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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


MedPAC Discusses Payment Adequacy and Updating Services and Redesigning the Hospital Quality Incentive Program

December 7, 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Dec. 6-7 to discuss payment adequacy and updates to payments for professional, inpatient, and outpatient services, as well as redesigning Medicare’s hospital quality incentive program. The commission discussed several draft recommendations, which will be voted upon at the January 2019 meeting.


Democratic Leaders Request More Information on Guidance for 1332 Waivers

December 7, 2018

House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Ranking Members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.) sent a joint letter Nov. 29 to top Trump administration officials expressing concern and requesting more information about the proposed changes to Section 1332 waivers.


AAMC Sends 42 CFR Part 2 Letter to HELP Committee Leadership

December 7, 2018

AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, Dec. 3 sent a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) urging them to take action on 42 CFR Part 2 before the end of the 115th Congress.


AAMC Signs Letter Encouraging Passage of PAHPA Reauthorization

December 7, 2018

The AAMC Dec. 5 joined a community letter to House and Senate leadership encouraging Congress to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA, P.L. 109-417) before Congress adjourns for 2018.


AAMC and AHA File Lawsuit Contesting Cuts to Outpatient Departments

December 7, 2018

The AAMC and the American Hospital Association (AHA) filed a lawsuit Dec. 4 against the Department of Health and Human Services in response to payment reductions included in the calendar year 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment Schedule (OPPS) final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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