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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Since 1946, medical schools and teaching hospitals have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to advance our joint missions of education, research, and patient care. These long-standing academic affiliations help VA recruit expert clinicians and researchers to the VA and expand veterans’ access to quality health care at non-VA facilities.

The AAMC represents 51 VA medical centers; there are more than 450 affiliation agreements between the VA, medical schools, and teaching hospitals; and over two thirds of physicians rotate through the VA during their medical education and training.

The AAMC advocates to improve health care for our nation’s veterans through the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) and the Independent Budget prepared by veterans service organizations. Additionally, the AAMC collaborates with member institutions in the White House Joining Forces initiative to improve the military cultural competency of physicians.

For more information contact:

Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116

News and Updates

House Health Subcommittee Examines President’s FY 2019 Budget Request

March 16, 2018

The Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee March 15 held a hearing on the President’s FY 2019 budget request for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Testifying were representatives from four veterans service organizations (VSOs) and Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the Veterans Health Administration.

Health Care, Research Priorities in Veterans’ Legislative Agendas for FY 2019

March 9, 2018

Since Feb. 27, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) Committees have hosted multiple joint hearings on fiscal year (FY) 2019 legislative priorities of several Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on FY 19 Budget Request

February 16, 2018

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a Feb. 15 hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Budget Request for FY 2019.

Senate Panel Explores the State of Veteran Affairs Administration

January 19, 2018

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a Jan. 17 hearing titled The State of the VA: A Progress Report on Implementing 2017. At the hearing, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, and the Committee discussed progress from 2017, areas for improvement, and goals for 2018.

House VA Committee Approves Veteran Community Care Bill

December 22, 2017

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs Dec. 19 approved the VA Care in the Community Act (H.R. 4242). Of importance to medical schools and teaching hospitals, the House bill retains VA’s authority for direct health care resource contracts with VA’s academic affiliates under 38 U.S. Code § 8153, often referred to as sole-source affiliate contracts.

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