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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all.

Academic Medicine: What starts here saves lives

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Medicine to a New Congress

A new AAMC initiative highlights academic medicine’s leading role in medical research and discovery, medical education and training, and health care delivery.

AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Press Release

The AAMC issued a statement in response to President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget request.

  • March 10, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC commented March 6 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights on proposals to revise regulations safeguarding federal conscience rights in health care.

  • March 10, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a March 10 letter in response to a NIH RFI on revising and simplifying the peer review framework for research project grant applications.

  • March 10, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the PAHPA reauthorization RFI from Rep. Hudson and House E&C Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Eshoo.

  • March 10, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC commented Mar. 10 in response to CMS proposals on improving prior authorization and interoperability for Medicare Advantage and other payers.

  • March 10, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined the Friends of AHRQ in a letter to appropriators urging no less than $500 million for AHRQ in FY 2024.

  • March 8, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments Mar. 6 to the HHS OCR in response proposals to revise rules safeguarding federal conscience rights in health care.

  • March 6, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other hospital groups in a letter urging congressional leadership to either delay or eliminate scheduled cuts to the Medicaid disproportionate s

  • March 6, 2023
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Washington Highlights

MedPAC met March 2-3 to discuss the Medicare wage index, Part B drug prices, and aligning payment rates across ambulatory settings.

  • March 3, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The CMS issued a proposed rule on Feb. 28 aimed at revising regulations for the Medicaid fraction of a hospital’s disproportionate patient percentage.

  • March 3, 2023

Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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