EDUCATION CODE - Title 3 - SUBTITLE A. HIGHER EDUCATION IN GENERAL

Link to law: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.58A.HTM
Published: 2015-07-01

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EDUCATION CODE

TITLE 3. HIGHER EDUCATION

SUBTITLE A. HIGHER EDUCATION IN GENERAL

CHAPTER 58A. PROGRAMS SUPPORTING GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION



SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS



This section was amended by the 84th Legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see S.B. 18, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Sec. 58A.001. DEFINITION. In this chapter, "board" means the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



SUBCHAPTER B. GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

RESIDENCY EXPANSION



Sec. 58A.021. ADMINISTRATION. The board shall allocate funds appropriated for purposes of this subchapter and may adopt necessary rules regarding the allocation of those funds.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



This section was amended by the 84th Legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see S.B. 18, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Sec. 58A.022. PLANNING GRANTS. (a) The board shall award one-time planning grants to entities located in this state that:

(1) have never had a graduate medical education program; and

(2) are eligible for Medicare funding of graduate medical education.

(b) The board shall award planning grants on a competitive basis according to criteria adopted by the board. The board shall determine the number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant consistent with any conditions provided by legislative appropriation. A grant received under this section must be used for the purpose of planning additional first-year residency positions.

(c) An application for a planning grant for a state fiscal year must be submitted to the board not later than July 15 preceding that fiscal year. Not later than August 15, the board shall make decisions about grant awards for the following state fiscal year.

(d) An entity that is awarded a planning grant and establishes new first-year residency positions after receipt of the grant is eligible for additional funds for each such position established, as provided by appropriation.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



This section was amended by the 84th Legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see S.B. 18, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Sec. 58A.023. GRANTS FOR UNFILLED RESIDENCY POSITIONS. (a) The board shall award grants to graduate medical education programs to enable those programs to fill accredited but unfilled first-year residency positions. The board shall determine the number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant consistent with any conditions provided by legislative appropriation.

(b) A grant received under this section must be expended to support the direct resident costs to the program, including the resident stipend and benefits.

(c) A grant application must include proof of the accredited but unfilled positions to which the application applies. An application for a grant must be submitted to the board not later than October 1 preceding the period for which the grant is made. The board shall make decisions about grant awards not later than January 1 preceding the grant period.

(d) The board may distribute a grant amount for a residency position only on receiving verification that the applicable residency position has been filled.

(e) Grant amounts are awarded under this section for two consecutive state fiscal years. For each first-year residency position for which a program receives an initial grant amount in a fiscal year, the board shall award the program an equal grant amount for the following fiscal year.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



This section was amended by the 84th Legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see S.B. 18, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Sec. 58A.024. GRANTS FOR PROGRAM EXPANSION OR NEW PROGRAM. (a) The board shall award grants to enable existing graduate medical education programs to increase the number of first-year residency positions or to provide for the establishment of new graduate medical education programs with first-year residency positions. The board shall determine the number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant consistent with any conditions provided by legislative appropriation.

(b) A grant received under this section must be expended to support the direct resident costs to the program, including the resident stipend and benefits.

(c) A grant application must include a plan for receiving accreditation for the increased number of positions or for the new program, as applicable. An application for a grant must be submitted to the board not later than October 1 preceding the period for which the grant is made. The board shall make decisions about grant awards not later than January 1 preceding the grant period.

(d) The board may distribute a grant amount for a residency position only on receiving verification that the applicable residency position has been filled.

(e) Grant amounts are awarded under this section for three consecutive state fiscal years. For each first-year residency position for which a program receives an initial grant amount in a fiscal year, the board shall award the program an equal grant amount for the following two fiscal years.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



This section was amended by the 84th Legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see S.B. 18, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

Sec. 58A.025. PRIORITY GRANTS; ADJUSTMENT OF AMOUNTS. (a) If the board determines that the number of first-year residency positions proposed by eligible applicants under Sections 58A.023 and 58A.024 exceeds the number authorized by appropriation, in awarding grants the board:

(1) may give priority for up to 50 percent of the funded first-year residency positions to be in primary care or other critical shortage areas in this state; and

(2) may not reduce grant amounts awarded per resident position, but may proportionately reduce the number of positions funded for each program.

(b) If the board determines that, based on applications received, the entire appropriation will not be awarded for that year for graduate medical education residency expansion under Sections 58A.023 and 58A.024, the board may transfer and use the funds for the purposes of Section 58A.022 and may adjust the number of grants awarded under that section accordingly.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



Sec. 58A.026. GRANTS FOR ADDITIONAL YEARS OF RESIDENCY. (a) If the board determines that funds appropriated for purposes of this subchapter are available after all eligible grant applications under Sections 58A.022, 58A.023, and 58A.024 have been funded, the board shall award grants from excess funds to support residents:

(1) who have completed at least three years of residency; and

(2) whose residency program is in a field in which this state has less than 80 percent of the national average of physicians per 100,000 population, as determined by the board.

(b) Grants shall be awarded under this section in amounts, in the number, and in the residency fields determined by the board, subject to any conditions provided by legislative appropriation. A grant received under this section must be expended to support the direct resident costs to the program, including the resident stipend and benefits.

(c) The board may distribute grant amounts only on receiving verification that the applicable residency position has been filled.

(d) The board may award grants under this section only from funds appropriated for the state fiscal year beginning September 1, 2016, or for a subsequent state fiscal year.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



SUBCHAPTER C. PRIMARY CARE INNOVATION PROGRAM



Sec. 58A.051. PRIMARY CARE INNOVATION PROGRAM. Subject to available funds, the board shall establish a grant program under which the board awards incentive payments to medical schools that administer innovative programs designed to increase the number of primary care physicians in this state.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



Sec. 58A.052. GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS. In addition to other money appropriated by the legislature, the board may solicit, accept, and spend gifts, grants, and donations from any public or private source for the purposes of the program established under this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



Sec. 58A.053. RULES. In consultation with each medical school in this state, the board shall adopt rules for the administration of the program established under this subchapter. The rules must include:

(1) administrative provisions relating to the awarding of grants under this subchapter, such as:

(A) eligibility criteria for medical schools;

(B) grant application procedures;

(C) guidelines relating to grant amounts;

(D) procedures for evaluating grant applications; and

(E) procedures for monitoring the use of grants; and

(2) methods for tracking the effectiveness of grants that:

(A) using data reasonably available to the board, consider relevant information regarding the career paths of medical school graduates during the four-year period following their graduation; and

(B) evaluate whether and for how long those graduates work in primary care in this state.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.



Sec. 58A.054. ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. A reasonable amount, not to exceed three percent, of any money appropriated for purposes of this subchapter may be used by the board to pay the costs of administering this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1015 (H.B. 2550), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.