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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

Fetal Tissue Panel Issues Interim Report

July 15, 2016

The majority members of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives July 14 released an interim update on its work investigating the transfer of fetal tissue and related matters. The 88-page report describes the panel’s initial perspectives with respect to financial transactions of abortion providers and the potential impact on health care services. The report also describes the panel’s intent to continue exploring these issues through the remainder of the year.

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on MACRA

July 15, 2016

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt testified July 13 before the Senate Finance Committee on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA, P.L. 114-10) and implementation of physician payment reforms.

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Stark Law

July 15, 2016

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing July 17 to discuss physician self-referral restrictions, otherwise known as the “Stark Law.”

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report on Socioeconomic Status in Medicare Payment Programs

July 15, 2016

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine July 13 released the third in a series of five reports focused on identifying social risk factors affecting the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and how to account for these factors in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’s payment programs. The reports are mandated by Congress as part of Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act, P.L. 113-185).

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves HHS Spending Bill

July 8, 2016

The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee July 7 approved its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (Labor-HHS). The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the spending bill on July 13.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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