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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

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Administrative Health Care Spending

August 3, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee July 31 held a hearing titled, “Reducing Health Care Costs: Decreasing Administrative Spending.” It is one in a series of hearings examining health care costs and follows a July 20 hearing on eliminating excess health care spending while improving value and quality [see Washington Highlights, July 20].

AAMC Responds to VA Request for Information Regarding Health Care Access Standards

August 3, 2018

The AAMC July 30 submitted comments to a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) request for information regarding health care access standards as the VA begins to develop regulations for its new community care program.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on MACRA, MIPS

July 27, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee July 26 held a hearing on the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. The hearing was twice rescheduled so that providers could benefit from, and make any changes, from their performance data, and is one of a series focused on how to improve MACRA as it is implemented.

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