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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

NQF Releases Draft Report on Episode Groupers

April 18, 2014

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a draft report on evaluating episode groupers. The report was developed by a 21-member expert panel comprised of individuals representing various stakeholders, such as payers, providers, and clinicians.

AAMC Submits Comments on NQF Draft Report Recommending Inclusion of Sociodemographic Factors

April 18, 2014

The AAMC April 16 submitted comments on the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) draft report on sociodemographic status factors and risk adjustment. A key recommendation would change NQF’s policy to allow sociodemographic status to be a factor in the risk-adjustment methodology for certain accountability measures. The draft report was produced by an NQF expert panel, which included AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer, Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

MACPAC Discusses June Report to Congress

April 11, 2014

The Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) April 10-11 met to discuss its June report to Congress, which will include chapters on the future of CHIP, state capacity to administer Medicaid and CHIP, Medicaid population health, and long-term services and supports (LTSS).

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Administration’s FY 15 HHS Budget Request

April 11, 2014

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius testified April 10 before the Senate Finance Committee on the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 HHS budget which calls for $402 billion in health-related cuts over 10 years.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

External Resources