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March 2020

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Coronavirus Resources for the Academic Medicine Community

The AAMC is committed to supporting the academic medicine community during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Visit the Coronavirus Resources for the Academic Medicine Community page to access information for institutions, researchers, and educators. The page will be updated regularly. Highlighted articles from the AAMC related to COVID-19: 

•    AAMC Guidance on Medical Students’ Clinical Participation
•    Coronavirus Impact on AAMC Services
•    AAMC Meets with White House, Releases Recommendations
•    Coronavirus testing: How academic medical labs are stepping up to fill a void

COVID-19 Resources for Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) assembled a list of guidance and resources for applicants and current recipients of NIH funding whose work has been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including changes to application deadlines.

How Many Researchers: Positive Trends Continue in FY 2019

New data from the NIH shows the number of unique researchers funded by the NIH is stabilizing. The NIH cumulative investigator rate, which measures the likelihood that unique investigators are funded over a five-year period, continued its upward trend in fiscal year 2019.

What to Do When Your Grant is Rejected

Nature offers tips for recovering from the rejection of a grant application and improving your skills for future applications. Give yourself time and share your experience with peers, but it's also important to solicit and evaluate feedback from the granting foundation or agency.

ONC, CMS Issue Final Interoperability and Information Blocking Rules

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. The AAMC will host a webinar in April to present requirements of these rules, and will send an email announcement about registration.


Data Citizenship Under the 21st Century Cures Act

In this Perspective piece, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors raise considerations and questions following the release of ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule. “We see the ONC rule as a momentous milestone on the road to a data-driven health system. Yet with vastly increased data liquidity and patient control of health information, we will also have to address cybersecurity, privacy, and insurability risks.”

Refocusing Medication Prior Authorization on Its Intended Purpose

A Viewpoint from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) explores the ways that prior authorizations have deviated from their original purpose, which can inadvertantly lead to administrative burdens and disruptions in care.


Medical Journals Feature COVID-19 Resources 

The New England Journal of Medicine has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) section, which features “a collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.” Similarly, JAMA launched a Coronavirus Resource Center with updates about diagnosis and treatment. 

The Affordable Care Act at 10 Years – Payment and Delivery System Reforms

This Health Policy Report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, assesses provisions of the Affordable Care Act a decade after it was signed into law and “reviews the major reforms in payment and delivery systems under the law as well as data on the results of some of its notable undertakings.”

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Stakeholder Input on Opportunities for Increased Collaboration to Advance Prevention Research

Mar. 29 -- Deadline to submit a response to this Request for Information (RFI) from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). ODP seeks input from researchers, clinicians, patients, and the public "to identify opportunities to foster and engage in partnerships and dialogue with stakeholders to advance prevention research."


AAMC Comments on Data Repositories for Managing Federally Funded Research Data

The AAMC responded to a request for comment from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on its proposed set of characteristics of a data repository to locate, manage, share, and use data from federally funded research. The comments urged improved access to research data and emphasized "the importance of consistent guidelines on repositories from federal agencies in meeting this goal."


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