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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

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). 

Related: Medicare

News and Updates

CMS Revises Rules on Medical Student Documentation

February 9, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 2 issued a revision to a Medicare manual that allows teaching physicians to use all student documentation for billable services provided that the teaching physician verifies the documentation.

AAMC Responds to ASPE’s Request for Information

January 26, 2018

The AAMC submitted a Jan. 25 comment letter in response to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s (ASPE) Request for Information,Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States. 

AAMC ‘Dismayed’ by President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

September 8, 2017

In a Sept. 5 press release, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, said, “We are extremely dismayed by the administration’s decision to rescind the current [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)] executive action.”

AAMC Expresses Concern About CMS’s Market Stability Rule

March 10, 2017

he AAMC March 7 submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule on market stability in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) individual and small group insurance markets.

MedPAC Discusses Physician and Hospital Medicare Payment Adequacy

January 13, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Jan. 12-13 held a meeting to discuss a range of Medicare issues, including payment adequacy of various payment systems, approaches to MACRA implementation, and Medicare Part B payment policy issues.

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence