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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 Releases Affordable Care Act Market Stabilization Proposed Rule

February 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 15 released the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Market Stabilization proposed rule, which proposes reforms to stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets. Most of the policies will be effective for the 2018 plan year, but some could be implemented in 2017. 


Senate Finance Committee Holds CMS Administrator Confirmation Hearing

February 17, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee Feb. 16 held a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator nominee, Seema Verma.


House Expected to Move Forward with ACA Repeal

February 17, 2017

House Republicans are expected to begin their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) through the budget reconciliation process when Congress returns from its Presidents Day recess period. However, Republican House and Senate leaders are still trying to determine which provisions of the health care law will be targeted and what, if anything, will replace it. The discussions are ongoing and will continue to evolve over the coming weeks.


340B Guidance Withdrawn from OMB

February 3, 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jan. 30 withdrew the 340B Drug Pricing Program guidance from review. 


CMS Announces Awardees of Resident Cap Increases Under Residency Slot Redistribution Program

February 3, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Jan 31 released three rounds of awardees of resident cap increases through the closed hospital residency slot redistribution program under Section 5506 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152). 

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