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NEA President: Trinity ruling sidesteps questions regarding state constitutional protections for public education

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NQF Releases Trial Period Evaluation Report

June 23, 2017—The National Quality Forum (NQF) June 8 released a draft report evaluating their two year sociodemographic status (SDS) trial period, which concluded in April 2017. Under the trial, a prohibition on including social risk factors in the risk adjustment models of NQF-endorsed measures was lifted and certain measures could be adjusted to account for p...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Medical School Enrollment Shows Diversity Gains

Number of First-Time Applicants Also Up, Demonstrating Interest in Medicine as a Career Washington, D.C., October 13, 2010—More minorities enrolled in U.S. medical schools this year, according to new data released today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). While total enrollment increased by 1.5 percent over 2009, to 18,665 students, all underrepresented racial and ethnic groups saw gains in 2010. The most significant growth in mino...

NCATS Advisory Council and CAN Review Board Meet

January 17, 2014—The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Council and the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board Jan. 16 held a joint meeting.  The meeting included reports from NCATS Director Chris Austin, M.D., and CAN Board Chair Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., Pfizer Chief Medical Officer. ...

Grayson Norquist To Chair PCORI Board of Governors

September 20, 2013—The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Sept. 19 announced the appointment of Grayson Norquist, M.D., MSPH, as chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors.  Dr. Norquist is professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center.   PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MP...

House Passes CR That Eliminates ACA Funding

September 20, 2013—The House of Representatives Sept. 20 passed, 230-189, a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open in the new federal fiscal year that includes a provision to eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act. The CR (H.J.Res. 59) includes language to “defund” the ACA permanently.  The CR incorporates the Defund Obama Care Act of 2013 (...

Senators Support Health Workforce Programs in FY 18 Funding Letters

May 26, 2017 – Members of the Senate demonstrated support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs in May 25 letters sent to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) led a Title VII funding support letter and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) led a Title VIII funding support letter; each letter closed with twenty-nine signatories. Sen...

President’s Budget Includes Major Cuts to HHS, Other Domestic Spending

May 26, 2017 – The administration May 23 released its full fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, which proposes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions over ten years. Though the proposal does not include direct cuts to Medicare, it proposes substantial reductions to other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including the Nation...

NEA President: Trump-DeVos budget is a wrecking ball aimed at public schools

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NEA President comments on Trump budget’s proposed public education slashes

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