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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.

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AAMC Virtual Congressional Briefing on Integrated Behavioral Health

The AAMC will hold a virtual congressional briefing, “Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, from 12-1 p.m. ET.

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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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Compliance HHS - Health & Human Services
Washington Highlights

The AAMC joined other health care groups in a Sept. 26 letter to HHS leadership urging action regarding upcoming compliance deadlines.

  • September 30, 2022
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The AAMC submitted an Aug. 26 letter to the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in response to its draft guidance on the use of single IRBs.

  • September 9, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Aug. 18 that it has developed a road map for the eventual end of the COVID-19 PHE.

  • August 19, 2022
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC signed a joint statement over a lawsuit that could result in loss of access to preventive health services for Americans with private health insurance.

  • August 5, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 5, the AAMC sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to renew the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

  • August 5, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 4, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared monkeypox a public health emergency (PHE).

  • August 5, 2022
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Washington Highlights

On Aug. 3, the Biden administration issued an executive order to help protect pregnant patients’ rights around abortion and maternal health care.

  • August 5, 2022
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The AAMC submitted a letter to OASH on August 1 in response to an RFI regarding steps the federal government can take to strengthen primary care.

  • August 5, 2022
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Testimony & Correspondence

On Aug. 5, AAMC sent a letter to HHS Secretary Becerra, urging him to renew the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

  • August 5, 2022
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The HHS Office for Civil Rights announced July 25 a new proposed rule to strengthen rules for nondiscrimination in health care.

  • July 29, 2022
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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.

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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