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Coverage and Delivery Reform | GME | Hospital Payment and Quality | 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:

  • 79 percent of all level-one trauma centers;
  • 68 percent of all burn care unit beds,
  • 37 percent of neonatal ICUs
  • 59 percent of pediatric ICUs
  • 37 percent of all hospital charity care nationwide

(FY 2012 data, released December 2013)


New Teaching Hospital Resources

PQRS Overview

March 29, 2016

Overview of the Physician Quality Reporting System


SGR Repeal Webinar

April 17, 2015

Slides for the AAMC's webinar on repeal of the SGR


FY 2015 IPPS Quality Slides

June 2, 2014

Slides for the AAMC's webinar on the FY 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule


PQRS Overview

March 29, 2016

Overview of the Physician Quality Reporting System


SGR Repeal Webinar

April 17, 2015

Slides for the AAMC's webinar on repeal of the SGR


FY 2015 IPPS Quality Slides

June 2, 2014

Slides for the AAMC's webinar on the FY 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule


News and Updates


MACPAC Releases June 2019 Report to Congress

June 21, 2019

The Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) June 15 released its June 2019 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The commission made recommendations on the treatment of third-party payments in the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) definition of Medicaid shortfall, as well as prescription drug coverage, among other topics. 


MedPAC Releases June 2019 Report to Congress

June 21, 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June 14 released its June 2019 Report to Congress. In its report, MedPAC examines the use of scholarships and loan forgiveness programs to ensure an adequate supply of primary care physicians. Additionally, MedPAC makes one recommendation on slowing the growth of Medicare fee-for-service spending for emergency department (ED) services and examines restructuring Medicare Part D for the era of specialty drugs, as well as strategies to improve price competition and value for Part B drugs.


HRSA Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for THCGME Program

June 21, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) June 13 announced a notice of funding opportunity for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program.

The THCGME Program supports the education and training of residents and new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers, particularly in rural and underserved communities.


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Latest Testimony and Correspondence

MACPAC Releases June 2019 Report to Congress

June 21, 2019

The Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) June 15 released its June 2019 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The commission made recommendations on the treatment of third-party payments in the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) definition of Medicaid shortfall, as well as prescription drug coverage, among other topics. 


MedPAC Releases June 2019 Report to Congress

June 21, 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June 14 released its June 2019 Report to Congress. In its report, MedPAC examines the use of scholarships and loan forgiveness programs to ensure an adequate supply of primary care physicians. Additionally, MedPAC makes one recommendation on slowing the growth of Medicare fee-for-service spending for emergency department (ED) services and examines restructuring Medicare Part D for the era of specialty drugs, as well as strategies to improve price competition and value for Part B drugs.


HRSA Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for THCGME Program

June 21, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) June 13 announced a notice of funding opportunity for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program.

The THCGME Program supports the education and training of residents and new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers, particularly in rural and underserved communities.