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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Release of Continuing Resolution

    Media Contacts

    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement on the release of a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government through Feb. 18, 2022.

    “The AAMC is dismayed that policymakers have not yet addressed upcoming devastating cuts to hospitals and providers or completed appropriations legislation to fully fund programs vital to patients and communities in fiscal year 2022.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians across the country are facing unprecedented, unabating challenges. It is critical that Congress eliminate the 4% statutory cut from the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) provision, extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester, and maintain the 3.75% increase in Medicare physician payments in 2022. Cuts of this magnitude – at a time when many teaching hospitals and faculty physician plans have not financially recovered from the impacts of COVID-19 and continue to grapple with unpredictable stresses on their finances – would harm the patients and communities these providers serve.

    While the CR, importantly, would avert a catastrophic federal government shutdown, long-term CRs create uncertainty and are disruptive to medical research progress, public health efforts, and health workforce programs supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People throughout the nation rely on the work funded by these agencies to combat the full array of health threats the nation faces every day, and prolonged periods of budgetary limbo threaten to undermine this work.

    The AAMC urges Congress and the administration to work in a bipartisan manner to eliminate cuts to providers by the end of the year and pass the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills without further delays. This important work is needed to help promote the health of patients, families, and communities across the country.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.