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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


President-elect Taps Under Secretary Shulkin to Head VA

January 13, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump Jan. 11 announced his selection of David Shulkin, M.D., as his nominee for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Shulkin currently serves as VA Under Secretary for Health in President Obama’s administration.

 


MedPAC Discusses Physician and Hospital Medicare Payment Adequacy

January 13, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Jan. 12-13 held a meeting to discuss a range of Medicare issues, including payment adequacy of various payment systems, approaches to MACRA implementation, and Medicare Part B payment policy issues.


OIG Issues Report on Vulnerabilities of Two-Midnight Rule

January 6, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Dec. 16 issued a report on the issues following the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS)’s implementation of the Two-Midnight rule policy.


CMS Expands Medicare Bundled Payment Models

January 6, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Dec. 20 released a final rule implementing three new Episode Payment Models (EPMs), a Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, and modifies the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model to streamline it with EPM regulations.


District Court Halts Implementation of Nondiscrimination Provision of ACA

January 6, 2017

The U.S. District Court in North Texas Dec. 3 issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of certain provisions in Sec. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which extends nondiscrimination protections to transgendered individuals in health programs who receive federal assistance. 

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