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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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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 Aug. 24, the Department of Education announced a multifaceted plan to provide student debt relief, including extending the pause on student loan payments.

  • September 9, 2022
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Press Release

This AAMC report examines economic impact of institutions in their communities.

  • June 29, 2022
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The AAMC submitted testimony and letters to congressional appropriators and authorizers detailing recommendations for fiscal year 2023 funding priorities.

  • May 27, 2022
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President Biden released his FY 2023 budget request, including increased investments in health agencies.

  • April 1, 2022
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On Feb. 1, MedPAC and MACPAC released an updated version of their data book, Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

  • February 4, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on Jan. 31 about the institute’s proposed research agenda.

  • February 4, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about the proposed research agenda.

  • January 31, 2022
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MedPAC met on Jan. 13-14 to vote on recommendations to update Medicare hospital base payment rates and physician payments and to discuss post-acute care VIP.

  • January 14, 2022
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced on Dec. 22, 2021, that the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual has been extended until May 1.

  • January 7, 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 – 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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