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Patient Care

The academic medical community - comprised of teaching hospitals, faculty practice organizations and their affiliated teaching physicians, residents, and students - plays a unique and essential role in the US healthcare system. Academic medical centers are pioneers in treating complex conditions, centers of innovative research, and leaders in educating the next generation of physicians.

Patient Care Initiatives

The AAMC and its member institutions drive some of the most innovative care redesign programs across the nation. The AAMC facilitates a number of initiatives ranging from developing new payment models to advancing digital communication between providers. Learn more about some of these initiatives are below.

Bundled Payments Initiative

AMCs across the country are engaged in shared savings and bundled payments programs. As a facilitator-convener for the CMMI Bundled Payment program, we have developed expertise and training programs available to our members.


This project, supported by a grant from the CMMI Health Care Innovation Awards, “eConsults/eReferrals: Controlling Costs and Improving Quality at the Interface of Primary Care and Specialty Care,” seeks to leverage the EMR and a shift in physician workflow and incentives to drive a reduction in marginal referrals, improve access to specialists, and enhance the patient experience.

Integrating Quality

The Integrating Quality (IQ) mission is to lead and support AAMC members in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement and implemented throughout interprofessional education and clinical practice.

Innovation Challenge Awards

This program recognizes AAMC member teaching hospitals and medical schools that have implemented—or are developing—programs to address clinical care innovations, including new delivery, payment and training models, which integrate education and research to improve value and quality.

Guiding Principles for Public Reporting

In response to the wide variation in publicly reported hospital and physician quality performance data, the AAMC has released Guiding Principles for Public Reporting that call for such information to be well-defined, transparent, and valid.

COTH Data Tool

The AAMC recently upgraded the COTH Data Tool, which enables users to search data in the Annual Survey of Hospital Operations and Financial Performance (OpFin). The tool generates reports by institution across an array of operating, balance sheet, and utilization metrics in a spreadsheet friendly format.

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Current evidence suggests that the United States is headed toward an aggregate shortage of physicians.

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