Title 31, Chapter 7, Section 95
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Designated teaching hospital" means a teaching hospital
operated by other than a hospital authority, which hospital agrees
to contract with the state to offer or continue to offer a
residency program approved by the American Medical Association,
which program has at least 50 residents and which hospital
operates a 24 hour, seven-day-per-week emergency room open to the
public and which hospital files a semiannual statistical report
consistent with those filed by other state funded tertiary,
neonatal, obstetrical centers with the Family Health Section of
the Department of Human Resources.
(2) "Hospital authority" means a hospital authority operating a
teaching hospital which offers a residency program approved by the
American Medical Association.
(3) "Resident" means a physician receiving medical education and
training through a teaching hospital operated by a hospital
authority or designated teaching hospital.
(b) The General Assembly finds that the major hospital authorities
and designated teaching hospitals in this state provide a valuable
service benefiting the entire state by operating teaching hospitals
which provide necessary medical education and training for
physicians; this service is provided through residency programs
offered by these teaching hospitals. By the provision of residency
programs operated by state teaching hospitals, the state has
recognized its responsibility to fund the cost of training
physicians; and it is the purpose of this Code section to recognize
that the state has a similar responsibility when the medical
education and training are provided by teaching hospitals operated
by hospital authorities or by designated teaching hospitals.
(c) For each resident receiving medical education and training
through a teaching hospital operated by a hospital authority or
designated teaching hospital, the Department of Community Health
shall pay no more than $10,000.00 per annum to the hospital
authority or designated teaching hospital. Such payments shall be
made based upon certifications by the hospital authorities or
designated teaching hospitals to the Department of Community Health.
The Department of Community Health is authorized to designate the
Georgia Board for Physician Workforce to promulgate rules and
regulations specifying procedures for making the certifications
provided for in this Code section and to establish a procedure for
making payments to hospital authorities and designated teaching
hospitals as provided in this Code section.
(d) The funds necessary to carry out this Code section shall derive
from funds appropriated for such purpose to the Department of
Community Health. In the event the funds appropriated by the
General Assembly are insufficient to fund the full amount payable to
hospital authorities or designated teaching hospitals under
subsection (c) of this Code section, the amount otherwise payable
thereunder shall be reduced pro rata in accordance with the funds
actually appropriated for such purpose. The Department of Community
Health shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations
to carry out the provisions of this Code section. No additional
teaching hospitals will be added until such funds have been made
available for any additional teaching hospitals.
(e) Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to amend,
modify, supersede, or repeal Chapter 10 of Title 49.