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On the Agenda in Washington

Dec. 3: Stakeholders, NY Medical Schools Urge Congress to Reject NIH Budget Cuts
10:45 a.m.; 701 West 168 Street, New York
In a press conference moderated by Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), patients and New York medical schools will join Representatives Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), and other elected officials, to reject a nearly 10 percent cut to NIH funding that is slated to take effect in January as a result of sequestration.

Dec. 3: AAMC-sponsored Webinar to Discuss Medical School Engagement in PCORI-funded Research
3 p.m.; Webinar
The AAMC will hold a webinar targeted toward new and community-based medical school leaders, research administrators, and potential faculty applicants, to provide advice on how schools with limited research infrastructure can engage in PCORI-funded research and to discuss PCORI’s initial thoughts on the role of practice-based research networks in advancing PCORI’s mission.

Dec. 4: PCORI Call for Topics from Patients and Stakeholders
8 a.m.; 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will hold a workshop to bring together health care stakeholders to share and discuss important topics for patient-centered outcomes research. While registration is closed, interested participants can follow the workshop via webcast.

Dec. 5: PCORI Methodology Workshop for Prioritizing Specific Research Topics
8:30 a.m.; 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, V.A.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will hold a workshop to present and receive feedback on PCORI’s draft multi-stakeholder process for generating and prioritizing specific research questions that, once implemented, will lead to recommendations for topic-specific funding announcements. While registration is closed, interested participants can follow the workshop via webcast.

Dec. 5: ONC HIT Policy Meeting
10 a.m.; Virtual Meeting
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) policy committee will meet to discuss recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.

Dec. 6: Joint Committee Hearing on the Fiscal Cliff
9:30 a.m.; 216 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Joint Economic Committee of the House and Senate will hold a hearing on the fiscal cliff to discuss how to sustain long-term growth and reduce the federal deficit.

Dec. 6-7: Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Meeting
9 a.m.; 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md.
The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) will meet to discuss the Institute and Centers Director’s Report; the Biomedical Workforce Implementation Team Report; the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce Implementation Team Report, the NIH Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction Research Update; and the Stem Cell Working Group Report, among other items.

Dec. 6-7: MedPAC Meeting
TBD; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) will hold a public meeting and is soliciting comments on the agenda via its website.

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Jason Kleinman
Sr. Legislative Analyst, Govt. Relations
Telephone: 202-903-0806
Email: jkleinman@aamc.org