Legislation was heard this week to appropriate $8.4 million to strengthen and increase Minnesota’s health care workforce. The bill would establish a grant program to expand primary care residency training sites, and a grant program to expand clinical training of advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, and mental health professionals. In addition, the bill would provide an incentive payment for health professions student preceptors and medical resident preceptors.
The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission heard testimony from higher education institutions and training sites stating that the lack of available clinical training sites or residency slots was their greatest challenge to fulfilling the needs of the workforce. To address this problem, the Primary Care and Mental Health Professions Clinical Training Expansion grant program would provide funding for clinical training sites for physician assistant, APRN, and mental health professionals; the Primary Care Residency Expansion grant would provide funds to Minnesota institutions that train medical students so the availability of residency slots would be increased.
Many preceptors find it difficult to give up their time for precepting when the time can disrupt their practice’s generation of revenue. To address this issue, the bill also creates a preceptor grant program which would provide financial incentives similar to other states, where preceptors receive grant money for precepting. The bill was heard in the Health, Human Services, and Housing Committee where it was passed to the State and Local Government Committee. (S.F. 1246)