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VA Plan to Consolidate Community Care Programs Strengthens Partnership with Academic Medicine

Washington, D.C., November 5, 2015AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) release of its Plan to Consolidate Community Care Programs:

“The AAMC applauds the VA for including academic providers in its proposed VA Core Network of preferred providers under its Plan to Consolidate Community Care Programs PDF External Link, delivered to Congress last week. The plan, which outlines how the VA will purchase veteran health care at non-VA facilities, proposes a tiered network of providers and allows academic affiliates to continue contracting directly with local VA medical centers. 

The historic and mutually beneficial partnership between the VA and the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals goes back seven decades, and these proposals will help pave the way for this partnership to continue for many years to come.

The shared mission of the VA and academic medicine still can be strengthened through joint ventures in research, education, and patient care. Our institutions and medical faculty already collaborate in these areas, but improvements in contracting and other administrative areas will deepen these valued partnerships and help ensure that the men and women who have so honorably served this country have access to the world’s best medical care.”


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at

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