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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 MIPS, Hospital Payment Policy, Medicare Advantage

December 15, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Dec 7-8 met to discuss a wide variety of Medicare issues, including alternatives to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which Congress established as part of the restructured Medicare payment system for physicians. Commissioners also discussed reports on hospital payments and the Medicare Advantage program.


AAMC Submits Comment Letter to HRSA on CHGME Quality Bonus System

December 15, 2017

he AAMC submitted a Dec.15 comment letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in response to a request for comment on the proposed establishment of a quality bonus system within the Children’s Hospital GME Program (CHGME). 


Health Organizations Urge Congress to Pass DACA Fix As Soon As Possible

December 15, 2017

The AAMC led 60 health professions organizations in a Dec. 13 letter to congressional leadership urging legislative action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


On Patient Care



Latest Testimony and Correspondence

MedPAC Discusses MIPS, Hospital Payment Policy, Medicare Advantage

December 15, 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Dec 7-8 met to discuss a wide variety of Medicare issues, including alternatives to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which Congress established as part of the restructured Medicare payment system for physicians. Commissioners also discussed reports on hospital payments and the Medicare Advantage program.


AAMC Submits Comment Letter to HRSA on CHGME Quality Bonus System

December 15, 2017

he AAMC submitted a Dec.15 comment letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in response to a request for comment on the proposed establishment of a quality bonus system within the Children’s Hospital GME Program (CHGME). 


Health Organizations Urge Congress to Pass DACA Fix As Soon As Possible

December 15, 2017

The AAMC led 60 health professions organizations in a Dec. 13 letter to congressional leadership urging legislative action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).