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Biden Releases COVID-19 Strategy, Executive Actions to Combat Pandemic

President Joe Biden released a comprehensive COVID-19 relief plan and signed more than 10 executive actions to support the country’s pandemic response efforts.

AAMC, Ad Hoc Group Applaud Biden’s Science Team

The AAMC and the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research expressed support for President Biden’s nominee and appointees for roles on the administration’s science team

HHS Relaxes Regulations Around Prescribing Opioid Addiction Drug Buprenorphine

HHS issued new guidelines around prescribing the opioid addiction drug buprenorphine.

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NSTC Releases Recommendations on Research Security

The NSTC released recommendations on research security based on work from the Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

President-Elect Biden Announces Stimulus Proposal

President-elect Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus and COVID-19 relief proposal.

MedPAC Votes on Payment Updates, Discusses Telehealth, Medicare Vaccine Coverage

MedPAC voted on payment updates for hospitals, and discussed APMs, telehealth, and Medicare coverage and payment for vaccines.

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Ways and Means Democrats Release Framework to Achieve Health and Economic Equity

House Ways and Means Democrats release legislative priorities to achieve equity in health and the economy.

AAMC Submits Comments to NIMH on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide

The AAMC recommends community engagement, multisector partnerships, and holistic interventions to address Black youth suicide disparities.

HHS Releases Proposed Rule on Fetal Tissue Research

HHS issued a proposed rule that would further restrict the availability and use of fetal tissue in research.

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On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

Podcast: Racism Under the Microscope

David J. Skorton, MD, looks back at some of the conversations from this past season on “Beyond the White Coat.”