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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

MedPAC Discusses Payment for Hospital Emergency Department Services, Hospital Quality Measurement, and Issues for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations

April 13, 2018

he Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Apr. 5-6 met to discuss Medicare payment issues, including hospital emergency department services, hospital quality reporting programs, and issues confronting Medicare ACOs among other topics in advance of MedPAC’s June 2018 report.

CMS Issues Final HHS Notice on Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019

April 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 9 issued a final rule on benefit and payment parameters included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152).

VA Releases Updates to Comprehensive Affiliate Guide to Contracting

March 30, 2018

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Offices of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and Medical Sharing/Affiliate Office (MSO) issued a new “Affiliate Guide to Health-Care Contracting.”

Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Votes on Four Proposals

March 30, 2018

arch 26, 2018, the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) met to discuss and vote on four proposals for physician-focused payment models. MACRA created the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to provide physicians with an avenue to develop new care models that would qualify as Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the Quality Payment Program.

GAO Releases Report on GME Funding

March 30, 2018

—The Government Accountability Office (GAO) March 29 released a report examining graduate medical education (GME) funding.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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