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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 Physicians

Coverage and Delivery Reform | HIT

A teaching physician is a physician other than a resident who involves residents in the care of his or her patients as part of an accredited residency program.  Through its medical schools and teaching hospitals and health systems, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members and 110,000 resident physicians. 

Teaching physicians are commonly organized into faculty practice plans that allow them to provide care to patients, who often come from vulnerable populations or benefit from specialized care that is not available elsewhere.

Although Medicare makes special payments to teaching hospitals, teaching physicians are paid according to the same Medicare fee schedule applicable to all other physicians.  However, provided that certain rules are followed, Medicare allows teaching physicians to bill for clinical care in which residents are involved. 

Beyond payment, other areas of interest to teaching physicians include physician quality and value initiatives, models of team-base care, and health information technology (HIT). 

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AAMC Submits Comment Letter on Final Rule for MACRA Physician Payment System

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AAMC Submits OPPS IFC Letter

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update on the Patient Relationship Categories and Codes.


CMS Releases CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

November 4, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 2 released the calendar year (CY) 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule that updates payment rates and other payment policies for services provided by physician and other health care professionals paid under the PFS. This rule addresses physician policies not impacted by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which was addressed in separate rulemaking.


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