Glossary

Direct Graduate Medical Education payment (DGME)

Medicare payment to approved teaching hospitals to help cover the direct costs of training residents to become board-eligible in their field. Hospitals receive full payments to help cover resident salaries, fringe benefits and compensation for attending physicians, for residents in their initial residency period (the minimum number of years required to qualify for board certification in that specialty) and half payments for residents who have completed their initial training and are sub-specializing. Direct GME payments vary significantly among hospitals and depend on the number of residents at the hospital, the hospital-specific per resident amount and the size of the hospital’s inpatient Medicare population.