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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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Senate Approves Bipartisan Research Competitiveness Bill

The Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a legislative package aimed at enhancing research security and global competitiveness, on June 8.

President Details Proposed FY22 Plus-Ups for Health

President Biden released his complete budget request for FY 2022, including increased investments in health and research agencies.

AAMC Supports Proposed Change to Definition of “Displaced” IPF Residents

The AAMC supported CMS’ proposal that residents will be considered “displaced” when an inpatient psychiatric facility closure is publicly announced.

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AAMC Endorses Conrad 30 Legislation in House and Senate

The AAMC endorsed a bill to extend the Conrad 30 program, which would allow international doctors to remain the U.S. if they work in physician shortage areas.

FOVA Submits Testimony to VA Committee Hearing on VA Infrastructure

The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research submitted written testimony to the House VA Committee for a May 27 hearing on VA infrastructure.

Senate HELP Committee Advances Maternal Health, Physician Well-being Legislation

The Senate HELP Committee marked up six bills including the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act and the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act.

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Senate Confirms Brooks-LaSure as CMS Administrator, Lander as OSTP Director

The Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator and Eric Lander, PhD, as White House science adviser the week of May 24.

Appropriators Voice Support for Increased NIH Investments in FY22 Budget Hearings

The NIH director and several institute directors testified before congressional appropriators on the president’s FY 2022 budget proposal on May 25 and 26.

Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Hospital Consolidation

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights held a May 19 hearing on hospital consolidation.

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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.