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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.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

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

A Senate HELP subcommittee held a Nov. 30 hearing on ways to strengthen mental health supports for young people during the shift from high school to college.

  • December 2, 2022
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The CMS released a Nov. 29 RFI on coverage of benefits in health plans subject to the Essential Health Benefits requirements of the Affordable Care Act .

  • December 2, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined a group sign-on letter urging the inclusion of the “Investing in Kids’ Mental Health Now Act” (S.4747) in a year-end legislative package.

  • November 29, 2022
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • November 17, 2022
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The AAMC joined other hospital groups on Nov. 14 in a letter urging congressional leadership to avert pending cuts to Medicare payments.

  • November 17, 2022
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On Oct. 13, the HHS posted an increase in reimbursements for 340B drugs, effective Sept. 28-Dec. 31, after the Supreme Court invalidated a prior reduction.

  • October 19, 2022
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On Oct. 13, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration.

  • October 18, 2022
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The CMS released an Oct. 5 request for information seeking input on the creation of a national directory with information on providers and services.

  • October 7, 2022
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Press Release

The AAMC and the National Academy of Medicine issued a joint statement on violence against health care workers.

  • September 30, 2022
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The AAMC joined other health care groups in a Sept. 26 letter to HHS leadership urging action regarding upcoming compliance deadlines.

  • September 30, 2022
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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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