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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

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on 340B Program

July 21, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee July 18 held a hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program. During the hearing, members from both parties expressed support for the program, while some also encouraged the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers the program, to increase its oversight and transparency.

Senate Continues its Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

July 21, 2017

n response to continued opposition to the Senate health care reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) July 18 announced his intent to vote on an updated version of a 2015 repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA).

AAMC Engages Federal, Congressional Committees on VA Reform and Funding

July 14, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee July 13 approved its FY 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill.

Revised Version of Senate Health Care Bill Released; Senate Plans to Work into August Recess

July 14, 2017

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) July 13 released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA).

GAO Recommends CMS Ensure Lower Quality Hospitals Do Not Receive Bonuses under HVBP Program

July 7, 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a June 30 report on the Medicare Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP) program, which aims to improve quality of care and efficiency by creating financial incentives for participating hospitals.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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