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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


House Ways and Means Hearing on Rural Health Disparities

July 31, 2015

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing July 28 on rural health care disparities and Medicare regulations.


AAMC Supports Bill to Expand and Improve Conrad 30 Physician Immigration

July 31, 2015

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., July 28 sent a letter to the sponsors of the “Conrad 30 and Physician Access Act” (S. 1189), with AAMC’s endorsement of the bill to improve and make permanent the State Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program


Ways and Means Members Introduce Bills to Reform Medicare Hospital Payments

July 31, 2015

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee July 29 introduced three bills to reform Medicare hospital payments. The bills, which would likely become part of a larger hospital bill the committee would consider in the fall, were released shortly after two recent Health Subcommittee hearings focused on various Medicare hospital payment issues [see related story].


CMS TEP Releases Second Star Ratings Report

July 24, 2015

A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) convened technical expert panel (TEP) July 17 released a report for public comment on the proposed methodology used to calculate an overall hospital quality star rating for the Hospital Compare website.


Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Hospital Payment Issues

July 24, 2015

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing July 22 focused on hospital payment issues, beneficiary access to care, and payment reform options. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Executive Director Mark Miller, Ph.D., testified on MedPAC’s June 2015 Report to the Congress and previous MedPAC recommendations on Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) “add-on” payments, specifically indirect medical education (IME) and disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, short-inpatient hospital stays, and site-neutral payment policy.

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