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Washington Highlights


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.

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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.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

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

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.