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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


Health Care Bill Stalls on House Floor

March 24, 2017

The House of Representatives March 24 pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA, H.R. 1628) just ahead of the scheduled floor vote.


AAMC Joins Hospital Associations in Requesting an Extension and Changes to NQF SDS Trial Period

March 24, 2017

The AAMC March 16 joined the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, and the Federation of American Hospitals in a letter to the National Quality Forum (NQF) expressing concerns with the NQF’s sociodemographic status (SDS) trial period.


White House FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Proposes Steep Cuts to NIH, Other HHS Agencies

March 17, 2017

Members of Congress and stakeholders in the health community expressed concern over the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint released March 16 by the White House.


MACPAC Releases March 2017 Report to Congress, Recommends CHIP Extension to 2022

March 17, 2017

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) March 15 released its March 2017 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, which focuses on providing health insurance to children, making payments to safety-net hospitals, and monitoring access to care under managed care and fee for service.


MedPAC Releases March 2017 Report to Congress, Recommends Annual Medicare Payment Adjustments

March 17, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) March 15 released its March 2017 Report to Congress, which includes recommended annual adjustments for Medicare’s various payment systems.

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