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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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The CMS issued a final rule affecting the calculation of the Medicaid DSH hospital-specific limit and identifying hospitals exempt from the new calculation.

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Feb. 20 announced the creation of a bipartisan AI task force. 

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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The AAMC joined 215 groups in a Feb. 22 letter urging congressional leadership to extend key telehealth waivers. 

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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The FTC and the HHS are requesting comments on whether drug wholesaler and group purchasing organization practices contribute to drug shortages.

  • Feb. 23, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined 215 organizations in support of extending telehealth waivers.

  • Feb. 22, 2024
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The CMS issued a Feb. 8 proposed rule aimed at strengthening oversight of accrediting organizations and preventing conflict of interest.

  • Feb. 16, 2024
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The HHS finalized on Feb. 8 changes to Part 2 regulations to promote coordinated care and confidentiality for patients with substance use conditions.

  • Feb. 16, 2024
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On Feb. 6, the CMS issued an FAQ regarding the use of artificial intelligence and other algorithms in Medicare Advantage.

  • Feb. 16, 2024
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On Feb. 15, the House Science Committee held a hearing on federal research security guidance and preventing foreign influence.

  • Feb. 16, 2024
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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 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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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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