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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

Senate Passes Opioids Conference Report

October 5, 2018

The Senate Oct. 3 passed, 98-1, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid crisis. The final opioid package conference agreement came together quickly after the Senate passed H.R. 6 in mid-September [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 21]. The conference agreement previously passed the House of Representatives Sept. 28 by a vote of 393-8.  

DHS Issues Proposed Public Charge Rule

September 28, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sept. 22 posted on its website a proposed rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” that would make changes to long-standing public charge policies that determine how the use of public benefits may affect an individual’s ability to enter the United States or adjust to legal permanent resident status. A DHS press release notes the rule will be published in the Federal Register “in the coming weeks” and that, once published, there will be a 60 day comment period. The AAMC will submit comments on the proposed rule.

AAMC Submits Comment Letter on OPPS CY 2019 Proposed Rule

September 28, 2018

The AAMC Sept. 24 submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) calendar year (CY) 2019 proposed rule. In addition to the standard payment updates, CMS proposed to expand its site-neutral payment policy, expand the 340B drug payment policy cuts to nonexcepted provider-based departments (PBDs), limit expansion of clinical families of services at excepted off-campus PBDs, and modify payments for wholesale acquisition cost and average sales price drugs and biologics. CMS also proposed changes to several quality measures.

AAMC Supports 340B Good Stewardship Principles

September 21, 2018

The AAMC released a Sept. 18 statement supporting the “340B Hospital Commitment to Good Stewardship Principles” developed by the American Hospital Association.

Senate Passes Opioids Bill

September 21, 2018

The Senate Sept. 17 passed (99-1) the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a substitute amendment to the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6), legislation that passed the House of Representatives June 22 to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

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