New section Hero Home / Advocacy & Policy / Washington Highlights Washington Highlights New section Washington Highlights CMS Withdraws Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation January 8, 2021 Advocacy Trending AAMC Joins Letter Urging Biden to Reverse Fetal Tissue Research Restrictions The AAMC joined nearly 100 organizations in a letter urging President-elect Biden to rescind the fetal tissue research restrictions imposed in 2019. AAMC Supports Rule Allowing VA Health Providers to Practice Across State Lines The AAMC submitted comments supporting the rule that would allow VA health care professionals to deliver services outside their states of licensure. AAMC Submits Comments to HHS on Regulatory Relief During COVID-19 The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on regulatory relief policies during the COVID-19 pandemic that should be made permanent. New section AAMC Comments on Health Care Best Practices During COVID-19 The AAMC submitted comments to the HHS on effective and innovative COVID-19 health care best practices. AAMC Comments on CMS Proposals to Reduce Prior Authorization Burden The AAMC provided comments on a proposed rule to streamline prior authorization with health IT tools and an RFI on improving social risk data. Congress Passes Historic GME Expansion Congress passed a historic increase to the Medicare graduate medical education (GME) program on Dec. 21 — the first increase to the program in nearly 25 years. New section Subscribe to receive weekly Hill and regulatory updates to your inbox. First Name: Last Name: Email: Other Washington Highlights Articles More President Signs FY 2021 Appropriations, COVID-19 Relief, GME Expansion Legislation President Trump signed legislation on Dec. 27 containing FY 2021 appropriations, COVID-19 relief, expanded Medicare GME, and health extenders. Congress Passes FY 2021 Spending Bill With Increases for Research, Health Programs Congress passed federal funding on Dec. 21 for the remainder of FY 2021, which includes funding for the NIH, CDC, HRSA, VA, and NSF. Year-End Package Contains COVID-19 Relief, Medicaid and Health Extenders, Surprise Billing Congress passed a year-end package containing COVID-19 relief, Medicaid and other health extenders, and surprise billing. 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.