Compendium of Budget Information for the 2014 General Session
Appropriations Subcommittee (PDF)
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The Utah Medical Education Council (UMEC) focuses its efforts in three major areas: (1) retaining the Utah trained healthcare workforce, (2) facilitating rural training opportunities, and (3) strengthening public-private partnerships. Additionally, the UMEC is identifying approaches that use revenue sources more efficiently to stabilize funding for clinical training programs. However, within the past year changes to rules by the CMS, combined with economic factors, have led to diminished funding to the UMEC from teaching hospitals. This funding comprised the Dedicated Credits Revenue for the Council.
Historically, federal funding for state medical education was sent directly to hospitals providing healthcare workforce training. As part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Demonstration Project, the UMEC received and disbursed federal funds for Graduate Medical Education (GME) expenses allowing the UMEC to directly tie the funding of medical education to workforce needs. By utilizing data from workforce surveys prepared by the Department of Workforce Services and the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the UMEC determines where the most critical healthcare workforce needs are in the state and enters into contractual agreements with institutions that provide medical education training. In this way, the UMEC helps to alleviate shortages of healthcare professionals, particularly in rural and underserved communities.
The following laws govern the Medical Education Program:
The Medical Education Council reports that with the change of the staff employment from the State to the Utah System of Higher Education, benefit losses came in the form of sick leave value and possible differences in health, life and disability insurance.
The State DHRM allowed a severance payment for some of the sick leave for employees as they were considered "terminated" from state employment. This amounted to $51,784 in FY 2013. Beyond this amount, employees lost an additional $26,264 in sick leave cash value.
Insurance differences between State employment and the Utah System of Higher Education were specific to the individual, and were not calculated.
The measure below shows the growth of residency and fellowship positions in Utah.
The measure below shows the retention rates of residents and fellows who received training in Utah.
The measure shows the number of Utah health providers. The largest group is patient care physicians.
The Medical Education Program funding consists of General Funds and Dedicated Credits (contracts and fees for services).
Note: Dedicated credits revenue and nonlapsing balances differ from last year's Compendia of Budget Information due to a change in the accounting of trust and agency disbursements at the Medical Education Council.
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.