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Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their patients and communities.


House Members Send Dear Colleague Letter to Sec. Becerra on the Provider Relief Fund

House members sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting additional time for providers to use Provider Relief Fund Resources.

AAMC Submits Comments on Implementation of the No Surprises Act

The AAMC asks that implementation of the No Surprises Act consider the uniqueness of teaching hospitals.

Senate Confirms Andrea Palm as HHS Deputy Secretary

The Senate confirmed Andrea Palm to serve as HHS Deputy Secretary.

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Ways and Means Committee Releases GAO Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Report

The House Ways and Means Committee released a Government Accountability Office report on maternal morbidity and mortality.

Secretary Becerra Testifies on FY 2022 HHS Budget Request

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified on the FY 2022 HHS budget request in front of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on May 12.

Committees Advance Bills Addressing Research Competitiveness, Foreign Influence

Committees in the House and Senate approved legislation impacting the research enterprise, addressing global competitiveness and foreign government influence.

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Other Washington Highlights Articles

CMS Issues Guidance to State Surveyors and FAQs on ADT Notifications

CMS releases interpretive guidance and FAQs on ADT Notifications.

Federal Officials Provide COVID-19 Update to Senate HELP Committee

Federal health and science agency officials testified before the Senate HELP Committee on the U.S. COVID-19 response on May 11 before the Senate HELP Committee.

NIH Director’s Advisory Committee Gives Go-Ahead on AI and Health Equity Program

The NIH Director’s Advisory Committee met to approve development of an artificial intelligence and machine learning research program


On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

Podcast: A Look Ahead: AAMC 2021 Advocacy and Policy Priorities

As congressional lawmakers continue their work on Capitol Hill, the academic medicine community is looking for ways to educate policymakers.