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Second Opinion Podcasts

Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with 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:

  • 47 percent of all organ transplant centers;
  • 60 percent of all level-one trauma centers;
  • 67 percent of all burn beds,
  • 22 percent of all cardiac surgeries,
  • 41 percent of Alzheimer's centers, and
  • Provide nearly half of all hospital charity care nationwide.

News and Updates


CMS Issues Final HHS Notice on Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016

February 27, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 20 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).


CMS Proposes Adjustment for MA Star Rating to Account for Sociodemographic Factors

February 27, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 20 released advance notice of methodological changes for calendar year (CY) 2016 to adjust Medicare Advantage (MA) capitation rates.


AAMC Comments on CMS Star Ratings TEP Report

February 27, 2015

The AAMC Feb. 25 submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) Measure Selection for Hospital Star Ratings technical expert panel (TEP) comment report. The TEP proposed nine measures for a future star ratings system on the hospital quality website, Hospital Compare.


Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on President’s FY 16 Budget

February 27, 2015

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified at a Feb. 26 House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal.


Appropriators Discuss FY 2016 Request for NIH, Preparedness, Title VII

February 27, 2015

The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 25 held the first hearing of the year to discuss the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell testified.


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Testimony and Correspondence





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