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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.

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AAMC Virtual Congressional Briefing on Integrated Behavioral Health

The AAMC will hold a virtual congressional briefing, “Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, from 12-1 p.m. ET.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities

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Research

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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Workforce

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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Washington Highlights Health IT
Washington Highlights

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the HHS issued privacy guidance on June 30 for practitioners and patients seeking reproductive health care.

  • July 8, 2022
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The AAMC commented June 6 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights on cybersecurity practices and distributing penalties and settlements.

  • June 10, 2022
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On March 30, the AAMC responded to an OSTP RFI on how digital technologies are used to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity.

  • April 8, 2022
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The HHS released an RFI on April 6 for implementing provisions of the HITECH Act relating to cybersecurity practices & distribution of penalties or settlements.

  • April 8, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments on March 25 to an ONC RFI on electronic prior authorization standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria.

  • March 25, 2022
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The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 9 and 10 to discuss COVID-19, the NIH’s initiative to address structural racism, and other key items.

  • December 17, 2021
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The House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee held a hearing on the future of biomedical research featuring witnesses from academic medicine.

  • December 10, 2021
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Reps. Diana DeGette and Fred Upton introduced the Cures 2.0 Act, including language to authorize ARPA-H.

  • November 19, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted policy recommendations to improve access to mental health care to Senate Finance Committee leaders on Nov. 15.

  • November 19, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Sept. 13 in response to the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposals.

  • September 17, 2021
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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.

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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