If your institution provides graduate medical education (GME) training to physicians, you confront numerous hurdles in the accreditation process, such as proper evaluation of data, preparation of program information forms, complying with general competency standards, and planning for site surveys. You have to avoid accreditation difficulties, while at the same time strategize on how to maintain compliance with institutional and program requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Our Health Law attorneys advise scores of academic medical centers and teaching hospitals across the country on their GME programs, compliance obligations, and accreditation-related issues. We assist them in their challenges to adverse ACGME or Residency Review Committee (RRC) decisions. Our experience extends across the range of disciplines and specialties in which training is provided under the auspices of ACGME. Institutions cited as deficient in specific areas by the applicable RRC turn to us to review the citations and to provide advice on appropriate courses of action, including representing them in administrative appeals, or filing a new set of program information forms. We can also provide advice if your institution decides to combine or streamline its GME program in the context of a merger or consolidation, or decides to reduce or eliminate programs for economic or other business reasons.