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AAMC Comments on Health Care Best Practices During COVID-19

January 8, 2021

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CONTACTS
Gayle Lee, Director, Physician Payment & Quality

The AAMC submitted comments on Dec. 24 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to a request for information on the effective and innovative best practices in health care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its comments, the AAMC shared information about the Clinical Guidance Repository, which includes content collected from academic medical centers, specialty societies, and federal departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The repository identifies, summarizes, and highlights areas of alignment in clinical practice during the pandemic and shares evolving information as new knowledge is gained in the fight against the coronavirus.

The repository has more than 110 documents, toolkits, and resources from more than 25 organizations. The comments also discussed telehealth in academic medical centers, including the AAMC’s effort to promote effective telehealth in clinical care and training. The AAMC described how the increase in physician interprofessional internet consultations (or eConsults) in inpatient and outpatient settings during the pandemic has enabled better access to quality care while limiting exposure to the virus. Over the past six years, the AAMC has collaborated with 35 academic medical centers and children’s hospitals through Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences) to implement eConsults.

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