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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their patients and communities.

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AAMC, Higher Ed Groups Comment on Proposed Regulation for University Patents

The AAMC joined with higher education associations to support a rule that clarifies federal “march-in” rights and other procedures under the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act.

AAMC Submits Comments to NIH on UNITE Initiative

The AAMC submitted comments to the NIH on the UNITE initiative to address racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the biomedical research workforce.

AAMC Urges Health Investments in Infrastructure Plan

President Biden on March 31 outlined the American Jobs Plan, a proposal to invest in domestic infrastructure and the economy.

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MedPAC Discusses APMs and SNF VPB Program

MedPAC met April 1-2 to vote on proposed Alternative Payment Models and Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program recommendations.

MedPAC Approves IME Payment Policy Recommendation

MedPAC met April 1 to discuss and ultimately approve a recommendation to change indirect medical education (IME) payment policy.

CMS Announces Recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advanced Payments

The CMS announced that the agency has begun recouping COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments D-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments beginning March 30, 2021.

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CMS Issues Claims Hold in Anticipation of Medicare Sequester Moratorium Extension

The CMS announced a temporary hold on claims on March 30 in anticipation of congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequester.

AAMC-led HPNEC Urges Congress to Double HRSA Titles VII, VIII Programs

HPNEC sent a letter recommending $1.51 billion in fiscal year 2022 for the HRSA Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs.

Bill to Expand Graduate Medical Education Introduced

The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act was introduced in the House on March 26.

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On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

Podcast: A Look Ahead: AAMC 2021 Advocacy and Policy Priorities

As congressional lawmakers continue their work on Capitol Hill, the academic medicine community is looking for ways to educate policymakers.