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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:

  • 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


Energy and Commerce Releases Report on 340B Program

January 12, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Jan. 10 released a report on the 340B Drug Pricing Program.


AAMC submits comments on NQF Measure Application Partnership Draft Report

January 12, 2018

The AAMC Jan. 11 submitted comments to the National Quality Forum (NQF) regarding the Measure Application Partnership (MAP)’s draft reports to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on 2018 Considerations for Implementing Measures based upon CMS’ 2017 Measures under Consideration (MUC) List for 2018 pre-rulemaking.


HHS Secretary Nominee Highlights Top Priorities During Senate Hearing

January 12, 2018

Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, outlined his top priorities for the department during a Jan. 9 hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee.


AAMC Sends Letter Opposing Bill that Makes Changes to 340B Program

January 12, 2018

The AAMC sent a Jan. 9 letter to Representatives Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) highlighting concerns about, and opposing, a bill that would make changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program.


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