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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 | 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


CMS Postpones the July 2018 Update to the Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) June 12 announced that it is postponing the July 2018 release of updated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on the Hospital Compare


Rep. Matsui Introduces Bill in Support of 340B Program

June 15, 2018

Representative Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) June 12 introduced the Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act (H.R. 6071) to support and expand the 340B Drug Pricing Program.


Hospital Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of ACA

June 15, 2018

The AAMC June 14 joined with the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the Federation of American Hospitals to file an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. the United States.


HHS Seeks Public Comment to Develop Workgroup to Increase Innovation and Investment in Healthcare Sector

June 8, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) June 6 released a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on a planned initiative to develop a workgroup to focus on promoting innovation and investment to provide for significant impact on the health and wellbeing of Americans.  The Department envisions the workgroup as a forum to hear the individual perspectives of attendees and foster new and innovative approaches to tackle the complicated challenges facing the healthcare industry.


House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Reauthorizing PAHPA

June 8, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) June 6 held a hearing on draft legislation authored by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) that would reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) for five years. The hearing signals that the Committee will not directly take up the bill advanced May 23 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee (see, Washington Highlights, May 25) and calls into question what the next steps will be to reauthorize PAHPA.

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