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1st Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 08/31/2015 03:04pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health; addressing barriers to integrating international medical
graduates into the Minnesota health care delivery system; appropriating money;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [144.1911] INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The international medical graduates assistance
program is established to address barriers to practice and facilitate pathways to assist
immigrant international medical graduates to integrate into the Minnesota health
care delivery system, with the goal of increasing access to primary care in rural and
underserved areas of the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Immigrant international medical graduate" means an international medical
graduate who was born outside the United States, now resides permanently in the United
States, and who did not enter the United States on a J1 or similar nonimmigrant visa
following acceptance into a United States medical residency or fellowship program.
new text end

new text begin (d) "International medical graduate" means a physician who received a basic medical
degree or qualification from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Minnesota immigrant international medical graduate" means an immigrant
international medical graduate who has lived in Minnesota for at least two years.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Rural community" means a city or township that is: (1) outside the seven-county
metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2; and (2) has a population
under 15,000.
new text end

new text begin (g) "Underserved community" means a Minnesota area or population included in
the list of designated primary medical care health professional shortage areas, medically
underserved areas, or medically underserved populations (MUPs) maintained and updated
by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Program administration. new text end

new text begin (a) In administering the international medical
graduates assistance program, the commissioner shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide overall coordination for the planning, development, and implementation
of a comprehensive system for integrating qualified immigrant international medical
graduates into the Minnesota health care delivery system, particularly those willing to
serve in rural or underserved communities of the state;
new text end

new text begin (2) develop and maintain, in partnership with community organizations working
with international medical graduates, a voluntary roster of immigrant international medical
graduates interested in entering the Minnesota health workforce, to assist in planning
and program administration, including making available summary reports that show the
aggregate number and distribution, by geography and specialty, of immigrant international
medical graduates in Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (3) award grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide career guidance
and support services to immigrant international medical graduates seeking to enter the
Minnesota health workforce. No grant shall exceed $500,000. Eligible activities under
this program include the following:
new text end

new text begin (i) educational and career navigation, including information on training and licensing
requirements for physician and nonphysician health care professions, and guidance in
determining which pathway is best suited for an individual international medical graduate
based on the graduate's skills, experience, resources, and interests;
new text end

new text begin (ii) support in becoming proficient in medical English;
new text end

new text begin (iii) support in becoming proficient in the use of information technology, including
computer skills and use of electronic health record technology;
new text end

new text begin (iv) support for increasing knowledge of and familiarity with the United States
health care system;
new text end

new text begin (v) support for other foundational skills identified by the commissioner;
new text end

new text begin (vi) support for immigrant international medical graduates in becoming certified
by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates, including help with
preparation for required licensing examinations and financial assistance for fees; and
new text end

new text begin (vii) assistance to international medical graduates in registering with the program's
Minnesota international medical graduate roster;
new text end

new text begin (4) award the initial round of grants under this program by December 2015;
new text end

new text begin (5) work with graduate clinical medical training programs to address barriers
faced by immigrant international medical graduates in securing residency positions in
Minnesota, including the requirement that applicants for residency positions be recent
graduates of medical school. The annual report required in subdivision 6 shall include
any progress in addressing these barriers;
new text end

new text begin (6) develop a standardized assessment of the clinical readiness of eligible immigrant
international medical graduates to serve in a residency program. The commissioner may
initially develop assessments for clinical readiness to practice one or more primary care
specialties, adding additional assessments as resources are available. The commissioner
may contract with an independent entity or another state agency to conduct the assessment.
In order to be assessed for clinical readiness, eligible international medical graduates
must have obtained certification from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical
Graduates;
new text end

new text begin (7) issue a Minnesota certificate of clinical readiness for residency to those who
pass the assessment;
new text end

new text begin (8) develop a plan for the assessment and certification system by December 31, 2015,
including proposed legislation, a proposed budget, and an implementation schedule that
allows for assessment and certification of international medical graduates by July 1, 2017;
new text end

new text begin (9) award grants to support clinical preparation for Minnesota international medical
graduates needing additional clinical preparation or experience to qualify for residency. A
grant shall not exceed $750,000. The grant program shall include:
new text end

