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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

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

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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • January 27, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments Jan. 25 to AHRQ in response to an RFI on creating a national Action Alliance to advance patient and workforce safety.

  • January 27, 2023
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The AAMC signed a Jan. 23 letter to Congress requesting that lawmakers address issues with the Medicare physician payment system.

  • January 27, 2023
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MedPAC met on Jan. 12 and 13 to discuss policy issues including hospital payment, physician payment, telehealth, and behavioral health.

  • January 13, 2023
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On Jan. 5, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a proposed ruling banning noncompete clauses.

  • January 13, 2023
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On Jan. 5, the CMS issued a letter to state health officials allowing coverage and payment for interprofessional consults under Medicaid and CHIP.

  • January 13, 2023
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On Jan. 11, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for the 12th time.

  • January 13, 2023
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The CMS announced on Jan. 9 the distribution of the first 200 awards for the 1,000 Medicare-funded GME slots made available by the CAA, 2021.

  • January 13, 2023
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On Dec. 28, 2022, the AAMC submitted two letters on the FDA’s efforts to harmonize its human subject protection regulations with the revised Common Rule.

  • January 13, 2023
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On Dec. 29, President Biden signed the FY 2023 omnibus package including new GME slots and other patient care policies.

  • January 4, 2023
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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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