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Teaching Physicians

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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News and Updates

CMS Issues Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Rule

August 2, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) July 29 released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule.

AAMC Submits Amicus Brief in Texas v US

April 5, 2019

The AAMC, along with the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and America’s Essential Hospitals, submitted an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) in the case of Texas v. United States.

MedPAC Recommends Changes to Physician Payments and Hospital Payment Updates

January 18, 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Jan. 17-18 to approve recommendations on physician payments and hospital payment updates. The commission also discussed Medicare prescription drug pricing and performance in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

AAMC Submits Comment Letter on Proposed Public Charge Rule

December 14, 2018

The AAMC Dec. 11 submitted a comment letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on its proposed rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” The letter urges DHS not to finalize the proposal and to defer to the Department of State’s public charge determinations instead.

HHS Issues RFI on Modifying HIPAA to Improve Coordinated Care

December 13, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights Dec. 12 issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, P.L. 104-191) can be modified to promote coordinated, value-based care.

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