The debate over federal GME funding; autistic patients denied spot on transplant list; Mayo expands into Southeast

> A new Health Affairs policy brief outlines the debate over federal graduate medical education (GME) funding. Among the key questions: whether the U.S. is training enough doctors; whether federal support for GME is too costly; and whether funding should be tied to outcomes, such as achieving a higher level of competence, the author notes. Policy brief

> A Houston radiologist has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle claims that he paid up to 17 doctors illegal kickbacks to refer patients to his imaging center, a U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday. Article

> Some autistic patients are being denied spots on the transplant list over of concerns about their ability to follow directions. "Programs worry patients can't comply with taking their medicines and doing what they have to do after the transplant," Arthur Caplan, head of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, told the New York Daily News. Article

> The NCH Health Care System in Naples, Fla., is the first hospital in the Southeast to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, with more affiliations in the region to come, Bob Brigham, Mayo's chief administrative officer in Jacksonville, told the Florida Times-Union. NCH joins a growing Mayo network that now includes hospitals in Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota. Article

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