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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with 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:

  • 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

AAMC Submits Comment Letter to Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Workgroup

June 26, 2015

In a June 22 letter to the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan chronic care working group, AAMC President and CEO, Darrell Kirch M.D., commended Chairman Senate Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) for their “efforts to improve care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions by establishing a bipartisan working group.”

AAMC Applauds Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

June 26, 2015

The AAMC June 25 released a statement applauding the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves access to federal subsidies to increase access to health care through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) federal, state, and state-federal partnership exchanges.

MedPAC Releases June 2015 Report to Congress

June 19, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June 15 released its June 2015 Report to the Congress on Medicare Payment Policy. The report includes chapters on: hospital short-stay policy issues, synchronizing Medicare policy across payment models, Part B payment policy issues, and next steps in measuring quality of care in Medicare.

VA Announces Phase II of Choice Act GME Expansion

June 19, 2015

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) June 15 published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for “physician resident positions (GME) allocated under the criteria of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014” (P.L. 113-146).

AAMC Comments on EHR Incentive Program

June 19, 2015

The AAMC June 15 submitted a comment letteron the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program - Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017. The rule proposes to remove several topped-out measures, align provider reporting periods, and reduce the number of meaningful use objectives.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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