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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.

Academic Medicine: What starts here saves lives

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Medicine to a New Congress

A new AAMC initiative highlights academic medicine’s leading role in medical research and discovery, medical education and training, and health care delivery.

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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Washington Highlights

MedPAC’s December meeting covered, in part, inpatient, outpatient, and physician payment adequacy and updates.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined over 100 other provider groups in a Dec. 5 letter to Congress urging action on pending Medicare cuts.

  • December 9, 2022
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The AAMC and over 90 HPNEC members in a Dec. 6 letter urged congressional leadership to provide increased funding for HRSA Title VII and VIII programs.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 2, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra issued a 60-day notice signaling the end of the Mpox PHE in January.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC led nearly 90 organizations in a Dec. 9 letter to Congress urging passage of the VIPER Act before the end of the 117th Congress.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC Center for Health Justice on Dec. 2 responded to an HHS request for information on the Healthy People 2030 new proposed objective on voting.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Dec. 6, the CMS issued a proposed rule requiring streamlining prior authorization processes and improving electronic data exchange.

  • December 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments Dec. 3 to the CMS in response to a request for information on a future national provider directory.

  • December 9, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC led a letter with nearly 90 members of the VA research stakeholder community urging Senate VA Committee leaders to pass the VIPER act this congress.

  • December 9, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to CMS on its request for feedback on a potential future national directory of healthcare providers and services.

  • December 6, 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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