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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. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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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

The Senate April 28 adjourned for a week-long recess without completing action on emergency supplemental funding to address the spread of the Zika virus.

  • April 29, 2016
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AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D, April 27 applauded Representatives Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) and Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) for introducing thePromoting Resp

  • April 29, 2016
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The AAMC April 27 endorsed the Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act, which would delink the HCAHPS survey’s pain management questions from the Centers f

  • April 27, 2016
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AAMC and two coalitions submitted statements to the House and Senate HELP committees.

  • April 22, 2016
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The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives April 20 held a hearing to explore whether abortion providers and tissue procurement organizations profit i

  • April 22, 2016
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The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee April 20 held a hearing to discuss the security of U.S. biomedical research labs.

  • April 22, 2016
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The AAMC April 18 submitted comments to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on proposed requirements for sharing clinical trial data.

  • April 22, 2016
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 21 delayed the release of the hospital quality star ratings on the Hospital Compare website until at

  • April 22, 2016
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 17 released the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule containing changes to Medic

  • April 22, 2016
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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee April 19 held a hearing on Medicare physician payment reforms passed as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP R

  • April 22, 2016

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 GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

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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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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