Federal Relations

June 16, 2009

AAMC Conference Materials Available

Last week, June 9-10, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) held a conference of government relations representatives. Several topics were discussed including: health care reform, health information technology funding, and Recovery Act opportunities and challenges. Conference materials have been made available in electronic format, and can be accessed via the links below. ResearchMeansHope.org Campaign

June 11, 2009

AAU and AAMC Urge Response to Proposed Rule

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have submitted joint comments (link below) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on strengthening the regulatory framework governing conflicts of interest in federally funded research.  The letter responds to a May 8 Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) issued

Health Care Providers to Receive Help with Student Debt

[The following is a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services] Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of nearly $200 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support student loan repayments for primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians who want to work at

June 10, 2009

House and Senate Announce Health Reform Legislation

Senate panel announces health reform legislation Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today released health reform legislation, saying they will continue to discuss key outstanding issues, including a public plan option and coverage requirement for employers, with Republicans on the committee. Committee Chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said the legislation

VA Medical and Health Centers to Receive ARRA Funding

President Obama and Vice President Biden today released a plan to create or save more than 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days by accelerating implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Roadmap to Recovery plan includes a Department of Health and Human Services project to enable 1,129 health centers to expand access

June 8, 2009

Senator Feingold Introduces Bill to Help Displaced Workers

Senator Feingold on Helping Displaced Workers Find Health Care Jobs Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold introduced legislation today to help displaced workers in communities hit hard by the tough economy retrain for high-demand health care jobs. Feingold’s Community-Based Health Care Retraining Act specifically targets communities that have suffered job

May 15, 2009

Congressman Reichert Recognizes UW School of Medicine on House Floor

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE                                 HON. DAVID G. REICHERT of washington in the house of representatives Thursday, April 30, 2009 Mr. REICHERT. Madam Speaker, today I rise in recognition of the University of Washington School of Medicine and their incredible standing as one of the best medical schools in the world. According to US News &

May 4, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Releases Options to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have released a set of policy options for transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient care and reduce health care costs. Among other options, their proposals would: Establish a Medicare value-based purchasing program for hospitals and begin to pay hospitals

April 29, 2009

Conflict of Interest Rules Proposed for Medical Research

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that researchers and medical faculty members decline all gifts from medical companies and refuse to publish or present material that is ghostwritten for such companies in order to avoid real or perceive conflicts of interest.   The recommendations also suggest broader reporting requirements of researchers’ ties to

April 28, 2009

Senate Confirms HHS Chief

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on a 65-31 vote. The confirmation comes at a critical moment, as the Obama administration deals with swine flu emergency that has surfaced in the past week. The confirmation completes President Obama’s cabinet and adds a voice to

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