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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


FDA Commissioner Issues a Statement on IV Fluid Shortages Following Hurricane Maria

November 17, 2017

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a Nov. 17 statement to provide an update on the administration’s efforts to address the IV fluid shortage exacerbated by Hurricane Maria.


AAMC Supports Legislation, Files Litigation to Rescind Cuts to 340B Hospitals

November 17, 2017

Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) Nov. 15 introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4392) to prevent dramatic cuts in Medicare payments to certain hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program effective Jan. 1, 2018.


Tax Reform Legislation Progresses in both the House and Senate

November 17, 2017

The House of Representatives Nov. 16 passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 205.


House and Senate Release Separate Legislation on Tax Reform

November 10, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee Nov. 9 released its version of tax reform following the House Committee on Ways and Means markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).


CMS Finalizes Changes to the Quality Payment Program for 2018

November 3, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 2 released a final rule that will make changes to the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA, P.L. 114-10) for 2018.

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