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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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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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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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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted a letter in support of the 340B PATIENTS Act, which would clarify 340B covered entities’ ability to use contract pharmacy arrangements to dis

  • April 16, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

On April 15, the AAMC submitted comments to CMS on accrediting organization oversight and conflicts of interest.

  • April 15, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins over 23 organizations requesting a $175 million appropriation for the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) program at the Centers for Disease Control.

  • April 15, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments to the FTC and the HHS in response to n RFI a focused on the root causes of and potential solutions to generic drug shortages. 

  • April 12, 2024
Washington Highlights

On April 10, the full House Republican Conference ratified Rep. Tom Cole as chair of the House Appropriations Committee for the remainder of the 118 Congress.

  • April 12, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The CMS released the FY 2025 IPPS proposed rule including proposals related to hospital payment, GME, quality, and a new mandatory episode payment model.

  • April 12, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care held an April 9 roundtable discussion examining barriers to substance use disorder care.

  • April 12, 2024
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Sen. Sanders Shares Long COVID Moonshot Proposal

  • April 12, 2024
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MedPAC met April 11 and 12 to discuss telehealth, physician payment, Medicare Advantage, and drug pricing under the 340B program and Part D plans.

  • April 12, 2024
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MACPAC met on April 11 and 12 to vote on recommendations and discuss transparency in financing, hospital supplemental payments, and the Medicaid unwinding.

  • April 12, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

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.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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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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