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Washington Highlights


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.

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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.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

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

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.


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.