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Teaching Hospitals

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


MedPAC Discusses Payment Adequacy and Updating Services and Redesigning the Hospital Quality Incentive Program

December 7, 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Dec. 6-7 to discuss payment adequacy and updates to payments for professional, inpatient, and outpatient services, as well as redesigning Medicare’s hospital quality incentive program. The commission discussed several draft recommendations, which will be voted upon at the January 2019 meeting.


Health Equity and Accountability Act Introduced in the Senate

December 7, 2018

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Nov. 27 introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA, S. 3660). The HEAA addresses health care disparities experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and other underserved populations by improving culturally appropriate care and data collection and reporting.


Democratic Leaders Request More Information on Guidance for 1332 Waivers

December 7, 2018

House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Ranking Members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.) sent a joint letter Nov. 29 to top Trump administration officials expressing concern and requesting more information about the proposed changes to Section 1332 waivers.


On Patient Care



Latest Testimony and Correspondence

MedPAC Discusses Payment Adequacy and Updating Services and Redesigning the Hospital Quality Incentive Program

December 7, 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Dec. 6-7 to discuss payment adequacy and updates to payments for professional, inpatient, and outpatient services, as well as redesigning Medicare’s hospital quality incentive program. The commission discussed several draft recommendations, which will be voted upon at the January 2019 meeting.


Health Equity and Accountability Act Introduced in the Senate

December 7, 2018

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Nov. 27 introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA, S. 3660). The HEAA addresses health care disparities experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and other underserved populations by improving culturally appropriate care and data collection and reporting.


Democratic Leaders Request More Information on Guidance for 1332 Waivers

December 7, 2018

House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Ranking Members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.) sent a joint letter Nov. 29 to top Trump administration officials expressing concern and requesting more information about the proposed changes to Section 1332 waivers.