New section Hero Home / Advocacy & Policy / Washington Highlights Washington Highlights New section Washington Highlights HHS Finalizes Revamp of Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Rules November 24, 2020 Advocacy Trending AAMC, Higher Ed Groups Advocate for Extending Student Loan Payment Suspension The AAMC and higher education organizations urge Secretary DeVos to extend the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual. HHS Releases Prescription Drug Rules The HHS released rules intended to decrease beneficiaries’ cost-sharing in Part D and align prices for Part B drugs with other nations. AAMC Submits End-of-Year Priorities to Congress The AAMC sent a letter to Congress outlining priorities to support the COVID-19 response, FY 2021 appropriations, and extension of key health policy provisions. New section Friends of VA Urges Swift Enactment of FY 2021 Appropriations The FOVA executive committee sent a letter on Nov. 16 to Congress urging swift enactment of an appropriation of $840 million for VA research in FY 2021. GAO Report Reviews PCORI and HHS Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research Activities A GAO performance audit found that PCORI and the HHS have continued to perform comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) activities required by law. AAMC Joins 26 Groups on Medicare Sequester Letter The AAMC has joined 26 health care groups in a letter to congressional leadership requesting an additional moratorium on the Medicare sequester. New section Subscribe to receive weekly Hill and regulatory updates to your inbox. First Name: Last Name: Email: Other Washington Highlights Articles More Medicare Will Cover Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 The CMS announces Medicare coverage for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19, effective immediately. Senate Republicans Release Draft FY21 Spending Bills The Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans released their FY 2021 funding bills. AAMC Joins Amicus Briefs, Comment Letters Opposing New H-1B Visa Rules The AAMC joined higher education comment letters and amicus briefs in legal challenges to new H-1B visa rules that will impact academic medical centers. Testimony and Correspondence Testimony and Correspondence more Statements, Letters and Comments Community Letter Opposing DHS Duration of Status Proposal AAMC Letter of Endorsement for Public Health Infrastructure Investment Bill AAMC Comment Letter on CY 2021 OPPS Proposed Rule Higher Education Community Letter on Dept. of Ed’s Princeton Investigation Higher Ed Groups Letter to Speaker Pelosi Urging Relief Funds for Research Agencies AAMC Research and Action Institute Executive Director Atul Grover, MD, PhD, and AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney Jr., MD, joined participants for a live Q&A event to answer questions about how to vote safely. New section Contact the AAMC Office of Government Affairs Staff Here Featured On the Agenda In Washington Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine Podcast: Diagnosing Our National Disease David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, about racism in academic medicine.