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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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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Letter to Congressional Leadership on Continuing Resolution and Emergency Supplemental Funding

  • September 13, 2022
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Washington Highlights

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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Senate and House members sent Dear Colleague Letters to the CMS administrator, urging action on provisions in the FY 23 IPPS.

  • July 29, 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 AAMC responded to the Healthy Future Task Force Subcommittee on Treatments’ RFI on March 18.

  • March 25, 2022
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The CMS announced the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH) Model to replace Direct Contracting.

  • March 11, 2022
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The AAMC joined 222 health organizations in a Feb. 14 letter urging the HHS to fix rather than cancel the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model.

  • February 18, 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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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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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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