Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) today introduced AHA-supported legislation that would add 15,000 residency positions eligible for both Medicare direct graduate medical education and indirect medical education support. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2124) would add 3,000 DGME and IME positions each fiscal year from 2017 through 2021, at least half of which must be used for a shortage specialty residency program. “The current freeze on the number of physician training positions that Medicare funds has severely limited hospitals’ ability to train the next generation of physicians,” said AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack. “It has also contributed to a shortage of physicians, especially in behavioral health, primary care and general surgery...We look forward to working with Congress to enact this vital legislation.”