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Coverage and Delivery Reform | GME | 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:

  • 71 percent of all level-one trauma centers;
  • 71 percent of all burn beds;
  • 61 percent of pediatric intensive care unit beds;
  • 88 percent of the nation's 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers; and
  • Provide 35 percent of all hospital charity care nationwide.

News and Updates

MACPAC Makes Recommendations on Prescription Drug Policy, Treatment of Third-Party Payments in Medicaid Shortfall Definition

April 12, 2019

The Medicaid and CHIP Access and Payment Commission (MACPAC) April 11-12 met to vote on potential recommendations to Congress on both prescription drug policy and addressing third-party payments in the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) definition of Medicaid shortfall.

House and Senate Examine High Drug Prices

April 12, 2019

Both the House and Senate continued their work to address high drug prices the week of April 8. The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bipartisan bill to increase transparency while the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing with executives from five pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills

April 5, 2019

The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions April 2 held a hearing titled “Examining Surprising Billing: Protecting Patients from Financial Pain.”

AAMC Submits Amicus Brief in Texas v US

April 5, 2019

The AAMC, along with the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and America’s Essential Hospitals, submitted an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) in the case of Texas v. United States.

MedPAC Releases March 2019 Report to Congress, Recommends Payment Updates for Medicare’s Payment Systems

March 22, 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) March 15 released its March 2019 Report to Congress. The report recommends payment updates for Medicare’s payment systems, including a 2% update for hospital inpatient and outpatient services.

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