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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


Senators Graham and Cassidy Introduce Bill to Repeal and Replace the ACA

September 15, 2017

Senators Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) September 13 introduced legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Senate HELP Committee Continues Hearings on Market Stabilization

September 15, 2017

The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee September 12 and 14 continued its series of hearings examining methods to stabilize the individual insurance market.


AAMC Responds to CMS Physician Fee Schedule 2018 Proposed Rule

September 15, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) September 11 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is response to the physician fee schedule 2018 proposed rule. 


AAMC Submits Comments on CMS Proposed CY2018 OPPS Regulation

September 15, 2017

The AAMC September 11 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Rule, (82 FedReg 33558).


MedPAC Discusses Telehealth, Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Quality of Post-Acute Care Providers

September 8, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Sept. 7-8 met to discuss a wide range of issues, including telehealth services in the Medicare program, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and specialty drugs, and beneficiary use of higher quality post-acute care providers.

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