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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.

AAMC Policy and Priorities

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Research

AAMC member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment in which medical discovery can flourish. A strong commitment to discovery 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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The AAMC signed a joint statement over a lawsuit that could result in loss of access to preventive health services for Americans with private health insurance.

  • August 5, 2022
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On Aug. 5, the AAMC sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to renew the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

  • August 5, 2022
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On Aug. 1, the CMS released the annual hospital IPPS final rule updating policies for Medicare payment and quality reporting and performance programs.

  • August 5, 2022
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The HHS and the DOJ issued guidance on nondiscrimination in telehealth to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities and limited English proficiency.

  • August 5, 2022
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On Aug. 4, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared monkeypox a public health emergency (PHE).

  • August 5, 2022
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On Aug. 3, the Biden administration issued an executive order to help protect pregnant patients’ rights around abortion and maternal health care.

  • August 5, 2022
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The AAMC submitted a letter to OASH on August 1 in response to an RFI regarding steps the federal government can take to strengthen primary care.

  • August 5, 2022
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • July 29, 2022
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On July 28, Senate Democrats released all 12 draft FY 2023 appropriations bills, which include increases for Veterans Affairs and science agencies.

  • July 29, 2022
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On July 28, Senate Democrats released all 12 draft FY 2023 appropriations bills, which include increases for programs impacting academic medicine.

  • July 29, 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.

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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