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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

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report on Socioeconomic Status in Medicare Payment Programs

October 21, 2016

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) October 11 released the fourth in a series of five reports focused on accounting for socio risk factors in Medicare payments [see Washington Highlights, July 15].

CMS Announces New Initiative to Increase Clinician Engagement

October 14, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) October 13 announced a new initiative to increase clinician engagement and improve clinician satisfaction.

AAMC Comments on 340B Drug Pricing Program Proposed Rule

October 14, 2016

The AAMC October 11 submitted a comment letter in response to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proposed rule.

CMS Publishes Final Rule on MACRA Physician Payment System

October 14, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) October 14 published a final rule with comment period on the Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) physician payment system.

AAMC Comments on EPM Proposed Rule

October 7, 2016

The AAMC October 3 submitted a comment letter in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs) proposed rule. This proposal, if finalized, would establish a new mandatory bundled payment program starting July 2, 2017.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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