physicians who participate in such program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(h) Reentering Physician Defined- In this section, the term ‘reentering physician’ means a physician, as defined by section 1861(r)(1) of the Social Security Act (