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House Passes FY 2021 Funding for HHS and Other Agencies

The House approved the FY 2021 Labor-HHS spending bill that would fund agencies within HHS, and the VA.

Federal Committee Approves Primary Care, Oral Health Care Workforce Recommendations

Advisory committee approved recommendations to Congress on issues in primary care and oral health care.

Coronavirus Task Force Health Experts Testify on National COVID-19 Plan

Drs. Fauci, Giroir, and Redfield of the Coronavirus Task Force appeared before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis for a July 31 hearing.

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CMS Releases CY 2021 MPFS and QPP Proposed Rule

The CMS released the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule.

Senators Introduce TREAT Act

Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced legislation to allow practitioners to provide services anywhere during the COVID-19 pandemic.

340B Hospitals Lose Court Challenge to OPPS Rate Cut

]: A decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals sustains a rate cut to 340B hospitals.

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AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate to Provide COBRA Funding Relief

The AAMC joined an Aug. 4 letter urging Senate leadership to include COBRA funding in the next COVID-19 supplemental package.

AAMC,Health Education Groups Advocate for COVID-19 Student Loan Forgiveness

The AAMC and health professions education groups advocate for student loan forgiveness in the next COVID-19 supplemental package.

Trump Signs Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access

President Trump signed a telehealth and rural health care executive order on Aug. 3.

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Negotiations Stall on Next COVID-19 Package

Senate Republicans released a series of COVID-19 emergency relief bills on July 27 to provide $1 trillion in spending to support recovery from the pandemic.

NIH Holds Meeting of Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board

The NIH held a meeting to determine whether funding for fetal tissue research proposals should be withheld on ethical grounds.

Senators Introduce Research Relief Bill

Senators introduce the Research Investment to Secure the Economy (RISE) Act, authorizing emergency supplemental funding to federal research agencies.

AAMC, Hospital Groups Oppose Payment Rate Setting for Surprise Medical Bills

The AAMC joined eight other hospital groups in a letter to congressional leadership opposing the inclusion of rate setting to resolve surprise medical bills.

AAMC Submits Comments on Medicaid Prescription Drug VBP Proposed Rule

The AAMC submits comments on CMS’ proposal to create value-based purchasing arrangements for prescription drugs between drug manufacturers and states.

AAMC Joins Hospital Groups on Delaying Medicare Loan Repayment

The AAMC has joined five other hospital groups in a letter to CMS requesting a delay in repaying Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment loans.

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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine

AAMC Press Conferences on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

David Skorton, MD, president and CEO of the AAMC, hosted a virtual press conference on academic medicine’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.