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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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How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country

The AAMC has published a new resource that highlights how AAMC-member teaching hospitals and medical schools are serving patients in rural communities across the nation.

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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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MedPAC met Dec. 7 and 8 to discuss payment adequacy for physician and hospital inpatient and outpatient services in 2025.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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On Dec. 5, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing examining the root causes of drug shortages.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The CMS released an interim final rule aimed at enforcing Medicaid reporting and renewal requirements following the end of the Medicaid continuous enrollment.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The Biden administration has released a new framework on Bayh-Dole “march-in” authorities, open to public comment.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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A bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation on Dec. 7 to avert pending Medicare Physician Fee Schedule cuts.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on proposed changes to the Uniform Guidance.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments on the FDA’s September 2023 proposed rule regulating laboratory-developed tests.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The AAMC sponsored a Nov. 29 Women in Government Relations event exploring solutions to the maternal health crisis.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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The AAMC participated in a Dec. 6 roundtable hosted by the New Democrats on the health care workforce.

  • Dec. 8, 2023
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More than 6,500 residency and fellowship programs have opted to use the Thalamus platform as part of the collaboration with the AAMC ERAS.

  • Dec. 5, 2023

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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