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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


CMS Posts Final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice to Website

December 9, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Dec. 7 posted its final, updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) to its website.


OIG Amends Safe Harbors to Antikickback Status and Revises CMP Rules

December 9, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) Dec. 6 issued a final rule that amends safe harbors to the Antikickback statute (AKS) and changes the civil monetary penalty rules to allow certain renumeration to patients who pose a low risk of harm.


HHS Inspector General Releases Annual Report on Medicare and Medicaid Oversight Work Plan

November 18, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) November 10 released its work plan for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The work plan includes current and new projects that OIG will undertake in the coming year.  The OIG will focus its Medicare oversight efforts on identifying and offering recommendations to reduce improper payments, prevent and deter fraud, and foster economical payment policies.


CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule with Comment

November 4, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 released the Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule with comment, which updates payment policies and rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers beginning Jan. 1, 2017. 


AAMC Joint Letter Requesting an Extension to the NIH Single IRB Policy

October 28, 2016

The AAMC Oct. 24 joined the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Council on Government Relations in a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer MD, and NIH Associate Director for Science Policy and Director of the Office of Science Policy, Carrie Wolinetz PhD. The letter requested a one-year extension to the implementation date of the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Multi-Site Research (sIRB Policy), scheduled to take effect on May 25, 2017.

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