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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

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AAMC Research and Action Institute

The AAMC Research and Action Institute looks at the mental health crisis—including workforce shortages, lack of insurance parity, and how to fix it.

  • October 10, 2022
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Press Release

AAMC delivered the following testimony during an NRMP Board of Directors and leadership meeting on Sept. 16, 2022 on the two-phase main residency Match proposal

  • September 19, 2022
Washington Highlights

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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Washington Highlights

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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Washington Highlights

MedPAC met April 1-2 to vote on proposed Alternative Payment Models and Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program recommendations.

  • April 2, 2021
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Press Release

The AAMC issued this statement in response to the March 15 2021 Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) Delay.

  • March 16, 2021
Washington Highlights

The AAMC provided comments on a proposed rule to streamline prior authorization with health IT tools and an RFI on improving social risk data.

  • January 8, 2021
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC provides comments to CMS on streamlining prior authorization through health IT and RFI on improving social risk data

  • January 4, 2021
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Washington Highlights

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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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC Responds to Sen. Warren and Rep. Khanna Regarding COVID-19 Impact on the MCAT Exam

  • September 14, 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 – 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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