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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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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joined 20+ health organizations urging the Texas Court of Appeals to continue enjoining Texas actions against gender-affirming care for adolescents.

  • August 25, 2022
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The AAMC commented June 6 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights on cybersecurity practices and distributing penalties and settlements.

  • June 10, 2022
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The HHS released an RFI on April 6 for implementing provisions of the HITECH Act relating to cybersecurity practices & distribution of penalties or settlements.

  • April 8, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments supporting the rule that would allow VA health care professionals to deliver services outside their states of licensure.

  • January 8, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on regulatory relief policies during the COVID-19 pandemic that should be made permanent.

  • January 8, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on effective and innovative COVID-19 health care best practices.

  • January 8, 2021
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Proposed modifications are intended to address standards that may impede care coordination and case management or pose unnecessary burdens.

  • December 11, 2020
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CMS issued a rule finalizing 2021 payment rates for physicians, making some COVID-19 flexibilities and waivers permanent.

  • December 4, 2020
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The CMS and HHS OIG have reinterpreted fraud and abuse laws to reduce regulatory barriers to value-based care arrangements.

  • November 24, 2020
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HHS amended its guidance on daily coronavirus data reporting and CMS has issued a memo on enforcement process under new CoPs requiring hospital reporting.

  • October 9, 2020
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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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