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Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program

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About the Program

The CHGME PP provides funds to freestanding children’s hospitals to support the training of pediatric and other residents in graduate medical education (GME) programs. This program compensates for the disparity in the level of Federal funding for teaching hospitals for pediatrics versus other types of hospitals.

To be eligible for funding, by statute (Public Law 106-310), a children’s hospital must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Participates in an approved graduate medical education (GME) program

  • Has a Medicare Provider Agreement

  • Is excluded from the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) under section 1886(d)(1)(B)(iii) of the Social Security Act, and its accompanying regulations

  • Is a “freestanding” hospital

A hospital remains eligible for payments as long as it trains residents as a “freestanding” children’s hospital during the fiscal year for which CHGME Payment Program payments are made.


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