The 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, created several new programs to support medical and graduate medical education. The Primary Care Innovation Program will provide awards, on a competitive basis, to medical schools that administer innovative programs designed to increase the number of primary care physicians in the state. The legislature appropriated $2.1 million for the program in Fiscal Years 2014-2015.
Senate Bill 215, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, called for the Coordinating Board to engage institutions of higher education in a negotiated rulemaking process, as described in Subchapter 2008, Government Code, in the development of such rules. New Primary Care Innovation Program proposed rules were drafted and approved by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the Primary Care Innovation Program on April 9, 2014. The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register on April 25, 2014, for a 30-day public comment period, which ends May 25, 2014.
Pending adoption of final rules, the Coordinating Board expects to publish a Request for Applications in late summer or early fall 2014.