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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, MD, PhD

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

Burwell Testifies Before House Ways and Means, Senate Finance Committees on FY 2017 HHS Budget

February 12, 2016

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell testified this week before the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees to discuss the administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request.

President’s Budget Includes Major Cuts to Graduate Medical Education

February 12, 2016

The administration Feb. 9 released its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, which proposes net Medicare projected savings of $419.4 billion over the 10-year budget window, including $421 billion in Medicare provider cuts and $56 billion in Medicare structural reforms aimed at beneficiaries.

MACPAC Releases Report on Medicaid DSH Payments

February 5, 2016

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Feb. 1 released its first Report to Congress on Medicaid Disproportionate Share (DSH) Hospital Payments. The report calls for better targeting of Medicaid DSH payments to hospitals with a high share of low-income patients and high levels of uncompensated care.

AAMC Comments on the EHR Certification Requirements

February 5, 2016

The AAMC Feb. 4 submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) on Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs, including the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs.

AAMC Submits Letter to CMS on Notice of 0.2 Percent Reduction to IPPS Rates

February 5, 2016

The AAMC Feb. 2 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a Dec. 1, 2015 notice that outlined the basis for a 0.2 percent payment reduction in Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) rates to account for expenditures resulting from the two-midnight policy.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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