Sustaining teaching hospitals and the services they provide
Only at teaching hospitals do the three missions of medical education, research, and care come together for the benefit of patients. Teaching hospitals offer a unique environment that makes it possible for patients to access specialized services that are not available elsewhere, like trauma and burn units. The next generation of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals are trained in an environment that facilitates discovery and the latest advances in medicine. They learn skills they’ll use throughout their careers, no matter where they practice.
Teaching hospitals also are distinguished by their clinical research programs where scientists and physicians work together to discover and bring new treatments and cures from the bench to the bedside safely and quickly.
These attributes offer substantial benefits to the community and the nation, but they are expensive to maintain. As mission-driven organizations, teaching hospitals rely on indirect medical education (IME) payments to support their unique role in the community treating the most vulnerable and complex patients, and providing specialized services.
Learn Why IME Funding is Important
Teaching hospitals rely on IME payments to support their unique community role, treat the most vulnerable and complex patients, provide specialized services, and train the next generation of doctors and researchers who are shaping the future of healthcare. Keep Congress from cutting IME funding, which would hurt patient care and teaching hospital missions.