New section Hero Home / Advocacy & Policy / Washington Highlights Washington Highlights New section Washington Highlights AAMC Files 340B Contract Pharmacy Lawsuit Against HHS December 18, 2020 Advocacy Trending AAMC, Higher Ed Groups Urge Congress to Pass TREAT Act The AAMC joined a group letter on Dec. 14 urging congressional leadership to pass the TREAT Act (H.R. 8283, S. 4421) in the next COVID-19 supplemental package. Legislators Race to Complete Year-End Negotiations Negotiations over an year-end omnibus and COVID-19 relief package continued this week and are likely to be pushed into next week. HHS Announces $24.5 Billion for Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 The HHS announced it will start distributing $24.5 billion from Phase 3 of the Provider Relief Fund. New section Surprise Billing Agreement Reached Between Key Committees Four key congressional committees released a bipartisan, bicameral compromise on surprise medical billing. NIH Director’s Advisory Committee Discusses Progress on COVID-19 Research The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director convened to hear COVID-19 updates on vaccines, long-term health impacts, and community engagement. Legislators Release Details on COVID-19 Relief Framework A bipartisan group of congressional members released details on their proposed COVID-19 relief package. New section Subscribe to receive weekly Hill and regulatory updates to your inbox. First Name: Last Name: Email: Other Washington Highlights Articles More NIH Leaders Discuss Substance Use, Cancer Research, and COVID-19 The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research co-hosted virtual briefings with NIH leadership specializing in substance use disorders and cancer research. HHS Proposes Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule Proposed modifications are intended to address standards that may impede care coordination and case management or pose unnecessary burdens. Congress Passes CR, Continues to Negotiate FY21 Spending Bills and Health Extenders President Trump is expected to sign a continuing resolution that extends fiscal year 2020 government funding levels and health extenders through Dec. 18. 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.