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Second Opinion Podcasts

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


Senate Special Aging Committee Hearing On Observation Status

May 22, 2015

The Senate Special Committee on Aging May 20 held a hearing titled, “Challenging the Status Quo: Solutions to the Hospital Observation Stay Crisis,” focused on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “two-midnight” rule, which determines how short hospital inpatient stays are paid under Medicare. The committee held a similar hearing in August 2014.


Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Competition in Medicare

May 22, 2015

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing May 19 titled, “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access,” which largely focused on proposed legislation regarding physician-owned hospitals.


MACPAC Meets to Discuss DSH Study, Safety Net ACOs, Medicaid Spending

May 15, 2015

The Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) May 14-15 met to discuss a mandated study on Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, safety-net Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and trends in Medicaid spending and state budgets.


Senate Finance Hearing on Chronic Conditions

May 15, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee May 14 held a hearing titled, “A Pathway to Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Chronic Conditions.”


CMS Releases Interim Physician Performance and Strategic Vision Reports

May 8, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released two reports to provide physicians information about quality and resource performance. The reports include an April 30 mid-year quality and resource use report (MYQRUR) that provides physicians individual feedback, and a May 5 report outlining CMS’ strategic vision for physician quality reporting.


On Government Affairs



Testimony and Correspondence





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