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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



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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The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS in response to the “Make Your Voices Heard” RFI on how to promote efficiency, reduce burden, and advance equity.

  • November 17, 2022
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MedPAC met Nov. 3-4 to discuss primary care payment, ambulatory care payment rates, supporting safety-net hospitals, and disparities in quality measurement.

  • November 4, 2022
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On Oct. 26, the AAMC submitted a letter to lawmakers on improving payment for physicians and expanding value-based care.

  • November 4, 2022
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On Nov. 1, the CMS released the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule.

  • November 4, 2022
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On Nov. 1, the CY 2023 OPPS final rule finalized policy to pay 340B-acquired drugs at average sales price plus 6% in CY 2023.

  • November 4, 2022
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The AAMC Nov. 1 submitted comments in response to the CMS’ proposed rule to streamline enrollment and eligibility into Medicaid and CHIP.

  • November 4, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submitted comments to CMS on Nov. 4 in response to the Make Your Voices Heard RFI on how to promote efficiency, reduce burden, and advance equity.

  • November 4, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC’s comment letter expresses support for CMS’ proposals to ensure eligible individuals are enrolled and remain enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.

  • November 1, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC responds to lawmakers request for information on improving payment for physicians and expanding value-based care.

  • October 26, 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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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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