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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

Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Rising Drug Prices

February 15, 2019

The House Ways and Means Committee held a Feb. 12 hearing on the cost of rising prescription drugs. Prior to the hearing, Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) issued a joint statement acknowledging that “the time is now to take meaningful action to lower the cost of prescription drugs” and pledging to work “together to end this cycle while preserving access to life-saving innovations.”

VA Announces Access Standards for Community Care Program

February 1, 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Jan. 30 announced proposed access standards for community care, as well as provisions for urgent care access, which will become effective in June. These provisions stem from the VA MISSION Act (P.L. 115-182), passed in June 2018.

Senate, House Committees Hold Hearings on Drug Pricing

February 1, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Jan. 29 each held hearings focused on high prescription drug prices.

MACPAC Makes Recommendations on Medicaid DSH Allotments

January 25, 2019

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC) passed three recommendations related to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments and discussed potential recommendations about the Medicaid shortfall definition during its Jan. 24-25 public meeting.

MedPAC Recommends Changes to Physician Payments and Hospital Payment Updates

January 18, 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Jan. 17-18 to approve recommendations on physician payments and hospital payment updates. The commission also discussed Medicare prescription drug pricing and performance in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

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