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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Teaching Hospitals

Coverage and Delivery Reform | GME | HIT | IPPS | OPPS | Patient Care Quality

Millions of Americans turn to teaching hospitals for specialized surgeries, life-saving care, and complex treatments. Teaching hospitals serve critical and unique community services, such as trauma and burn centers. These institutions are leaders in developing new cures and treatments and are continually improving medical education for future physicians. They are the training ground for more than 100,000 new physicians and other health professionals each year. And they are a vital part of America's safety net, providing care to millions of the country’s uninsured population.

The AAMC represents the nation's nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems and their associated clinical physicians. AAMC members operate:

  • 47 percent of all organ transplant centers;
  • 60 percent of all level-one trauma centers;
  • 67 percent of all burn beds,
  • 22 percent of all cardiac surgeries,
  • 41 percent of Alzheimer's centers, and
  • Provide nearly half of all hospital charity care nationwide.

News and Updates

AAMC Submits Letters to Party Platform Committees

June 24, 2016

The AAMC June 17 submitted letters to both the Democratic and Republican party platform committees for inclusion in their respective platforms during their national conventions later this summer.

AAMC Comments on FY 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule

June 24, 2016

The AAMC June 17 submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

MACPAC Releases June Report

June 17, 2016

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) June 15 released its June 2016 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The commission did not make any recommendations in its June report.

CMS Proposes Hospital Conditions of Participation

June 17, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) June 13 proposed updated Conditions of Participation(COP) for both hospitals and critical access hospitals. Providers must abide by these conditions to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Medicare Legislation

June 10, 2016

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health June 8 held a Member Day hearing on various proposals regarding the Medicare program.

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