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



Future innovations in health care and prevention require research across a full spectrum of biomedical science, from basic and translational research to implementation science and comparative effectiveness research. 

AAMC advocates for funding and appropriate regulation by major federal agencies and organizations supporting this research, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Ensuring a sustainable research mission is essential to achieve long-term health priorities, develop new therapeutics and preventive measures, focus on patient-centered outcomes, and reduce health disparities. 

We also work to ensure the integrity of biomedical research, especially research involving human subjects, including privacy protections and management of financial conflicts of interest.


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News and Updates

Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce Committees Pass Reconciliation Recommendations

October 2, 2015

The House Ways and Means Committee Sept. 29 passed (23-14) reconciliation legislation to repeal five parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152 ) including the individual mandate, the employer mandate, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the medical device tax, and the excise tax on high-cost health plans, otherwise known as the “Cadillac tax.”

National Academies Releases Recommendations for a New Regulatory Framework for Research

September 25, 2015

The National Academies Sept. 22 released a report titled, “Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Part 1.” The report details the expansion of the federal regulatory system and associated requirements, and concludes that the current regulatory framework is diminishing the effectiveness of the nation’s research investment by directing investigators’ time away from research and toward administrative duties.

NIH ACD Working Group Releases Report on Design for PMI Cohort

September 18, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Sept.17 presented a report to NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., on a detailed design framework for building a national research cohort of one million Americans for the PMI.

AAMC Submits Comments to Department of Labor on Overtime Rule

September 18, 2015

The AAMC Sept. 4 sent a comment letter to the Department of Labor regarding the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Defining and Delimiting the Exemption for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.”

AAMC Endorses Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Next Generation of Researchers

September 11, 2015

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., Sept. 4 applauded Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) for introducing the Next Generation Research Act (S.2014), legislation intended to support the “next generation” of researchers and young scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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