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Teaching Physicians

Coverage and Delivery Reform | Physician Payment and Quality

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). 

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.”

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