new text begin (i) proposed training curricula;
new text end

new text begin (ii) associated policies and procedures for clinical training sites, which must be part
of existing clinical medical education programs in Minnesota; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) monthly stipends for international medical graduate participants. Priority shall
be given to primary care sites in rural or underserved areas of the state, and international
medical graduate participants must commit to serving at least five years in a rural or
underserved community of the state;
new text end

new text begin (10) develop policies and procedures for the clinical preparation program by
December 2015, including an implementation schedule that allows for grants to clinical
preparation programs beginning in June 2016;
new text end

new text begin (11) award grants to support primary care residency positions designated for
Minnesota immigrant physicians who are willing to serve in rural or underserved areas
of the state. A grant shall not exceed $150,000 per residency position per year. The
program shall include:
new text end

new text begin (i) a prerequisite that participating international medical graduates have lived in
Minnesota for at least two years and are certified by the Educational Commission on
Foreign Medical Graduates and hold a Minnesota certificate of clinical readiness for
residency once such certificates become available;
new text end

new text begin (ii) a requirement that participants commit to providing primary care for at least five
years in a rural or underserved area of Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (iii) a requirement that participants commit to pay back a portion of program costs,
with those costs being determined by the commissioner; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) the option that the program include sponsored primary care residency positions,
if private funding is made available;
new text end

new text begin (12) explore and facilitate more streamlined pathways for immigrant international
medical graduates to serve in nonphysician professions in the Minnesota workforce; and
new text end

new text begin (13) study, in consultation with the Board of Medical Practice and other stakeholders,
changes necessary in health professional licensure and regulation to ensure full utilization
of immigrant international medical graduates in the Minnesota health care delivery
system. The commissioner shall include recommendations in the annual report required
under subdivision 6 due January 1, 2017.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Consultation with stakeholders. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall administer the
international medical graduates assistance program, in consultation with the following
sectors:
new text end

new text begin (1) state agencies:
new text end

new text begin (i) Board of Medical Practice;
new text end

new text begin (ii) Office of Higher Education; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) Department of Employment and Economic Development;
new text end

new text begin (2) health care industry:
new text end

new text begin (i) a health care employer in a rural or underserved area of Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (ii) a health insurer;
new text end

new text begin (iii) the Minnesota Medical Association;
new text end

new text begin (iv) licensed physicians experienced in working with international medical
graduates; and
new text end

new text begin (v) the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants;
new text end

new text begin (3) community-based organizations:
new text end

new text begin (i) organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities of Minnesota; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) organizations serving the international medical graduate community, such as the
New Americans Alliance for Development and Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment;
new text end

new text begin (4) higher education:
new text end

new text begin (i) University of Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (ii) Mayo Clinic School of Health Professions;
new text end

new text begin (iii) graduate medical education programs not located at the University of Minnesota
or Mayo Clinic School of Health Professions; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) Minnesota physician assistant education program; and
new text end

new text begin (5) two international medical graduates.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Board of Medical Practice. new text end

new text begin Nothing in this section alters the authority of
the Board of Medical Practice to regulate the practice of medicine.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall submit an annual report to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health care
and higher education on the progress of the integration of international medical graduates
into the Minnesota health care delivery system. The report shall be submitted by January
15 each year, beginning January 15, 2016.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Voluntary hospital programs. new text end

new text begin A hospital may establish residency
programs for foreign-trained physicians to become candidates for licensure to practice
medicine in the state of Minnesota. A hospital may partner with organizations, such as
the New Americans Alliance for Development to screen for and identify foreign-trained
physicians eligible for a hospital's particular residency program.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2016 and $....... is appropriated in fiscal year
2017 from the general fund to the commissioner of health for the grant programs and
operations described in Minnesota Statutes, section 144.1911. The commissioner shall
develop recommendations for any additional funding required for initiatives needed to
achieve the objectives of Minnesota Statutes, section 144.1911. The commissioner shall
report the funding recommendations to the legislature by January 15, 2016.
new text end