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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


CMS Publishes Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements

September 23, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) September 16 published a final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, which requires providers to coordinate with federal, state, and local emergency preparedness systems to increase patient safety during emergencies.


AAMC Applauds Bill Aimed At Addressing Flawed Hospital Ratings

September 23, 2016

Reps. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) introduced the Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act of 2016 (H.R. 6088), bipartisan legislation that would delay release of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare Star Ratings to give CMS and stakeholders time to work together to address concerns with the methodology. Currently, Star Ratings do not take into account important differences in the patient populations and the complexity of conditions that teaching hospitals treat [see Washington Highlights, April 22].


MACPAC Meets to Discuss Medicaid DSH Policy and Future of CHIP

September 16, 2016

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Sept. 15 met to discuss Medicaid disproportional share hospital (DSH) policy, as well as possible recommendations on the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 


AAMC Comments on Medicaid DSH Payment Proposed Rule

September 16, 2016

The AAMC Sept. 14 submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Treatment of Third Party Payers in Calculating Uncompensated Care Costs in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments proposed rule.


MedPAC Discusses Medicare Payment Policy, Health Care Spending Growth

September 9, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Sept. 8-9 to discuss various Medicare issues, including an overview of Medicare payment policies for the coming year, health care spending growth and projections, the effect on the federal budget, and challenges faced by Medicare, in particular, the price differences across health care settings.

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