AMA Wire

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

For Medical Students

Government expands cancer coverage for 9/11 workers

Fourteen categories of cancer have been added to the list of ailments covered by the federal government's World Trade Center Health Program, which provides health services to rescue workers who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  

The additions come less than three months after the AMA adopted policy, in June during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, seeking to increase research on cancer incidence for 9/11 rescue workers in order to ensure that requisite health care services and treatments were provided to these individuals. This policy originated in the AMA Medical Student Section, which adopted it in November 2011 before the House of Delegates approved it.

The 14 additions bring the total types of cancer for which the World Trade Center Health Program will now provide health services to 50. For a list of the additional forms of cancer, visit a CDC Web page about the World Trade Center health effects and click on the first link under "Frequently Asked Questions: Cancer."

Number of residency slots under review by IOM panel

A new committee charged with reviewing the nation's graduate medical education (GME) system and making recommendations on how to better produce a medical workforce for the 21st century took its first steps recently with a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C.

The committee is tasked with reviewing the current number of residents and GME slots against the number needed to address such issues as the nation's aging and increasingly diverse patient population, the growing prevalence of disability and chronic disease, and new health care innovations. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened the committee at the request of a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

The committee's recommendations are not expected to be released until sometime near the end of next year. The group is beginning its work as legislation that would increase the number of residency slots has been introduced in both the U.S. House and the Senate. Read more in American Medical News.

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