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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:

  • 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


51 Senators, 235 Representatives Sign Dear Colleague Letters to CMS on HOPD Issue

May 27, 2016

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) May 19 and Representatives Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) May 24 sent similar letters to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt asking the agency to incorporate flexibility for several considerations as the administration develops upcoming rulemaking for Sec. 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA, P.L. 114-74).


House Ways and Means Committee Passes Hospital Payment Reforms

May 27, 2016

The House Ways and Means Committee May 24 passed by voice vote, “The Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016” (H.R. 5273), legislation that would incorporate consideration of socioeconomic status (SES) in the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and provide a narrow Sec. 603 exemption for “mid-build” off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) at the time of enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, among other provisions.


HHS Releases Final rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

May 20, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) May 13 released the final rule implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in federally funded health care programs.


Labor Department Releases Overtime Final Rule

May 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) May 18 published its final rule titled Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


House Ways and Means Introduces Bipartisan Hospital Payment Reform Legislation

May 20, 2016

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-Wash) May 18 introduced the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (H.R. 5273), hospital legislation that includes a narrow Sec. 603 [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 18] exemption for “mid-build” off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), and allows for consideration of socioeconomic status (SES) in the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), among other provisions.

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