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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with 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


CMS Releases FY 2016 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities PPS Proposed Rules

May 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 23 and 24 released the Inpatient Rehabilitation Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS) proposed rule and the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) proposed rule, which include proposed changes to the Medicare payment policies and rates for the IRF PPS and IPF PPS. Comments on the IRF PPS proposed rule are due June 22, 2015, and comments on the IPF PPS proposed rule are due June 23, 2015.


AAMC, University Associations Thank Senators for Introducing Patent Troll Bill

May 1, 2015

The AAMC joined a group of six higher education associations in an April 30 statement praising the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act) as a “substantial improvement” over the Innovation Act (H.R. 9), which passed the House in the previous Congress but stalled in the Senate due to concerns that it was too broad. 


AAMC Applauds Reintroduction of GME Expansion Legislation

May 1, 2015

Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-La.) April 30 introduced the “Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015” (S.1148, H.R. 2124), AAMC-supported legislation that would increase the number of Medicare-supported graduate medical education (GME) residency positions. 


Appropriators Voice Concerns About Funding for Ebola Providers and Researchers

April 17, 2015

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) April 15 held a hearing to discuss the $5.4 billion in Ebola-related emergency supplemental funding made available in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act.


President Signs SGR Reform Bill, Praises Bipartisan Achievement

April 17, 2015

President Obama April 16 signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), bipartisan legislation that permanently repeals the long criticized sustainable growth rate formula (SGR). Narrowly avoiding a 21 percent cut to Medicare physician payments, the Senate April 14 overwhelmingly passed (92-8) the bill, following a March 26 approval by the House


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