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AAMC Applauds Passage of Spending Package

Measure Includes Provisions Crucial to Veterans and Zika Response Washington, D.C., September 29, 2016— AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the passage of a spending package that includes the full FY 2017 Military Construction-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spending bill and a continuing resolution (CR) that funds other agencies through December 9, 2016, an...

Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals Stand Ready to Work with VA to Ensure Access to Care

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2016 – AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement on the release of the Commission on Care final report on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system: “The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are proud of our 70 year partnership with the VA. This collaboration provides veterans access to high quality care at academic m...

AAMC Names Veronica Catanese, MD, MBA, Co-Secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education

Washington, D.C., July 19, 2016—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) announced today that Veronica Catanese, MD, MBA, has been named co-secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and senior director of accreditation services at the AAMC. She will join the association Aug. 29. As co-secretary, Dr. Catanese will lead the AAMC’s accreditation services unit and collaborate with her counterpart at the American Medical Association ...

AAMC Applauds Bill Aimed at Correcting Ratings System That May Mislead Patients

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2016—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement following the introduction of the Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act of 2016 by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.): “Patients need accurate and reliable information in order to make decisions about their health care. The current proposed methodology for the...

Star Ratings “Deeply Flawed,” Offer Incomplete Picture of Hospital Performance

AAMC Urges Patients Not to Be Misled by Ratings Washington, D.C., July 27, 2016—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings: “Patients should beware of making decisions about hospitals using the newly released star ra...

AAMC Applauds Howerton Appointment to PCORI Board of Governors

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement applauding the appointment of Russell M. Howerton, MD, FACS, to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): “As a member of the Board of Governors, Russell Howerton, MD, FACS, will bring a broad range of perspectives and expertise in clinical health sciences ...

National Academies’ Recommendation Would Allow Critical Examination of Proposed Rule Revision

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2016—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about today’s release of part 2 of the report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (the Academies) Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities in the 21st Century. The report includes a recommendation to withd...

AAMC Names Duke’s Ross McKinney Jr., MD, as Chief Scientific Officer

Washington, D.C., July 5, 2016—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) announced today that Ross McKinney Jr., MD, has been named as the association’s new chief scientific officer after a nationwide search. McKinney is currently director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine and professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Duke University Medical Center. He will join the AAMC on Sept. 19. As chief scientific offic...

House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Proposes NIH Budget Increase

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2016—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the FY 2017 spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) and the provisions for increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH): “Medical research is vital to maintaining the health of ou...

AAMC Names Marc Levy as Chief Information Officer

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2016—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) announced today that Marc Levy has been named the association’s new chief information officer, succeeding Diana Bourke, who was appointed chief operating officer earlier this year. He will join the AAMC on Aug. 8. In this role, Levy will lead the association’s IT unit in executing a long-term IT strategic plan in support of the AAMC and its member institutions. In addition, h...

AAMC Submits Amicus Brief Supporting Injunction Against Travel Ban Proclamation

March 30, 2018—The AAMC March 27, joined by 34 organizations representing a wide range of health care professions and medical specialties, filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to reinstate the nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration ...

Federal Commission on School Safety excludes voices of students, educators

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NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Grants $2.8 Million for Innovative Ideas that Will Help Students Succeed

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President Signs FY 2018 Omnibus with $3 Billion NIH Increase, Boost for Other Health Programs

March 23, 2018—Through bipartisan votes of 256-167 in the House of Representatives March 22 and 67-30 in the Senate early March 23, lawmakers passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (...

Congress’ Omnibus Spending Bill a Win for Students

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NEA President: Enough is Enough

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New NEA national survey: educators overwhelmingly reject proposals to arm teachers

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Health Care, Research Priorities in Veterans’ Legislative Agendas for FY 2019

March 9, 2018—Since Feb. 27, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) Committees have hosted multiple joint hearings on fiscal year (FY) 2019 legislative priorities of several Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). Veterans’ health care access and veteran-specific research was a common theme in multiple VSO testimonies. ...

Strong Contract Follows Joint Bargaining, Merger Bliss in Northshore

Two union locals unify, collaborate and merge bringing about gains for the entire school community. ...

Punitive Policies – Third Grade Retention

Research, evidence, and other factors to be considered when making broad decisions about retention policies ...