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Second Opinion Podcasts

Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with 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


CMS Releases Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

March 27, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) March 20 issued a proposed rule defining the third stage of “meaningful use” for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs. The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on March 30, followed by a 60-day comment period. 


E&C Health Subcommittee Discusses 340B Drug Pricing Program

March 27, 2015

At a March 24 House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing with a panel of federal witnesses to discuss the 340B drug pricing program, several subcommittee members expressed the importance of the program in helping hospitals in their communities extend access and services to underserved populations.


CMS Releases Notice on Proposed Revisions to Hospital Cost Reporting Forms

March 20, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 6 proposed changes to the Form CMS-2552-10, Hospital and Hospital Health Care Complex Cost Report.


MedPAC Releases March 2015 Report to Congress

March 20, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) March 13 released its March 2015 Report to Congress, which includes recommended annual rate adjustments for Medicare’s various fee-for-service (FFS) payment systems


AAMC Outlines Priorities and Positions in Advance of FY 2016 IPPS Rulemaking Cycle

March 20, 2015

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares to release the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the AAMC March 18 sent a letter to CMS outlining the association’s priorities and positions on key issues for the agency to address in the upcoming proposed rule.


On Government Affairs



Testimony and Correspondence





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