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Teaching Hospitals

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


Court of Appeals Issues Ruling on Counting Third-Party Payments in Medicaid DSH Definition

August 16, 2019

A federal appellate court issued an Aug. 13 decision on the treatment of third-party payments in the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) shortfall definition.


Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Proposed Rule on Center for Innovation for Care and Payment

August 2, 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) July 29 released a proposed rule on a new Center for Innovation for Care and Payment.


CMS Issues Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Rule

August 2, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) July 29 released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule.


CMS Releases CY 2020 OPPS Proposed Rule

August 2, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) July 29 released the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule containing changes to Medicare payment policies and OPPS rates for calendar year (CY) 2020.


House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Numerous Bipartisan Health Care Bills

July 19, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a July 17 markup to advance legislation regarding several key health care issues, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Title VII health professions workforce development programs. Additionally, the committee passed an amended version of its proposal to address surprise medical bills.

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