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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

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Research

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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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 Center for Health Justice hosted a Maternal Health Incubator on May 24-25 to discuss opportunities to improve maternal health through data.

  • May 27, 2022
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On March 30, the AAMC responded to an OSTP RFI on how digital technologies are used to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity.

  • April 8, 2022
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The AAMC submitted comments on March 25 to an ONC RFI on electronic prior authorization standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria.

  • March 25, 2022
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The AAMC joined more than 90 higher education groups in a March 3 statement regarding the importance of preserving free and open academic inquiry on campus.

  • March 11, 2022
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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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Legislation would establish a program to award grants to medical schools to “create new or expand existing integrated nutrition and physical activity curricula.

  • December 5, 2019
Testimony & Correspondence

AMC Endorses ENRICH Act of 2019

  • November 25, 2019
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The AAMC submitted comments to the ONC and comments to CMS in response to proposed rules to implement the 21st Century Cures Act and more.

  • June 7, 2019
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) April 19 announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two health information technology

  • April 19, 2019
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The AAMC Jan. 28 submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on the draft strategy to reduce regulatory and administrative burden related

  • January 31, 2019

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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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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