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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’s Budget Includes Major Cuts to HHS, Other Domestic Spending

May 26, 2017

The administration May 23 released its full fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, which proposes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions over ten years. Though the proposal does not include direct cuts to Medicare, it proposes substantial reductions to other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Medicaid, and health professions programs – as well as programs at the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs.


340B Implementation Date Delayed

May 19, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) May 18 released an update to the final rule that revises the implementation date for the calculation of the 340B ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties (CMPs) that will apply to all drug manufacturers that are required to make their drugs available to covered entities under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.


AAMC Commends Senate Finance Committee on Chronic Care Bill

May 19, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee May 18 approved, 26-0, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S. 870).


AAMC Commends Reps. Roe and Castor for Re-launching the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus

May 12, 2017

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, May 11 applauded Reps. Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) for re-launching the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (CAMC) and serving as its co-chairs.


MACPAC Discusses Implications of Medicaid Proposals in AHCA and Early Findings on Section 1115 Waivers

April 21, 2017

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Apr. 20-21 met to examine how a limited number of states used Section 1115 waivers to expand Medicaid and to discuss the implications of the Medicaid reforms proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA, H.R. 1628).

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