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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:

  • 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

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for MACRA Physician Payment System

April 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 27 released the proposed rule on the Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) payment system for physicians, which will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Energy and Commerce Holds MACRA Hearing

April 22, 2016

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee April 19 held a hearing on Medicare physician payment reforms passed as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) [see Washington Highlights, April 17, 2015] and physicians’ efforts to prepare for the new payment system. 

CMS Releases FY 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule – Rescinds Two Midnight Cuts

April 22, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 17 released the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule containing changes to Medicare payment policies and rates under the IPPS and Prospective Payment System (PPS) payment update for fiscal year (FY) 2017.

CMS Delays Hospital Compare Star Ratings

April 22, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 21 delayed the release of the hospital quality star ratings on the Hospital Compare website until at least July 2016. The announcement follows months of AAMC and hospital stakeholder outreach, including bipartisan Congressional letters signed by 60 Senators and 225 House members to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, urging for a delay to provide necessary time to examine the rating methodology. 

60 Senators Call for Delay of Hospital Compare Star Ratings in Letter to CMS

April 14, 2016

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Robert Casey (D-Penn.) April 11 sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt outlining concerns with the Hospital Compare Star Rating system and calling for a delay in the release of the ratings. The letter was signed by 58 additional Senators.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence

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