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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


AAMC Comments on HELP Discussion Draft as Congress Continues to Consider Surprise Medical Bills

June 14, 2019

The AAMC June 7 submitted comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in response to the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 discussion draft legislation.


Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Funding of Critical Health Care Programs

June 7, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee June 4 held a hearing, “Investing in America’s Health Care,” to address a variety of health care programs, including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Quality Forum (NQF), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and Teaching Health Centers (THC).


Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Finals Rule for Community Care, Urgent Care

June 7, 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) June 5 released final rules on community care and urgent care.


HRSA Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for CHGME Payment Program

June 7, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) May 24 announced a notice of funding opportunity for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program.


PAHPA Reauthorization Goes to President

June 7, 2019

The House June 4 passed by voice vote the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAI, S.1379).

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